December 13, 2018

Brigadier General James W. Swanson

Brigadier General James W. Swanson
Desert Camouflage Uniform & Long Sleeve Uniform Shirt

General Swanson graduated from Purdue University in 1971 and was commissioned through the
Air Force ROTC program. He entered the University of Illinois law school in 1974 and earned a Juris doctor degree in 1977. Swanson was assigned as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw Air Force Base at that time. He served as Chief of Preventive Law for the 9th Air Force in 1978. Swanson was next made Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the 21st Tactical Fighter Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base. In 1983, he became Staff Judge Advocate for the 379th Bomb Wing at Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Swanson served as Chief of the Professional Development Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General in 1988. He went to Saudi Arabia in 1994 as Staff Judge Advocate for Operation Vigilant Warrior with Joint Task Force – Southwest Asia. Swanson became Commander of the Air Force Legal Services Agency at Bolling Air Force Base in 1999. Before retiring in 2003, he was serving as Chief Counsel for Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command and Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base.