Col. Gregory Gadson is a retired colonel in the United States Army. He is also a bilateral above-the-knee amputee and motivational speaker. Gadson was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007 while returning from a memorial service for two fallen soldiers. He lost both legs above the knee & suffered a severe injury to his arm. In spite of the injuries, he wanted to remain on active duty.
In June of 2012, he became Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, VA. He oversaw operations of the post making him the first double amputee to command an Army installation. He also known for his role in the 2012 film Battleship. Director Peter Berg, having seen news articles about Gadson, decided to cast him as an army officer trying to recover from the loss of his legs who helps save the world from an alien attack.
Gadson attended the United States Military Academyat West Point, New York, graduating in 1989. He also holds a master’s degree in information systems from Webster University and a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff Collegeand the Advanced Field Artillery Officers Course and in 2010, he became an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.
He served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years as a field artillery officer and served on active duty for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He won the prestigious Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards in 2017 given by Viscardi center to honour the extraordinary leaders with disabilities. Gadson retired from the US Army in 2014.