Colonel William Alonzo was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 33, 29 August 1951. His first duty assignment was as Student Officer, The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, 5th Infantry Division, Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania; Platoon Leader, 43rd Infantry Division, Augsburg, Germany; Executive Officer, 43rd Infantry Division, Augsburg, Germany; Battalion Assistant Oper and Tr Off, 43rd Infantry Division, Augsburg, Germany; Platoon Leader, 31st Infantry Division, Tallassee, Alabama; Intelligence Officer, 118th Special Forces Airborne Montgomery, Alabama; Operations and Training Officer, 118th Special Forces Airborne, Montgomery, Alabama; Commander, 482nd AG Company Repl, Foley, Alabama; Intelligence Officer, 411th Mil Intel Detachment, Mobile, Alabama; Commander, 411th Mil Intel Detachment, Mobile, Alabama; Assistant Army Attache, Office Chief of Staff for Intelligence, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. | Colonel Alonzo's military education and training includes: the Army Leadership School, Leaders Course; The Army General School, Army Officer Candidate Course; The Infantry School, Associate Company Officers Course; The Infantry School, Airborne and Jumpmaster Course; The Infantry School, Career Officers Course; The Intelligence and Military Police School, Combat Intelligence Course; U.S. Army Intelligence School, Military Intelligence Officers Advance Course; The Command and General Staff College, Command and General Staff Off Course; Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Security Management Course; Defense Intelligence School, Defense Attache Course. Colonel Alonzo holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Troy State University. | His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Reserve Forces Medal, Expert Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge. | Colonel Alonzo also retired as Treasurer, Unemployment Compensation Agency, State of Alabama.