A 1963 distinguished graduate of West Virginia State College, James W. Monroe attended first the Ordnance Officer Basic Course in 1963 and then Armor Officer Basic Course in 1964.
From this point, he began a distinguished career in the Ordnance Corps which included a variety of significant staff assignments and Command at every level through major general.
His initial assignments were in Germany, where he was a Platoon Leader for the 31st Ordnance Company and two armored cavalry platoons in the 9th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division and later Commander, 621st General Supply Company.
He served as Ordnance Advisor to the Saudi Army's Chief of Ordnance from 1968 to 1969 and, after an assignment as Assistant Professor of Military Science, earned a M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 1973.
In addition to assignments as Strategic Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon and Instructor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Monroe commanded the 61st Maintenance Company in Korea, the 71st Maintenance Battalion in Germany, and the 24th Infantry Division Support Command at Fort Stewart.
Following command at Fort Stewart, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, for the US Army Central Command (ARCENT) and then, as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Deputy for Host Nation Support at ARCENT during Operation Desert Storm.In 1991, he was assigned as Deputy Commanding General, US Army Tank-Automotive Command. While in this position, he received a temporary assignment first as the Deputy Commander, and later as the Commanding General, of the Army Materiel Command's Logistics Support Group during the Hurricane Andrew relief efforts.
>In 1994, he was selected as Commanding General, US Army Ordnance Center and School, and Chief of Ordnance. In this assignment, he was instrumental in reorganizing and stabilizing the School's workforce after the turbulence caused by the establishment of the Combined Arms Support Command.
In 1995, he assumed command of the US Army Industrial Operations Command (IOC) at Rock Island, Illinois. This newly established command encompassed the Army's arsenals, depots, plants, and prepositioned stocks and contained 80 per cent of the Army's industrial base with assets totaling over $27 billion. Under his leadership, the IOC matured into a worldwide command linking more than 23,000 military and civilian personnel and 11,000 contractor personnel located in 25 states and 8 overseas locations to the United States defense industry.
MG Monroe retired in 1998 after 35 years of service to the Army and the Ordnance Corps.