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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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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

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 their station websites for schedule.

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