Dr. Waddell possesses 29 years of experience in the fire service. During an adventurous career, he has served in every rank within the fire service. After completing four years in the United States Air Force, he started a civil service career at Fort Bliss, Texas. While at Ft. Bliss, he earned several promotions in a nine-year span from Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Fire Inspector. Seeking more, he joined the Department of Navy F&ES Enterprise by traveling to Souda Bay, Greece, as a Fire Captain and shortly after arrival was promoted to Assistant Chief for Operations. After three years in Greece, he then went to Rota, Spain, where he served as one of the first Battalion Chiefs. Again, after a year, he was on the move to Sasebo, Japan, to be the Assistant Chief for Training. Always looking for career growth, he transferred to White Beach, Okinawa, to serve as the first Installation Fire Chief for a period of almost four years, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Deputy Fire Chief. After serving a decade and a half overseas, Dr. Waddell returned to Beale Air Force Base, California, as the Assistant Chief for Fire Prevention, which he plans to retire in 2022 with 30 years within the Department of Defense.
In 2019 Dr. Waddell earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership with Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University. He also holds a Master of Science in Leadership with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership, graduating with magna cum laude honors (2014). His higher educational journey started with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and a minor in Public Administration, which was awarded in 2012. Lastly, Dr. Waddell has membership with several organizations such as the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, Honors Society, David Price Air Force Association, The National Fire Heritage Center and Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity Inc. Although Dr. Waddell has had a stellar career and numerous accomplishments, his heart is always with his children.
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