Two new battalion tactical officers appointed
The Citadel has added two new battalion tactical officers with significant leadership experience to its ranks.
Marine Corps Col. William P. Leek has assumed command of First Battalion. He replaces Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Sberna, who is now director of cadet activities. Regimental Support Battalion is now under the leadership of retired Navy Capt. Lee Cardwell. Regimental Support Battalion was created in 2007 to accommodate an increase in the size of the Corps of Cadets and Palmetto Battery, the cadet company tasked with ceremonial functions within the Corps.
As battalion tactical officers, Leek and Cardwell oversee two of the five cadet barracks. Tactical officers provide guidance and leadership to the Corps of Cadets and promote high standards in academics, military performance and physical fitness.
“The entire Commandant’s Department team is truly excited about the chance to work and serve with Col. Leek and Capt. Cardwell, both of whom will provide superb leadership experience and commitment to cadet development,” said Col. Greg Stone, commandant of cadets. “Both officers have been involved in the growth and development of Marines and sailors throughout their careers. I know each of them will have significant, positive influence on both their cadets and The Citadel’s evolving leadership development program.”
Leek is a career infantry officer who has served in all three Marine infantry divisions. Most recently he was Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Previously he trained the Iraqi Ground Forces Command while serving as deputy operations officer for Multi-National Corps–Iraq. Before that he led the Marine Corps recruiting effort for the Southeast. Leek is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the U.S. Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His awards include the Legion of Merit (2nd award ), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation (3rd award), the Navy Achievement medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Before coming to The Citadel, Cardwell was director of Signals Intelligence at the National Security Agency Cryptologic Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. He was responsible for support to Multi-National Forces Iraq and U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea and national decision makers. Cardwell is a graduate of Carson Newman College and the U.S. Naval War College, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Cardwell was a surface warfare officer and a cryptologic officer for 21 years serving on the staff of the Fifth Fleet and Second Fleet and overseas in Bahrain, Greece and Scotland. He has more than 1,800 flight hours as a crewman in EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft. His awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (4th award), Joint Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation (5th award) and Achievement Medals.