Lt. Col. Tony Wolf, son of Donna Wolf of Packwood and Gary Wolf of Fairfield and grandson of Betty Sheraden of Ollie, retired from active service in the Iowa Army National Guard July 31, with more than 29 years of service.
Wolf joined the National Guard in December 1982 in Ottumwa, becoming a member of Company B, 224th Engineer Battalion, as a combat engineer. He later contracted with the Army ROTC at the University of Iowa, and in May 1985, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He assumed the position of platoon leader supervising the training and activities of about 40 soldiers.
Wolf remained with the unit until December 1988 when he earned the rank of first lieutenant and was transferred to Company C, 224th Engr. Bn., in Centerville where he served as support platoon leader. He had the opportunity to perform an annual training period at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. After this assignment, he moved to the position of reconnaissance officer with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Engr. Bn. in Fairfield.
In January 1991, the battalion assembled for deployment to Germany in support of Operation Desert Shield. Wolf moved to Company A, 224th Engr. Bn., in Burlington as platoon leader. The battalion departed for Vilseck, Germany, in early February and trained near Grafenwoehr.
The battalion’s hard work and training while on deployment earned the soldiers the Army’s Superior Unit Award. Wolf received individual awards including the Army Commendation Medal, the Overseas Ribbon and the National Defense Service Ribbon.
For Wolf, the trip also offered an opportunity to travel and see many new places in Germany, Paris, Amsterdam, Belgium and Luxembourg. He visited Gen. George Patton’s grave.
The unit returned to Iowa in June 1991. In October 1992, he then command of HHC, 224th Engr. Bn.
Wolf received a promotion to captain in January 1993. He moved to the personnel officer position for the battalion in fall of 1995. In March 1996, he moved to the directorate of personnel at Camp Dodge in Johnston, where he remained until February 1998. During this time, he was promoted to major as the enlisted branch manager.
In February 1998, Wolf accepted the position of assistant intelligence officer with the 67th Troop Command at Camp Dodge. He remained there until January 2005, when he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
Wolf became the first training officer for the newly formed 671st Troop Command at Camp Dodge in January 2005. His unit served as a command and control cell for 10 units around Camp Dodge. The unit oversaw the state’s strength mission from March 2010 to October 2011. The mission changed in October, and the unit began training to respond to state disasters. During his time in this position, Wolf received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Iowa Humanitarian Service Medal for efforts during the flood of 2008.
Wolf and his wife Ann have three children, Erik, 16, Garrett, 14, and Paige, 12. He has a a fulltime position with the University of Iowa Army ROTC program. He began in July 2005, and currently serves as recruiting officer for the battalion.
In recognition of Wolf’s retirement, a celebration was held Aug. 25 at Camp Dodge. A second celebration was held at the Machine Shed in Clive.