Robert Shadley

Sr. VP (retired) Alliant Techsystems Inc. Major General, U.S. Army (retired) Bob Shadley recently retired from a second career as senior vice president for force protection at Alliant Techsystems Inc., a $3.4 billion advanced weapons and space systems company that employs approximately 15,000 people in 22 states. In May 2000, he retired as a major general from the U.S. Army. As a student, Bob had a keen interest in industrial engineering which led him to earn a BSIE and an MSIE at Purdue. He studied advanced ROTC while at Purdue but deferred military service for a year in order to finish graduate school. Bob was responsible for logistics support for U.S. forces in Haiti and for the logistics aspects of setting up the refugee center at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1994. He was also the Commander of the Division Support Command in the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), which deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. His command supported 22,000 personnel as the Big Red One covered more than 250 kilometers in four days. Bob culminated his career as deputy chief of staff for logistics, U.S. Army Forces Command, an organization composed of more than 800,000 soldiers and 40,000 civilians. In recognition of his long and distinguished career, the Army awarded Bob the Bronze Star in 1971 and 1991 for service in a combat theater, three awards of the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal and, finally, the Distinguished Service Medal in 2000. In 2003, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame. Upon his retirement from military service in May 2000, Bob was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, our nation's highest peacetime Army award.