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William Carwile

Bill Carwile retired from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery in January 2013. He had rejoined FEMA in 2009 when appointed by the Obama Administration. During this period he supervised FEMA’s operational components. During Hurricanes Irene, 2011, and Sandy, 2012, and all other large-scale events from 2009 until his retirement, Mr. Carwile served as FEMA’s Director of Disaster Operations.

In his previous service at FEMA, between 1996 and 2005, Mr. Carwile held a number of senior-level positions on large disaster response and recovery operations. As a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), he was the representative of the President and FEMA during major events, including super typhoons in the Pacific, the 2003 California Wildfires, the four major hurricanes that struck Florida in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi. He also served as FEMA’s Operations Section Chief in New York during the World Trade Center attack of 2001.

A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Mr. Carwile completed a distinguished 30-year career in which he served in command and operational staff positions in Special Forces, Infantry, and headquarters organizations. His overseas assignments include: Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Panama, and Japan. In addition to both his military and Federal government careers, Mr. Carwile has held positions as a subject matter expert at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Texas A&M University, and the Homeland Security Institute.

Bill and his wife, Anne, now reside in Bend, Oregon.

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