Brother Willie Neal was born in Panama City, Florida. He joined the Army in 1976 as a Private First Class and later attended ROTC at the University of Central Florida where he was commissioned.
He obtained an Associate Degree while on active duty from Georgia Military College. A Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida, a Master’s in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Theology from Liberty University.
After joining the Army he attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina then training as a Personnel Management Specialist at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Upon commissioning, he attended Officer Basic Course for Medical Service Corps Officers and Hospital Patient Administration at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
During his military career in addition to the above assignments he served as Company Clerk for 560th Ambulance Company, Camp Howard, Korea; Personnel Administration Center NCO at 121st Evacuation Hospital, Korea and Unit Clerk for 43rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Camp Hialeah, Pusan, Korea. He also served as Personnel Administration Center NCO for Signal NCO and Officer Course, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Upon commissioning as a Medical Service Corps Officer, he served as Medical Platoon Leader in 5/33rd Armor Battalion, 194th Armor Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky and Assistant Patient Administrator at Ireland Army Hospital, Fort Knox, Ky, prior to receiving a medical discharge in 1989.
A 1985 initiate of the Fort Knox (KY) Alumni Chapter, Brother Neal was instrumental in helping reactivate the chapter and has served as a Board Member, Chaplin, and Sunday of Hope Chair.