Eric Maddox joined the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. After spending three years as an Airborne Ranger, Eric reenlisted as an interrogator and Chinese Mandarin linguist. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Eric has conducted more than 2,700 interrogations while deploying eight times in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) to include multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
In 2003, while assigned to a special operations task force in Tikrit, Eric conducted more than 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. As a result, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. After being hired as a civilian with the Department of Defense, Eric continued to help fight the Global War on Terror (GWOT) until 2014. In May 2015, he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a private consultant and speaker.