Lieutenant Colonel Charles Wilson, III
Mr. Wilson graduated from UTC in 1977 as a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) and was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant of Infantry.
His first assignment upon graduating from the Infantry Officer Basic Course was at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri as a Training Officer for a Basic Training Company. The Brigade Commander, 3rd Training Brigade recognized his leadership skills and in early 1978 2LT Wilson commanded his first Company. His leadership was recognized again as his company was chosen to train men and women together for the first time at Fort Leonard Wood. After 19 months of Command 2LT Wilson was chosen to be the Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commanding General at the Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas until April 1981.
In April of 1981 1LT Wilson attended the Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning, Georgia and upon graduation was assigned as the Assistant S-3 Operations Officer, 3d Battalion, 7 th Infantry, 197th Infantry Brigade (Separate) at Fort Benning. Again, his leadership skills were recognized and he commanded his second company, Bravo Company, 3d Battalion, 7 th Infantry (Cottonbalers) for 19 months. He deployed his company to Little Rock Naval base for the Amphibious Warfare School and then returned to deploy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin for Cold Weather training, followed by transitioning his company from a light infantry to a mechanized unit and then deploying to Fort Drum, New York with the Battalion for its total transition to a Mechanized unit. Final deployment to REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany) 85.
Prior to being reassigned to the 3d Infantry Division in Germany the Army sent CPT Wilson to the Organizational Effectiveness Staff Officer (OESO) course at Fort Ord, California. This course enabled CPT Wilson to assist Senior Officers during their command transition to be prepared faster / quicker. CPT Wilson was assigned as the OESO and Director of Planning, Training, Mobilization and Security for the Schweinfurt Military Community for the Deputy Commanding General, 3d Infantry Division.
MAJ Wilson was reassigned to the 101 st Airborne Division after spending 4 years with 3d ID as the Division Comptroller in August 1989. In September 1990, MAJ Wilson was deployed in support of Desert Storm and returned in April 1991. Upon his return to the Division HQs he was asked to stay on as the Division transitioned its senior leadership at all levels. Finally, in 1993 the Chief of Staff told him he had five assignments and he could choose the one he wanted. However, all five were in the Pentagon. MAJ Wilson was reassigned to the Army Inspector General's Office as an Operations Inspector and spent the next 3 years travelling to every Army post / installation in the Army.
In 1993, now LTC Wilson was reassigned to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller (ASAFM&C) as the primary lead for developing cost estimates to deploy units as directed by the Commander in Chief. LTC Wilson was responsible for developing the cost estimate for the Army units deploying to Bosnia / Kosovo and briefed it to the Chief of Staff, Army and was approved. Still with the ASAFM&C LTC Wilson was reassigned to the Congressional Budget Office as Deputy Director where he worked with Congress on legislation impacting the Army until he retired in 1998.
Upon retirement LTC Wilson worked as a contractor in support of the Office of Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness (OSD P&R). During his tour with OSD P&R Mr. Wilson travelled with the Director visiting all the Service installations across the world. He was hired by Jones Lang LaSalle as Vice President to assist the Army in developing the plan to privatize Army housing across the force.
In 2000, Mr. Wilson accepted an Army Civilian position (GS15) with the US Army Recruiting Command as their Director of Resource Management and Logistics. In 2001, Mr. Wilson was asked to be the Senior Civilian (GS15) Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management for a new three-star headquarters standing up at Fort Monroe and Fort Knox, US Army Accessions Command (USAAC). As the Senior Civilian he was responsible for US Army Recruiting Command, US Army Cadet Command, US Military Entrance Processing Command and US Army Accessions Support Brigade funding and civilian personnel.
Mr. Wilson remained with USAAC until 2011 when the Command was discontinued and he was reassigned as the Director of Resource Management for US Army Cadet Command which he held until his retirement in 2019. His combined Federal Service was 42 years (2 years during Vietnam era as a Sergeant, 21 years as an Army Infantry Officer and 19 years as a Department of Army Civilian (DAC).
LTC (RETIRED) Wilson has been married to Melissa Ann Marshall from King North Carolina for 49 years in 2020. They had three children: Eric Jason Wilson, CW4 Aviator (Fixed Wing); Andrew Thomas Wilson, CEO, LOGICKULL in San Francisco; and Kathryn Marie Wilson, Senior Vice President in a corporation in Washington, DC. They have 7 grandchildren.
His awards, badges and commendations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Medals (Defense of Saudi Arabia, Liberation of Kuwait and Southwest Asia Cease Fire), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Army Staff Badge and Airborne Wings.
Upon his retirement LTC (Retired) Wilson Commander, US Army Cadet Command, directed his name be placed in the ROTC Hall of Fame which is being developed at Fort Knox, Kentucky.