Lieutenant Colonel Ken Dwyer graduated from Furman University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science in 1998 and received his commission into the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. While stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY LTC Dwyer served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and Company Executive Officer with the 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
Following his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2002, he attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course and the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). After SFQC, LTC Dwyer was assigned to 1st Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group (SFG) as the team leader of Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 325. His next assignment was as the assistant operations officer of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.
On his third combat tour to Afghanistan in 2006, LTC Dwyer was injured by a Rocket Propelled Grenade resulting in the amputation of his left hand, removal of his left eye and other shrapnel injuries to his face, neck, torso and right arm.
In 2008, LTC Dwyer took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd SFG (A). In June of 2011, LTC Dwyer completed his master’s degree in Defense Analysis at the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA where his thesis work focused on a comparative analysis of the various treatment options for service members suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Upon completion of his graduate studies, LTC Dwyer returned to Fort Bragg NC as the Chief of Readiness at the U.S. Army Special Forces Command.
LTC Dwyer’s deployed one more time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, four total operational deployments (2002, 2005, 2006, 2012).
In 2012 LTC Dwyer took command of the Group Support Company at 3rd Special Forces Group, followed by an assignment to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School where LTC Dwyer commanded the Company responsibly for training future Special Forces Captains (18A’s).
In 2015, LTC Dwyer was assigned as the Executive Officer for the Special Warfare Training Group with a follow-on assignment as the G33, Chief of Current Operations at 1st Special Forces Command. LTC Dwyer currently serves as the Garrison Commander of Hunter Army Airfield in savannah GA.
LTC Dwyer’s military education and qualifications include the Infantry Officer Basic Course, US Army Ranger School, Expert Infantry Badge (EIB), Combat Lifesaver (CLS), Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course (SERE) and the Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC).
His combat awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Afghan Campaign Ribbon (4 tours), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge (CIB).
LTC Dwyer enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing golf, cheering on his favorite sports teams, and coaching youth athletics. He has been married to his wife Jennie for 18 years and they have two children, Timothy, and Julia.