Died May 21, 2009
Assigned to the 139th Medical Group, Independence, Missouri
Command Sergeant Major James Hubbard died after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November 2008 following his tour in Iraq. He had served the Army for more than 36 years. He is survived by his wife, Katie; sons, Ja’Vaughn and Ashton; grandson, Keegan; mother, Lucille; and five sisters, Gloria, Margie, Wright, Nellie, Patricia, and Brenda.
James was raised in Dublin, Georgia and at the age of 20 began his military career on October 24, 1972 when he was drafted into the United States Army where he spent 8 years on active duty. He was happy when he left for the Army, knowing that the military would create opportunities that he wouldn’t have if he stayed. It instilled a sort of pride in him. After his discharge he joined the Army Reserves, graduating from Wichita State University in 1988 with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, and later in his career graduated the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1995.
His Military campaigns included Operations Joint Guardian, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the War on Terrorism campaigns Hubbard served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 450th Movement Control Battalion, Tallil Air Base in Iraq and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Subordinate units included Active and Reserve Components spread throughout Iraq and Kuwait. In July 2005 CSM Hubbard was assigned to the 139th Med Group, Task Force Medical Falcon XIV, Multinational Task Force East (KFOR9), Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, serving as the senior enlisted Soldier in the command.
CSM James Hubbard was 57 years old from Leavenworth, KS.
Original portrait was presented May 18, 2012 to his family during the Armed Forces Day Gold Star Family Banquet hosted by America Supports You- Texas in Amarillo, Texas.DONATE in memory of