GEN Louis C. Wagner, Jr., USA, Ret.

GEN Louis C. Wagner, Jr., USA, Ret.

General Louis C. Wagner (US Army, Ret.) graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1954 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Armor, in the US Army.  In over a thirty-five year military career he served throughout the world in a wide variety of command and staff assignments.  His career culminated as commander of the US Army Materiel Command.


Following initial troop assignments, General Wagner attended the University of Illinois where he received an MS degree in theoretical and applied mechanics.  This was followed by a three-year assignment as an instructor and assistant professor in the Department of Mechanics at West Point.  Military schools attended include Army branch schools, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Naval War College and executive courses in acquisition management at the Defense Systems Management College.


Prior to being promoted to general officer in 1976, General Wagner held a wide variety of command assignments at every level from platoon to Armor brigade in the United States and Germany.  Additional overseas assignments included Alaska and two combat tours in Vietnam as an Infantry and Armor advisor. He spent two years as a weapon system analyst and special assistant for material acquisition in the Office of the Chief of Staff, US Army.


Following promotion to general officer he spent the majority of his assignments in the material acquisition field.  During this period the Army underwent the most extensive modernization in its history since World War II.  In key staff positions on the Department of the Army staff, General Wagner was responsible for all aspects of material acquisition from programming and budgeting for the Army’s equipment, to the overall responsibility at the Department of the Army level for all of the Army’s research, development and acquisition programs as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition.  He also served as the individual responsible for the development of material requirements and organizational structure for the Army at the Army Staff level.


Key command assignments as a general officer included Chief of Armor and Commanding General of the Armor Center Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Commander of the US Army Material Command headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.


General Wagner is the recipient of the following military awards:  the Distinguished Service Cross, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and various foreign awards.


Since retirement from the US Army, General Wagner has been active as a consultant to major industries on business opportunities.  He is a Senior Fellow of The Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the US Army in Arlington, Virginia, and is member of the Board of Directors of The Retired Officers Association, Alexandria, Virginia.  He is a member of the Board of Regents, National Eagle Scout Association, Irving, Texas.