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Panelist Bio


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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     10/17 - HIV/AIDS in Louisiana

How many people are living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana and what resources are available to them?
Baton Rouge and New Orleans consistently rank among the top three cities nationwide for the highest HIV and AIDS rates per capita. And in rural Louisiana, the number of new HIV infections has risen slightly with infected individuals more likely to escalate to an AIDS diagnosis.

So, how many people are living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana and what resources are available to assist them? Why has the state seen an overall decline in new HIV diagnosis but an increase in its rural areas? What affect is the PrEP drug regimen having on stabilizing and preventing the disease? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “HIV/AIDS in Louisiana.”



Our Panel:
• Eugene Collins, HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART)
• Jamar Ennis, Louisiana Youth for Excellence
• Tavell Kindall, The Greater Ouachita Coalition Providing AIDS Resources (GOCARE)
• Lauren Richey, M.D., Infectious Diseases, LSU Health Sciences Center
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