David Blackledge
Major General, US Army Reserves (Ret), Security and Peace-keeping

Major General David Blackledge brings over 33 years as a military officer and reservist. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf War (1991-92), Haiti (1994), Bosnia-Hercegovina (1997-98), US Embassy in Kuwait (2000-01) and two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-04 and 2005-06).  He also brings 15 years experience as Manager with Procter & Gamble Company, 7 years in the paper industry and 8 years in the health care sector. Mr. Blackledge has been awarded five Bronze Star Medals and two Purple Hearts.

Until recently, Mr. Blackledge served as Special Assistant to the Chief, Army Reserve in the US Army Reserve Command (2011-12), Commanding General, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, responsible for recruiting, training, equipping, and deploying 13,000 personnel with expertise in civil affairs and psychological operations in support of U.S. national objectives (2009-2011), and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff (G-3/5/7) for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs at Headquarters, Department of the U.S. Army. Prior to that, Mr. Blackledge was Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command and Commander of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade (2003-07). Currently, he serves as Director of Estuarine Education and Leadership Development Center at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Mr. Blackledge has been a leader in publicly addressing the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on soldiers returning from combat and a supporter of various wounded warrior projects. He received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Business of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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