Purple Heart recipient to speak at LBW Community Candid event Tuesday, April 4

Published 9:15 am Saturday, April 1, 2023

LBW Community College will welcome Noah Galloway for its fourth Community Candid session Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in the Dixon Center for the Performing Arts.

Community Candid is a series of speaking events presented by LBW President Dr. Brock Kelley’s Community Leaders Diversity Committee.

“We are very excited to welcome Army Sergeant Noah Galloway for our fourth Community Candid session. This will be a truly one-of-a-kind event with a great speaker you don’t want to miss. His story is so inspiring, and we hope the community will join us for this free event,” LBWCC Career Pathways Specialist Jeanni Sanders said.

Galloway will be the fourth of five speakers and will share his inspiring story of recovery and growth. Whitney Queen opened the five-part series on March 7 with discussions on financial planning and wellness March 7. Dr. Emma Cosby followed with a mental health and peer pressure presentation on March 14. District Attorney Walt Merrell spoke about drug awareness and prevention on March 21. The series will conclude Tuesday, April 18 with Ebony Bradley targeting technology and social media.

Galloway’s resume ranges from Purple Heart recipient, author, and health enthusiast to television personality and “Dancing with the Stars” finalist. Galloway finished in third place on season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2015 with his partner Sharna Burges, an Australian professional dancer and choreographer.

He joined the military in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. Galloway was a Sergeant assigned to the First Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his second deployment in December 2005, he was severely injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. He lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. His right leg and jaw were also badly injured, and he had to have his jaw wired shut.

As a decorated military veteran in 2014, Galloway graced the cover of Men’s Health Magazine as the “Ultimate Guy,” a distinction that launched him into the public eye. Then, in 2016, he wrote a book titled “Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier.” He led his team to victory on FOX Network’s first season of American Grit, featuring military-grade, survival-themed challenges.

The father of four often credits his lifestyle of living without excuses to his desire to be an example for his children.

His efforts led him to found the No Excuses Charitable Fund and lend his celebrity to supporting organizations that align with his values. In June 2016, Galloway accompanied students of Alabaster, Alabama’s Thompson High School on a mission to Honduras. There, he and the students helped provide computer labs and installed chlorinators for fresh water.

His other television appearances include “True Life,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “Extra,” “The CMT Music Awards,” “The Home and Family Show,” and “The View.”

Galloway will speak as a show of support for the LBW Alabama RISE, a workforce-based program that works with students with various learning disabilities with the end goal of successful employment.

LBW invites all community members to attend. Saints Café will have extended hours with an expanded menu featuring kids’ meals. LBW’s Adult Education Department will offer free childcare in the gymnasium.

Attendees can preregister by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/D9FGZ7Z.