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LT. Colonel Piers M. Wood, USAR (Ret.) — Senior Fellow

Piers Wood graduated from West Point in 1966 and retired in 1994 after 28 years of military service, both active and reserve.

During his early commissioned service he commanded artillery units in both Germany and Vietnam. In combat he coordinated all indirect fires and air strikes in a Mekong Delta province and commanded a Field Artillery battery in direct support of infantry actively engaged against the enemy on a daily basis. Captain Wood was in the combat zone for his entire year in Vietnam. He earned the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars with the combat V.

In subsequent years he was assigned to high-level staffs, a faculty, military schooling and again to command. The highlights of these years were his assignments as an Assistant Professor of history at West Point and as an Aide de Camp to a four star Army Group Commander in NATO. These assignments led to advanced promotions to Major and Lieutenant Colonel. Shortly after the latter promotion, with twenty years in uniform, he left active service and accepted a reserve commission. During his last five years in the reserves, Colonel Wood served his active duty summer tours teaching in the Department of History at West Point.

Colonel Wood became the Chief of Staff at the Center for Defense Information in 1986 and worked as both Chief of Staff and Senior Fellow until the year 2000. In addition to his supervisory responsibilities at CDI, he wrote for publication, gave both legislative and legal testimony, granted television interviews and spoke to numerous educational groups on national military policy.

In addition to his undergraduate degree, he has a Masters Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.