Farewell To Brig. Gen. Wondrack
Photo and story by Tech. Sgt Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PAO

Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. Wondrack at Ground Zero, World Trade Center, New York City, Sept. 14, 2001.

In Aug. 1, Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. Wondrack transferred from the New Jersey Army National Guard to the U.S. Army Reserve Control Group, after 34 years of service.

Brig. Gen. Wondrack began his career as a private in the United States Marine Corps. He served in combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam with the Ninth Marine Regiment.

After finishing college, he enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard where he received a direct commission to first lieutenant. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 117th Cavalry where he served as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Troop Commander.

In the ensuing years he served with the 50th Armored Division, the 1st Battalion, 102nd Armor, and the 254th Regiment. His last assignment prior to his transfer was the Assistant Division Commander, 42nd Infantry Division where he served as the primary advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters concerning units of the 42nd Infantry Division.

Brig. Gen. Wondrack is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and the Staff Officer Logistics Course at Fort Knox, Ky. He is a 1999 graduate of the Unites States Army War College and an alumnus of Rutgers University and John Jay College.

Among his numerous awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Marine Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (with one cluster), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.