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Colonel Gregory D. Gadson

Colonel Gregory D. Gadson

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A 25-year officer in the United States Army, Col. Greg Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In 2007, while returning from a memorial service for two soldiers from his brigade, he lost both his legs and normal use of his right arm to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Despite the catastrophic injuries, Greg remained on active duty and continued to inspire people around the world with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.

Refusing to be defined by the proverbial “hail of bullets,” Greg has drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team, learned as a West Point linebacker, and applied them to his life, career and family. After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, Greg served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Greg’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star (3), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3) and the Army Commendation Medal (3).

Greg became one of the first military personnel to use a next- generation powered prosthetic knee with technology to make it possible for amputees to walk with confidence. He is a passionate advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with disabilities, and has testified before Congress many times on issues related to these groups.

Greg continues an energetic and dynamic lifestyle, serving the nation as an entrepreneur and managing partner of Patriot Strategies. He is also an accomplished photographer, artist, actor and motivational speaker and remains active in cycling, skiing and scuba. Greg earned masters degrees in information systems from Webster University and policy management from Georgetown University. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Webster University.

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