Mayor's Technology Summit:
Homeland Security, Safety and Economic Development
Retired General, USMC
Director of the Office of Homeland Security
Charles E. Wilhelm, a retired four-star Marine Corps General, is vice president and director for Battelle's Office of Homeland Security, one of the world's largest independent, nonprofit research and development organizations. Wilhelm is responsible for homeland security issues within Battelle's government market sectors.
After a distinguished 38-year career in the military, Wilhelm retired. A career infantry officer and a veteran of combat operations in Vietnam, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf and Somalia, Wilhelm commanded Marine units at every level, from Rifle Platoon and Company Commander in Vietnam to Commander of the II Marine Expeditionary Force and all Marine forces in the Atlantic, Europe and South America. In his final military assignment, he served as Commander of the United States Southern Command where he was responsible for all U.S. military activities with the 32 nations of the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Wilhelm is a graduate of Florida Southern College and holds an MS from Salve Regina College. He is also graduate of the Army Infantry Officer's Advance Course and graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College.