Brig. Gen. William J. Gothard was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the University of Dayton with a BA degree in General Studies in
1978. His first assignment was with the 82d Airborne Division, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader. Brig. Gen. Gothard’s next tour was with the 5th Special Forces Group
(Airborne), where he served as a Detachment Executive Officer and Detachment Commander. From 1983 to 1987, he served in the Republic of Panama with the 7th Special Forces
Group (Airborne) as a Detachment Commander, Company Commander, and Assistant Operations Officer. Upon return to the United States, Brig. Gen. Gothard served as the Safety
Officer and Chief of the Military Freefall Division, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. From 1989 until 1992, he served in a classified assignment. Brig. Gen.
Gothard’s next assignment was with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) as a Training Evaluation Officer and as the Chief, Training and
Mobilization Division. Brig. Gen. Gothard subsequently commanded the 2d Battalion, 321st Regiment, of the 108th Division.
From 2000 to 2002, Brig. Gen. Gothard served as the Chief, Observer Controller, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Warfighting Center. He then assumed command of the 7th
Brigade, 80th Division (Institution Training) in 2002. In 2004, Brig. Gen. Gothard was selected as the Operations Officer for the 80th Division (IT). In 2005, he assumed the
duties of Chief of Staff, 80th Division (IT), until his deployment to Iraq in January of 2006. Brig. Gen. Gothard was assigned as the Chief, Division Military Training Team,
5th Division, Iraqi Assistance Group, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, where he was the Senior U.S. Advisor. Upon return from his tour in Iraq, Brig. Gen. Gothard served as the
Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, for the 80th Training Command (Total Army School System). Selected for promotion and command in 2007, Brig. Gen. Gothard assumed command of
the 353d Civil Affairs Command. In April 2010, Brig. Gen. Gothard assumed the duties as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve
Command. Brig. Gen. Gothard assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, 81st Regional Support Command on 1 November 2011.
His military education includes the Infantry Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the
Army’s Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, the Advanced Program Management Course, the U.S. Air Force Air War College and the U.S. Army War College. He also graduated
from the Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, and Military Freefall Courses. Brig. Gen. Gothard holds a MA degree in Management from Webster University, a MSS degree in National
Security Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a certificate in National Security Management from Syracuse University.