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COL Wendy Fontela

External Researcher

WENDY FONTELA is currently serving as the Deputy Political Advisor, Special Operations Command. She entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975 after graduating from Southern Connecticut State College, and was commissioned upon graduation from the Officer Candidate Course in 1976. Her assignments included the 2nd Force Service Support Group, 2nd Supply Battalion as the Battalion Supply Officer; the Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan as the Commissary Officer; 2nd Marine Air Wing, Wing Transportation Squadron; Commanding Officer of the SASSY Management Unit and 4th Supply Battalion; and as the Marine Forces Atlantic Supply Officer during Desert Storm. Colonel Fontela transferred to the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 where she has served in the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Air Wing, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 4th Marine Division, and 4th Force Service Support Group. She has sat on numerous promotion boards and served as the President of the Fiscal Year 2000 Staff Non- Commissioned Selection Board. Colonel Fontela was a member of the Navy-Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board from 1997-99. Colonel Fontela has been on active duty since 2000, serving at United States Southern Command from 2000 to 2003 where she was successively Deputy Director of Engagement Liaison in support of the Foreign Liaison Officer program and Commander Conferences, in the Strategy, Policy and Plans Directorate; Command Legislative Affairs Officer; and Education Coordinator. Colonel Fontela holds a M.A. in Philosophy from Boston University and a M.A. in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University. She graduated from the Army War College in July 2001 with an M.A. in Strategy.

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SSI books and monographs by COL Wendy Fontela

  • Building Regional Security Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere: Issues and Recommendations

    October 01, 2003

    Authored by Dr. Max G. Manwaring, COL Wendy Fontela, Dr. Mary Grizzard, Mr. Dennis M. Rempe.
    Dr. Max Manwaring and his team of conference rapporteurs have generated a substantive set of issues and recommendations. They have provided a viable means by which to begin the implementation of serious hemispheric security cooperation. This report comes at a critical juncture, a time of promise for greater economic integration between the United States and Latin America.