Major General James W. Lukeman retired from active duty on July 1, 2020 after 40 years of continuous active service. He was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and was raised in a Marine Corps family. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1980.
Major General Lukeman’s assignments in the operating forces included Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander in Alpha Company and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines; Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines; and Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division. He commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7 and G-3 for the 1st Marine Division in Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Other assignments include Director of the Career Course at the Staff NCO academy at Quantico, Virginia; Operations Officer, Alpha Company, Marine Security Guard Battalion in Frankfurt, Germany; Marine Officer Instructor at the NROTC Unit at the University of Texas at Austin; Assistant for Strategy and Force Planning in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Commanding Officer, Security Battalion and Chief of Staff for Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; Chief of Staff for Training and Education Command; and Military Assistant to the Assistant Commandant.
As a General Officer, he served as Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans, J5, US Africa Command; Commanding General of the Second Marine Division; Commanding General, Training and Education Command; Assistant Chief of Staff, U/C/J-5, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea and Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.
Major General Lukeman is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.