Greyson Gilbert is a senior at Clemson University, where he is studying health sciences, with the goal of attending graduate school and potentially a doctorate program. His desire for his life’s work to focus on improving the lives of others. He plans to do this through research and/or providing training and preventative strategies to allow for healthier lifestyles.
Greyson is passionate about outdoor adventures, to include fly-fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, anything with the word “whitewater” in it, and traveling to new destinations. He is an artist with a penchant for custom footwear and branding art. Greyson completed the Ironman Tulsa in May. This summer he completed an 8-week internship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in the CHAMP Program. This internship helps to further develop those interested in holistic skill sets, gaining relevant experiences, and advancing in their career paths related to Human Performance Optimization (HPO) and Total Force Fitness (TFF). Currently, Greyson is studying abroad in Thailand to learn more about health, wellness, and the culture of Thailand.
Greyson’s father, Major Troy “Trojan” Gilbert, was a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot. On November 27, 2006, while flying a surveillance mission near Taji, Iraq, he got a call from a crashed helicopter containing 22 Army Special Operators. While gunning insurgent trucks that were closing in on the crash site and simultaneously taking heavy enemy fire, his plane crashed and he was killed upon impact. His body was taken by insurgents, and it would not be returned to the United States until the fall of 2016, in which he was given a full burial with honors on the tenth anniversary of his first memorial service.
Major Troy Gilbert made the ultimate sacrifice in 2006. He left behind a wife and five children: Boston (9 years), Greyson (6 years), Isabella (3 years), Annalise (9 months), and Aspen (9 months).
Greyson says, “My dad's dream for us was to follow our dreams and chase our goals in life. No Greater Sacrifice helps us do just that, not only financially but also in the encouragement, guidance, and support we get from the people there. It’s evident they truly care about the well-being of their students in addition to our academic endeavors!”
NGS would like to thank the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for helping Greyson’s dreams come true.