Lieutenant Colonel Gladding is a native of Reno Nevada. He graduated from the University of
Nevada Las Vegas where he received a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission to the
Ordnance Corps. In 2010, he was assessed and selected into the Psychological Operations
Branch. He also holds a Master of Science in Defense Analysis with an Irregular Warfare focus from
the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California class of 2015.

His key assignments include Detachment Commander, Bravo Company, 5th Psychological
Operations Battalion in support of United States Embassy Manila (Philippines) and United States
Embassy Kathmandu (Nepal); Commander, Alpha Company, 1st Psychological Operations
Battalion; and Battalion Executive Officer 5th Psychological Operations Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel
Gladding’s most recent assignment was to the Joint Staff J7 where he served as the lead
Information Operations planner in support of the Chairman’s Globally Integrated Exercise.

Lieutenant Colonel Gladding’s military schools include the Joint and Combined Warfare School
(JPME2), Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College of Command and Staff (JPME1),
Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Special Warfare Center and School’s Psychological Operations
Officer Course, SERE (High Risk), Basic Airborne Course, Joint Information Operation Planner’s
Course, Operations Security Planner’s Course, Military Deception Planner’s Course, and the Joint
Special Technical Operations Planner’s Course.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army
Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal,
Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas
Service Ribbon (2nd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award, Joint Chiefs
of Staff Identification Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge (Bronze award),
and the Canadian Parachutist Badge.