First Lieutenant William A. Roach enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard in August 2007. He attended One Station Unit training as a Cavalry Scout in Fort Knox, Kentucky. First Lieutenant Roach contracted with the Simultaneous Membership Program at Western Kentucky University ROTC in August 2008. He received a commission in the Army National Guard in December 2009.
First Lieutenant Roach has served as a Cadet and assistant to the S-2 HHD 149Brigade Support Battalion, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Bowling Green Kentucky; Platoon Leader D Co, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment; Platoon Leader A Co 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment during Operation New Dawn, Iraq. He is currently serving as Detachment Commander, Detachment 1, A Co, 1st Battalion 149th Infantry Regiment and as Assistant Professor of Military Science, Northern Kentucky University/Xavier University Army ROTC.
First Lieutenant Roach’s military Education includes Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course, Junior Officer Development Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, and Field Sanitation Team Course. He also has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Western Kentucky University.
First Lieutenant Roach’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, State Active Duty Ribbon