Will Wright graduated from Duke University in 2006 with a B.A. in English and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer. He deployed to Baghdad from 2007-2008 and again in 2009 to Fallujah. Will later completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and served as an Operational Detachment-Alpha commander and company commander with the 3rd Special Forces Group from 2012 to 2016. Will deployed to Afghanistan from 2012-2013 and again in 2014. He completed another special operations deployment in 2016 prior to matriculation at Yale. A recipient of the General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship and a fellowship at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Will plans to study U.S. national security strategy, diplomacy, and multidisciplinary approaches to counterterrorism while at Yale. After finishing at the Jackson Institute, Will plans to return to the special operations community.