COL (Ret) Bill Wenger
COL Wenger served more than 42 years in the U.S. Army as active duty, USAR and CAANG as an Infantry, Airborne Ranger. He has commanded from platoon to division equivalent (18,500 soldiers). He served on staffs from battalion to Joint Coalition theater level. Following military retirement in 2000, he volunteered for four active duty combat tours, two in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He served as a senior advisor to the Iraqi and Afghan police and armies. He served as Branch Chief of Counter Improvised Explosive Devices in Regional Command – South, ISAF, and as Division Chief of C-IED Training for NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan. During his last tour in Iraq, he served in the capacity of a Brigadier General.
He has earned more than sixty military awards and decorations including three Bronze Stars, multiple joint, Army and one Navy meritorious commendation awards, eight Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, US and German airborne wings, and the Army Ranger Tab.
In 2016, Bill was selected as an Outstanding Alumnus of the U.S. Army War College as well as being recognized as the Distinguished Graduate of the American Military University, one of his graduate schools.
In civilian life, he is a real estate executive and college instructor. He holds three masters degrees and the equivalency of two others. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College where he then taught National Strategic Studies for three years. He served as a Special Reserve Police Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He is a published author of military history and real estate related articles. He recently departed the Republic of Georgia where he was, for three years, Senior Defense Advisor and an instructor at the Georgian Armed Forces Command and General Staff College.