(USA, Retired, USMA 1986)
Client Relations Director
Todd Gile came to Thayer Leadership as the Director of Client Relations after a 23-year career as an Engineer Officer in the US Army. Todd brings a wealth of experience to Thayer Leadership gained through numerous positions in the Army as well as his recent experience working at Penn State University.
He served in numerous units from the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) to the 6th Engineer Battalion (Light) to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he was the Group Engineer. Todd served two tours in the mid-East, first during Operation Desert Storm as the S-4 of the 33rd Engineer Battalion (Prov) in support of 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armor Division and again as the CJTF-Ku Engineer Chief at Camp Doha, Kuwait. In 2003, while assigned to the Memphis Engineer District, he was awarded the Bronze Order of the de Fleury medal for professional competence, integrity and moral character to the Engineer Regiment. He also served as the Chief of Operations for the George C. Marshall Center’s College of International Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany – considered a hardship tour.
Prior to retirement, Todd was the Commander and Department Head of the Wildcat Battalion at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. Post retirement, Todd spent two-years working in the Biomechanics department of Penn State where he taught lab classes in anatomy and Biomechanics. In addition to his time with combat units, Todd spent considerable amount of time in academic and training environments.
After earning a MS in Exercise Physiology at Indiana University, he returned to USMA where he taught in the Department of Physical Education taking over the leadership of the boxing program from Herb “Punchy” Kroeten – no small task. His primary responsibility as Professor of Military Science was to develop the cadets to become leaders of the Army.