Meet The King

Major (Ret.) Eric K. King a native of Marianna, Arkansas. Upon completing his high school education in 1997, he joined the Arkansas Army National Guard in June 2000 and enlisted as a Combat Engineer. He then enrolled into the Golden Lion Battalion Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2003, Major King was commissioned Active Duty as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the Quartermaster Corps and branch detailed into the Infantry Corps as a Second Lieutenant.

Eric King

Major King’s outstanding and stellar military career begins with his service as an Infantry Officer from October 2003 through November 2008. Throughout Major King’s service his responsibilities continued to increase. Major King served as a Rifle Platoon leader, Company Commander (CO) Supply and Services Officer, Battalion S4, Battalion Executive Officer (XO), Instructor, Writer, and a Brigade Operations Officer. These positions reinforced Major King’s strong leadership abilities and his uncanny willingness to learn new skills and abilities. Major King’s oversight of Soldiers ranged from a platoon of 75 to an entire brigade of 3,500 men and women.

During Major King’s military career, he was deployed on four overseas missions in service to our country. Major King’s first combat deployment was in 2004 through 2005 to Iraq. Major King entered this mission as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader overseeing 75 Infantrymen.

His platoon received multiple Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks, ambushes, and gun battles. This deployment was followed by his second combat deployment in 2007 through 2008 to Iraq as a Company Commander. His responsibility as the CO was to oversee 5 platoons of over 250 soldiers and their direct health, welfare, and their operational responsibilities. During these two deployments, Major King witnessed and experienced heavy fighting causing casualties to his troops, himself, and coalition forces. These losses have weighed heavily on Major King and he has never taken his responsibilities as a Soldier, Leader, Commander, and Field Grade Officer lightly.

2013 through 2014, Major King was deployed to Afghanistan as the Brigade Operations Officer, BDE S3 OIC. During this deployment, Major King exhibited his leadership skills yet again by overseeing brigade operations for the entire Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan (CJOA-A). During this combat tour, Major King was responsible for overseeing and leading every aspect of his brigade’s tactical operations across the CJOA-A of 3,500 Soldiers and civilians.

Major King’s final overseas deployment was to Liberia, West Africa in 2014 through 2015 in support of the fight against Ebola as the acting battalion commander. During this humanitarian mission, Major King and his battalion provided aid and assistance to the African nation during a health crisis in which Ebola was ravaging the region. Major King’s leadership and organizational skills were essential during this global crisis.

After 16 years of service, a distinguished and decorated career, and after sustaining multiple injuries and conditions including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and seizures, Major King was honorably and medically retired on June 28, 2016.

Erics Family

However, prior to his retirement, Major King amassed the following awards and decorations and he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Prude University:

  • Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal

  • National Defense Service Medal with one Star

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star

  • Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal

  • Army Service Ribbon

  • Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral two

  • NATO Medal

  • Combat Infantryman Badge

  • Parachutist Airborne Badge

  • Air Assault Badge

  • Parachute Rigger Badge

Major King is a great American who has sacrificed greatly for his nation. A man of tremendous faith with a powerful voice and mission for military Veterans who are suffering and in need. He first hand understand the challenges and issues fellow veterans face who might be suffering from PTSD and other health issues resulting from combat.

Major King recently spoke on the Glenn Beck Radio Show and revealed his desire to reach and speak to Veterans about adversity, leadership, conflict, and hope. So in May 2019, Major King took all this passion and started his 5013(c3) nonprofit organization, VetsWhatsNext!

When Major King is not diligently empowering and helping his fellow Veterans, he is being the proud father of 4 beautiful children – 1 girl and 3 boys. He loves to spend time with his family, attending church, reading, golfing, and fellow-shipping with his fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraturnity, Inc., traveling, and attending functions as a member of the VFW and American Legion.

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