Lieutenant General Eric Wendt holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Law and Society, and a M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
LTG Wendt has served as an active duty Army officer since 1986. He served nearly five years in the Infantry, and has since served as a Green Beret, Special Forces Officer since 1991.
Since 9-11, LTG Wendt has served in Indonesia as a Team Chief for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Pacific Situation Assessment Team (PSAT), in Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines (OEF-P) in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, on two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (OEF-A).
In addition to numerous staff positions, including service as the Principal Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, he has commanded at every level of Special Forces from A-Team (ODA) to Sub-Unified Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC).
LTG Wendt speaks Arabic and Korean, and has been awarded the German Gold Cross of Honor (for combat service in Afghanistan), the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation (for service in OEF-P), the Republic of Korea President’s Cheon Su medal, and the Thai and Korean Master Parachutist badges. LTG Wendt has also been awarded the Air Assault Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. LTG Wendt reported for his present assignment as the United States Security Coordinator, Israel and Palestinian Authority, in November 2017.