Katina Maddox is a 1997 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. First joining Catalyzer for a program in January 2011, she took several years off to focus on raising children and supporting her active duty husband, she has recently rejoined the team as a Facilitator.Her military career spanned 18 years and began with service as an enlisted Soldier, where Katina was selected to serve as a member of the Army’s Personnel Reliability Program, affecting special weapon systems reduction in Europe. She later attended the Military Academy’s Preparatory School before entering West Point in the summer of 1993. As a cadet, she earned the distinction of being the first African American female cadet company commander in the Academy’s history.
Following graduation, Katina was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch, where she later became a CH-47 “Chinook” pilot. Assignments took her to various locations around the world, including: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Afghanistan. As a Company Commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, she commanded and deployed a multi-component unit (containing both Active and National Guard Soldiers) to Afghanistan, where she oversaw air and ground operations at Kandahar Airfield during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) II.
Once again, she returned to West Point, but this time as a member of West Point’s officer cadre, responsible to lead and develop cadets during their 47-month transformation. Beyond her assigned Tactical Officer responsibilities, she supported the women’s lacrosse team and served as the Officer-in-Charge of the West Point Running Club. Katina departed the Army in 2008 for her next substantive leadership challenge: parenthood.
Katina earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and is a national, board-certified counselor.
She and her husband, Fred, have three children and currently reside in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where Katina supports developmental programs for senior military spouses. This program at the U.S. Army War College, Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills (FLAGS), engages her as a volunteer emotional intelligence facilitator.