Brigade Commander
189th Infantry Brigade

189th Brigade commander 

Colonel Randall Wickman entered military service in 1991 inspired to serve by Veterans during the American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation program in 1986.

Colonel Wickman commands the 189th Infantry “Cold Steel” Brigade currently engaged as a training support unit. The 189th Infantry Brigade supports unit training up through division level exercises. Support typically includes multi-component exercise design, construct and conduct, plus observer/controller-trainer facilitation at the brigade and below level.

Colonel Wickman began career service as a light Infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 1992 – 1996, marrying his wife, Lisa, in 1993. Colonel Wickman transitioned to mechanized Infantry in 1997 with the 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany, and was privileged to command Company A, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1998 – 2000.

Colonel Wickman returned from Germany to serve as an embedded advisor to 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard in Miami, Florida, 2000 – 2002. After Miami, Colonel Wickman attended Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 2002 where Conrad, his son, was born.

The Wickman family moved to Fort Hood, Texas, where Colonel Wickman served as the Task Force Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment; and later as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team Operations Officer, First Cavalry Division, both in Iraq, 2003; 2005. Colonel Wickman returned to Miami to serve in U.S. Southern Command; first as a strategic plans officer and later as Secretary of the Joint Staff, 2005 – 2008. Wickman moved from Miami to the home state of Wisconsin serving as Commander and Professor of Military Science at Marquette University, 2008 – 2009

Colonel Wickman next commanded “The Tomahawks,” 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 2009 – 2011; then served as the U.S. Army Fellow to Columbia University, New York City, 2011 – 2012. Wickman’s fellowship studies focused on organizational psychology as applied to leading change in changing organizations. Most recently, Wickman commanded the Joint Unit conducting military-diplomacy operations at the Border Coordination Center between Afghanistan and Pakistan, located within the fabled Khyber Pass.

Colonel Wickman has Masters degrees from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology and Norwich University in Diplomacy.  Wickman’s undergraduate degree in Politics and Government is from Ripon College.  Wickman’s advanced military education includes the Army Fellowship in lieu of the Army War College; the Joint and Combined Warfighting School and the Command and General Staff College.

Colonel Wickman is Ranger, Jumpmaster, Airborne and Air Assault qualified. Wickman has earned the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badges as well as the Combat Action Badge. Wickman’s awards include Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Order of Saint Maurice plus various other Joint and Army awards.

Colonel Wickman is a member of the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and National Infantry Association.  The Wickman family proudly supports the Boy Scouts of America, Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society and Smithsonian Institute.

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