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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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     08/17 - Studying TOPS

Is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break?
Louisiana’s TOPS program provides free in-state college tuition for qualifying students. Up until recently, TOPS has covered the full amount so as tuition rose, so did the award. The state’s cost of funding the program has nearly tripled over the last ten years.

Students entering their senior year of high school this fall will face new regulations. TOPS awards will no longer automatically rise as tuition increases. That means TOPS recipients and their families will pay for the difference unless the Legislature specifically votes to raise TOPS again.

A legislative task force will study how to sustain the program this fall. So, is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break? Should TOPS be based on financial need? Should GPA standards be raised for recipients? Should TOPS graduates be required to stay in the state or pay back the award? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Studying TOPS” Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, August 22)
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