Gallagher to succeed Griffin, will lead Va. Army National Guard strategic initiatives

Col. K. Weedon Gallagher

RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia.

“Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin’s retirement from the Virginia Army National Guard after greater than 31 years of selfless service to the commonwealth and nation,” Williams wrote in the announcement. “We are so grateful for his countless contributions and are certainly a much better organization as a result of his investment over many years. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this high-performing leader.”

The assignment is effective Nov. 1.

“Col. Gallagher brings a wealth of experience to this position from both the Army Reserve and Army National Guard, including command at the company, battalion and brigade levels as well as key staff assignments at the division and state levels and multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan,” Williams wrote. “I am confident that he will continue the respected work that Brig. Gen. Griffin initiated in this important role.”

Gallagher graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a commission as an engineer second lieutenant in 1991. He served in numerous command and staff positions including platoon leader, company commander, battalion operations officer and executive officer and battalion commander. He has deployed to Afghanistan three times including duty as the Kandahar Area Officer in Charge with the Afghanistan Engineer District and commander of 1297th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. After battalion command, he served in the state G3 and then as the division engineer officer and chief of protection for the 29th Infantry Division.

His military education includes a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College 2014, and graduation from Joint Forces College 2015. In 2017, he graduated from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government program in Leadership in Homeland Security.

Gallagher works full time as the owner of a small business specializing in facility management and electrical systems installations.