BG William Ward

Brigadier General William A. Ward was commissioned in 1984 through the Missouri Southern State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and has served over 34 years as an engineer officer holding a myriad of positions. He has commanded at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade level and served as an Assistant Division Commander for the 35th Infantry Division. General Ward currently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Missouri Army National Guard providing command and control for the 35th Engineer Brigade, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 635th Forward Engineer Support Team – Main (FEST-M), the 140th Regiment Training Site (MO-RTI) and the Medical Readiness Detachment –TMC.

General Ward has served overseas nine times including nation building and humanitarian efforts in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, training exercises in Korea, Japan, and Tanzania and two combat tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served as a Task Force Commander for National Guard state emergency duty during natural disasters on three occasions including as the Commander for Task Force Phoenix, the Missouri National Guard mission that oversaw debris removal and the Disaster Recovery Jobs Program following the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding communities.

General Ward is a licensed engineer in the State of Oklahoma, holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri.

His most notable military honors include the Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Army Engineer Association’s Silver Order of the De Fleury Medal, and the United States Field Artillery Association’s Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

When not serving the Missouri National Guard, General Ward is a Department of the Air Force Civilian serving as the Deputy Base Civil Engineer for Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He is married to wife Janice and has three grown sons, Bryan, Matthew, and Sean.