Major (retired) Craig Wilson NZGD

Decorated former SAS member

Major (retired) Craig Wilson NZGD

Craig Wilson is a decorated former SAS officer, an entrepreneur and writer whose previous career in the New Zealand Defence Force was about as interesting as it could be.

After graduating from Victoria University, Craig entered the Army’s Cadet School, graduating as an Infantry Officer following a year of leadership training. His early career saw him serve in the first wave of troops in East Timor following the bloody independence struggle there.

On return to New Zealand Craig moved in to the Special Forces, completing the selection and training process through which very few pass. On entering the New Zealand Special Air Service, Craig helped the unit through a period of constant operational challenges.

As Craig returned to the Infantry in 2010, the NZDF operation in Bamian Province was becoming ever more dangerous. He was the commanding officer of Bravo Company, which lost 2 soldiers when they went to the aid Afghan police at Baghak in August 2012. Craig was left injured, shot in the shoulder, and was Medevac’d to a German hospital. There he heard 3 more of his team had died in an explosion. This intense period is covered in Craig’s book Bravo Kiwi, written while he was recovering from life changing wounds.

Since this time Craig has applied his leadership and endeavour to new pursuits. He has completed a Masters Degree as an Art of War Scholar at the US Army Command and General Staff College and won two gold medals for indoor rowing at the 2017 Invictus Games. Central to this is Craig’s desire for others to access his experience, and to understand the difference the right approach can make; particularly those in a position to better New Zealand. Prepare to be intrigued, entertained and inspired.

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