New Director’s Message to AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families

LTC (P) Gregory H. Gadson took charge of AW2 on July 13, 2010.



By LTC (P) Greg Gadson, AW2 Director

As the new AW2 Director, I am honored to have been selected for this significant responsibility and I am eager to execute AW2’s mission to provide personalized support to the Army’s severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. My 22-year military career—from a field artillery commission at West Point to Battalion Commander in Iraq—has always centered on Soldiers’ long-term success. Their success is my success.

At AW2, I will continue to measure success through Soldiers…their integration back to duty or into a new civilian life. I know the transition process isn’t easy for wounded warriors or their loved ones. I understand because I am one. I lost both my legs due to an IED in Iraq, and like many, went through the difficult process that required the support of my faith, my Family, and my friends. For each of us, our injuries are just a chapter in our lives—what matters is what we do next.

Whether you’re in a WTU, continue to wear the uniform, or have plugged into your community, you are an inspiration to those around you, whether you realize it or not. You’re an inspiration for your neighbors, for your fellow Soldiers, and for the wounded yet to come. It’s a role I hope you each take seriously, as I have.

To AW2 Families, I want to acknowledge you as the often unseen and seldom acknowledged backbone of our servicemembers. I’ve leaned on my own wife and children throughout my Army career, as we’ve moved from post to post, as I deployed, and through my own recovery. While your continued sacrifices can never be repaid, I will say, the Army—and especially AW2—stands behind you. Our Soldiers could not be who they are or achieve what they do without your involvement. Thank you.

For me, life is not about what you’re getting out of it—it’s what you’re putting into it, and for me I am ready to start putting in the hard work that will ensure AW2’s continues to be an umbrella of expertise for all AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families.

I look forward to the opportunities to come and building on AW2’s proven success.

5 Comments

  1. C. Anderson says:

    Congrats, Colonel.

    I was in Ft. Hood’s WTU from Jan ‘8 to Aug ’08, and our Commander said it was the largest WTU in the Army.

    Is that still true?

    Where is your HQ?

    V.R.,
    Chris Anderson.
    US Army Ret/Dis.

  2. Renee Finnegan says:

    Greg,
    Congratulations!! You are the best leader for the job. Please let me know if I can help your command from Louisville, KY. I wish you the absolute best! Kevin keeps running 5Ks every Saturday and tells me he is running them for you.
    Take care,
    Renee

  3. Brett Bowman says:

    Greg,

    Congrats. I don’t think they could have picked a better person for the job. Keep up the great work for our prized patriots. “We Strengthen The Line” … 89.

    Brett Bowman
    USMA 1989

  4. LTC Jerry Farnsworth says:

    Greg,

    Thanks again for answering the call and continuing to inspire those who have served or are still serving. You are the right person for this job and I know you will continue to move this great program forward.

    Pride, Poise, Team!

    Jerry Farnsworth
    LTC, EN
    Commander, 84th Engineer Battalion
    Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

  5. Sue Tatem says:

    LTC Gadson,

    Congratulations on taking the lead as Director of AW2. From your message I realize you truly do know all of the hardships our soldiers have in intergration back to duty or transition to civilian life. As the daughter of a retired LTC Air Force and sister of a career Army/National Guard who returned safely from a tour in Iraq last yr, as well as having worked with wounded warriors from all branches of the service for many years your words truly encouraged me that the wounded, ill and injured have a great leader looking out for them and their families.

    I would like to offer the support of AbilityPLUS in anyway that we can help to provide services for your soldiers here in New England. We provide sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities throughout New England. Please check out our website and feel free to contact me. I would LOVE to set up a program/programs for any and all.

    Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice,
    Sue

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