Will Bardenwerper

Will quit his job in finance following the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan and volunteered to serve in the United States Army.

Will was an Airborne Ranger qualified infantry officer. He was stationed in Germany and his service included a 13-month deployment to Nineveh and Anbar Provinces, Iraq in 2006-7. While in Iraq, he helped lead his infantry battalion’s reconstruction, civil affairs and tribal engagement efforts in the city of Hit. His unit helped contribute to the beginning of what would later become known as the “Anbar Awakening.” Will was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

In 2010, Will received a Master’s Degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Upon graduation, he was selected to join the Pentagon in 2010 as a Presidential Management Fellow, where he spent the next four years working on the development and implementation of defense strategy with senior leaders in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Will is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in English. He is the author of “The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid,” published by Scribner in 2017. He has had Op Eds and feature articles published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Newsweek, The Hill, The Denver Post, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Huffington Post, and Task & Purpose.

Will lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Marcy, and son.

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