Wayne Crawford NGV speaker

Crawford to speak on historical changes in U.S. Army infantry

Wayne Crawford, Vietnam veteran, member of the North Georgia Veterans and the Big Canoe Board of Directors, will be the speaker at the March 13 North Georgia Veterans luncheon.

Crawford has been a past speaker with North Georgia Veterans on both Georgia Wines and the POA. As the March speaker, using his long association with the infantry, he will address the key historical changes from Vietnam to the present with infantry training, tactics, doctrine, and weapons, drawn from his 27 years in the infantry and his son and son-in-law's combined 80 months in combat in Europe, the Middle East, and Afghanistan over the past 15 years.

Crawford retired from the United States Army as an infantry colonel in 1994 with 27 years of active service. Upon retiring, Crawford served in a variety of executive positions with technology and food and beverage companies including senior vice president and COO for Harry’s Farmers Market in Atlanta.

Since 2001, Crawford has operated Crawford Consulting as a certified project management professional (PMP) focused on program and project management of strategic at-risk programs addressing technology and performance challenges. Since 2015 Crawford shifted his consulting practice to writing, wine education and wine judging. Last year he published his first book on Georgia vineyards and wineries.

Crawford is a Smoke Signals contributor, writing a monthly column, “Wayne on Wine” for the past 12 + years and selected editorial articles to assist in moving legislative decisions forward at both county and state levels.

He has a BA degree in history from Columbus State University and an MS degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, The British Army Staff College, and the Army War College. Crawford commanded the 2nd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry in the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division. He served six years overseas.

His last assignment with the Army was four years as the director of Training and Doctrine Infantry School and G-3 Operations Fort Benning concurrently.

He and wife Kathy built their home at 86 Sconti Point in Audubon Ridge in 2005. They have five adult children and six grandchildren. Wayne currently serves as a eucharist minister at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper.

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