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James W. Pardew, Jr.


U.S. Ambassador

Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1944, Ambassador Pardew is a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas and a graduate of Nettleton High School. In 1966 he graduated from Arkansas State with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and was Commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer. An ASU ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, he was also a Senator in the ASU Student Government Association, Co-Editor of the Herald, and President of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. During his 28-year military career he saw combat in Vietnam, served tours of duty in Turkey, Japan, and Germany, and served in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. During the collapse of the Soviet Union and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he served as Vice Director for Intelligence, as Director of Foreign Intelligence, and Chief of Current Intelligence for the Army General Staff. He has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, was twice awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Air Medal, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Colonel Pardew was appointed as a U.S. Special Representative in December, 1995, following service as the Secretary of Defense Representative to the U.S. peace negotiating team that achieved the Dayton Peace Agreement in the former Yugoslavia. In May, 1996, President Clinton accorded Colonel Pardew the personal rank of Ambassador as the U.S. Special Representative for Military Stabilization in the Balkans.