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Wade Becnel

Deputy, Directorate of Simulation

Deputy, Directorate of Simulation

Wade Becnel is currently the Deputy Director for the Directorate of Simulation at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He has served in variety of leadership positions within Aviation units worldwide to include Company Commander, Battalion and Brigade S-3, 10th Mountain Division (Light); 2nd Squadron 4th U.S. Cavalry Executive Officer and Aviation Brigade S-3, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), and Commander, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker.

As a Simulation Operations Officer, Becnel was the Simulation Division Chief at USAACE, Commander of the USAREUR/USAFE Warrior Preparation Center in Germany. WPC was the mission command training center in Europe and supported brigade through theater exercises as well as NATO events. He also served as the Director of the Army War College Strategic Experiential Education Group responsible for the integration of simulations to enhance the war college's experiential education curriculum. Upon retirement, Becnel served as the Experimentation Coordinator for the Air Maneuver Battle Lab and was a senior instructor for the Army’s Simulation Operations Course. Becnel also served as the lead USAACE coordinator for their “Leading Change” effort with Kotter International. He established the Commander's Initiative Group prior to assuming duties as the DOS Deputy Director.

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