Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Wil Whiteman served in United States Navy for over 25 years (1994-2019) as an enlisted member, Naval Aviator, and Naval Intelligence Officer. Senior Officer tours included serving as a U.S. Diplomat to the Canadian government as the Director of Operations for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group, as Commanding Officer, Naval Information Dominance Corps Mid-Atlantic, and various carrier-based strike-fighter squadrons and air wings. He completed multiple combat deployments worldwide in support of Combined, Joint, and Naval Special Warfare units. Qualified as a Naval Information Warfare Officer, Naval Aviator, Navy Enlisted Warfare Specialist, Naval Parachutist, and Master Training Specialist. He has served as President, Naval Intelligence Professionals, as Executive Board Member for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and Executive Board Member for Leashes of Valor, a non-profit organization providing service animals to post-9/11 veterans. Wil was awarded the 1999 Hawaii Sea Sailor of the Year, 2002 Officer Candidate School Honor Graduate, 2009 Fleet Intelligence Instructor of the Year and 2016 U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year. Additionally, Wil is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal (with V device), two Purple Heart Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals (with Remote device), five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (with Combat device), seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and other various personal, unit and campaign awards. He is the first U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer to receive two Purple Heart Medals for wounds received in combat since the Vietnam War. Wil and his family currently reside in central Maryland with his service animal, Typhoon.