From the Coach
(Ret.) William F. Bither, served Army ROTC at Virginia Military Institute
twice. During his first assignment to VMI, he was the Military Science IV
Branch Chief/Detachment Operations Officer from 1996-1999 and during his second
tour served as the Military Science I Branch Chief/Detachment Executive Officer
from 2001-2005. He recently accepted the VMI position as the Director of Corps
Marksmanship and NCAA Rifle Coach.
graduated from North Georgia College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree
and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He also holds a Master of
Science degree in Education from James Madison University and is also a
graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
January 1984, His first troop assignment was as a rifle platoon leader in the
2d Infantry Division, South Korea. In January 1985, he returned stateside and
served as a Mortar Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion
Assistant S4 in the 2d Battalion, 75TH Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis,
Washington. From May 1985 until May 1989, he performed duties as an Operations Officer
and commanded a Motorized Rifle Company in 4th Battalion, 23d
Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Then, from July 1990 until August
1991, he attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection followed by the Special
Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, N.C.
1991, LTC (Ret.) Bither reported to 1st Battalion, 10th
Special Forces Group, Germany and served as a Special Forces Detachment Commander
from 1991-1994. In August 1994, he was reassigned to Fort Bragg and assumed
command of a Special Forces Company in 3d Special Forces Group. In 2001, following
his initial assignment to VMI, he returned to Ft Bragg as a member of the 18th
Airborne Corps, Special Operations Coordination Element.
April 2005, he was reassigned to Combined Forces Command, South Korea as the
Division Chief for Ulchi Focus Lens Exercise Branch. From 2006-2008, he attended
the Joint Forces Staff College and was assigned as the Special Operations Plans
Officer, Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia and Army Liaison Officer to I MEF
(Marine Expeditionary Force), Fallujah, Iraq.
(Ret.) Bither’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal (5th Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th
Award), Army Achievement Medal (2d Award), Iraq Campaign Medal (2d Award) and
the Korean Defense Service Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Master Parachutist
Badge, Ranger and Special Forces tabs.
his retirement from active duty in 2009, he worked as a military
analyst/trainer for two major defense contracting corporations in the Hampton
Roads area for over two years.
(Ret.) Bither is married to the former Cynthia J. Harris of Covington, GA. They
have three children: Lisa (27), Will (21) and Josh (19).