Lieutenant Colonel James Ryan Dooley was born to Colonel James E. Dooley III (RET) and the former Angela F. Moore in Norman, Oklahoma on April 01, 1971. 
His formative years were spent moving every three years (or less) to locations including Stuttgart, Germany; Copperas Cove, Texas; Ft Huachuca, Arizona; Harker Heights, Texas; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and Burke, Virginia.

After high school graduation, he went on to study at George Mason University, Virginia, and then the University of Texas at Arlington where he eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems. Proudly serving in his father's footsteps, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps upon graduation, December 17, 1994.

His first duty station was Panama, where over a three-year period his assignments included:  Platoon Leader, 154th Signal Battalion, 106th Signal Brigade, Fort Clayton; Battalion Signal Officer, 1-228 Aviation Regt, Fort Kobbe; J6, Task Force 411, Camp Rousseau; Executive Officer/Platoon Leader, 252nd Signal Company, 56th Signal Battalion, Fort Clayton; and Executive Officer, 94th Signal Company, 56th Signal Battalion, Corozal. His next two tours were in Germany, were he served with the First Infantry Division.  Over a six-year period, his assignments included:  Brigade Signal Officer for 3d Brigade, Vilseck; S1/Adjutant for 121st Signal Battalion, Kitzingen; Division G6 Operations OIC, Wuerzburg; and Company Commander of Bravo Company, 121 Signal Battalion, Kitzingen.
While serving with First Infantry Division, LTC Dooley deployed to Kosovo as a part of KFOR1B, and to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His next tour was as the Chief Communications Officer for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Operations Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, followed by a posting to Canberra, Australia where he completed the Command and General Staff College.  Upon completion of the course, he was assigned as the Brigade Signal Officer for the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X. His next tour was with the DISA Exchange Office, with duty in Ottawa, Ontario supporting the Department of National Defence in the Associate Deputy Minister (Information Management), Directorate General Information Management Office, Directorate of Strategic Communications Services as the Joint Strategic Communications Systems Support Section Head.  A position he proudly held for three years. After his tour in Canada, he served with Eighth Army in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, S.Korea as the G6 Headquarters Support Division Chief.  He held this position for two years. From Korea, LTC Dooley was sent to Rome, Italy, to be a student in the six-month NATO Defense College Senior Course 129.  Upon completion of the school [and becoming an official NDC Anciens] he moved to Naples to take Command of the 2nd NATO Signal Battalion in Grazzanise, where he serves, today.

LTC Dooley has attended the following schools: Officer's Basic Course, Officer's Advanced Course, CAS3, ILE/CGSC, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Rappel Master's School, Air Crew Survival School, JMPE-II, the NATO Defence College Seniors’ Course, and the NATO Staff Officers’ Orientation Course.  

His decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Bronze Star medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 10, and two awards of the National Defense Service Ribbon.  His foreign awards include the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Gold Award), Italian Parachutist Badge, Dutch Parachutist Badge, and the Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation.

His hobbies include paragliding, powered paragliding (paramotoring), and hapkido.  

LTC Dooley is extremely fortunate to have married the former Kimberly Goodhart. They have two children; Sabrina, a suma cum laud graduate of Shippensburg University, now working in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Jacoby, a graduate with a Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, now working in the Texas public school system as a Special Education Teacher.