Lt. Col. Bill Carr
Lt. Col. Bill Carr currently serves as the Executive Officer of Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) Army ROTC Department, known as the Marshall-New Market Battalion. The Battalion consists of over 850 Cadets from four separate Colleges. The main College and contributor of Cadets, VMI, provides top quality future lieutenants from across the nation. These future leaders achieved the top 10% of their High School class just to gain admission into the College.
Bill Carr’s career in the military started in May of 1990 as he enlisted as a Howitzer Mechanic in the Texas Army National Guard. In May of 1993, he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, and received his Associates Degree and Commission as a 2LT. Later, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M in December 1995, and went on active duty in February of 1996. His first duty station was at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he spent the first four years of his active duty career. There, he attended the Officer Basic Course for Field Artillery, then went on to be a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Platoon Leader, then Battery XO and Battalion S1 in the same unit. He then went on the be the Brigade S1, then attended the Field Artillery Officer’s Advanced Course.
Lt. Col. Carr was stationed at Fort Drum NY in April of 2000, where he then spent the better part of the next 11 years. Quickly after taking Battery Command of HHS/2-15 FA in June of 2011, the Global War on Terror started and caused him to deploy four times over the next decade. The first deployment from 2003-2004 was to Afghanistan, first to be an Advisor to the Afghan National Army, then as the Fire Support Officer in the Corps level Headquarters. The next deployment was to Iraq for a year from 2005-2006 as an Iraqi Special Police Training Team Advisor in Baghdad. After completion, he then attended the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth from June 2006-2007. Being a big fan of snow and cold weather, he volunteered to come back to Fort Drum where he soon deployed again to serve as the 10th Mountain Division’s liaison to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from May 2008 to NOV 2008. His last deployment was to Iraq again in 2009-2010 as an Operations Officer, then Battalion Executive Officer for a Battalion assigned to partner with Iraqi National Police in the Karadah District, the most densely populated and violent area of Baghdad Iraq. Somewhere between all of those deployments and starting a family, Lt. Col. Carr earned an MBA and an MS in Adult Education.
Lt. Col. Carr currently resides in Buena Vista VA, a small town with a population of less than 7,000. Tucked away in the backwoods of Virginia, it is a town far removed from the challenges and troubles going on in the rest of the world. There, he is married to his wife Heidi Carr, a Nurse Practitioner and former Captain in the Army. Together, they have a family with three kids: Peter (7y/o), Virginia (5y/o), and Joseph (2y/o). In appreciation of his wife’s patience with all of his deployments, late nights, and weekends spent at work, Lt. Col. Carr has agreed to move the family after retirement to an even smaller town in Upstate NY, where his wife grew up.