KWVA Chapter 169 is pleased to announce our July 27th speaker at the Saddlebrook Rec Center at 1300HRS (June meeting is canceled ILO the June 9th picnic).
Meet Colonel (Retired) Ted Spain
Colonel Spain is a native of Wendell, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He also holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Webster University and a Masters Degree in Military Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College. Colonel Spain entered the Army as a Private First Class in June 1978 and was commissioned from the US Army Officer Candidate School in December 1978. He was inducted into the US Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in March 2006 and inducted into the US Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame in September 2009. Before joining the Army he was a police officer in Greenville, North Carolina. He is the co-author of the book entitled, “Breaking Iraq: The Ten Mistakes That Broke Iraq”, where he reveals his first hand involvement in the planning for, and the execution of, the ground war and the first year of the occupation of Iraq in 2003-2004, while serving as the Commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade.
In his nearly 27 years in the Army he served in a variety of leadership positions. Some of his assignments include: Military Police Platoon Leader and Company Commander, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Military Police Officer Basic Course Manager; Terrorism Counteraction Operations Officer; Operations Officer and Executive Officer, at the Military Prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Battalion Executive Officer, and Brigade S3, in the 18th Military Police Brigade, the same Brigade he later led in combat; Deputy Brigade Commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), then Provost Marshal, 82nd Airborne Division, both at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander of the 519th Military Police Battalion and Provost Marshal (Police Chief), Ft. Polk, Louisiana; Chief of the Command and Tactics Division at the US Army Military Police School; Commander, 18th Military Police Brigade. He was the first and last American Police Chief of Baghdad, Iraq.
Some of his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (awarded seven times), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with one service star), and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals. He earned the United States Army parachutist badge, the parachutist badge from the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Military Police Silver Order of the Marechanssee.
Upon retirement from the military, Colonel Spain entered the corporate world where he initially was the Program Manager for an access control contract for 20 Army installations, across 13 states, operating out of Chesapeake, Virginia. He was then transferred to be the Director of the Tactical Force Operations Division and Assistant General Manager of the security contract at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. He later became the General Manager of the security contract at Los Alamos National Lab in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
He retired from the corporate world and moved to The Villages in June 2018. His wife R’ami is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel. They have two sons that currently live in Aiken, SC.