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Withington retired from the U.S. Army in 2014 after 28 years as an armor and public affairs officer. He served as a communicator at all levels including division, Department of the Army, joint command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Withington earned his bachelor's degree in political science from East Carolina University in 1986 and was commissioned through Army ROTC as an armor officer. He has a master's degree in mass communication from the University of South Carolina.

After successfully serving operational assignments as an armor officer, Withington transitioned into public affairs. Upon completion of the Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course, he built more than 15 years of experience leading integrated communication strategies in complex and fast-paced communication environments, both domestically and overseas.

Withington served as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and, later, as the command public affairs officer for U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. In 2006, he deployed with the 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the division public affairs officer for Multi-National Division - Baghdad. He served in the Pentagon as a defense press officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) for the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. After an assignment in Seoul, South Korea, as the director of public affairs for U.S. Forces Korea/Combined Forces Command/United Nations Command, Withington returned to the Pentagon where he served at the Department of the Army as the director, Media Relations Division, and finally, as the director, Community Relations Division within the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs.

His operational experience includes deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, and Nigeria.

 

Positions Held at MOAA:

  • Vice President, Communications