Interview of Benjamin Wham by Wade Bosley
November 12, 2014
Born in Auburn, Alabama, Ben Wham began his working career as a Scoop Jockey at Baskin Robbins. In an effort to escape having his parents as his professors, Colonel Wham opted out of attending the University of Auburn, and instead matriculated with the class of 1986 at The Citadel, where he received an Air Force Scholarship. Upon graduation, Colonel Wham was assigned to his first duty station at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. From there, Colonel Wham received duty stations in Spain, Ohio, Colorado Springs, Korea, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Iraq, Idaho, South Carolina, and Afghanistan, where he led military and civilian engineers and managed multimillion-dollar engineering projects.
In the early part of his career, Colonel Wham got married and began a family; he is the proud father of two daughters. After a military career where he was awarded three Bronze Stars, Colonel Wham retired from the Air Force on January 1, 2013. Following a brief period in the civilian sector with the Architecture and Engineering firm Davis & Floyd, Colonel Wham wanted again to serve. As a result, he left Davis & Floyd and sought a new position in which he could give back to the community. In August 2013, he was hired as the Associate Vice President for Engineering and Facilities at The Citadel. In this interview, Colonel Wham shares his experiences as an Engineering Commander during both wartime and peacetime. Through his dedication and passion, Colonel Wham sets an exemplary precedent for what it means to be a Citadel Alumnus and Air Force Officer.