Engineer School Commandant
Brigadier General James H. Raymer
Brigadier General James H. Raymer is a member of the United States Military Academy Class of 1989 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and his commission into the Regular Army upon graduation. Brigadier General Raymer's education also includes two Master of Military Arts and Sciences degrees from the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, received in 2001 and 2002. He also studied international relations at the Institute for Latin American Integration and Development, National University of Tucuman, in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, from 1998 until 2000 as an Olmsted Scholar. Brigadier General Raymer is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Then-Second Lieutenant Raymer began his career in the army at the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and was then assigned to the 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in April 1990, where he served as a sapper platoon leader, a company executive officer, and the battalion supply officer. Upon returning to the continental United States in August 1993, then-Captain Raymer attended the Infantry Officers' Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was subsequently assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served in the 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, as a battalion assistant operations officer, the Company C Commander, and the battalion maintenance officer. His time in the 37th included deployment to Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994.
Following his assignment at Fort Bragg, then-Captain Raymer attended the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California, and then studied for two years in Argentina in the Olmsted Scholar Program. He then attended the Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Departing the United States in June 2002, then-Major Raymer was assigned to Camp Red Cloud near Uijongbu, Korea, where he served as the G-3 Plans Officer for 2nd Infantry Division. In the June 2003, he assumed duties as the battalion operations officer of the 44th Engineer Battalion at Camp Howze, Korea. In August 2004, the battalion deployed with the rest of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Korea to Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He served as the battalion operations officer for a year in the city of Ar Ramadi, where the 2nd Brigade Combat Team fell under the First and then Second Marine Divisions. Returning to the United States in August 2005, then-Lieutenant Colonel Raymer was assigned as a student at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and then moved to Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2005 to assume command of the newly activated 20th Engineer Battalion.
The battalion deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in November 2006 to serve under Multinational Division - Baghdad's 1169th Engineer Group. The battalion returned to Fort Hood in November 2007 and then-Lieutenant Colonel Raymer relinquished command in March 2008. He briefly served as the 36th Engineer Brigade rear provisional commander until that headquarters returned from Afghanistan, then moved to the First Cavalry Division in June 2008 to assume duties as the division engineer officer. He deployed with the division to Baghdad from January 2009 until January 2010. After return from Operation Iraqi Freedom, then-Lieutenant Colonel Raymer continued to serve with the division until July 2010.
Then-Colonel Raymer was a Senior Service College Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University-College Station, from July 2010 until May 2011. He then deployed to Afghanistan in June 2011 to serve as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commander for Regional Support, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, at Camp Eggers in Kabul. then-Colonel Raymer returned to the United States in February 2012 and took command of the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg on 17 April 2012. Then-Colonel Raymer commanded the brigade until 11 July 2014. He assumed duties as Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers, in the Pentagon on 25 July 2014. He then assumed duties as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School on 19 June 2015.
Brigadier General Raymer's awards include the Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star Medal (3 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Army Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (7 awards), the NATO Medal (ISAF), the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), the Army Superior Unit Award; the Combat Action, Master Parachutist, Pathfinder, and Air Assault Badges; and the Ranger and Sapper Tabs.