Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Board of Directors

James Bankers

James D. Bankers

Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret.)

President & Ceo


Maj. Gen. Bankers is a veteran of nearly 38 years in the United Air Force. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program at North Dakota State University. He is a Command Pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours including 200 combat missions in Southeast Asia flying the A-37. His career included command of two bases and three Airlift Wings to include the operational testing and evaluation of the C-17, the Air Force’s newest airlift aircraft. Other assignments included Chief of Staff/ Assistant Vice Commander, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins AFB, Georgia. He retired as the Commander of 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1999.


  • Bachelor of Science, North Dakota State University, 1968
  • Air Command and Staff College, 1982
  • Air War College, 1987


Since his retirement, Maj. Gen. Bankers has served in a number of positions mostly regarding military and veteran’s issues. He has served as a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Military Affairs Council, Military Family Support Center as well as President of the Department of Georgia Reserve Officers Association.

Maj. Gen. Bankers and his wife, Dorothy have made Georgia their home for more than 20 years, the last 18 years in Kennesaw. They have 3 grown children, Stacy, Brad, and Sarah and 6 grandchildren.

It has been my honor and privilege to work with some of the finest people our country has to offer. People, who have, together with their families, volunteered to protect and defend the rest of us. They represent a small percentage of our citizens and yet their service and sacrifice is well out of proportion to their numbers.

It is our honor to be a part of building a lasting and sustainable memorial to the spirit of service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families. We hope you will join us in this effort.