LTC James R. Cotter Jr. received his commission as a lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officers Advanced Course (CLOAC), the Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), the Petroleum Officers Course, the Support Operations Course and Intermediate Level Education at the U.S. Command and General Staff College.
LTC Cotter’s initial assignment was with India Company, 159th Aviation Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a platoon leader and accountable officer, and then as the company executive officer (XO) (1995-1997) . After his time as the XO, LTC Cotter served as the Plans and Operations Officer for the 507th Corps Support Group (Airborne) (1997-1998) before departing Fort Bragg for CLOAC.
Upon completion of CLOAC, LTC Cotter was assigned to the 16th Corps Support Group in Hanau, Germany (1999-2002) as the Group S4 followed by company command of the 26th Quartermaster Company (DS).
From 2002 to 2004, LTC Cotter served as an Observer/Controller and Trainer in 2nd Battalion, 338th Regiment, Indianapolis, Indiana, providing mobilization and training support to Reserve and National Guards units in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. He also served as the HHC Commander for 3rd Brigade, 85th Division and then as the brigade S4.
In 2004, LTC Cotter was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division as the Supply and Services office in the G4. After deploying as a member of CJTF-76, he served as the Support Operations Officer and then Executive Officer of the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. LTC Cotter deployed with the 548th and then transitioned in theater to be the Deputy G4 for the 10th Mountain Division.
His previous assignment was as a logistics instructor for Intermediate Level Education course at the Command and General Staff College. LTC Cotter is currently serving as the Battalion Commander for 210th Brigade Support Battalion.
LTC Cotter’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the NATO Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.