Major James Jam Sallah was a Senior Military Officer of the Cameroonian Army, a native of Anyajua, a city located in the Boyo division of the North-West Region of Cameroon.
He was famous for his high military skills and the outstanding achievements made in his military career. He was particularly known for his mastery and expertise of heavy weapons such as artillery shell, battle tanks, machine gun, assault tanks, armored tank, heavy gunnery, cannons, howitzers, mortars, anti-tank artillery, rocket artillery and also infantry weapons.
He possessed a unique blend of knowledge, skills and abilities in the tactics of the Artillery.
He had been a mentor for many young officers of the Cameroonian Army, some of whom have the rank of General of the army today. He was the 'Jack Bauer of the 24 Hours series' of the Cameroonian Army, the last resort when all attempts to maintain the homeland security failed. He was highly committed to his responsibility of security of the territory that he never wasted any additional time but immediately rushed where he was called to rescue a situation.
Major James Jam Sallah attended the Primary School in Anyajua and ended it in Bello in the North-West region of Cameroon. He was very brilliant. He spent the Secondary School time at the Government Secondary School of Buea then The High school at the Man'O War Bay Secondary School, both in the South-West Region of Cameroon. During his school days, he was a race champion.
He then attended the University of Buea where he studied the French Literature. This is the reason why despite being a native English speaker, he spoke French so fluently and was an expert of French Crosswords.
After his University degree, he joined the Inter-Armed Military School (EMIA) of Yaounde, in the Centre Region of Cameroon, a very well-renowned school in the French-speaking Africa.
At the end of his training at the EMIA, he was posted Company Commander of The Airborne Troops Battalion of Koutaba in the West region of Cameroon.
He then took a Parachuting course in Pau, a commune on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, and capital of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques Division in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Pau hosted the 18th infantry regiment, 1st and 18th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (parachute regiment) who were stationed in the town. All participated in the various conflicts of the 20th century.
That course was followed by a Field Artillery course completed in 1976, in Châlons-en-Champagne formerly called Châlons-sur-Marne. A school of artillery students was created in 1791 in Châlons-en-Champagne, renamed in 1807 the School of Application of Artillery and Engineering and provided the instruction of the weapon to students from Saint-Cyr or Polytechnique, as well as the direct training of artillery senior officers, destined to field artillery, armored artillery and light anti-aircraft forces.
When he returned to Cameroon in 1976, he was assigned Field Artillery Military Officer and Senior Security Officer at The Unit of Artillery of Dschang in the West region of Cameroon.
In 1982, he was sent in Maltam in the Far North region of Cameroon to be the Company Commander of the Military Company.
During that time, he took another course from November 1982 to May 1983 at The School of Application of Artillery which moved his premises from Châlons-sur-Marne to Draguignan, a town located in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region in the South of France.
At the end of that course in 1983, his was appointed Senior Security Officer and Unit Commander of Field Artillery at The Field Artillery Batallion of Nkongsamba in the Littoral region.
In 1992, he was promoted Commander in Chief of The Field Artillery at The Field Artillery Batallion of Nkongsamba and Assessor at The Military Tribunal.
In 1993, he was assigned Commander in Chief at 41th Inter-Armed Battalion of Garoua in the North region, position that he maintained until 2003.
Between 1998 and 1999, he attended the Commander in Chief Course at The Military School of Administration of Koulikoro in the South-East of Mali. It is renowned throughout French-speaking Africa, resulting from a Franco-Malian collaboration and provides management and accounting training for all personnel of field forces, the air forces, the gendarmerie and the national guard.
During this training, he was identified and invited by the late Niger President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara. At the end of the training, he was invited to visit as an Alumni of The School of Artillery of Draguignan in France, also called Capital of The Artillery.
He had received the Valiance Medal from the Cameroon Minister of Defense while being a Commander in Chief at the Field Artillery Batallion of Nkongsamba. According to a November 1972 ordinance, the Valiance Medal rewards outstanding acts of bravery by members of Cameroon's public forces.