Wynn was born in Bad Homburg Germany. His mother was a German Citizen and his father an Army NCO. The name on his birth certificate is Winfried Wolfgang Preston Butler. That name always caused confusion as the German Winfried was always construed as Winifred. Life was easier going by the name Wynn. Wynn had dual citizenship until age 18 when he was drafted into both the German and American Army. Wynn renounced the German citizenship, was awarded an Army ROTC Scholarship, attended Pennsylvania Military College and the University of Richmond; graduating in 1973 with a degree in history and a commission as a 2nd Lt. (Infantry) United States Army. Wynn earned a master's degree in education from Kansas State University in 1980 and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Wynn served on active duty as an Infantry and Logistics Officer from 1973 to 1997, with assignments in Germany, Korea, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Benning, Fort Riley, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraqi, and Kuwait. He taught at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and served as 2nd Infantry Division Inspector General. During his four-year assignment to Germany, Wynn was operations officer and material officer for the Main Support Battalion of 3rd Armor Division. That battalion was responsible for maintenance and logistics; to include all classes of supply, for the 18,000- man division. He served with the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm and spent three years as an assistant professor of military science (Army ROTC) at Kansas State University. Wynn was Chief Logistic Assistance Officer for the Midwest region Army Material Command as his final Army assignment. As LAO he managed army resources for the Reserves, National Guard and Active-Duty units in the Midwest, to include Fort Riley. As AMC logistics chief he also helped organize, deploy, and operationally test the Army floating war reserve stocks - ship loaded and stored at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Wynn participated in Operation Support Hope -1994 Rwanda - planning and coordinating logistic support from the Port of Mombasa in Kenya to the Rwandan city of Kigali. Wynn has several Army awards including the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Wings and the Ranger Tab.
Wynn retired from the Army in 1997 and began a second career as an administrator and faculty member at Barton County Community College Fort Riley Campus. Wynn has served as an Associate Dean of the Fort Riley Campus and as Executive Director of Distance Learning, he created bartonline.org. Bartonline provides associated degrees to soldiers as part of Goarmyed and provides classes to students worldwide. The program is used by many Kansas State and University of Kansas students to help fill in class scheduling gaps. He retired from Barton Community College in August of 2017.Wynn Butler was elected to the Manhattan City Commission in April 2011, April 2015 and November 2017. He served as Mayor in 2014-2015. He is currently serving as Mayor of the City of Manhattan.
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