Spotlight On...Col. Brian Godard
September 15, 2011
The life of a television lawyer tends to range from glamorous to exciting and it's been no different for Army Contracting Command Chief Counsel Col. Brian Godard.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming, Godard found himself waiting to fulfill his dream of joining the Army.
"I was selected for a Judge Advocate General Corps commission upon graduation but I needed a medical waiver to join the Army, which took awhile," he said. "I needed a medical waiver due to a
birth defect (slight cerebral palsy on his right side) as well as having been shot in the leg during a camping accident when I was eight."
Waiver in hand and no permanent profile to slow him down, Godard soon put on the uniform and laced up his boots as a member of America's fighting forces.
During his 21 years in the Army he's served in various Army and joint positions but cites his most exciting position as the one he held as the chief of the Contract and Fiscal Law Division with the Multi-National Security Transition Command -- Iraq.
"I enjoyed leveraging my prior training and experiences working on complex and often unique legal issues that were critical to ensuring the best possible support to warfighters, he said. "Being in that environment provided me an invaluable perspective of how legal advice and counsel directly impacts the warfighter. I feel truly blessed with the opportunity to draw from
those experiences and perspectives as I work with my staff to ensure that the ACC and its subordinate organizations receive the absolute best possible legal advice and counsel."
And about that childhood leg injury -- it hasn't slowed him down, either. He runs two miles in about 15 minutes and scored a 292 out of 300 possible points on his last Army physical fitness test.