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Col. Eric G. Kail

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Colonel Eric G. Kail, U.S. Army, died peacefully Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at his home in Austin with his dear friends and family at his side. He is survived by his wife, Gigi Kail, his children, Jake and Emma, his mother, Brenda Kail of Williamsburg, Virginia, and his brother, Scott Kail of Piedmont, California.
Born August 13, 1965 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, Eric Kail was the son of Richard and Brenda Kail. He was raised in a military family and graduated from Robinson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1987, he graduated from Radford University where he majored in Criminal Justice and was commissioned as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he commanded multiple organizations and served at several levels of responsibility in conventional and special operations units. He served in 18 states, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. His combat experience included service in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
In addition to his degree from Radford University, Colonel Kail also earned Master of Science degrees in Psychology and Leader Development from Long Island University and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. In 2007, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University. He then served as Course Director for Military Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York where he was assigned at the time of his death. Dr. Kail was a recently named Chief Behavioral Scientist at APTUS Discovery in Austin. He was also the founder and president of Cardinal Leadership, Incorporated.
Colonel Kail was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he could often be found outside by the grill in the evenings. He enjoyed coaching Jake's baseball teams and Emma's lacrosse teams at the various places where the family lived. He invested deeply in the lives of countless others and served on the leadership council of Officers Christian Fellowship.
A funeral service was held in West Point, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Kail Family fund via PayPal to [email protected]
Published in Virginia Gazette from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7, 2013
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