James Combs is the General Manager at Million Air Yuma. James graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Upon graduation, James received a commission into the United States Marine Corps With orders to Quantico Virginia. After six months of Officer training at The Basic School in Quantico Virginia, James reported to initial flight training school in Pensacola, Florida followed by advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Cherry Point, North Carolina, before graduating as a KC-130 Pilot.
James’ previous duty assignments include Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, Amphibious Warfare School, MCAS Miramar, MCAS Futenma, Command and Staff College, U.S. Central Command, and MCAS Yuma. Throughout his career, he has served as a Detachment Commander for multiple deployments in foreign countries, Executive Officer for multiple Marine Squadrons, Marine Air Group Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer of Marine Personnel Support Detachment.
After earning his Master’s degree in Military Studies, James reported to MCAS Yuma in 2006 where he served as the Senior Instructor Pilot for the Air Stations’ Aviators. Additional duties included serving as the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Executive Officer and working closely with state and government legislators as the Community Plans and Liaison Officer. Prior to retirement from the United States Marine Corps after 20 years of active duty service, James served this great Nation with over 3,500 mishap free flight hours through two gulf wars and multiple humanitarian missions.