Special Guest Speaker

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Colonel Cary C. Harbaugh (Ret)

Until his retirement last year Col. Harbaug (Ret) headed up the U.S. Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program (CARE COALITION). The program was established in 2005 to provide Special Operations Forces (SOF) wounded, ill or injured service members and their families assistance after life changing events. It is designed to help them navigate through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration as quickly as possible.  Additionally, he successfully managed the 2019 DOD Warrior Games which gave over 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans a chance to participate in athletic activities. 

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Colonel Cary C. Harbaugh (Ret) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He first served as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer in Airborne and Special Operations units from 1978-1987. He was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate through the ROTC program at the Ohio State University in 1987.


His military education includes the Italian War College (Foreign Exchange); and the Army War College in fellowship at the CIA where he also completed the National Clandestine Service’s Graduate Studies Program.


Colonel Harbaugh’s service has included deployments from Operations Just Cause and Desert Shield/Storm to Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (TRANS SAHEL). From 2001-2004 he served as the Director of Intelligence (J2) at US Special Operations Command Europe. From 2007 to 2009 he served as Liaison Officer to the US Congress Representing JSOC. In 2009 he assumed duties as the First Director/Commander of the Joint Intelligence Center, USSOCOM (JICSOC). After a Nato tour to Italy, he returned to USSOCOM in 2013.