James Cole

James Cole joined the Electronic Proving Ground as a Test Officer upon graduation from Texas A&M University in 1975. His assignments with the Proving Ground have included Test Officer, Branch Chief, Division Chief, Director, and his current assignment, Deputy to the Commander. While on active duty in the United States Army, Mr. Cole served four years as an enlisted man. Upon graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1965, he was assigned as a rifle platoon leader with the 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi Vietnam. His officer assignments included two tours in Vietnam, one as a rifle platoon leader, and during the second tour assigned the First Signal Brigade. He has held several command positions for a total of six years in command. His Joint assignment was with the Defense Communications Agency as Chief Engineer, DCA Southwest Pacific at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. His military decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and others. He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College.

In 1985, Mr. Cole was selected by the Secretary of the Army as the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Suggester. His suggestion provided savings of over $600,000.00 in cost avoidance to a Joint test program. In 1998 Mr. Cole was awarded the Hammer Award by the Vice President for his contribution to the Advanced Distributed Electronic Warfare System (ADEWS) patent. In February 2001, he was awarded another patent as co-inventor of a gunshot sensor for use in law enforcement handheld radios. Mr. Cole is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He has been an active Amateur Radio Operator since 1956, currently holding the Amateur Extra Class license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.