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Battalion Commander


Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland 

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher W. Wendland graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.

Following graduation from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Lieutenant Colonel Wendland reported to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. There he served as a Company Fire Support Officer for 4th Battalion, 5th Field Artillery (M109A5) while supporting 3rd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment. After the unit reflagged to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery under 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Lieutenant Colonel Wendland served as a Battery Fire Direction Officer, Firing Battery Platoon Leader, and also as the Service Battery Executive Officer/Battalion Ammunition Officer.

After completing both the Field Artillery Captains Career Course and Combined Arms Service Staff School, Lieutenant Colonel Wendland was assigned to Eighth United States Army in Seoul, Korea as a Theater Deep Operations Fire Control/Support Officer. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Field Artillery (MLRS) in Babenhausen, Germany where he served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer, Battalion Maintenance Officer, as the B Battery Commander and later as the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Commander for 41st Field Artillery Brigade. As commander of HHB, 41st FA BDE, he deployed with the battery in March 2003 in support of V Corps for the Iraq ground war invasion.

Lieutenant Colonel Wendland then served as Secretary of the General Staff for 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. While at Fort Carson, he later served as the Brigade Fire Support Coordinator for 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, deploying with the brigade to east Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 throughout the surge. During the deployment, he assumed duties as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery (M119A2) where the battalion operated as a motorized maneuver task force. Upon redeployment, the unit reflagged as 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Prior to his assignment at Fort Drum, Lieutenant Colonel Wendland attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School in Norfolk, Virginia and was subsequently assigned to U.S. Pacific Command to serve within the J3 Operations Directorate. As a J35 Crisis Response Operations Planner, Lieutenant Colonel Wendland directly supported the planning for both Operation Unified Response (2010 Haiti Earthquake response) and Operation Tomodachi/Pacific Passage (2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Radiation Response).

Lieutenant Colonel Wendland’s academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace) from the United States Military Academy, 1994; Master of Science in Space Operations Management from Webster University, 2005; and Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from National Defense University, 2009.