Army Brig. Gen. William Glaser and Army Lt. Gen. Ross Coffman at retirement ceremony

By Shane Klestinski, Associate Editor

 

Friends and family gathered for the retirement ceremony of Army Brig. Gen. William Glaser, director of the Synthetic Training Environment – Cross Functional Team (STE CFT), in Orlando, Florida, June 28.

 

Army Lt. Gen. Ross Coffman, deputy commander for Army Futures Command, presided over the ceremony that honored Glaser’s 31-year military career.

 

Glaser graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, in 1993. He received his bachelor’s in systems engineering and his commission as a second lieutenant, branching in Armor. Glaser’s first assignment sent him to the 3rd Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany, where he was a tank platoon leader and later deployed to Macedonia for Operation Able Sentry as a company executive officer.

 

In the years that followed, Glaser received other assignments of increasing responsibility that eventually included service in Operation Iraqi Freedom’s (OIF) liberation phase in 2003. He returned to the 3rd Infantry Division in 2006 where he worked as the G3 chief of simulations, battle command officer, and later served as the G3 chief of operations during another OIF deployment.

 

In addition to the advanced military training Glaser completed as he continued receiving promotions, he continued his formal education. He went on to earn a master’s in modeling, virtual environments and simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010, and another master’s in military security policy and strategy from the U.S. Naval War College in 2013.

 

Glaser later returned to Germany where he ultimately became the chief of staff of the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr. Prior to arriving to Central Florida, he was the deputy commanding officer for the United States Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Having established years of experience in training, particularly involving simulations, he assumed duties as STE CFT director in Orlando in 2021. In this role, Glaser has led his organization’s efforts to engage in expert analysis, focused experiments, and technology demonstrations to more rapidly define requirements and deliver cost-effective materiel solutions to meet the Army’s training needs.

 

“What a fantastic celebration for 31 years of service to our nation,” Landy Dunham said in a social media post recognizing the event. Dunham graduated from West Point with Glaser, and he is currently a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. “Team Glaser exemplified selfless service and dedication to our servicemen and women and their families. I was honored to represent our secretary of the Army and to join three of my fellow Defenders of the Free (West Point Class of 1993) classmates during today’s ceremony. Congratulations BG William Glaser!”

 

Glaser’s replacement, Army Col. Jason West, director of the TRADOC Proponent Office for the Synthetic Training Environment, will take over as STE CFT director in September.

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