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LTC (R) Jim Lechner | BIO

James Lecher is a retired US Army Infantry Officer. Jim served in the US Army for 27 years, beginning as an enlisted infantryman in the Army National Guard. He is a 1989 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC with a degree in History and was commissioned in the Regular Army. His military career includes command and staff positions in conventional and special operations units, and participation in eight operational deployments to include Somalia with TASK FORCE RANGER, made famous by the book and movie “Blackhawk Down”, as well as Sinai, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. His key leadership role during successful operations in the city of Ramadi, Iraq, are recounted in the books “A Chance in Hell” and “A Soldier’s Dream”. The recent movie “American Sniper” depicts some of the dramatic aspects of this critical battle in Ramadi during the war.

In addition to deployments in support of combat operations, he has served at the national policy level, to include advising the National Security Council at the White House and numerous tours at the Central Intelligence Agency. Since his retirement from the US military in 2011 Jim has served in Afghanistan as a counter insurgency advisor to the commanding general of the coalition forces, as well as providing support for other US government efforts. He holds a Masters degree in History, serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Warrior Alliance and various other veterans charities. He is currently a History Professor for Liberty University. In 2013 he founded KG Consultants to provide leadership and law enforcement training. Jim lives with his wife Beth and three daughters in Blythewood, SC and spends much of his time restoring an antebellum plantation in Newberry.