Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher ’90 assumed the position of Virginia National Guard assistant adjutant general for Army Strategic Initiatives Nov. 1, 2018. Gallagher graduated and was commissioned from VMI in 1991, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Senior Transportation Officer Qualification Course and the Theater Sustainment Course. He graduated from the Army War College in 2014, Joint and Combined Warfighting School in 2015 and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Leadership in Homeland Security program in 2017. He completed U.S. Northern Command training and certification as a dual status commander in 2018.
Gallagher has held command and staff positions in the Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. He served as a platoon leader in the 330th Engineer Battalion (Heavy) and the 299th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge company). Gallagher then transferred to the 121st Engineer Battalion (Mechanized), serving on the battalion staff as the assistant S3 for both plans and for operations before being selected to command Company B. After company command, he deployed to Afghanistan as the chief of design, Bagram Airfield, with Facility Engineer Team 28, 416th Theater Engineer Command. He then served on division staff as the training officer for Joint Force Headquarters, then returned to the 121st Engineer Battalion as the battalion executive officer and the operations officer. He then served on the brigade staff as the assistant operations officer, 58th Troop Command. Gallagher returned to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan Engineer District, as the Kandahar area officer in charge. Upon his return, he was selected for battalion command of the 1297th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and deployed his battalion to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Following battalion command, he served in division staff assignments as the chief of the training management assistance team, G3; division engineer; and chief of protection/officer-in-charge of the Domestic All-Hazards Response Team-East, 29th Infantry Division (Light). Gallagher then commanded the 329th Regional Support Group. He is currently the assistant adjutant general-Army.
Gallagher’s awards and commendations include: The Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one Silver Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one Silver Leaf Cluster and two Oak Leaf Clusters, Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (2), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Service Stars), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver HG, M and 3), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (International Support Afghanistan Freedom), Combat Action Badge, Army Parachustist Badge, Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal, Samuel Sharpe Award, Ancient Order of Saint Christopher Medal and the Honorable Order of Saint Martin Medal.
Gallagher works full time as the owner of a small business specializing in facility management and electrical systems installations. He and his wife, Anne, have three sons: Connor, a U.S. Army second lieutenant; Kirby; and Tynan.