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Veteran Speaker: Eric Maddox

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Honoring Those Who Served

Eric Maddox

Museum at the Gateway Arch, Tucker Theater
9:00 a.m. Museum opens
9:30 a.m. Speaker begins

Free and open to the public.            


In honor of Veterans Day, the Gateway Arch Park Foundation will host a special speaker event in the Tram Lobby of the newly renovated Gateway Arch. Former Army Staff Sgt. Eric Maddox will talk about his role in the capture of Saddam Hussein, in December 2003. Maddox used non-violent interrogation methods to discover Saddam's whereabouts by closing in on Saddam's inner circle of bodyguards. This is a free event, and the public is invited to hear Maddox’s exciting story and inspirational speech on November 9 at 9:30 a.m. The Veteran Speaker Event is sponsored by Edward Jones and Boeing.

In 2003, three months after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, SSG Maddox received unexpected orders to report to the Baghdad International Airport. There he was assigned to a Delta Force Special Operations team in Tikrit. The team was a part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) responsible for tracking down the most wanted men in the world, or the infamous Deck of Cards. During his six month tour with this Delta Force team, he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. For his accomplishments, Eric was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star.

Following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Eric was hired as the first civilian interrogator for the Defense Intelligence Agency where he continued to work with the Joint Special Operations Command in tracking down the U.S. military’s most wanted radical extremists. Since 2003, Eric has conducted over 2,700 interrogations of prisoners from 25 different countries while deploying eight times including: two tours to Iraq, three tours to Afghanistan; and tours to The Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as undisclosed locations in Eastern Europe.

Eric served in the U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency for over 20 years before retiring in 2014. Maddox continues to help corporations, organization, universities, CEO’s, and audiences worldwide, in the art of questioning, negotiations, and information gathering, to use for their advantage.

Honoring our military is important to the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. The Veteran Speaker event recognizes those who have served, selflessly supporting our country, and honors veterans with the opportunity to share their stories. The Veteran Speaker event is free and open to the public.

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