James Edward "Hoss" Cartwright is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who last served as the eighth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from August 31, 2007, to August 3, 2011. He previously served as the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, from September 1, 2004, to August 10, 2007, and as Acting Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from July 9, 2004, to September 1, 2004. He retired from the Marine Corps on August 3, 2011, after nearly 40 years of service.
|Born||September 22, 1949|
Rockford, Illinois, United States
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1971–2011|
|Commands held||Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007–11)|
United States Strategic Command (2004–07)
1st Marine Aircraft Wing (2000–02)
Marine Aircraft Group 31 (1994–96)
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (1992)
|Battles/wars||War on Terror|
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4)|
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
This United States Marine Corps general, who received four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011. He was the Commander of the United States Strategic Command from 2004 to 2007.
Cartwright, nicknamed "Hoss," was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois.
After graduating from the University of Iowa, he joined the US Marine Corps as a second lieutenant and went on to train as a Naval Aviator and Naval Flight Officer. He went on to the Naval War College in Rhode Island to get a master's degree in strategy and national security.
He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011, having served his selected branch of the military for nearly four decades.
When Cartwright was investigated by the U.S. Justice Department in regard to a potential classified information leak, his lawyer, one-time White House attorney Greg Craig , refused to comment on the situation.
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● James Cartwright was born on September 22, 1949 (age 72) in Rockford, Illinois, United States ● He is a celebrity war hero
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