National Guard
Brigadier General WILLIAM L. ZANA
  
Deputy Director for J-5 Politico-Military Affairs (Africa)
Joint Staff
Washington, DC
Since: June 2019
Official Photo
SOURCE OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE  OCS

EDUCATIONAL DEGREES
Park College - BS - Business Management
Marine Corps University - MS - Military Studies
National Defense University - MS - National Security Strategy

MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED
Infantry Officer Basic Course
Infantry Officer Advanced Course
Combined Arms and Services Staff School
United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College
National War College
Chief of Staff of the Army's Senior Leader Seminar
Harvard University, Leadership in Homeland Security Executive Course
United States Army Command and General Staff College, Brigade Pre-Command Course
Army Strategic Education Program - Basic (ASEP-B)
CAPSTONE
Cyberspace Operations Executive Course (COEC) Junior
Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course (SJIOAC)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE(S)  French

PROMOTIONS DATE OF APPOINTMENT
2LT 24 Jul 93
1LT 23 Jul 96
CPT 3 Sep 98
MAJ 13 Feb 03
LTC 8 Aug 08
COL 21 Sep 12
BG 27 Dec 17

FROM TO ASSIGNMENT
Jun 19 Present Deputy Director for J-5 Politico-Military Affairs (Africa) , Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia
Feb 19 Jun 19 Special Assistant to the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, District of Columbia
Jun 18 Feb 19 Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
May 18 Jun 18 Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
Jan 18 May 18 Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
May 16 Dec 17 Commander, 91st Cyber Brigade, Bowling Green, Virginia
Mar 15 May 16 Director, Strategic Plans, Policy and Communications (G5), Army National Guard, Arlington, Virginia
Mar 14 Mar 15 Deputy Director, Strategic Plans, Policy and Communications (G5), Army National Guard, Arlington, Virginia
Jun 13 Mar 14 Chief of Staff, Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office, Headquarters Department of the Army G8, Arlington, Virginia
Jan 12 Jun 13 Fellow, Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group, Arlington, Virginia
Jun 11 Jan 12 Executive Officer, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Combined Joint Task Force Zabul, Afghanistan
Aug 10 Jun 11 Student, National War College, National Defense University, Washington, District of Columbia
Jun 08 Jul 10 Commander, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Winchester, Virginia
Mar 07 May 08 Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Winchester, Virginia and Kuwait and Iraq
Jan 07 Mar 07 Branch Chief, Personnel Mobilization and Readiness Branch, National Guard Bureau Personnel Policy Division, Arlington, Virginia
Jun 06 Jan 07 Chief, National Guard Affairs, Combined Joint Task Force 76, Afghanistan
Jun 05 Jun 06 Continental United States Exercise Manager, National Guard Bureau Operations Division, Arlington, Virginia
Jul 04 Jun 05 Student, Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Quantico, Virginia
Nov 03 Jul 04 Executive Officer, National Guard Bureau J3 Domestic Operations, Arlington, Virginia
Jun 02 Nov 03 Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Director of the Army National Guard, Director's Staff, Arlington, Virginia
Jan 00 Jun 02 Company Commander and Deputy Division G3, Headquarters, 29th Infantry Division, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Oct 97 Jan 00 Staff Officer, Director of the Army National Guard's Staff Group, Arlington, Virginia
Oct 96 Sep 97 Logistics Operations Officer, National Guard Bureau Installations Logistics, and Environment, Arlington, Virginia
Jun 96 Sep 96 Special Project Officer for Mobilization, National Guard Bureau Logistics Division, Arlington, Virginia
Nov 94 May 96 Mortar Platoon Leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 170th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jul 93 Oct 94 Rifle Platoon Leader, A Company, 1st Battalion, 170th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division, Manassas, Virginia

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS DATE GRADE
Deputy Director for J-5 Politico-Military Affairs (Africa) , Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia Jun 19 - Present Brigadier General
Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jun 18 - Feb 19 Brigadier General
Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti May 18 - Jun 18 Brigadier General
Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan 18 - May 18 Brigadier General

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS DATE GRADE
Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jun 18 - Feb 19 Brigadier General
Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti May 18 - Jun 18 Brigadier General
Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan 18 - May 18 Brigadier General
Executive Officer, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Combined Joint Task Force Zabul, Afghanistan Jun 11 - Jan 12 Lieutenant Colonel
Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Coalition Forces, Kuwait and Iraq Jun 07 - May 08 Major
Chief, National Guard Affairs, Combined Joint Task Force 76, Afghanistan Jun 06 - Jan 07 Major

US DECORATIONS AND BADGES
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Navy Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Bronze Hourglass and M Device)
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Combat Action Badge
Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
The Army Staff Identification Badge
Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge
German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Association of the United States Army
National Guard Association of the United States
29th Infantry Division Association
Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Order of St. Maurice

 

 

As of: 5 Nov 20

 

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