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COL James G. Pairmore



Colonel James G. Pairmore entered the U.S. Army as an 11B Infantryman in 1986, serving as an Airborne Infantryman and Scout/Observer in the 6th Light Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska for four years attaining the rank of Sergeant. He completed the Special Forces Medic Course in 1991, with a subsequent assignment to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, Massachusetts until 1994, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then served in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Moore, Georgia as a Sergeant First Class from 1994 to 1996, where he was accepted into the Inter-Service Physician Assistant Program.

COL Pairmore received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Specialist Corps as a Physician Assistant at Fort Moore, Georgia in 1998. His initial assignments were with the 1st Battalion (Air Assault) 503rd Infantry Regiment at Camp Casey, Korea, 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, Georgia, and 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Georgia.

With a selection to Major, he was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Liberty, North Carolina from 2006 to 2013. With selection for Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the Senior Physician Assistant and Chief of Medical Training in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Liberty, North Carolina for two years. He then served as a Special Assistant to the Army Surgeon General on the Commander’s Initiative Group from 2015 to 2017 at Falls Church, Virginia. From 2017 to 2019, he commanded Public Health Activity-Hawaii at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. From 2019 to 2021, he commanded the 14th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Moore, Georgia deploying the unit to Iraq from October 2019 to June 2020. In June 2021, he assumed command of the Joint Medical Unit, Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Liberty, North Carolina. COL Pairmore assumed command of Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center July 11, 2023, at Fort Eisenhower, Georgia.

COL Pairmore’s operational assignments include operations Provide Comfort II, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom-Horn of Africa, Resolute Support, and Inherent Resolve.

COL Pairmore holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska and Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the AMEDD Basic Course, AMEDD Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

COL Pairmore’s individual awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (6th award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medals (7th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7th award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (6th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral three), and the NATO Medal. He has earned the Combat Medic Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger tab, and Special Forces tab as well as the Polish and German Parachutist Badge.

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