Successfully Headed Army Initiatives in Idaho, Fort Campbell and Washington, DC
Alex Gallegos of Idaho retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years of service. During his Army career, Alex served in a variety of key leadership and management positions in Fort Campbell, KY, and Washington, DC, from the tactical to strategic level. He deployed to several Joint, multi-agency, and multi-national operations in the Middle East, Central Asia, West Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Continental United States and, spent extensive time in the airborne and Army Special Operations Forces community. Alex launched his military career with deployments to the Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. As both a company and battalion commander, Alex led his units during critical periods including efforts to increase the capacity to train Army Special Operations Forces, and our nation’s whole of government response to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. While serving key staff assignments, Alex was responsible for providing support and management of the Army’s most critical resource - its people. In this role, he led and participated in all aspects of human resources and human capital management at the department and operational level. He supported and participated in the development, transformation, and implementation of a myriad of personnel policy and program initiatives which impacted 3.5 million Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, Contractors, and Family members that comprise the Active Component, the U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Army National Guard. Alex’s passion for public service and commitment to improving the lives of others transcends his time on active duty. In addition to leading one of the most active community outreach programs at Fort Campbell, Kentucky which included support to local elementary schools, a homeless shelter, and a bone marrow drive, Alex served as a volunteer, mentor, mediator, and advocate for other charitable and community organizations including the American Heart Association, Ada County Juvenile Court Services, and Gold Star and surviving families. He earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, a master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University, and a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Tampa. Alongside his military career, which has taken him from Idaho to service across three continents, Alex enjoys various hobbies and passions, such as spending time with family and friends, his faith, fishing, running, golf, bicycling, sports, music, the outdoors, food, and the arts.