REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: State of Qatar
CANDIDATE: Eric P. Wendt
Lieutenant General Eric Wendt currently serves as the Commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations Headquarters. During his over 34 years of active duty in the United States Army, he held multiple senior command positions and led organizations with up to thousands of personnel (including military, civilian, and interagency personnel). Lt. General Wendt lived in the Middle East from 2017-2019 working for the US Department of State and performing duties in multiple countries in the region (including Qatar), while leading an eight-country coalition as the United States Security Coordinator, Israel-Palestinian Authority. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Pacific Command as well as the Commanding General, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He served on multiple combat and operational deployments in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia. His considerable leadership experience, proven ability to manage complex multinational and interagency organizations, and his regional expertise — including the ability to speak Arabic — make Lt. General Wendt well-qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
Lt. General Wendt earned a B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (where he also later completed a Senior Service College Postgraduate Academic Fellowship). He is a recipient of numerous military awards and honors including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters).