AUSA’s Noon Report webinar series features presentations by senior Army leaders responsible for key programs and initiatives, as well as contemporary military authors who weave together the past, present and future story of the United States Army.

AUSA’s Noon Report Webinar series invites you to join us on Tuesday, July 16 2024, at 12:00 EDT to hear a presentation by William Nance, author of Commanding Professionalism: Simpson, Moore, and the Ninth US Army. Simpson and Moore’s unflinching devotion to the greater good and their steady handle on the dynamics of command and staff relationships proved essential to the 1940s war effort and its ultimate success. Their example remains aspirational and worthy of emulation in the military command structure of today.

The views and opinions of our speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association of the United States Army. The discussions held, in the opinion of the Association, will contribute to the overall discussions on defense or national security issues. These webinars should not be taken to represent the views of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, the United States government, the Association of the United States Army or its members.
  • 1145-1200: Log-on
  • 1200: Opening remarks by LTG Leslie Smith, Vice President, Leadership & Education, AUSA
  • 1205-1225: Fireside Chat
  • 1225-1245: Question & Answer Session with William Nance
  • 1250: Closing remarks by LTG Leslie Smith, Vice President, Leadership & Education, AUSA
William Nance
Dr. William S. Nance commissioned as an Armor officer in 2002 from the United States Military Academy. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom I with the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment as a platoon leader and staff officer. He commanded H Company, 2nd Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment from 2006 to 2009. He earned a Masters in Military History from the University of North Texas in 2011, and then taught history at the United States Military Academy (USMA) from 2011 to 2014. He earned his PhD in Military History in 2014 from the University of North Texas, writing on American mechanized cavalry in World War II. Following his time at USMA, he served as a brigade plans officer, squadron operations officer, and squadron executive officer in the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division and the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. After a year advising the Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Brigade of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, he joined the Department of Military History at the Command and General Staff College in 2018. He retired from the Army in 2022, and is now a civilian Associate Professor of History at the Command and General Staff College. Nance is the author of Sabers Through the Reich: World War II Corps Cavalry From Normandy to the Elbe as well as Commanding Professionalism, Simpson, Moore, and the 9th Army, both from the University Press of Kentucky. Nance is married to the former Mrs. Mariann Hop. They have three children, Catherine (17), Billy (16), and Andrew (14).

CW5 Phyllis Wilson
U.S. Army Retired
Chief Wilson began her Army career as a Military Intelligence (MI) German linguist Voice Intercept Operator. During more than 37 years of active and reserve service, she has served at all echelons from tactical to strategic, with duty in Germany, Iraq and the United States. In August 1990, she was mobilized to support OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/ OPERATION DESERT STORM and served as the Signals Intelligence collection manager for XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC. In December 2002, she mobilized in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as a senior Counter Terrorism Analyst. She deployed twice to Iraq with a highly specialized Joint Special Operations Task Force.
Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Phyllis J. Wilson served as the 5th Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) for the United States Army Reserve. She was a key member of the Executive Team managing an organization with an annual operating budget of more than $8 Billion. She completed a Senior Fellowship with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group focused on Global issues 2050 and beyond.
Chief Wilson holds a master’s degree in Management from Webster University, two Bachelor of Science degrees: nursing (registered nurse) and liberal arts (sociology/German) and three Associate of Science degrees. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She is pursuing a second master’s degree in Public Administration with a Non-Profit Organizations focus. She attended the Defense Language Institute for German and Spanish.
Chief Wilson’s military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medals, and the Army Parachutist Badge. She was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017.
Her non-profit experience includes being the President of the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial Foundation – the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history from the Revolutionary War to today. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Allied Forces Foundation; the Army Women’s Foundation; and the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Board of Directors. She is also a Senior Fellow at AUSA.
In March 2020, Phyllis was named a Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace Power Player of the Week. View the Video Here.
She has eight children: Joseph, Jeremy, Rebekah, Matthias, Rachel, Jared, Maria and Jesse. Four sons: Joseph, Jeremy, Matthias, and Jared are in the military and are all combat veterans. She has twelve grandchildren and counting!
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