Camels welcome Army commander, former Army player

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Campbell practiced in full pads for the first time Tuesday, and heard from special guest speaker Colonel Gregory Gadson.

Colonel Gadson is currently the Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army Fort Belvoir and is the director of the Army Wounded Warrior Program. He is also a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, an occasional actor, and a motivational speaker.

Gadson has served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years as a field artillery officer and served on active duty for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gadson played football at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1985-88.

Campbell continued preseason camp in yesterday afternoon's heat and will hold the first of three preseason scrimmages this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Barker-Lane Stadium. All practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public.

The second Camel scrimmage is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. The final scrimmage and Campbell's 2014 fan appreciation event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 21. A meet the team event will follow the scrimmage as part of fan appreciation night.

The Fighting Camels, coming off a 3-9 mark last season in head coach Mike Minter's first year with Campbell, will kickoff their season Thursday night, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. against Charlotte at Barker-Lane Stadium.