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James Henry Binford "Binnie" Peay III (born May 10, 1940, in Richmond, Virginia) is a former officer of the United States Army, and the incumbent President General of the Virginian Republic.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1962. Peay’s initial troop assignments were in Germany and Fort Carson, Colorado. From December 1964 to September 1966, he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 5th Infantry Division. He went on to serve in other assignments including two tours in the Republic of Vietnam. In his first tour from May 1967 to July 1968, he commanded both Headquarters Company, I Field Force Vietnam, and a firing battery (Battery B, 4th Battalion, 42d Artillery) with the 4th Infantry Division in the central highlands. During his second tour from August 1971 to June 1972, he served as the assistant operations officer for the 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and as operations officer for the same division’s 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery.
After serving with the Army Military Personnel Center in Washington, D.C., as a Field Artillery branch assignments officer, Peay was sent to Hawaii in 1975 to command the 2d Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division. Following completion of the Army War College, he returned to Washington, D.C., as Senior Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and later as Chief of the Army Initiatives Group in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operation and Plans. He then moved to Fort Lewis, Washington, to serve as the I Corps' Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3/Director of Plans and Training, and later became Commander, 9th Infantry Division Artillery.
After Doomsday Peay did his best to help restore order to the area around the former Washington state capital. Though he was far from the only one doing so, the region was stabilized enough for a stable state government to assert itself. Peay was offered, and accepted, a position as the Governor's military advisor. His advice allowed the Washington state government to double the size of its territory in the years he was in the position. Through the ANZC he heard of the APA's disbandment in 1996 and while he was saddened he accepted it as permanent. In 1999 Peay received news via the repaired Panama Canal of a "Virginian Republic". Eager to return to his home state he boarded a ship bound to a nation called Delmarva. On September 8th,2000 after weeks at sea and traveling through Delmarva, Peay arrived in Virginian territory. Seeing how the military was enshrined in Virginian society Peay promptly re-enlisted in the army. Given his pre-Doomsday military experience he was given President-General Thompson's old post: CO of the 101st Airborne Division. In a meeting with the President General, Peay was quoted as saying "It just didn't feel right until I got the shoulder tabs."