WB James D. Lamb, Pipe Major
James hails from Carlsbad, New Mexico; son of James W. Lamb of Tucson and Paula Autry of Carlsbad. His Grandfather and WWII veteran is the late Louis M. Whitlock, former New Mexico State Senator. He is married to Jessica Marie Lamb of Albuquerque who he met while serving in the Air National Guard. He has two children; Brandon and Dakotah. His hobbies are riding motorcycles and playing bagpipes. James is a retired Captain from the Santa Fe Police Department, a prior Deputy Sheriff in Ft. Worth Texas, and a prior Agent for the New Mexico State Police. He is a trained public speaker, Public Information Officer and former New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Staff Instructor giving him over 27 years of experience in policing and criminal justice. He is a retired Senior Master Sergeant (First Sergeant) from the United States Air Force. His work in policing garnered him the Police Chief’s Commendation in 2010. He was instrumental in seeing that his department received the 2011 New Mexico Pro Patria award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) who also placed in the top ten nationally of over 2000 applicants. James and his military brethren were recognized in August as a Home Town Heroes. Through the years of service, James has been able to complete a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served as a bagpiper and drummer in the Ballut Abyad Shine band, the Order of the Thistle and is currently the Pipe Major for the New Mexico Fire and Police Pipes and Drums and the Grand Masonic Guard Pipes and Drums. His service can be witnessed at several parades, funerals and memorials as a dedication to honored service for those who have been called by the Great Architect of the Universe. His command of military and police Honor Guards for the past 15 years is often sought after.
James holds Freemasonry in high regard to all who shall seek to serve his fellow man. His home lodge and endowed membership is at Temple Lodge #6 located in Albuquerque where he is a Past Master (2012). James was in charge of ritual when the lodge received the Ron Brinkman Master Builder Award in 2011/2012 and was a team member when they were given the Mark Twain Award in 2010. James was initiated on May 11, 2006, passed on May 18, 2006 and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on June 22, 2006. He has served the New Mexico Grand Lodge several years in different positions.
James is an Endowed member of the Santa Fe Valley Scottish Rite and received his 32nd Degree on October 6, 2006 and the Illustrious order of KCCH in 2015. He participates in Scottish Rite degree ritual as Degree Director and “Adolf the Saxon” in the 21st degree. He was President of the Albuquerque Scottish Rite Club in 2011 when the club was revitalized bringing new life to the Scottish Rite in Albuquerque and is now the 2nd Vice President.
James is a member of the Albuquerque York Rite; York College, Knight Mason and Red Cross of Constantine, where he serves as an officer and ritualist in most degrees and orders. He is currently the Commander of Pilgrim Commandry #3.
As a Shriner at the Ballut Abyad center for over 10 years, James is a former Commander of the Legion of Honor and the current 1st Ceremonial Master. He received the Shrine Merit award in 2012. James served 3 years as the Adjutant for the Western States Association of the Legion of Honor and is currently the Chief of Staff..
James is Past President of the Kit Carson Chapter #447, National Sojourners; Past Commander of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Camp of Heroes ’76, and a Member in Perpetuity. He currently serves as the National Area Representative to the National President.
Service to mankind, Americanism and Patriotism is his dedication and motto.