Laster, James "Jim"

LtGen, USMC (Ret)

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James Laster is employed as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University in support of the Pinnacle, Capstone, and Keystone programs.

Lieutenant General Laster is a native of Dallas, Texas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1978 through the Platoon Leaders Course Program.

Major assignments included: Commander, Headquarters and Service Company, I MEF, and Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group; Executive Officer and Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines; Commander, Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF), 15th MEU (SOC); Deputy AC/S G-7 and Inspector, 1st Marine Division; J-3 of Joint Task Force Kenya in support of Operation Noble Response, Humanitarian Relief operations in Kenya, East Africa; and Commander, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines.

Lieutenant General Laster also held a variety of additional important command and staff positions including: Chief of War Plans, Joint Staff, J-7; Assistant Chief, Future Operations Group, Joint Staff J-3; Commander, Basic School; Chief of Staff, Training and Education Command; Commander, Training Command; Commanding General, Training and Education Command; Commander, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and Eastern Recruiting Region; Commander, 3d Marine Division; Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Operations, ISAF Joint Command; and Chief of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command.

Lieutenant General Laster is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Southwest Texas State University and holds a Master of Science degree in National Strategy from the National War College. He was awarded the Leftwich Trophy in 1989 for outstanding leadership.

Lieutenant General Laster retired in January 2018.

 

Laster, James "Jim"

LtGen, USMC (Ret)

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James Laster is employed as a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University in support of the Pinnacle, Capstone, and Keystone programs.

Lieutenant General Laster is a native of Dallas, Texas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1978 through the Platoon Leaders Course Program.

Major assignments included: Commander, Headquarters and Service Company, I MEF, and Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group; Executive Officer and Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines; Commander, Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF), 15th MEU (SOC); Deputy AC/S G-7 and Inspector, 1st Marine Division; J-3 of Joint Task Force Kenya in support of Operation Noble Response, Humanitarian Relief operations in Kenya, East Africa; and Commander, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines.

Lieutenant General Laster also held a variety of additional important command and staff positions including: Chief of War Plans, Joint Staff, J-7; Assistant Chief, Future Operations Group, Joint Staff J-3; Commander, Basic School; Chief of Staff, Training and Education Command; Commander, Training Command; Commanding General, Training and Education Command; Commander, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and Eastern Recruiting Region; Commander, 3d Marine Division; Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Operations, ISAF Joint Command; and Chief of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command.

Lieutenant General Laster is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Southwest Texas State University and holds a Master of Science degree in National Strategy from the National War College. He was awarded the Leftwich Trophy in 1989 for outstanding leadership.

Lieutenant General Laster retired in January 2018.