The new deputy commanding officer of U.S. Army Cadet Command was introduced to the Fort Knox community Tuesday (6/30) in a socially distanced welcome ceremony held on post at Waybur Theater.
Colonel William R. Glaser assumed his duties as DCO earlier this month after completing his last assignment as Chief of Staff for the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. As deputy commanding general, Glaser will be at the forefront of Cadet Command’s Operation Agile Leader mission, a training exercise designed to take the place of the annual Cadet Summer Training for Army ROTC Cadets at Fort Knox. After the summer training on Fort Knox was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, Cadet Command tasked each of the over 200 battalions to perform a compressed training exercise that could be conducted closer to their respective university campuses. The senior leader team at Cadet Command will oversee nearly 70 of the Operation Agile Leader training exercises to ensure that Army ROTC Cadets are adequately prepared to commission as officers and move forth to their first Army assignment.
As a newly commissioned officer in 1993, Glaser met his wife on post at the Fort Knox chapel, where they were married in 1995 and baptized their three children, “Home is where the Army sends us. But of all the places we have been, we consider Fort Knox our home. We are so happy to be back,” Glaser said.
Glaser’s Army career spans the world with assignments including Director of the National Simulation Center, Director of Training and Doctrine Command Project Office and commanding the 2nd Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company during Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait and Iraq. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Action Badge.