Command Group


COL Zemp
Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander


Colonel Sidney C. "Cape" Zempis a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Program at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia in 1989.

Colonel Zemp's most recent operational assignment before being assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska was the Assistant Chief of Staff, G1 of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He also served as the Division G1 of the 1st Armored Division, Baghdad and Wiesbaden, Germany in OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN; Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion S-3 of the 82nd Soldier Support Battalion (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; Corps Strength Manager, XVIII Airborne Corps in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM; Company Commander, C Det, 82nd Soldier Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Chief, G1 Plans and Operations, 82nd Airborne Division; Officer Strength Manager, 1st Corps Support Command (Airborne); Tank Platoon Leader and then Battalion S1 of 2nd Battalion, 67th Armor, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg Germany; and Tank Platoon Leader, A Company, 4th Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division in OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and STORM.

His other staff assignments include: Chief, Officer Selection Board Policy, DCS G1, the Pentagon; Professor of Military Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Deputy, U.S. National Military Representative to SHAPE, Mons, Belgium; J1 Plans Officer, USEUCOM, Stuttgart, Germany; Chief, DA Secretariat and Board Recorder of the US Army Senior Enlisted Selection Boards, US Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Colonel Zemp holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from Christopher Newport University. He is a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy with a Master's of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. He also holds a Master's of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Adjutant General Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with "V" Device and three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the British Army Parachutist Badge.

Colonel Zemp is married and has three children.



Mr. Wesley Potter
Fort Wainwright Deputy to the Garrison Commander

Wesley D. Potter is a native of Oregon. He was selected to be the Deputy to the Garrison commander in 2013. He is charged with providing post-wide services in support of Soldiers and their Families.

Previous assignments include Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Hohenfels, Germany; Chief of Operations, IMCOM Pacific Region; Director Emergency Services IMCOM Pacific; Operations Officer, IMCOM Pacific Region and Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, U.S. Army Garrison Japan.

Mr. Potter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Health Care Management from Webster University.

Other significant training includes the Garrison Leaders Course, Cost Management Certification Course, Continuing Education for Senior Leaders, Antiterrorism Level IV and the Civilian Education System Advance Course.

His awards and honors include the Superior Civilian Service Awards, Stallwart Award and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

Mr. Potter is married and has three children.




Command Sergeant Major King
Fort Wainwright Garrison Command Sergeant Major


Command Sergeant Major Kevin M. King is a native of Saint. Albans, Vermont.  He entered military service in May 1993 as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewman with Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill Oklahoma and was awarded the 13 Bravo MOS.

His initial assignment was to the 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks Hawaii, where he served as an (M198) 155mm Towed Light Howitzer Cannoneer from September 1993 thru December 1996.   His next duty assignment was to the 1st Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment (Airborne) Ft. Bragg North Carolina, where he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, and Howitzer Section Chief on the M198 155mm Howitzer from December 1996 to June 1999.  Following his promotion to Staff Sergeant he was assigned as a Basic Combat Training Drill Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment Ft. Jackson South Carolina from June 1999 thru August 2001. Upon completion of his Drill Sergeant duty he was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment (light) 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) Ft. Wainwright Alaska where he was selected for promotion to SFC and served as the Battalion’s Assistant Operations Sergeant, Schools NCO, Air NCO from August 2001 to June 2002. Next he served as the Gunnery and Platoon Sergeant for Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion 11th Field Artillery from June 2002 thru June 2004. He then transitioned to be the Battalion Master Gunner (M119A2) from June 2004 thru August 2005 until he was selected for promotion to Master Sergeant and deployed with the Battalion to Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07, midway thru the deployment he was promoted to First Sergeant and assumed responsibility of Charlie Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment as the Firing Battery First Sergeant from April 2006 thru March 2008. After returning from deployment he was reassigned and assumed responsibility as the Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battery First Sergeant 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment Ft. Wainwright Alaska from March 2008 thru September 2009 where he deployed the unit to Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09.  His next assignment was with 7th Brigade Cadet Command Central Michigan University ROTC where he served as the Senior Military Instructor from January 2010 thru July 2011 and was selected for promotion to Sergeant Major and attendance to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) Ft. Bliss Texas Class #62 form July 2011 thru June 2012. Upon completion of the Sergeants Major Academy he was selected for promotion to Command Sergeant Major and assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Light) 4th Infantry Division Ft. Carson Colorado where he served as the Brigade Rear Detachment Operations Sergeant Major from August 2012 thru April 2013 until he assumed responsibility for the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment as the Command Sergeant Major from April 2013 thru March 2015 along with deploying the Battalion to Operation Enduring Freedom 14. In April 2014 Command Sergeant Major King was selected to serve as the Ft. Wainwright Alaska Garrison Command Sergeant Major and in May of 2015 he assumed those responsibilities.

Command Sergeant Major King holds an Associate Degree in Business Management from North Country Community College, Bachelors of Implied Management from Grand Canyon University, and a Masters in Leadership Development from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP).  His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeants Course, United States Army Sergeant Majors Academy (Class#62), Battle Staff Course, Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness Training Course, Airborne Training, Air Assault Course, Field Artillery Maintenance Course, Combat Lifesaver Course.

Command Sergeant Major King’s awards include; Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal w/bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one Campaign Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with two Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (NATO), Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Silver), and Danish Contingent March Medal. CSM King is a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Saint George and a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

CSM King is married and has two children.

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