John R. (Bob) Wood, Lieutenant General (retired), served over thirty-six years as an officer in the United State Army. As a commander, he led soldiers at all levels of responsibility from platoon to division. As a staff officer, his experience ranges from tactical level with coalition forces in combat, through Army level in the aftermath of 9/11, to the national level in the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. In his last assignment on active duty, he was the Deputy Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command where he led the daily activities of the largest joint command in the military responsible for all joint experimentation, training, capability development, and force deployments.
In Desert Storm, Bob led his battalion in support of ground offensive operations supporting both the French and the US forces. He later served as chief of staff in Bosnia-Herzegovina where he shaped and supervised activities of the major US component headquarters executing multinational and NATO operations. His leadership capabilities were recognized by his appointment as deputy commandant of the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College. In this role, he led the Army’s premier staff training and leadership development organization as it introduced new operational doctrine and staff planning designs for the post Cold War Army. He was subsequently tasked to craft the Army’s 21st century leader development strategy. As commander of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, he was responsible for all training, personnel readiness, sustainment, and combat operations of the largest, most combat ready US Army force defending the Republic of Korea and supporting alliance operations in NE Asia.