James Faasau is a first-generation American and proud Idahoan. James has dedicated his life to serving this country. He is a former infantry Marine and Naval Aviator who retired after 23 years of military service. James has worked as a contract pilot, commercial airline pilot, and national aviation program manager for the government.
In 1994, James enlisted in the Marine Corps where he was assigned to an infantry rifle company. He served on two western pacific deployments. During his first deployment his unit was attached to a Marine Air Ground Task Force as the infantry element for Operation United Shield, tasked to provide protection for U.N. peacekeeping forces as they withdrew from Mogadishu, Somalia. James was promoted to Non-Commissioned Officer and served as a Team Leader, Section Leader, and Weapons Instructor. He was honorably discharged in 1998.
In 2003, James reported to Navy Officer Candidate School where he received his officer commission. He began flight training soon after. He received his wings and was designated a Naval Aviator. After completing Fleet Replacement training, James was deployed to the Western Pacific where he flew missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He flew over 20 combat missions over Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, James reported to the Naval Air Training Command where he trained student military aviators in primary flight training, and intermediate/advanced strike flight training and carrier qualification. In 2010 he flew the most hours of any pilot in the Navy. James served as squadron check airman, standardization officer, and operations officer during his tenure.
In 2011, James received orders to United States Central Command at MacDill AFB. He served as an Action Officer supporting the Combined Joint Interagency Task Forces and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2013, James left active duty and became a reservist flying for the Naval Air Training Command in Kingsville, Texas.
James was promoted to the rank of Commander. He was forced to retire from the Navy in 2022 after refusing the mandated COVID-19 vaccine.
James was born in Walnut Creek, California. His father, an immigrant from Samoa, didn’t want his children raised in the city and began searching for rural areas to live. When James was two years old his family moved to Cottonwood, a small rodeo town in northern California. In high school, James was a multi-sport athlete involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other school fellowship groups. After his enlistment in the Marine Corps, James used his G.I. Bill and enrolled at Shasta Community College where he played football for the Knights. He transferred to the former Metropolitan State College of Denver, (now Metropolitan State University of Denver). While in college James worked as a restaurant bartender/server, wildland firefighter, and valet. In 2002, James completed his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Political Science and a minor in Aviation. In 2021, James graduated from Life Bible College in Meridian, Idaho, with an Associate of Arts in Ministry.
James and his wife, Rebekah, moved to Boise, Idaho, in March 2014. They have two children. In their free time, you’ll find them skiing, biking, or traveling.