Aviation Branch Update

Aviation Branch Update

Thursday, September 7, 2017 to Thursday, September 7, 2017

MG William K. Gayler

MG William Gayler

Commanding General, USAACE and Fort Rucker

Major General William Gayler is a Distinguished Military Graduate of North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia, where he was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in 1988.

Gayler’s key command assignments include C/2-227th Aviation Regiment in Hanau, Germany; D/2-227th Aviation Regiment in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina; A/1-14th Aviation Regiment in Mesa, Arizona; 3-101st (Eagle Attack) Aviation Regiment in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Iraq; 101st Combat Aviation Regiment (Destiny) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Afghanistan; Deputy Commanding General (Support), 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Director, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe.

Gayler’s key staff assignments include Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama; Battalion S3 and Executive Officer with 2-101st Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Brigade S3 and Executive Officer with 101st Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Deputy Director of the Directorate of Evaluations and Standardization at Fort Rucker, Alabama; Deputy G3 RESET Chief of the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT); and Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Major deployment history includes Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 1990-1991; Former Yugoslavia/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1995-1996; Operation Iraqi Freedom I, 2003; Operation Iraqi Freedom V-VII, 2005-2006; and Operation Enduring Freedom X, 2010-2011. 

Gayler holds two master’s degrees, one in Military Arts and Sciences and one in National Security Strategy. Gayler is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the National War College. 

Gayler’s most recent assignment was Deputy Commanding General, US Army Europe. He is a Master Army Aviator and Standardization Instructor Pilot in the AH-64D Longbow Apache and also rated in the OH-58A/C Kiowa.  His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3-OLC), Bronze Star Medal (2-OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (5-OLC), Air Medal (Numeral 6), Army Commendation Medal (2-OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1-OLC), Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.