COL Marcus Wildy is an Associate Research Scholar and the US Army War College Fellow at the Arnold A Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Colonel Marcus Antonio Wildy was commissioned into the Infantry as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from The Citadel in 1995. He reported to his first duty assignment at Fort Bragg, where he served as an Anti-Tank Platoon Leader and Rifle Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. Later, he was selected to be a Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, where he tested the Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile System (EFOGM) and the Line of Sight Anti-Tank (LOSAT) weapon system. In 2000, he relocated to Camp Hovey, Korea, and served as the Assistant Brigade S4 and the Assistant Brigade S3 Operations Officer. Upon completion of his unaccompanied tour, he accepted an assignment to 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry (1/36IN), 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany. There, he began his service as the Battalion S3 Air. During this assignment, he was chosen to command Alpha Company, 1/36IN, and deployed his company to Baghdad, Iraq in support of the beginning battles of the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). While deployed, he assumed a second company command within the unit and led HHC, 1/36IN through the remainder of OIF deployment and redeployment back to Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany. COL Wildy returned to the states upon assignment to the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as Operations Officer and Observer Trainer in Operations Group Charlie. His follow-on assignment relocated him to Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he performed key development duties as Battalion S3 and Battalion Executive Officer (XO) in 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 64th Armor, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. COL Wildy deployed with his unit in support of OIF VII. During deployment, he was selected to serve as the Brigade XO and redeployed the brigade to Fort Stewart, Georgia. Immediately after redeployment, he assumed duties as a staff officer with the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawai’i. May 2013, COL Wildy was selected to serve as the Battalion Commander of 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida where he led the charge of training America’s future Ranger Leaders for two years until May 2015. He assumed duties as the 3rd Regimental Tactical Officer early June 2015 to March 2017, where he assumed duties as the United States Military Academy G3/5/7 until present day.
COL Wildy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, as well as, a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University. His military education includes: Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Airborne School; US Army Ranger School; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Jumpmaster Course; Command and General Staff College, Intermediate Level Education and Pre-Command Course.
His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (2 oak leaf clusters (OLC)); Meritorius Service Medal (3OLC); Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (2OLC); Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Expert Infantryman’s Badge; Master Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
COL Wildy is married to Adrienne Smalls from Aiken SC, father to Xavier Wildy and the late Kayla Areille, and Grandfather to Khai Alexander.