11 ACR, Regiment Commander
COL Lanier Ward
COL Lanier Ward is a native of Metter, Georgia. He was commissioned as an Armor/Cavalry officer from the United States Military Academy in 1988.
COL Ward has served as a Tank, Scout, and Support Platoon Leader; a Tank and Headquarters Company Commander; a Training/Plans, Operations and Exercise Officer at the Brigade, Regiment, Division and 3d Army levels; a Senior Military Fellow at the National Defense University; 2/16th Cavalry’s Squadron Commander; a Director for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and a Division ACofS, G3. COL Ward has deployed and conducted multiple tours to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Germany, and Macedonia.
In Macedonia, he served as a 1-63 Armor Tank Company Commander during OPERATION ABLE SENTRY. In three deployments to Iraq, he served as 4-37 Armor’s Scout Platoon Leader in DESERT STORM; the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment’s RS3 in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF1) where he was wounded in Baghdad and spent a year recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center; and as 1st Armored Division’s ACofS, G3 during OIF 10-11 and OPERATION NEW DAWN.
COL Ward received a Master of Arts in Administration degree from Central Michigan University in 2000 and was awarded a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College in 2012.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Purple Heart, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with “Valor” device and two oak leaf clusters), and the Joint Commendation Medal; the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
COL Ward met his wife, Heather, during his first duty assignment at Fort Riley, Kansas. They are the very proud parents of a twelve year old daughter, Allie.