Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General William L. Zana

United States European Command Brigadier General William Zana serves as the Deputy Commanding General for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, headquartered at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Brigadier General William Zana serves as the Deputy Commanding General for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, headquartered at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Brig. Gen. Zana holds Master’s Degrees in Military Studies and in National Security Strategy.  He has served at every level of leadership within the Army, from Team, Squad, Platoon, Company, Battalion, and Brigade.  He graduated as the Honor Graduate from the Virginia Officer Candidate School in 1993.  Over the next 25 years he served in active duty positions at Headquarters, Department of the Army, National Guard Bureau and State levels.

His Federal assignments include Sentinel and Relief Commander, Tomb of the Unknowns, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard); Mobilization Officer and Logistics Operations Officer, National Guard Bureau; Strategic Communications Officer for the Director of the Army National Guard’s Staff Group; Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Director, Army National Guard; Executive Officer for the National Guard Bureau J3 Domestic Operations; Continental United States Exercise Manager; Personnel Mobilization and Readiness Branch Chief; Fellow, Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group; Chief of Staff of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans, Policy and Communication (G5), Army National Guard Directorate.

His State assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader in A Company, 1st Battalion, 170th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division and later as the Battalion’s Mortar Platoon Leader; Company Commander, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and S3 for the same battalion; Deputy G3 for Headquarters, 29th Infantry Division; Battalion Executive Officer and later Commander for the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; and as Commander, 91st Cyber Brigade.

His career includes deployments as Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, in Kuwait/Iraq; Chief, National Guard Affairs, Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan; Brigade Executive Officer, 116 Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Zabul, Afghanistan; and as Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint task Force, Horn of Africa, in Djibouti.

Brigadier General Zana is a 2010 graduate of the National War College at the National Defense University and a 2005 graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico.  His awards include the Legion of Merit with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass Device and M Device.  He also has earned the Tomb Guard Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Department of the Army Staff Badge.

(Current as of January 2018)


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