The youngest of six children, Dr. James Curtis Bonds was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on 1 November 1959 to the Late James Bonds and Rosie Lee Hastings. In 1978 he graduated from Foy H. Moody High School and was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Bethel College located in Kansas. Upon graduation from Bethel College in 1982, he enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in December of that year.
On 06 February 1983, Dr. Bonds reported to Basic Training in Orlando Florida and upon completion of Basic Training, he attended apprenticeship training in Orlando Florida then received orders to the PreCommissioning Crew of USS IOWA (BB-61). Later that year the crew was ordered to Pascagoula Mississippi to undergo numerous propulsion, auxiliary, and electrical classroom training. Concurrently he attended IC “A” school in San Diego, California and numerous other advance electrical “C” schools including C-7 School.
Dr. Bonds Enlisted Sea/Shore assignments were USS IOWA (BB-61) battleship home ported in Norfolk, Virginia from 1983-1986, while onboard he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists, advanced to Interior Communication Second Class, he was instrumental in the ship winning Battle Efficiency “E” Award, and deployed to South America, Central America, and the Baltic. His next sea tour was aboard USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36) Submarine Tender home ported in Norfolk, Virginia from 1986-1989, while onboard he worked both 637 and 688 Class Submarines, additionally he deployed to North Atlantic (TEAMWORK 88). Dr. Bonds was then ordered to NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA SECURITY DEPARTMENT 1989-1991, while onboard he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class 1989. His last sea tour as enlisted was onboard USS STUMP (DD-978) A Spruance Class Destroyer home ported in Norfolk, Virginia from 1992-1997 during his tenure onboard he qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch, Combat System Officer of the Watch, Junior Officer of the Deck (underway), selected STUMP’s Sailor of the Year, selected DESRON 2 Sea Sailor of the Year and nominated Atlantic Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year for 1995. He completed deployments to Persian Gulf in support of Desert Storm, Desert Shield, participated in UNITAS 35-94, Haitian Ops, Agile Provider, and conducted counter-narcotics operations in SOUTHCOM area of responsibility. Prior to transferring Dr. Bonds was selected to Chief Petty Officer and was ordered to SHORE INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY (SIMA) 1997-2000.
While at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) he was commission an ENSIGN under the LDO/CWO Program June 2000.
Dr. Bonds initial sea assignment as a Commission Officer was onboard USS NORMANDY (CG-61) a Guided Missile Cruiser home ported in Norfolk Virginia 2000-2003. There he served as Auxiliary and Electrical Officer. During this tour, he qualified Surface Warfare Officer, re-qualified Engineer Officer of the Watch, and conducted two deployments both to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Southern Watch, and he initiated new process standards with Quality Assurance as the Quality Assurance Officer. His next sea assignment was aboard USS PONCE (LPD-15) home ported in Norfolk Virginia February 2006- May 2007; there he served as Main Propulsion Assistant. During his tour he completed an Extended Shipyard Availability followed by a successful Light off Assessment. Dr. Bonds reported to USS LEYTE GULF (CG-55) where he served as Assistant Chief Engineer from December 2007 to December 2009, during his tour he completed an extended SRA, LOA, ULTRA E, EOC and conducted several operational commitments to include Mediterranean and Arabian deployment in support of African Partnership.
Ashore, Dr. Bonds was assigned to Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic as OIC of the Casualty Response Cell (N43R1) September 2003-October 2004. Subsequently, he was ordered to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) located in Norfolk VA, October 2004-December 2005 where he served as DDG Typed Desk Officer, he managed and directed 21 maintenance teams in support of continuous, restricted and emergent availabilities for Guided Missile Aegis Destroyers. From June 2007-December 2007 Dr. Bonds was assigned to Commander Patrol Coastal CLASSRON as assistant N43.
Additionally, Dr. Bonds had temporary duty assignments at Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) Newport Rhode Island for PEO Advance Steam Course December 2005 and Advance Gas Turbine Course September 2007.
His final shore assignment was at Assault Craft Unit Four as Repair Officer, December 2009-2011.
Dr. Bonds retired as a Lieutenant from the United States Navy February 01, 2011 after serving faithfully and dutifully this Great Nation for over 27 plus years.
Dr. James C. Bonds is currently a Senior Quality Assurance Instructor and curriculum developer for McKean Defense Group a Federal Contracting Agency supporting the United States Navy Workforce Development Program located in Virginia Beach Virginia. In this capacity he instructs and teaches Quality Assurance Specialists, Government Employees (GS paygrades 11, and 12) in the area of QA for Chief Naval Operations ships availabilities. He has been in this position for the past four and half years.
He has had continual support from his wife the former Regina Ann Goings from Toledo Ohio for the past 35 years. They have two adult children Carl (36) and Crystal (32). He also has an older son, Monroe (38).
Dr. Bonds holds a Doctor Degree in Public Administration 2016 from Capella University, a Master Degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Public Management 2004 from Troy State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology 1982 from Bethel College; additionally he is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Graduate from NAVSEA.