Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General William L. Zana

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Deputy Commanding General Biography

Brigadier General William L. Zana serves as the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

Brig. Gen. Zana was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the Virginia Officer Candidate School in 1993 where he was the Honor Graduate. Prior to his 25 years of commissioned service, he served as an enlisted soldier with a distinguished assignment as Sentinel and Relief Commander at the Tomb of the Unknowns, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard).

Brig. Gen. Zana has served at every level of leadership within the Army from Specialist to his current rank. Notable assignments include Fellow, Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group, Chief of Staff of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office, Deputy (G5) of the Army National Guard, Company Commander and Deputy G3 for Headquarters, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Battalion Executive Officer and Commander for the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Commander of the 91st Cyber Brigade. He has participated in numerous contingency and combat operations including deployments as Battalion Executive Officer in Kuwait and Iraq, Chief, National Guard Affairs, Combined Joint Task Force 76 in Afghanistan, and Brigade Executive Officer, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan. Most recently, he served as Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster and one bronze oak leaf cluster, Tomb Guard Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Brig. Gen. Zana holds Master’s Degrees from the Marine Corps University and from the National Defense University.


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