Ambassador James W. Darden


Ambassador James W. Darden, a retired major general, served in the Army Reserve for thirty-eight years, from his commissioning in 1966 to his retirement in 2004.
Prior to his terminal assignment as the Director of Mobilization and Reserve Affairs/Deputy J5 of the European Command, Mr. Darden held three command-level positions as a General Officer in the Army Reserve, including  commanding general of the 81st Regional Readiness Command in Birmingham, Ala., from May 1995 until February 1999.
Mr. Darden is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He earned an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Mississippi. Now a Birmingham resident, he is president of Darden and Associates, a real estate and construction company. He is also the vice president of Ellis Services Corporation and a partner in Springville Properties.
He and his wife Madelaine have a son, David Darden, a daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Chad Forsythe, and a grandson, Hunter Forsythe.
In 2005, Mr. Darden was appointed by Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, Chief of the Army Reserve (CAR), to his first term as Army Reserve Ambassador for Alabama.
Ambassador Darden can be reached via email at
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