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Double amputee takes command of Fort Belvoir

From www.Army.Mil, By J.D. Leipold, June 27, 2012 –

WASHINGTON (Amy News Service, June 26, 2012) — For the first time in the Army’s history, a double amputee has taken the reins as garrison commander of a major installation.

Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command June 25, 2012, of Fort Belvoir, Va., an 47,000-strong garrison currently in its 100th year of service.

Gadson, a 1989 West Point grad and member of the football team was returning from a memorial service in Baghdad for two Soldiers from his brigade on May 7, 2007, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a severe injury to his right arm.

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