I am Sergeant Major William L. Lubbers of the United States Army. I've served 21 of my 24 years of service with Army Special Forces. I started my Special Forces career with 1st Special Forces Group where I served over eight years in Fort Lewis, Washington and Okinawa, Japan. In 2003, I was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (SFG) where I currently serve. During my time in 3rd SFG, I have been deployed to Afghanistan four times and Pakistan for a one-year tour.
While on my second deployment to Afghanistan, serving as the team sergeant of an Operational Detachment Alpha, I sustained a single gunshot wound to my upper right arm that shattered the bone. On Oct. 8, 2005, I was conducting patrols in Southwestern Afghanistan when my team was ambushed and I received my injury. I was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where I spent one month prior to being released back to my unit at Fort Bragg, N.C. During the next 15 months, I underwent 13 surgeries and eventually made a full recovery.
I live in Fayetteville, N.C. with my family. I have been married for 19 years to Tiffanie. She is a stay-at-home mom and has done a wonderful job raising our children during my deployments, Zachary, 18 and Sydnie, 11. Zachary will begin college this fall at the University of North Carolina where he will enroll in ROTC. Sydnie is a gifted student who plays soccer and competes in academic competitions.
I have enjoyed a rewarding and satisfying career. I have earned the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, Master and Freefall Parachutist Badges and awarded three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and other awards.