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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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     03/17 - Fiscal Reform 2017

Is it time to reform Louisiana’s tax code?
For the past several years, Louisiana’s state budget has repeatedly fallen short of revenue projections, sometimes multiple times per year. These budget gaps have been bridged through cuts, temporary tax increases and patchwork fixes. Is it time to reform Louisiana’s tax code? During the 2017 Regular Legislative session, lawmakers will be considering recommendations to do just that.

Can the state broaden its tax base while lowering rates and omitting tax exemptions and credits? What changes may be in store for personal and corporate income taxes and sales and property taxes? How can the state restructure its tax code to be more fair and competitive with other states? Louisiana Public Square explores the issue of “Fiscal Reform 2017” on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and on WLAE in New Orleans. (Recording on Tuesday, March 21.)

Our panelists are:
• Camille Conaway; Louisiana Association of Business & Industry
• Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville; Senate Finance Committee
• Jan Moller; Louisiana Budget Project
• James Richardson, Ph.D., LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business


The program includes interviews with Michael Olivier with the Committee of 100; Randy Roach, Mayor of Lake Charles and Representative Jay Morris, R-Monroe, member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, host 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 their station websites for schedule.
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