Mr. Thomas Atkinson
Recruiting Operation Officer of Army ROTC
P:  (540) 464-7680

Main Office P:  (540) 464-7351
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Virginia Military Institute
2020 Kilbourne Hall
Lexington, VA  24450

Contact Army ROTC

Colonel William J. Wanovich

Professor of Military Science & Head
Military Science & Leadership

2020 Kilbourne Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
P:  (540) 464-7351
F:  (540) 464-7639

Awards and Decorations

  • Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (7 awards)
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal (4 awards)
  • National Defense Service Medal (2 awards)
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 campaigns)
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal (2 awards)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
  • Overseas Ribbon (3)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Master Parachutist Badge 
  • Ranger Tab

Career Path

Colonel William J. Wanovich was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1987.  After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School and the Bradley Commander’s Course at Fort Benning, GA, he reported to Kirchgoens, Germany and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 36th Infantry (later designated 5th Battalion, 5th Cavalry), 3rd Armored Division where he served as a Bradley Platoon Leader, Anti-Tank Platoon Leader, Combat Support Company Executive Officer and Battalion Support Platoon Leader.  His tour included the deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm in January 1991.  Following attendance at the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, GA, Colonel Wanovich was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC and the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.  He was serving as the Battalion S4 in 1992 for the humanitarian assistance deployment to Homestead, Florida as part of Operation Hurricane Andrew.  He later commanded Alpha Company, 2-504 and in September 1994, his company was part of the 82nd Airborne Division deterrent force that prepared to conduct an airborne assault and was turned around enroute to Haiti as part of Operation Restore Democracy.  He also commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.  After a tour as a Recruiting Battalion Operations Officer in Milwaukee, WI, he returned to Fort Bragg and the Security Assistance Training Management Organization, in 1998, where he was responsible for the M1A1 and Apache Training Teams in Egypt and the African Crisis Response Initiative that included the deployment of Special Forces teams for the purpose of training Peacekeeping Brigade Headquarters and Battalion sized units across 11 different countries in Africa.  In 2000, his next assignment took him back to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Regimental S1 for the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  In 2002, he took the position as the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Chief of Officer Management.  Returning to the 82nd Airborne Division in 2003, he served as the Division’s Rear Detachment Operations Officer.  He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2005 as part of the XVIII Airborne Corps and served as the Multi-National Corps--Iraq Secretary of the Combined Joint Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.  Upon redeployment in January 2006, he served as the XVIII Airborne Corps Deputy G1 for Operations and Plans.  On 8 June 2006, Colonel Wanovich took command of the Special Troops Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, and assumed the duties of the Dragon Brigade, as it was inactivated.  The STB then trained and deployed the Headquarters to Baghdad, Iraq for service as the Multi-National Corps-Iraq beginning in January 2008.  While in Iraq, he served as the Task Force Dragon Commander providing life support and services to over 4100 members of the Multi-National Force and Multi-National Corps Staffs, redeploying the XVIII Airborne Corps in April 2009 following their 15 month tour. Colonel Wanovich relinquished command of the Special Troops Battalion in June 2009. He graduated from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in June 2010.


Colonel Wanovich is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and his wife, Tina, is a native of Zanesville, OH.  They have two daughters, Regan (9) and Grace (7) and two stepchildren, Katie (21), attending Columbus State University, and Jordan (19), attending Ohio University.