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President and Director of International Relations, Transatlantic Affairs, U.S Armed-Forces in Europe -Africa, Eurasia, Indo-Pacific, and NATO
John L. Gronski, Major General (U.S Army Retired) is founder and CEO of Leader Grove LLC; an adjunct fellow with the Center for European Policy Analysis; and director of the leadership academy for student-athletes at Lebanon Valley College. He is a leadership consultant and trainer, author of two books, professional speaker, and executive coach.
General John L. Gronski, is a proven combat leader with over 40 years’ service in the United States Army including active duty and in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard where he led units at the company, battalion, brigade, and division level.
His significant military assignments include serving as:
- The Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe where he helped lead 30,000 Soldiers;
- Commanding General of the 28th Infantry Division (ID) where he led approximately 15,000 Soldiers;
- Brigade Commander of 2nd Brigade, 28th ID in Ramadi Iraq where he led 5,000 Soldiers and Marines in combat;
- Brigade Commander of 55th Brigade 28th ID where he led over 2,000 Soldiers on an overseas deployment to Europe;
- And Military Liaison Team Chief in Lithuania where he led a team of American and Lithuanian military personnel and civilians.
General Gronski is a graduate of numerous military schools to include the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Ranger School, and Airborne School. He is also a graduate of the University of Scranton where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services. And holds a Master of Business Administration from Penn State University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. And he also has attended Alvernia University as a doctoral student in the corporate leadership program.
His military awards and decorations include:
- The Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster,
- Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster,
- Bronze Star,
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal,
- Meritorious Service Medal,
- Iraq Campaign Medal,
- Navy Unit Commendation (2nd award),
- Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist Badge.
Gen. Gronski has also been awarded the National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice in the rank of Primicerius; the Association of the United States Army McLain Medal; the Republic of Lithuania Medal of Merit; the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania; and the Golden Medal of the Polish Armed Forces.
Gen. John Gronski is author of two books. “Iron-Sharpened Leadership” and “The Ride of Our Lives – Lessons on Life, Leadership, and Love”.
President and Director of Military Affairs, U.S Armed Forces Europe and Africa, NATO
With 32 years of active duty service to his country in which he received 2 awards for valor, 5 Bronze Star medals, 2 Purple Hearts, led 10 deployments, and survived both a bomb blast, numerous fire fights, and a helicopter crash, Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc is former Commander of Special Operations Command Africa.
Brigadier General Bolduc started his career in 1981, 36 years before his final change of command. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, then-Major Bolduc led one of the first groups into Afghanistan, to take control of the southern Afghanistan region from Taliban rule.
As the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group (Desert Eagles) Bolduc’s unit was credited with the success of Operation Medusa and awarded the Canadian Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation for actions by the “Desert Eagles” that were considered an extraordinary deed or activity, of a rare high standard, in extremely hazardous circumstances, beyond the demands of normal duty in combat. This was the first time a foreign military unit received this distinction from the Canadian government and military.
From 2010 through 2011 and 2012-2013 he served as Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force commander and then as Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Component Commander in Afghanistan and was credited with the creation and establishment of the “Village Stability Operations” concept, a bottom-up stability effort in rural areas and villages in Afghanistan which undermined insurgent influence and control by the Taliban and ensured the stabilization of large areas of the war-torn country through Afghan Local Police.
In his role Brigadier General Bolduc was responsible for the full spectrum of Special Operations activities across the African continent and the more than 1,700 U.S. military, interagency and international military personnel operating in 28 countries throughout Africa and Europe. SOCAFRICA is designated as U.S. Africa Command’s lead counter-Violent Extremist Organizations (VEO) operations component. Prior to this, he served on the Joint Staff in the Office of Secretary of Defense and as the Aide to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon.
Brigadier General Bolduc’s other Awards and Decorations include:
- The Defense Service Medal,
- Defense Superior Service Medal,
- Legion of Merit,
- Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device,
- Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device,
- Numerous Foreign awards,
- Combat Infantryman Badge,
- Expert Infantryman Badge,
- Master Parachutist Badge,
- Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Ranger Tab.
Brigadier Gen. Bolduc holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Sociology, M.A. in Business Technology/Human Resource Development, M.S. in Strategic Studies, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Liberty University in Strategic Leadership and is currently involved with the following organizations:
- Appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to serve as member of the Juvenile Parole Board
- Senior Advisor for the Center of Naval Analysis that provides cutting-edge, expert analysis and high quality, impartial information for effective decision making.
- Advisor to Spirit of America and organization dedicated to directly supporting the safety and success of deployed US troops and diplomats.
- Advisor to Guardian Angels Inc. a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that specializes in training and pairing service dogs.
- Board member of IDS International a leader in training and support for complex operations
- Board member of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. a provide multi-faceted, focused, trauma interventions to first responders and warriors who develop symptoms of PTS and combat-related PTS because of executing line of duty/service responsibilities.
- Active supporter of Veterans Count a program of Easter Seals to support Veterans
- A supporter of the morning show, New Hampshire Today, with Jack Heath, on Veteran Issues in New Hampshire
- Advisor to Vet Links that educates and empowers veterans and their families by linking them to services, support, and programs to enrich their quality of life.
- Board Advisor for Warriors Heart Foundation a PTS and addiction treatment center for active military, veterans, and first responders.
- Advisor to the Green Alert System designed to provide alerts to law enforcement and public on missing service members and veterans.
- Board of Advisors to Smitz Laboratories
- Member of Outspoken Agency for public speaking
Military History Consultant
Dr. Timothy P. Mulligan from Washington DC, the United States of America, with Ph.D. in Diplomatic History at the University of Maryland. He served with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration as a Specialist in Captured German and Related Records
• Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke Published in 1993 and 1995
• Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany’s U-Boat Arm 1939-1945: Published in 1999
• The Politics of Illusion and Empire: German Occupation Policy in the USSR, 1942-1943: Published in 1988
• Die Männer der Deutschen U-Bootwaffe 1939-1945 : German translation of Neither Shark nor Wolves, Published in 2001 Germany
• And a larger number of Military History Articles and Essays.
Awards and Medals
Among many other Awards, Dr. Timothy Patrick Mulligan is also the recipient of:
• Bundesverdienstkreuz ‘The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany’ in 2006
• The Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award in 1999
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-Image of Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, Special Operations Command Africa commander, inspects troops with his Senegalese counterpart Senegalese Brig. Gen. Amadou Kane in Thies, Senegal, Feb. 8, 2016. More than 1,700 participants from over 30 nations Feb. 8, 2016.©U.S. Army
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