Savage Patriot Spotlight - James Fuller
Former Navy Serviceman Becomes Savage Shift Supervisor
It is a rare event for a Navy serviceman to be awarded a medal by an Admiral. It is even rarer for a Navy serviceman to be awarded a medal by an Army General. Though indeed rare, James Fuller, through his actions above and beyond the call of duty, was awarded a medal by an Army General. General Stone presented James with the Combat Action Badge for his accomplishments in putting down an insurrection at the detention center where he was stationed in Iraq.
James hailed from the town of Santa Fe, Texas before joining the Navy. He now works in Southeast Texas as a shift supervisor at refinery where Savage cuts and handles petroleum coke. Before being promoted to his current position, James was a coke cutter and crane operator.
James followed in the footsteps of his step-dad, who was a retired Senior Chief in the Navy. His first job assignment in the Navy was a parachute rigger from 1997-2002. James packed chutes for the pilots flying E2 Hawkeyes and E6 Mercury’s in the “Red Button Command.” James later served as Master of Arms a.k.a. Military Police, which was a perfect fit. James said he always wanted to be a policeman, and especially a Texas Ranger. He worked in various duty stations for the remainder of his 14-year career in this specialty such as: San Diego, CA., Point Magoo, CA., Tinker AFB, OK., Camp Bucca in Um Qasr, Iraq, Gaeta, Italy and Bahrain. While in Iraq, he collected intelligence at a prisoner detention facility where they came under mortar fire at least once a week.
James attained the rank of E-5 and won the following medals; Army Commendation, Combat Action Badge, (4) Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism, Expert Marksman and Iraq Campaign Medal. His most memorable experience was the first time he walked up to an aircraft carrier and saw how large they are. He said he had no idea how large they were and while stationed on the USS Carl Vinson, he was always lost. When asked about the food at his various duty stations, he said it was bad for the most part, but the Air Force had the best food.
At this point in his career, James has been with Savage for three years and is grateful for the many opportunities to advance. We are thankful to James for his service to our country and for being an important part of the Savage team!