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William H Brandenburg

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Years of service  1973 - 2008
Rank  Major general
Battles and wars  Iraq War

Name  William Brandenburg
Battles/wars  Iraq War
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Allegiance  , United States of America
Commands held  1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) TF-134
Awards  Defense Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit Bronze Star Ranger tab

Service/branch  United States Army

William H. Brandenburg is a retired Major General in the United States Army. He last served as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific, August 8, 2003. Prior to his last assignment, he was Deputy Commanding General for Training and Readiness, I Corps and Fort Lewis. From November 29, 2004 until December 1, 2005, he deployed to Iraq as Deputy Commanding General (Detainee Operations) and Commanding General Task Force 134.


He is a native of Elloree, South Carolina. He is a 1973 graduate from The Citadel, where he received a commission in Infantry. He is the son of Brigadier General William H. Brandenburg Sr., (The Citadel, 1943) and Doris Brandenburg who served as a nurse during World War II. He currently resides in Hawaii with his wife Sybil. The couple has one son.


  • 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
  • 1st Battalion, 22d Infantry, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
  • Assistant S-3 (Operations), 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
  • Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
  • Commander of C Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
  • Commander, Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
  • Assistant S-3 (Operations), 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  • Fort Hood, Texas
  • Materiel Officer, Armor Support Battalion (General Support), 13th Support Command (Combat)
  • Executive Officer, Armor Support Battalion (General Support), 13th Support Command (Combat)
  • S-3 (Operations), 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Chief, Bradley Fighting Vehicle New Equipment Training Team
  • Doctrine Writer and Chief, Doctrine Division, United States Army Infantry School
  • Germany (June 1991)
  • Commander, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), United States Army Europe and Seventh Army
  • Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
  • Plans Officer for Programs, Requirements, and Force Structure, J5, United States Pacific Command
  • Fort Stewart, Georgia
  • Commander, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) until August 1998
  • Germany
  • Chief of Staff, V Corps
  • Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps
  • Retirement

    MG Brandenburg's retirement ceremony was held at Fort Shafter, Hawaii on January 5, 2008 and his retirement became effective on March 1, 2008. The ceremony was hosted by Lieutenant General John M. Brown III, commanding general, United States Army Pacific Command. During the ceremony MG Brandenburg was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal as well as letters of appreciation from President George W. Bush, General George Casey, and General Richard Cody.

    Education and Awards

    Major General Brandenburg holds a Masters Degree in Management. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Ordnance Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College.

    His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

  •   Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  •   Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
  •   Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  •   Bronze Star
  •   Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  •   Army Commendation Medal
  •   Joint Service Achievement Medal
  •   Expert Infantryman Badge
  •   Parachutist Badge
  •   Ranger Tab
  • References

    William H. Brandenburg Wikipedia