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James Adams grew up in Normangee, Texas. While in high school, James won National and State Championships as well as the Texas cup in basketball. After graduating from Normangee High School he joined the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 18. While in the Coast Guard, James graduated from Machinery Tech, Ship De-Watering, Firefighting, First Aid and CPR with AED schools always in the top of his class.
James completed two tours to South America and a tour to Alaska aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau. While on his tour in South America, James was a boarding team member that was involved in making the 3rd largest drug bust in the world. While in a major maintenance period on the Morgenthau James served as a Machinery Technician, receiving the Coast Guard Commendation medal for performing a complete rebuild of the main engine in less than a months’ time saving the Coast Guard over $1 million.
While on his tour to Alaska, James was certified as a rescue swimmer. James completed four lifesaving swims in the rough waters of the Bering Sea. James then received orders that landed him at the National Motor Lifeboat School Cape Disappointment where he was an instructor on teaching the U.S. Coast Guard, Canada Coast Guard and the Navy Seals on how to drive boats in twenty to thirty foot waves. James lead a recovery team after the Northwest was hit by a major coastal storm rescuing hundreds of people from their homes.
After honorably serving, James moved back home to take a job building military safety equipment to help protect our service men and women. James found himself wanting to get back to the water and is now the Boatswain for Texas A&M Galveston’s Waterfront Operations Department.
As the Boatswain, James overseas and performs maintenance on all A&M small boats. He is responsible for keeping the boats safe, reliable and looking sharp. He reports directly to the Director of Waterfront Operations, Captain Allan Post.