Lieutenant General Eric Wendt holds a B.A. degree in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara, 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 first served nearly five years in the Infantry, and has subsequently served as a Green Beret, Special Forces Officer. LTG Wendt attended the Special Forces Selection and Assessment (SFAS) course and was selected, and was Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Since 9-11, LTG Wendt served in Indonesia as the Team Chief for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Pacific Situation Assessment Team (PSAT); in numerous operational and combat deployments in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East— including Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines (OEF-P) in Mindanao in the southern Philippines; in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (OEF-A). LTG Wendt served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), and was then assigned as the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority-serving throughout Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the West Bank from 02 November 2017 thru 27 October 2019.
In addition to several staff positions in Special Operations units and service as the Principal Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, before assuming command of the NATO Special Operations Headquarters LTG Wendt commanded at every level of Special Forces and Special Operations: from A-Team (ODA), Company, Battalion and SF Group, to Sub-Unified Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) Command. LTG Wendt also served as the Commanding General of the JFK Special Warfare Center and School.
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 assumed command of the NATO Special Operations Headquarters on 07 November 2019.