Webster alumnus becomes first double amputee to command major military installation


Col. Gregory Gadson, a 2001 graduate of Webster University, assumed command of Fort Belvoir in Virginia this week. According to the U.S. Army, Gadson is the first double amputee assigned to command a major U.S. military installation. Gadson, who delivered Webster’s commencement address in 2010, will oversee the 47,000-troop installation. (View Gadson’s commencement address.)

He earned his master’s degree in computer resources and information management from Webster’s Fort Leavenworth campus in 2001. Six years later, Gadson lost both his legs when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle in Iraq, where he was serving.

Gadson had been director of United States Army’s Wounded Warrior Program in Washington, D.C., for the past two years.

“He has shown that it isn’t about what you can do. It’s about what you can do,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter during Gadson’s installation ceremony at Fort Belvoir. “He’s able to lead and get right to things that need to happen.”

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