SgtMaj James A. Kuiken, USMC (Ret.)
Sergeant Major James A. (“Jim”) Kuiken served in the Marine Corps for 30 years (1973- 2003), both in the active and reserve components, and retired from his last post as the active duty Force Sergeant Major of Marine Forces Pacific (the largest combatant command in the Marine Corps with over 79,000 Marines and Sailors) during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a highly decorated, combat-wounded veteran of multiple wars/conflicts, from operations at the end of the Vietnam war, to serving in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom and various others. Some of his personal awards include the Legion of Merit medal, Purple Heart medal, and 3 Combat Action Ribbons.
Jim’s civilian career includes service as a Firefighter / EMT (4th generation Boise City Fire Dept.), and then spans over 30 years in law enforcement (state, local & federal), working drugs, gangs, counterterrorism and more, culminating as a Director (Senior Executive Service SES-6) with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
He was also appointed as the DHS Attaché and Country Director in Iraq, a diplomatic post in Iraq (2005-2006), and subsequently, as Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa.
After he retired from federal service, Jim went on to become a Corporate Executive (Vice President of a mid-sized defense contractor in Chantilly, Virginia), and later, a small business owner and President & CEO of two other companies (in Vienna, Virginia and McAllen, Texas). He was even a U.S. Congressional Candidate (TX-15) in 2012.
Currently a writer / speaker / advocate at www.JamesKuiken.com, Jim spends his time blogging, writing, speaking, and working to spread stories of service to our nation and its people, and working (with several non-profits and others) to support our nation’s military service members, veterans, first responders and their families.
He currently lives in Vienna, VA with his wife, two sons, and his Service Dog, Freedom.