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Brian E. Winski
Birth name Brian Edward Winski
Born March 23, 1967
Place of birth Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1989–2021
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held
Spouse(s) Kimberly Anne Bodoh (m. 1989)

Major General Brian Edward Winski is a decorated commander in the U.S. Army. He was appointed commander of the 101st Airborne Division in 2019[2] and succeeded by Major General Joseph P. McGee in 2021.[3][4]

He is currently transitioning into retirement as of March 5, 2021.[5]


Winski was born in Fairfax, Virginia and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School in 1984 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history; he also attended Army ROTC there which started off his career in the United States Army. After graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. Later, he would graduate from Louisiana State University with a Master of Arts degree in history and liberal arts, graduating in 2000.

Early army career

Winski originally served as an infantry officer in the 1st Brigade, 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Later, he'd serve as a company commander of the 3rd Infantry Division until 1998, where he started his Master studies at LSU. After his studies, he continued service in the 101st Airborne Division, serving at its base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and war-time service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commanding and U.S. Senate career

From 2005 to 2006 he was the Squadron Commander of the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment in Iraq. For two years, from 2009 to 2011, Winski served as the 4th Brigade Combat Team Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He would attend the Army War College afterwards for a year from a Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellowship.

He'd serve as a US Army Legislative Liaison and later the Chief Legislative Liaison for the Office of the Secretary of the Army. Between serving as a Legislative Liaison and the Chief Army Legislative Liaison, he was the Deputy Commanding General for Operations for the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina for 2 years between 2014 and 2016, serving as a Brigadier General then.

In 2019, Winski, now a Major General, was appointed Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division.

Personal life

Winski married in May 1989 to Kimberly Anne Bodoh around the same time as his graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Military offices
Preceded by
Walter E. Piatt
Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization of the United States Army
Succeeded by
Douglas Sims II
Preceded by
Laura J. Richardson
Chief Legislative Liaison of the United States Army
Succeeded by
Brian S. Eifler
Preceded by
Andrew P. Poppas
Commander of the 101st Airborne Division
Succeeded by
Joseph McGee

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