LTG James H. Pillsbury, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James H. Pillsbury became the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Commanding General on December 8, 2008. Lieutenant General Pillsbury also served as the Executive Director for Conventional Ammunition.
Lieutenant General Pillsbury graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in International Relations from Troy State University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Transportation Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
Lieutenant General Pillsbury served as AMC’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Operations, G-3, from July 2007 to October 2008 and as the Commander of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command from December 2003 to July 2007.
Lieutenant General Pillsbury served in a variety of command and staff assignments. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1973 and began his military career as a mortar platoon leader and later support platoon leader, with the 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. Early in his career, he served as a platoon leader, detachment commander, and company executive officer and commander.
From 1991-1993, he served as Commander, 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; from 1993-1994 he served as Executive Officer, Force Development, Aviation Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, U.S. Army, Washington, DC; and from 1995-1997 he served as Commander, Division Support Command, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell. Lieutenant General Pillsbury also served as Assistant Division Commander (Support), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York, from 1997-1998.
His joint assignments include Chief, Sustainability, Mobilization Plans and Exercises Division, J-4, from 1998-1999; Deputy Director, Logistics, Readiness and Requirements, J-4, from 1999-2000; and finally as Commander of the Defense Distribution Center, Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, from 2000 to 2002. From 2002 to October 2003, he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.
His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (with two Bronze Stars), and the Parachutist, Senior Army Aviator, Air Assault, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification, and Army Staff Identification Badges.
Lieutenant General Pillsbury, and his late spouse the former Becky Ryan, have a son Michael and his wife Amanda, and a daughter Katherine.