Col. Gregory D. Gadson
U.S. Army Veteran (ret.)
A 25-year career Army Officer, Col. Gregory D. Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of adversity. A graduate of West Point Military Academy, Col. Gadson’s service culminated as the Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, where he oversaw more than 50,000 military personnel. He 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. His greatest challenge came in Iraq in 2007, when he lost both his legs and severely injured his right arm due to a roadside bomb.
Col. Gadson continues a very energetic and dynamic lifestyle in which he to serve his nation as an entrepreneur and managing partner of Patriot Strategies, LLC, a government services company. He also seeks to encourage wounded warriors, veterans, and those with disabilities as a motivational speaker. Additionally, he 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, a family television series on CBS.
Greg’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit (2); Bronze Star Medal (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 master’s degrees in Information Systems from Webster University and Policy Management from Georgetown University. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Webster University.