Col. William L. Thigpen became deputy commander, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Aug. 4, 2017. A native of Hampton, Virginia, Thigpen graduated from Virginia State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration and was commissioned as an armor officer in the U.S. Army.
Prior to his current assignment, Thigpen served at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., as a chief of staff of the Army’s senior fellow. He has commanded United States Army formations at every level from company through brigade, and prior to his fellowship, he commanded the 316th Cavalry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is a combat veteran of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. His staff assignments include serving as the aide-de-camp to the vice chief of staff of the Army.
He is a graduate of the National War College, where he earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He holds a second Master’s degree in Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.