Mr. Koby J. Langley is the senior adviser for strategic planning and outreach in the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy. In that role, he is responsible for the development of strategic plans related to wounded, ill, injured and transitioning service members and interagency and public/private collaboration.
In 2010, Langley served as a member of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Personnel and Readiness strategic planning team and principal report drafter of an efficiencies report that identified over $800M in cost savings to the Department of Defense. In 2009,Langley was appointed by Secretary Eric K. Shinseki of the Department of Veterans Affairs as his Special Assistant for Strategic Communications Planning, and assigned to the President’s Interagency Policy Committee on Military Families, and Presidents Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status. In 2008, he was selected to serve as a member of the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama. In 2007, Langley co-founded a private fund, which funded the education of an Iraqi interpreter who fledIraqdue to grave threats of violence for assisting coalition forces.
In 2006, after ten years of military service,Langley received a second Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding federal litigation support to the United States Army where he amassed the highest number of closed cases in the department. He subsequently founded and served as the managing partner of a multi-million dollar litigation firm in Southern Maryland.
While serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and deploying during the invasion of Iraq, Langley paid the first property damages claims in combat operations. Langley later published a standard operation procedure that was adopted theater-wide. DoD paid about 26 million dollars to settle from FY2003 to FY2006 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Langley also commanded dozens of support convoys and received the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.
Langley is the creator, editor, and principal contributor to the blog http://www.warriorcare.mil and has published op-eds for Military.com and The History Channel, and has conducted interviews for Reuters, MSNBC, NPR outlets, the Army Times, Fox News, and various local news outlets. He was featured in a Veterans-issue related advertisement for then Presidential candidate Barack Obama. His efforts in facilitating post war reconstruction in Iraq are documented in numerous articles, as well as books by the first Iraq War Veteran elected to congress, Patrick J. Murphy (PA) and Mr. Noah Feldman, Constitutional Scholar at Harvard.
Langley holds a Bachelors (B.A.) from the University of Notre Dame, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Colorado, and is a Masters candidate at Georgetown University. He is a former Harvard Law School Certified Mediator, and appointee to the Senior Executive Service. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (2); Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star Device.
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