Captain Edward Starsmeare Wilkinson, Jr.
Captain Edward Starsmeare Wilkinson, Jr. was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 518-68 at Fort Benning, Georgia, 28 September 1968. His first duty assignment was as a Tactical Officer, 6th Student Battalion, Candidate Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia.
His subsequent duty assignments include: Rifle, Mortar, and 4.2 Inch Mortar Platoon Leader, B Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division; Aide de Camp and Air Intelligence Officer III Corps Intelligence (MACV); Rifle Platoon and Company Commander, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry, 71st Airborne Brigade, 36th Division, Texas Army National Guard.
Following military service, CPT Wilkinson served the nation for 28 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During his CIA career he served in positions of increasing responsibility in national security, safeguards, intelligence and counterintelligence. He attained the rank of Senior Intelligence Service (SIS-3) Officer, which is a General Officer equivalent in the Intelligence Community. CPT Wilkinson represented the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to the National Security Council. He was detailed to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and participated in various CIA counterintelligence and intelligence operations working in austere international environments. CPT Wilkinson served as the founding Director of the DCI Special Security Center (a foundational element of the now ODNI National Counterintelligence and Security Center). CPT Wilkinson retired from the Agency in 2003.
For over 15 years CPT Wilkinson has owned his own consulting business specializing in analytical tradecraft at the FBI Academy's Center for Intelligence Training, The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He also taught graduate level courses of United States national security strategy, intelligence and counterintelligence policy, as well as safeguards and countermeasures techniques at the University of New Haven.
His military education and training consists of: Infantry Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Airborne Course, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
His military awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star (w/V Device), Purple Heart (w/OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/OLC and V Device), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2 Bars), RVN Armed Forces Honor Medal, and the RVN Campaign Medal.