James T. Averhart, Jr, is a native of Mobile, Alabama and the first born of three children. He is a retired United States Marine, Chief Warrant Officer Five (CWO5). James is the President and CEO of J.T. Averhart Group (JTAG), a non-profit organization that facilitates ex-offenders’ re-entry into society. He is the Past National President of the Montford Point Marines Association and currently serves as Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mobile Unit #5044.
James enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1987 as a Basic Infantrymen and would later change his Military Occupational Specialty to Military Police & Correctional Officer. He served on active duty from 1987 to 2017. He is a combat-tested veteran having served in direct combat action in Operations Desert Shield and the ground offensive in Desert Storm. Additionally, James served in support of the Global War on Terrorism, Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan / and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Iraq. Retiring from the Pentagon as the Head of Marine Corps Corrections Branch, James completed 30 years 2 months and 12 days of honorable and faithful service.
James is an active member in his church, community, and several National and Civic Organizations to include the American Corrections Association, National Naval Officers Association, Blacks in Government, NAACP, Marine Corps League, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
James is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School, Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course, Weapons of Mass Destruction Trainer Course and Hostage Negotiation School. He also pursued his educational goals while serving on active military duty and earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Security Management from the American Military University. James furthered his education by earning a Doctorate Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from the North Carolina College of Theology and Seminary. He is currently working toward a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Ashford University.
James’ personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/Four Gold stars in lieu of fifth award); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (w/gold star in lieu of third award); Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (w/three bronze stars); and the Marine Corps Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (w/gold star in lieu of second award).
James has been the recipient of the following civilian awards while on active duty: Governor of Maryland Citation; Governor of Alabama Certificate of Appreciation; Proclamation from the City of Mobile, AL proclaiming November 2, 2012 as “Dr. James T. Averhart, Day”; 2016 Jeffries Carey National Achievement Award; 2016 Inductee in the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. Hall of Fame; Proclamation from the City of Mobile, AL and Resolution from the Mobile County Commission both proclaiming October 20, 2017, as “James T. Averhart, Jr. Day”. He also received the Key to the City of Mobile, AL on 20 October 2017.
James T. Averhart, Jr., reached the highest rank achievable as a Warrant Officer, by being promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Five (CWO5). He retired from active military duty from the Marine Corps on October 31, 2017, after 30 plus years of Honorable and Faithful Service to The United States of America. He is a staunch advocate for Equal and Civil rights and looks forward to continuing his life’s work as a public servant to his community, state, and country.