COL Gregory Gadson, USA

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COL Gregory D. Gadson currently serves as the Director of the US Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). A decorated military officer, COL Gadson has served in the US Army for more than 20 years as a field artillery officer.  He has served in every major conflict of the last two decades, including Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Kuwait), Operation Join Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), where he commanded a new unit as part of the surge to secure Baghdad in 2007.

During his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, COL Gadson was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), resulting in the amputation of both legs above the knee and severe damage to his right arm. COL Gadson emphasizes that his injuries are not the important part of his story; instead, he now forcuses on future accomplishments.

COL Gadson's awards include 3 Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Saudi Arabian Liberation Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.  He is also authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge.

A 1989 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, COL Gadson holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Webster University and a Masters Degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University.  COL Gadson is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and an Army War College Fellow from The Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC.