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General (R) James T. Hill retired from the US Army after 36 years of active service to the nation.  A highly decorated combat infantryman and soldier/diplomat, he served in Viet Nam as an infantry platoon leader, recon platoon leader and infantry rifle company commander.  During Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he commanded the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  As a general officer he served as the Deputy Commander, 25th Infantry Division’s peacekeeping force in Haiti, the Deputy UN Commander, peacekeeping force in Haiti, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Forces Command.  Additionally, he commanded the 25th Infantry Division and US Army Hawaii, as well as I Corps and Fort Lewis.  His last assignment was Combatant Commander, United States Southern Command, commanding all US military forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. 

General Hill's military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with Valor device and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and five Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge,  Air Assault Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and Army General Staff Identification Badge.

Upon retirement General Hill continued his government service to the nation.  He was appointed by the President to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, where he served until April 2006.

He is the president of the JT Hill Group, a consulting group focused on strategic leadership and national security issues.  His clients have included Smith and Wesson, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, The Protective Group, and Fraunhofer USA.  He serves on several boards both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including iBio Inc., a publicly traded biotech firm, and Professional Services Contract Inc. (PCSI), a not-for-profit company that employs people with significant disabilities.  He is a leadership and strategy consultant with The Center for Molecular Biotechnology, a biotech research lab. He is a National Advisor for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and a strong advocate for military children with disabilities.

General Hill has strong ties and contacts with opinion and policy makers throughout our government’s executive and legislative branches, the military, the defense industry, academia and think tanks.  Additionally he has a keen understanding of the foreign militaries and governments both in and beyond Latin America, having travelled to over 70 countries.