Memorial Day Guest Speaker – 2012

Memorial Day Guest Speaker – 2012

Colonel A. Leo Wright

Colonel A. Leo Wright enlisted in the US Army Reserve in 1956 and completed his basic training at Fort Meade Maryland. Colonel Wright rapidly advanced to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6) where he served in the position of Company First Sergeant for a period of three years. He served on active duty with the 100th Division at Ft. Chaffee Arkansas during the Berlin call-up and represented the Division on a mission to Germany.

Colonel Wright attended OCS at Fort Chaffee Arkansas and upon being released from active duty was was commissioned 2nd Lt in Infantry in November 1962. He served as Platoon Leader, Company Commander of the Committee Group Command and Commander of the Leadership Academy where he rebuilt and revised the Drill Sergeant Program to upgrade the training status of future Drill sergeants.

Colonel Wright served as the Division Training Officer from 1971 to 1975 where he directed and managed the transition from Infantry to Armor for the entire 100th Division.

Colonel Wright served on active duty with the 2nd US Army Headquarters and was in charge of monitoring and advising military managers for the Mobilization Army Training Consolidation program for the US Army.

Under Colonel Wright’s leadership his Brigade was the first Brigade in the US Army Reserve for all personnel to become qualified in the basic skills of the M-1 Tank.

Colonel Wright’s education includes completion of The Infantry Officers Basic Course, Infantry Officers Advance Course, Command & General Staff College, Army War College (RCNIS) and Senior Officer Logistics Maintenance Course.

Colonel Wrights awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (w 2-OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w 1 OLC) National Defense Service Medal (w 1OLC) Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w 20 device) Armed Service Ribbon.