Biden Taps Lt. Gen. James Mingus to Serve as Next Army Vice Chief of Staff

Biden Taps Lt. Gen. James Mingus to Serve as Next Army Vice Chief of Staff
Then-Maj. Gen. James Mingus speaks during a 2019 ceremony in Groesbeek, The Netherlands, marking the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Now a lieutenant general directing the Joint Staff, Mingus has been nominated to serve as the Army's next vice chief. (Photo by Master Sgt. Alexander Burnett/Army)

This article by Jen Judson originally appeared on Military Times, the nation's largest independent newsroom dedicated to covering the military and veteran community.


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden nominated Lt. Gen. James Mingus to become the Army’s next vice chief of staff, according to a notice in the Congressional Record.


Mingus, who will pin on a fourth star if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, comes from the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, where he has served as director since June 2022. He joined the staff in October 2020 as director for operations.


Over the last year, one of his duties has included serving on a new high-level team focused on rushing military aid to Ukraine.


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A 1985 graduate from Winona State University in Minnesota, Mingus was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. He became a platoon leader in 5th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Seventh Army in Germany in 1988, serving there for four years.


He joined the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg (now Fort Liberty), North Carolina, in 1992. Mingus also took command of the Long Range Surveillance Detachment, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment there and became the aide-de-camp to the 82nd’s commander.


The three-star also commanded another Long Range Surveillance Company within the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.


Mingus took a three-year teaching job in 1997 as an assistant professor of military science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Then he attended the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following his time in academia, Mingus joined the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia, serving as a liaison officer and operations officer. Later he would take command of the regiment’s Regimental Special Troops in 2007.


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Returning to Fort Bragg in 2003, he became the chief of the Joint Planning Group with Joint Special Operations Command.


If confirmed, Mingus would work closely with Gen. Randy George, who is nominated to be the next Army Chief of Staff. Both have been commanders of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. George commanded the brigade from 2008 through 2010 and Mingus replaced him in 2010.


Mingus later returned to Fort Carson in 2015 as the 4th ID’s deputy commanding general (maneuver) after a time at US Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, as the chief of the Commander’s Action Group and a stint in the J-5 directorate as the deputy director of the Special Plans Working Group.


Mingus also served as director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence at the US Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth for two years. Then he took command of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg until 2020.


George, who is the current vice chief, testified July 12 in a confirmation hearing to become the next Army chief of staff before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Biden nominated him to be the next chief in April.


Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville will retire from military service next month.


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