Col. David Brenner (Ret.) grew up in Winter Park Florida attending local schools and graduating from the University of Central Florida (UCF). After serving 25 years in the US Army, he returned to Central Florida to take over the family’s successful Commercial Real Estate operations where he works with his father and son.
Col. Brenner (Ret.) joins the 46th Space Congress' International Panel representing the subject of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in general. Col. Brenner is an Associate Director of Wyith Institute (Wyith.edu) which was founded in 1992 by Dr. Raymond Cheng. And, of the several digital assets Col. Brenner represents, only Wyith's BCR@W is very progressive in all matters of education and training through digital assets. Col. Brenner (Ret.) was commissioned to the Regular Army in 1990 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Central Florida Army ROTC program as an Ordnance Officer, detailed to the Field Artillery. His initial assignment was in the 7th Battalion, 15th Field Artillery in the 7th Infantry Division as a Fire Support Platoon Leader. As an Ordinance Officer he commanded Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units at the Detachment and Company levels, and he served in the 101st Ordnance Battalion as the S-1 and as Operations Officer. He was posted to the NATO headquarters, Larissa, Greece, where he served as the Strategic Planning Officer for Logistics and was the Joint Military Affairs Officer in Stabilizing Force (SFOR) Bosnia.
In 1997, the Army selected him for service in the Foreign Area Officer program as a Middle East specialist. Following Arabic Language training at the Defense Language Institute, he completed multiple tours in the Middle East; serving twice in the Defense Attaché Office in Cairo, Egypt, assigned as the Army Liaison Officer to the Israeli Defense Force in Tel Aviv, the senior transition planner in the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq, the USCENTCOM Liaison Officer to US Forces – Iraq, and the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Lebanon at the Embassy in Beirut.
At the Defense Intelligence Agency he served as Chief of the Libya Crisis Team during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN, and as Director of the North Africa Branch. His final military assignment was as the Senior Military Advisor to the US State Department’s Assistant Secretary, Anne Patterson, and the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau.
Col. David Brenner (Ret.) has deployed to Iraq in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, and completed an operational tour to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He served at five embassies in the Near East and in nine countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Service Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Metal for the Balkans, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral seven, the Parachutist Badge, and the Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
Col. Brenner (Ret.) is married to the former Teresa MacPherson of Winter Park, Florida, and they have two grown sons, Benjamin and Matthew.