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U.S. Army Veteran Awarded Bronze Star Medal, Author of New Book Focused on Processes to Build Effective, Diverse Teams

Dr. Peter VanAmburgh is the President of 1Mission Leadership, a consulting, training and professional services company located in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA. He served in the United States Army for 28 years—earning his doctoral degree and writing his dissertation while serving active duty in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. During his military service, Peter earned the rank of Colonel. He completed the final statistical analysis for his dissertation in a destroyed building at the Baghdad airport in Iraq.

Peter had nearly completed his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University, Sarasota when his Georgia Army National Guard unit deployed overseas in 2003. Unwilling to set his studies aside, Peter gathered his laptop and decided to complete his degree while in the Middle East. His educational program is offered in a blended format that allows students to complete coursework online, in the classroom, or both.

He describes it as a chaotic time, when he and his team were responsible for a wide variety of intelligence operations. “Even after a hard day’s work, I was known to dust off (literally!) my dissertation project and make some progress on it during downtime.” He jokes that fellow soldiers often looked at him with “shock and awe” as he wrote his dissertation on a laptop while traveling regularly in military vehicles to different locations.

Peter says he chose to study Organizational Leadership “to help meet the challenges of Army transformation; for example, building the objective force for Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT) of the future, developing new approaches for recruiting and human resource management, commanding brigade-level organizations, teaching ROTC students, and organizing and directing combat and humanitarian operations.” He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his contributions to CI/HUMINT and security missions throughout the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peter’s dedication to his education and his country made it easy to work with him during a time when he needed flexibility in his studies, says Dr. Celia Edmondson, department head of the Organizational Leadership program in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University, Sarasota, “We were more than happy to accommodate Peter’s desire to complete his degree under what had to be challenging, if not often frightening circumstances. He has shown, as a student and as a leader, that life is to be lived with dedication, integrity and courage.”

Peter is the author of “One Mission to Africa, Leadership Lessons for a Lifetime,” the true story of a joint (U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines) and coalition (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) force that performed humanitarian and security assistance in Northern Uganda along the South Sudan border. “The methods and processes used to build an effective team from an extremely diverse group are identified to both educate and operationalize leadership strategies,” he says. Peter adds that these lessons form a guide for leaders who are planning for, or engaged in, complex human endeavors. “I believe this book fills a void in the literature for leading effective multicultural, multinational, multi-agency, and multijurisdictional activities. It is for leaders in government, military, non-government and faith-based organizations.”

Now a retired colonel, Peter works to develop influential global leaders. Drawing on his experience in directing combat and humanitarian missions in more than 15 countries, he offers expertise in leading multi-national, multi-agency and multi-cultural endeavors. The wide scope of services offered by his company includes leadership, organizational behavior, culture, strategic planning, change management, crisis management, interactive multimedia instruction, and government proposal development.

“Our expertise in leadership, planning, and multinational operations is coupled with a responsive network of subject matter experts who are available to respond to any requirements an organization may face. I enjoy the autonomy; it’s easier to find good employees than it is to find a good boss.”

Learn more about Peter’s new book by clicking here.

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