Brigadier General William (Bill) Ward was commissioned in 1984 through the Missouri Southern State University Army ROTC program and has served over 31 years as an engineer officer holding a myriad of positions.  He has commanded at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade level and served as an Assistant Division Commander for the 35th Infantry Division.  BG Ward currently serves as the Commander, Land Component Command, Missouri Army National Guard which is comprised of the 35th Engineer Brigade, the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

BG Ward has deployed overseas nine times including nation-building and humanitarian efforts in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, training exercises in Korea, Japan, and Tanzania and two combat tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He has served as a Task Force Commander for National Guard state emergency duty during natural disasters on three occasions including as the Commander for TF Phoenix, the Missouri National Guard mission that oversaw debris removal and the Disaster Recovery Jobs Program following the 22 May 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding communities.

BG Ward is a licensed engineer in the State of Oklahoma, holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri.

His most notable military honors include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal w/OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal w/3 OLCs, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal w/OLC, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Army Engineer Association’s Silver Order of the De Fleury Medal, and the United States Field Artillery Association’s Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

When not serving the Missouri National Guard, BG Ward is a Department of the Air Force Civilian serving as the Engineering Division Chief for the Civil Engineer Directorate of the 72d Air Base Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  He is married to wife Janice and has three grown sons, Bryan, Matthew, and Sean.