CoESPU Deputy Director

Colonel William R. Daniel II

Deputy Director

Center of Excellence for

Stability Police Units (CoESPU)


Colonel Daniel was commissioned into the artillery in 1997 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His military schools include the US Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools; Artillery Basic and Captain's Career Courses; and the United States Army Command and Generai Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and a Masters of Arts in Sub-Saharan Africa Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Colonel Daniel has led soldiers in Howitzer and Racket Artillery units in the United States, Europe, and Iraq. His first three years of service were in the 3d lnfantry Division where he served in the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd lnfantry Division. Col. Daniel spent the next four years assigned to the 41st Field Artillery Brigade in Babenhausen, Germany; ultimately commanding A Battery 1st Battalion 27th Field Artillery {MLRS). Upon successful completion of command, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel served as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center at Fort lrwin, CA.

Selected as a Foreign Area Officer in 2009, Col. Daniel has served in a variety of FAO assignments to include Security Cooperation planner at US Army Africa in Vicenza, ltaly; Senior Defense Officiai and Defense Attaché in Kigali, Rwanda; Deputy Chief, Africa Division, Middle East/Africa Regional Center, Defense lntelligence Agency; Senior Defense lntelligence Analyst far Africa at the Defense lntelligence Agency; East Africa Branch Chief at United States Africa Command, J-5 Strategy, Engagements, and Programs Directorate. In July 2022, he completed his assignment as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché in Mogadishu Somalia.

ColoneI Daniel's deployments include Iraq in 2003-4 with the 41st Field Artillery Brigade and Afghanistan in 2008-9 with NATO ISAF, Regional Command South, in Kandahar. While in Afghanistan, he served as the military assistant to the Deputy Commander, Gen. (Ret) John Nicholson.

Colonel Daniel's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star MedaI, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation MedaI, Army Achievement Medal, Basic Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Colonel Daniel is married to the former Dana Winterroth and hails from Buckhannon, WV. Their daughter Ella graduated from the University of Seattle and is pursuing a career in the US Navy.