Rear Adm. James Aiken is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Reverend and Mrs. James Aiken, Sr. Aiken was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Political Science. He also earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
As a surface warfare officer, he commanded USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and Destroyer Squadron 60/Task Force 65
His assignments at sea include service aboard USS Monongahela (AO(J) 178), USS Virginia (CGN-38), Commander, Carrier Group Two (John F.Kennedy battle group), USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Hopper (DDG 70).
Ashore he served as a manpower specialist/detailer at Navy Surface Warfare Manpower Headquarters, Pers 41; deputy executive assistant/administrative aide to the Secretary of the Navy; liaison to the U.S. Senate for the Secretary of Defense; and naval aide and executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller.
Aiken has completed a Legislative Fellowship with Congressman Randy Forbes, Virginia-4/ Chairman, House Armed Services Committee Readiness Sub-Committee.
Aiken assumed duties as deputy director Resources and Acquisition, Joint Staff, J8, in September 2018.