Professor William G. Dwyer, a Bush School Lecturer for the Graduate Certificates Program at the Bush School, was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half) on March 17, 2023 and assigned as the Chief Prosecutor for the United States Coast Guard. In this new role, he looks to build the litigation skills of Coast Guard Judge Advocates (JAG) to carry out the swift and fair application of military justice.
“Good order discipline is the backbone of the military,” Admiral Dwyer said. “As JAGs, we are the keepers of the military justice mission and building public trust in the accountability of our military members.”
Admiral Dwyer graduated and was commissioned from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1995. He served on two cutters and graduated from U.S. Navy Salvage and Dive school. Following his operational tours, Admiral Dwyer attended Rutgers Law School and became a Coast Guard JAG. He has served around the globe, including tours at the United States Southern Command, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and the U.S. Africa Command in legal positions. His most recent assignment was the Chief of Maritime and International Law for the Coast Guard where he oversaw the execution of several international agreements and provided operational legal advice for world-wide USCG missions. Admiral Dwyer also holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Army War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Professor Dwyer was introduced to the Bush School and Texas A&M by Bush School professor Dr. Danny Davis. The two previously taught a Defense Support to Civil Authorities class for U.S. Army North. Currently, Professor Dwyer teaches Homeland Security in the Law and Homeland Defense for the online graduate certificate programs. When asked what he enjoys about teaching for the program, “I enjoy having the ability to connect with the students through their writing in the online program,” Admiral Dwyer said. “Effective written communication will be a key to their success as homeland security professionals. The Texas A&M environment gives students the freedom to express different opinions and debate them freely”.
Admiral Dwyer believes service builds your teamwork skills and enhances your sense of mission and purpose and is a trait all Bush School students should value as important.
“We need people in a democracy who not only want to participate in the process but serve our communities in service and volunteering. Whether it is town council, being a teacher, or serving in the military or law enforcement, we need people to serve,” Admiral Dwyer said. “The role of service helps enrich our society and strengthen our communities. Service and volunteering make us realize how much we have in common as Americans.”
By Paige Grande