Retired Lt. General Daniel James III, son of the late General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., and the late Dorothy Watkins James, has died of heart failure at the age of 71. He died  on Aug. 1, 2017 his family has announced.

He is survived by immediate family members: wife Dana; their son, Daniel Steven James; and the General’s brother, Claude “Spuddy” James.

Lt. Gen. James III was the director of the Air National Guard from 2002 to 2006. General James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Arizona (Tucson), graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1981 and the National Security Management Course in 1992.

He performed 500 combat flying hours in Southeast Asia and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the first African-American to become the director of the Air National Guard.

General James was an airline pilot for Continental Airlines.

General James was born in Tuskegee on September 7, 1945.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

The interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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