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Brigadier General William Way

Director, Government Relations

Director, Government Relations, U.S. Army Reserve

Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army Reserve

Brigadier General (BG) William Way was appointed as Director, Government Relations for the U.S. Army Reserve in July 2015 and was appointed as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, for the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) in March 2017. As Director, Government Relations he is responsible for Congressional Relations, as well as state and local government relations for the U.S. Army Reserve. As Acting Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 he exercises leadership and policy responsibility for developing and executing strategic level human resources policies, plans and programs for the Army Reserve.

BG Way served on active duty in overseas and stateside units for ten years, including service during Operation Desert Storm with the 3d Armored Division. He was Chief of Criminal Law at the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Hood; earlier he was also Chief of Criminal Law at Fort Lee. In the USAR, BG Way served in various command and staff positions at the 154th Legal Support Organization (Trial Defense), a unit with over 150 lawyers in more than 30 offices in 25 states, Europe and Puerto Rico. He was the unit commander from 2009 to 2011, and from 2011 to 2012, he deployed on a peacekeeping mission with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Allied Forces at Kosovo Forces (KFOR) Headquarters in Film City, Pristina, Kosovo. BG Way was legal advisor to a German commander on operational law issues, including crowd and riot control, psychological operations, as well as on building capacity with legal advisors from Allied Forces. He also served as Liaison Officer with NATO Joint Force Command, Naples. From 2012-2015, BG Way was a Deputy Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, advising on operational and other legal issues. In his civilian career, BG Way is an attorney for the Navy’s Medical Command where he advises and litigates on employment law issues in the U.S. and overseas.

BG Way is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Hastings School of Law of the University of California, the Judge Advocate General’s School, and the U.S. Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course at the Joint Forces Staff College.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC) Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC) and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.

BG Way’s hobbies include physical fitness and travel.