Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) James G. Spivey graduated from North Georgia College (now University of North Georgia) with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and later graduated from Kansas State University with a master’s degree in Education. Upon graduation from NGC in 1994, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry.
Following the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Bradley Leaders Course, LTC Spivey was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. He later served as the Maintenance Detachment Commander for the 632 Maintenance Company at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia.
From 1998 to 2000, LTC Spivey attended the Infantry Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger School, Language School, and SERE School.
LTC Spivey was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), 3rd Battalion, Company C, serving as Detachment Commander for ODA 394 and later ODA 393. As a Detachment Commander, LTC Spivey deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation JOINT GUARD, a JCET to Swaziland, South Africa, Operation FOCUS RELIEF in Nigeria, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Afghanistan, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Iraq, and several other deployments throughout Africa.
He has since served assignments with 3rd SFG(A), U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), U.S. Army Special Operations Command, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center School, and U.S. Special Operations Command as the Deputy Director Joint Task Force SWORD.
LTC Spivey is married to the former Jennifer League, and they have two children – a son, Harrison, and a daughter, Reagan. In addition, he has served as a youth sports coach for over eight years and is a member of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church.