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Decorated Army Commander, Star of the Film Battleship
Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, a Chesapeake, Va., native; served our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Col. Gadson’s service culminated as the Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, where he oversaw the daily operations of the post, a strategic sustaining base where more than 50,000 military personnel and employees provide logistical, intelligence, medical and administrative support, and command and control for a mix of more than 140 commands and agencies for the Department of Defense. Read More >
A 25-year career Army officer, Col. Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In May 2007, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, Col. Gadson’s greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork. Refusing to be defined by the proverbial “hail of bullets,” he has since drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team, learned as a West Point linebacker, and applied them to his life, career and family.
Commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1989 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Greg served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Greg served in various assignments throughout the world. He dedicated himself to leading the Soldiers, civilian employees and family members in living the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. Greg is a passionate advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with disabilities; sharing his experience and perspectives on several board of directors and advisory committees.
In 2007, Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach, asked Gadson to meet with the then-struggling team. Gadson talked to the players about service, teamwork, duty, perseverance and adversity. His message resonated and the New York Giants defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Greg made his silver screen debut in 2012 as a lead actor in the blockbuster movie Battleship; where he portrayed a war-injured veteran that helped save the world from an alien invasion. In 2015, he completed season one of The Inspectors, an educational television series on CBS.
Greg continues a very energetic and dynamic lifestyle where he continues to serve his nation as an entrepreneur and managing partner of Patriot Strategies, LLC, a government services company. He is also an accomplished photographer/artist and remains active in cycling, skiing, skydiving and scuba.
Greg’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit (2); Bronze Stars (3); Purple Heart; the Meritorious Service Medal (3) and the Army Commendation Medal (3). He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and holds masters degrees in Information Systems from Webster University; and Policy Management from Georgetown University. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Webster University. Read Less ^
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"The United States Air Force Academy thank you for your inspirational message at our 24th National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS). Your insights, experiences, and dialogue with our cadets and staff are what make NCLS valuable! The tremendous success of this year’s program is a direct result of your willingness to give of your time and to challenge our audience to aspire to excellence! This year’s theme, 'Warrior Ethos and the American Airman' was certainly demonstrated by your remarks and made a difference, not only in the Air Force Academy Cadet wing, but also in the future of our Air Force. It was an honor and privilege to have you participate!'
"Today was a fantastic event, and we have received great feedback."
"Thank you both so much for assisting in making our evening happen. Colonel Gadson was AWESOME! We truly appreciate him spending the time with us tonight and helping us to celebrate our Veterans. They were so excited that he agreed to come as he was their #1 name suggested when we were talking about possible speakers. It might have been a small amount of people attending virtually but I know they got so much out of it. He was very engaging and shared so much."
"Overwhelmingly successful! Colonel Gadson was phenomenal. We wanted our speaker to be someone who could speak from experience about resiliency, recovery, and 'what matters most in life.' Colonel Gadson did just that. He was inspirational for so many reasons; his military service, his connection to West Point, the New York Giants, coaching, his advocacy for wounded warriors and people with disabilities. Part of his message was that 'it’s okay to get help' and that is our motto here at the MHA (it’s our tagline right below our logo), and no one could have conveyed that message more poignantly than Colonel Gadson."
"I wanted to express our sincerest gratitude for your exceptionally motivating speech during our Annual Global Institutional Sales and Marketing Conference. Your personal drive, intestinal fortitude, real like examples, stories, and shared experiences brought our group together and effectively reinforced our Mission: Possible theme. The way you spoke with the group resonated with our sales and marketing professionals, confirmed by the incredibly positive comments that I have personally received. Your participation and personal involvement in our conference served as the culminating event during the entire week of training, and for that I am very thankful."
"Thank you for serving as the keynote speaker at the Department of Defense’s 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance. Your inspiring address profoundly impacted all those who were present in the auditorium as well as the countless DoD personnel who watched the observance. Your devotion to equality is clear through your exemplary community involvement, courage, and military leadership, and will continue to service as a true inspiration to several generations of Americans."
"Col Gadson was awesome. He was well received and very motivational. All of the logistics worked out and we were so happy to have him speak to our staff! Thank you for helping!"
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