Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV is the U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and Army Reserve component integration advisor. He also serves as the Oregon Joint Force Headquarters assistant adjutant general.
Prendergast holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
He earned his commission in 1994 from the Oregon National Guard Officer Candidate School at the Oregon Military Academy. Upon commissioning, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Oregon National Guard.
The brigadier general’s assignments include 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander, Oregon National Guard, Clackamas, Oregon; 249th Regional Training Institute and Camp Umatilla Oregon commander, Oregon National Guard, Hermiston, Oregon; 249th Regional Training Institute commander, Oregon National Guard, Monmouth, Oregon; 82nd Support Detachment (ROC) (TSC) commander, Oregon National Guard, Clackamas, Oregon; 1-82nd Cavalry commander, Oregon National Guard, Bend, Oregon; 1-82nd Cavalry executive officer, Oregon National Guard, Bend, Oregon; public affairs officer, Joint Forces Headquarters Oregon, Salem, Oregon; and 1-162nd Infantry operations officer, Oregon National Guard, Forest Grove, Oregon.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Iraq Campaign Medal (Bronze Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver Hourglass and M device), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Bronze 2 Device), the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Oregon National Guard Exceptional Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters).Download full-resolution image of Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV