Army ROTCArmy ROTCUniversity of Cincinnati


Professor of Military Science

William Galinger

William Galinger

Professor of Military Science and Leadership

ASSIGN: 13 June 2011

BRANCH: Ordnance

SOURCE OF COMMISSION: University of Miami (Florida) 1994

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Galinger was born and raised in Cincinnati, attending Glen Este High School near Eastgate. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Miami (Florida) on a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Commissioned as an Ordnance Officer in 1994, then Lieutenant Galinger’s first assignment was with the 63rd Ordnance Ammunition Company where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. After a brief assignment with the 20th Corps Materiel Management Center, he was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the US Army’s Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, where the Army has designed and tested every weapon system since WWII. After the Captain’s Career Course, then Captain Galinger commanded B Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea; responsible for the direct support maintenance to the Division Aviation Brigade’s ground fleet and the Division Cavalry. He then served as an Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Course instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and was recognized as the officer instructor of the year for 2002. He then served as the Service Detachment Commander, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. Upon promotion, then Major Galinger served as the first Support Operations Officer of the newly activated 10th Group Support Battalion for the 10th SFG(A).

Lieutenant Colonel Galinger has two deployments with the Special Forces to Iraq in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP). After attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Major Galinger was assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he served as the G3 Current Operations Officer and later as the Secretary of the General Staff to the Commanding General.

Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Galinger leads the MacArther Award winning University of Cincinnati Army ROTC program ranked in the top 8 out of 273 Army ROTC battalions in the Nation.

Lieutenant Colonel Galinger’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University.

He and wife Melanie have two boys, Matthew and Michael, and a German Shorthair Pointer, Piper.