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Col. David "Gregg" Athey
Fort Polk Garrison Commander

COL David “Gregg” Athey grew up in Augusta Georgia. He received a US Army ROTC commission as an Armor Officer in 1990.

His first military assignment was as a Tank Platoon Leader in 2d Armor Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. During this period he served as a Platoon Leader during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and later served as the battalion’s scout platoon leader. After attendance at the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he served in 1st Armored Division’s division cavalry squadron as the Assistant Operations Officer and had two Troop commands in 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment at Buedingen, German. While in 1-1 Cav he commanded C Troop in the Army’s first deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina. After troop command he was assigned to Fort Knox as a Small Group Instructor at the Armor Center’s Captains Career Course and Cavalry Leaders Course. He also served in the Armor Center’s Doctrine Division as the Chief of Cavalry Doctrine. There he also served on a team that helped with the concept development and doctrine for the new Stryker Brigade and its Reconnaissance Squadron.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment as the battalion’s Operations Officer. After serving in the Stryker Brigade he was assigned to Special Operations Command Europe in Stuttgart, Germany as a Joint Special Operations Planner. There he helped design and stand up the NATO Special Operations Headquarters at SHAPE, Belgium. Following his overseas tour to Europe he moved his family back to Texas in 2008 and served with III CORPS as a G3 Operations Officer. In 2009 he took command of 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. While in command he deployed his unit in support of Operation New Dawn, Iraq. COL Athey’s former assignment was with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at Tampa, Florida where he helped design, standup and direct USSOCOM’s International Division.

COL Athey has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and also holds a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Colonel Athey assumed command of the Headquarters, US Army Garrison, Fort Polk on June 19, 2015.

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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