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James K. La Vine
JIEDDO Chief of Staff
National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California

Mr. James K. La Vine was raised in Merrick, N.Y.  He attended Villanova University and graduated in 1981.

After completion of The Basic School, he reported for flight training in Pensacola, FL.  After his designation as a Naval Aviator in September 1983, 2ndLt La Vine reported to HMT-301, 3d MAW at MCAS Tustin for flight training as a CH-46E helicopter pilot.  He was then assigned to HMM-268, where he served as Embarkation Officer, Flight Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.  During this tour, he deployed to the Western Pacific with the 11th Marine Amphibious Unit.

In 1987, Capt La Vine transferred to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment for duty as a Forward Air Controller and deployed to Okinawa, Japan.  Capt La Vine returned to HMT-301 in June 1987 as a CH-46 instructor.  He also served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and the Maintenance Officer.

In 1989, Capt La Vine was reassigned to HMM-268 as the Assistant Maintenance Officer.  During this tour, he deployed with MAG-50 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.

Upon completion of the deployments, he attended the MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course.  While with the Red Dragons, he also served as the Administrative Officer, Director of Safety and Standardization, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer and deployed with the 13th MEU (SOC) to Somalia in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE.  He assumed duties as Executive Officer upon the squadron’s return to the United States.

Major La Vine reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force in July 1995 and was assigned as the Director of Warfare Simulation Systems.  He attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1997.  He was assigned as the Executive Officer of HMM-161, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in 1998. 

In January 1999, LtCol La Vine was reassigned as the CH-46E Detachment Officer-in-Charge and Executive Officer of HMH-465 (REIN) for the Urban Warrior Advanced Warfighting Experiment.  In November 1999, he was assigned as Executive Officer of HMM-166 (REIN) and deployed with the 15th MEU (SOC).

In June 2000, LtCol La Vine assumed command of HMM-163.  In August 2001, the squadron deployed with the 15th MEU (SOC) and participated in combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

LtCol La Vine received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2003 and was later assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-9, I-MEF.


Col La Vine assumed duties as Commanding Officer, 13th MEU (SOC) in June 2004 and deployed to Al Anbar Province in August 2005 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He then assumed duties as Chief of Staff, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Center of Excellence in 2006.

In 2008 Col La Vine executed PCS orders to Okinawa and assumed the duties as Assistant Wing Commander, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.  In 2009 he was assigned as the Director of Operations and Training, MCB, Camp Pendleton.  He retired from the Marine Corps in November of 2011.

Mr. La Vine is currently the Chief of Staff for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Center of Excellence at Fort Irwin, CA.




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