Fred Wellman is The Lincoln Project’s Executive Director. He joined the organization in August of 2020 as the Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs and coordinated our veteran and national security efforts during the general election campaign and the Georgia Runoffs. Wellman served in the U.S. Army for 22-years as an aviator and public affairs officer including four combat tours over Operation’s Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He flew Scout and Blackhawk helicopters and was spokesman for General’s David Petraeus and Martin Dempsey in Iraq. He retired out of the Pentagon in 2010 and embarked on a civilian career as an entrepreneur and veterans advocate. Early in the pandemic crisis he served as Administrative Chief of Staff of a COVID Field Hospital in New York City staffed by military special operations veterans. He is Ranger-qualified and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Harvard Kennedy School.

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