Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2019
Commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group
Major Will Wright is the current commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. A military brat, he was born in Germany to American parents and raised in Virginia and Cambridge, England. He received his Masters Degree from Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he was a General Wayne A. Downing Scholar, a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, and the founder of the Yale Special Operations/Interagency Symposium. While at Yale, he was selected as the Associate World Fellow and awarded the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. In Summer of 2017, he worked in the Deputy Directorate for Special Operations/Counterterrorism on the US Department of Defense’s Joint Staff.
An Honor Graduate of the US military’s Command & General Staff College, he commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Duke University where he received his BA in English in 2006. Prior to matriculation at Yale, he conducted combat five deployments to locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and JINSA’s “Grateful Nation” Award.