Colonel Wakefield was a distinguished military graduate from the University of California, Berkeley (1959). He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and, with Highest Distinction, the Naval War College. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. His command and staff tours have included Operations Officer at Battalion, Regiment, Division, and Fleet Marine Force; Commanding Officer of two Companies, two Battalions, and a Regiment; and Chief of Staff at Brigade and Fleet Marine Force Headquarters. Colonel Wakefield commanded two Reconnaissance units and, as a parachutist and scuba diver, pioneered in the use of submarines for amphibious reconnaissance. He was involved in developing the Marine Corps Live Fire Exercise program to its present form. He saw combat service in Vietnam, including the Tet Offensive and the battle of Hue City. The Colonel is the author of numerous articles on military history, tactics, and leadership to include: "The German Generals 1918-1933," "Queen Elizabeth’s Own Sixth Gurkha Rifles," "A Fond Farewell: A Visit to the Solomon Islands," "Training for Maneuver Warfare," and "Personal Outdoor Equipment." During his tenure as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Colonel Wakefield was instrumental in the early development of Mechanized Combined Arms team tactics. He continued that development as Commanding Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment (Rein) and is most proud of the two multi-battalion live fire combined arms exercises with tanks, designed and carried out by the 3rd Marines. These exercises prepared the Regiment for the role it was to play in Operation Desert Storm. After he retired as Chief of the General Staff, Fleet Marine Force Pacific, in June 1989, Colonel Wakefield attended Law School at the University of Idaho and graduated Cum Laude in 1992. Colonel Wakefield lives in Moscow where he practices law, serves as a Judge on the Coeur d’ Alene Reservation, and pursues his outdoor hobbies. He was an active member of the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years. He served a tour in Afghanistan for the State Department’s Justice Support Program.