School Board Honors one of Shawnee's Best
The 2012-2013 recipient of the Shawnee’s Best award is Dan “Rod” Wilson.
Dan “Rod” Wilson was born and raised in Wolf Lake, Illinois. He attended Shawnee Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grades. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1983. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College in Albany, New York and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Master Sergeant Wilson entered the Army in 1989 as a Combat Cameraman. He provided photographic and journalist coverage of training and events that affected the entire realm of Central and South America. Master Sergeant Wilson was hand selected to serve as a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Search and Recovery team member for the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory from 1992-1997. He deployed to Australia, China, Russia, Korea, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and made multiple deployments to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in search of missing service members from WWII, Korean War, Cold War, and the Vietnam War. During his tenure at the Central Identification Laboratory, Master Sergeant Wilson captured, cataloged and edited 39,925 images used by the branches of U.S. Government to formulate foreign policy and substantiate Missing in Action personnel identification efforts, and was personally associated with cases that returned 46 service members to their families.
Master Sergeant Wilson also served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Belgium from 1999-2007. There he made several Combat Deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and seven African Countries. From 2007-2009 he served at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC. From there he deployed to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Qatar as part of the Global War on Terrorism.
Master Sergeant Wilson retired from the Army in 2009.
For the last three years he served as a Military Subject Matter Expert in the Middle East. There he trained Coalition Soldiers and Civilians deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hotspots throughout the region.
Master Sergeant Wilson has received several Commendations for his photographic achievements from dignitaries such as the former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Henry H. Shelton and other numerous domestic and foreign military officials.
Master Sergeant Wilson awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Metals, four Army Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Metals, an Army Achievement Metal, Army Superior Unit Award, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the NATO Medal, Airborne Wings, Air Assault Wings, and the Combat Action Badge.
Master Sergeant Wilson is the son of Dan Wilson, Wolf Lake and Joan (King) Wood of Grand Tower who presently resides in Port Orange, Florida. His sister Kimberly Benefield serves the community as a Pharmacist in Anna.
Master Sergeant Wilson is married to Supattra Wilson and lives in Fayetteville, NC with their two sons, Andrew (14) and Alexander (7).
Shawnee District #84 extends its most sincere appreciation to Master Sergeant Wilson for his years of service to our country. Congratulations Master Sergeant Wilson on being named “Shawnee’s Best”!