John Fenzel is a senior Army Special Forces officer
who has served on our nation’s battlefields throughout
Europe and the Middle East. He has served as a military assistant
on the personal staff of the Secretary of Defense,
as a Special Assistant to the Vice President, and as a White
House Fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations.
He commanded the Special Forces Training Battalion at Fort Bragg,
North Carolina and an Army brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In the wake of the September 11th attacks,
he served as Staff Director for Tom Ridge in the Homeland Security Council. He was the principal architect of The Homeland
Security Advisory System, our nation’s color-coded alert
In his 25 years of military service, John has served in numerous command and staff positions around the world. During
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he commanded a Special Forces “A-Team,” training, equipping and
advising a Kuwaiti Battalion and accompanying them during the liberation of
Kuwait. He has commanded three Special Forces companies,
leading the first Army deployments to Pakistan and the
In Bosnia, he commanded the special operations teams
in the U.S. and British sectors, working closely with
the United Nations to secure the indictments and convictions
of those responsible for war crimes in Srebrenica. He
is the only active duty American military officer to testify at The Hague in support of the International
Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
John is a graduate of the Naval War College and the National War College. Born in Iowa and raised outside Chicago, John lives with his wife and three children in Washington, D.C. The Lazarus Covenant is his first novel.