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Jeff Harding


The hallowed ground that is Gettysburg provides a perfect environment for participants to fully understand the leadership lessons highlighted in the course modules. The importance cannot be overstated. The old learning adage applies better at Gettysburg, on the battlefield where men fought and died, than perhaps anywhere else: ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.’ The ‘I do’ of GLE, the ultimate power of the entire program, is only realized through the battlefield visits.

Jeff Harding is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park where his animated and personable style serves to engage Gettysburg Leadership Experience (GLE) participants from their first interaction. His approach has been honed over his 21 years with the Park during which he’s led thousands of visitors on tours of the battlefield. He believes strongly in the importance of this process of tying classroom lessons to the actual battlefield upon which examples of these lessons were realized. He recently retired from a 33-year career as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy.

Additional Background

  • Former professional development officer, command historian and maritime analyst for the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center (NOIC) and the Office of Naval Intelligence
  • Created, managed, and taught numerous ground-breaking professional development programs, most notably the “Nimitz Immersion Indoctrination Program”
  • Earned numerous awards and accolades including the Department of Navy’s distinguished Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • Honored as a selectee to the NOIC “Hall of Fame”
  • Freelance historian and author of articles on the U.S. Civil War and World War II
  • Author of “Gettysburg‘s Lost Love Story - The Ill-Fated Romance of General John Reynolds and Kate Hewitt”
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications with a concentration in U.S. History from the University of Maryland


Our faculty is made up of instructors and guides, many of whom are licensed battlefield guides. Instructors and guides are chosen for each session based upon the identified goals of the group.

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