Eric W. Widmar, Major
International Law Department
Major Eric W. Widmar joined the faculty of the International Law Department in June 2013 after graduating with highest distinction as the William Sims Award recipient for the Distinguished Graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff. Before coming to the War College, Major Widmar served as the Regimental Judge Advocate for the 75th Ranger Regiment, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He has served four tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and one tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Major Widmar graduated in 1998 from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree as a Distinguished Cadet Award recipient. After serving as an Infantry Officer for four years, Major Widmar attended law school at Brigham Young University under the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, graduating cum laude in 2005. He received a Masters of Law Degree in Military Law, with an International and Operational Law specialty, from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in 2010, earning Commandant’s List distinction. Major Widmar earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2013. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Other assignments include: Brigade Judge Advocate, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (2008-2009); Trial Counsel, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (2007-2008); Administrative and Operational Law Attorney, XVIII Airborne Corps (2005-2006); Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and Battalion Logistics Officer, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (1999-2001).
Major Widmar is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School (1999); Jumpmaster School (2009); Airborne School (1994); Air Assault School (1994); Infantry Officer Basic Course (1998); Infantry Mortar Leader Course (1999); Infantry Captains Career Course (2002); Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (2005); Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course (2010); and the College of Naval Command and Staff (2013).
Major Widmar’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (w/OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (w/OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (w/OLC), the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon (w/2 Bronze Stars), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the NATO-ISAF Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge.
Major Widmar’s essay “Reality Therapy: Closing the Cyber Gap in International Law Through Rules of Engagement and State Practice" won the 2013 U.S. Naval War College's VADM James H. Doyle, Jr., Military Operations and International Law Prize.
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