(USA, USMA 1989)
Gregory Gadson was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1989 from the United State Military Academy at West Point. He has served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm (Kuwait), Operations Joint Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Enduring Freedom(Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). His awards include the Bronze Star (3), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Webster University and a Master’s Degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University.
A highly decorated soldier, Gadson was Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery in Iraq when on the evening of May 7, 2007, he was severely wounded by an IED resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and a severely damaged right arm and hand. 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, his career and his family.
Despite Gadson’s greatest challenge, he remains on Active Duty in the military and continues to inspire many with his message of courage,perseverance, determination, and teamwork. he is currently the director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, also called AW2.