KIG Hires Retired Lieutenant General Gene Blackwell to Serve as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
ARLINGTON, Va., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kazi Investment Group, LLC (KIG), a U.S. defense contractor located in Orange County, CA, and Arlington, VA, is pleased to announce that Lieutenant General (Retired) Gene Blackwell has joined KIG as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives responsible for expansion of existing operations and development of new business opportunities to enhance growth and profitability.
"We are extremely pleased to have Gene join the KIG team," said Bash Kazi, KIG president. "His unmatched breadth of experience, intellect and knowledge of the Department of Defense and global operating theatres will greatly enhance KIG as we continue to provide innovative defense and security solutions to the U.S. Government in challenging and austere environments around the globe."
Prior to assuming his present role, Lieutenant General Blackwell served over ten years as a Vice President with Raytheon Network Centric Systems, retiring in June 2012. He previously retired from the United States Army after 31 years of distinguished service as an infantryman. During his military service, he held a wide variety of command and staff positions. LTG Blackwell commanded at every level from platoon to division and culminated his service as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (now G3) of the US Army. During his service Blackwell was privileged to serve in every type of US Army division including light infantry, airborne infantry, motorized infantry, mechanized infantry and armor.
Lieutenant General Blackwell is a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including two awards of the Silver Star, eight awards of the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He proudly served two tours in Vietnam and was a key commander in the 1991 liberation of Kuwait with the 3rd Armored Division.
LTG Blackwell earned his Bachelor's, Master's and honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Clemson University. He has been recognized with the distinguished service award from Clemson and is the past president of the University's Foundation Board. Further, LTG Blackwell is a graduate of the Army War College and the USMC Command and Staff College.
About Kazi Investment Group, LLC (KIG):
KIG provides mission-critical systems, solutions, and services for national security agencies and programs of the U.S. Government and foreign governments. KIG's rapid response services and solutions include project management, logistics & supply chain management, procurement, security, engineering & construction, facilities operation & life support, and information technology & communications, among others, which are often provided in difficult and demanding theatres of operation such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Africa, Mexico, Central and South America, and several central Asian countries.
KIG is headquartered in Irvine, Ca, with its Government Services Division located in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit www.kaziig.com.
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