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Deputy Commander


Eric Wagenaar

Deputy Garrison Commander Eric Wagenaar

Eric Wagenaar is currently serving as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander at Fort Drum, New York. In this capacity, he exercises executive leadership, provides policy and programmatic oversight to a broad range of installation programs and represents the commander in his absence. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day base operations for the installation and tenant activities and for providing administrative program direction to various directors and special staff in finance, logistics, police and fire services, information technology, housing, engineering and environmental, mobilization/deployments, training support, community activities, family programs and in the personnel arena.

Mr. Wagenaar entered the Army in 1983 after graduating from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. While on active duty, he served as an Infantry Officer; primarily serving in command, training, and operations positions. His command time concluded with command of the US Army Garrison in Baumholder, Germany in 2002. Mr. Wagenaar retired after 26 years of service with the active Army in 2009, at the rank of Colonel. Prior to becoming the Deputy to the Garrison Commander, he served as the Mission Support Element G3/5/7 from February 2009 through October 2012, and then as the DPTMS Director from October 2012 through November 2015 at Fort Drum.

Mr. Wagenaar earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology from Marion Military Institute, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from St. Lawrence University, a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the US Army War College. His military schools include the Infantry Officer Basic Course, US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, US Army Command and General Staff College, the Battalion Commander’s Course, the Garrison Commander’s Course and the US Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Badge, and Airborne Wings (US and German).