Full Name: Noah Galloway

Residence: Alabaster, Alabama

Children: 2 Boys, 1 Girl

Age: 33 years old

Motto: #NoExcusesNoah


A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Just three months in to his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. He was transported to Germany to receive medical treatment, remaining unconscious for five days. Galloway woke up late in the evening on Christmas Eve to learn he lost two of his limbs and sustained severe injuries to his right leg and his jaw. Galloway was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway did what many disabled veterans do, becoming withdrawn, out of shape and depressed. The former fitness fanatic and hyper competitive athlete was now drinking, smoking and sleeping his days away. But late one night, Galloway took a long look in the mirror and realized there was more to him than the injuries. And he set a goal to get back in shape, be healthier and inspire others.

Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker, Galloway doesn’t take excuses from his clients, fans and followers – and finds ways to get things done. He continues to compete, participating in adventure races around the country, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races.

A sought after public speaker, Galloway travels the country sharing his story, encouraging and motivating others to offer no excuses. From elementary school assemblies to veterans organizations to corporate sales meetings, Galloway’s enthusiasm for life and his passion for helping others brings a unique perspective to gatherings.

Most recently, Galloway appeared on the November cover of Men’s Health Magazine, as he was named the publication’s 2014 Ultimate Guy. He’s also been a guest on numerous national talk shows including Ellen and The Today Show.

A firm believer in giving back to those around him in need, Galloway recently created the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money and awareness for organizations that mean the most to him, including Operation Enduring Warrior and the YMCA of Alabaster, AL.

Galloway, a father of three, currently resides in Alabaster, AL.


91 thoughts on “BIO”

  1. Noah, my name is Kirk Spence and I am a 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Liberty Park Middle School. As you may or may not know, we are the other middle school for Vestavia Hills High School. We are having our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly coming up and would love to see if you may be available to speak. If you do not mind, please e-mail me and let me know if that may be a possibility. If you want, you may call me at (205) 370-1689. I greatly appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks again, Kirk

  2. You and my niece are running the Marine Corps Marathon as I write this note. Just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you guys, and as a fellow kilt wearer, always like to see a mate sportin’ the kilt.
    Congratulations and best wishes.
    Dave Dallas
    Bend, OR

  3. I heard you speak at the ATA Christmas Dinner Meeting last night in Pelham, AL. You are an amazing young man to endure what you have been through and to do what you are doing. You inspire so many people and I just wanted to say Thank You for what you have done for our country and for what you continue to do for other wounded veterans. Best Wishes,
    Annette Munger
    Cullman, AL

  4. While driving down Friday night from Chattanooga to Sylacauga I heard you on the radio. I instantly was blessed inspired and so thankful for you. I wish you could come to our high school and talk you are so uplifting and positive. I am thankful for your service and protection of us and our nation. I am even more thankful that you have this positive attitude.

      1. Thanks, Ryan!

        Team Noah here and we appreciate the support so much! Unfortunately, due to Noah’s Dancing with the Stars rehearsal schedule, he will not be able to visit ABC Prosthetics, but sends his gratitude for extending the invitation.

        We’re all looking forward to DWTS Season 20 and hope you decide to vote #DWTSNoah on Monday, March 16th – Sharna & Noah need your help!


  5. I met you, i believe almost3 yearsago in Pinson or Alabaster. I wirked for BW and dyncorp WPPS. they may take my leg. Would like to get in touch withyou

  6. Hi, I am the Massachusetts Amputee Coalition Peer Visitor Facilitator and the New England Amputee Association Founder.
    I’m working to coordinate peer visits with the local Boston hospitals for the bombing victims.
    Can you please contact me? Because they are not military but experience trauma like yourself my hope is to have both veterans and
    civilians visit these new amputees.
    Thank you for your time.
    God Bless you for your service.

  7. If you can please get a hold of us. Call Reno Refractories and my dad will give you our number. I really need your help!! Missy skinner ( Jeff’s Skinner wife). Thank you.

  8. Thank you for your service.
    If you’re ever in N.Y. you should stop by Buffalo for their Celtic Festival.

  9. Ran with you at tough mudder 2013 mount snow!!! Awesome standing on top of the MT Everest obstacle watching you beast thru it.
    Baddest dude I’ve ever met…..

  10. I ran the same Tough Mudder at Mount Snow, Vermont as you this past weekend. Complete inspiration to me. Keep up the great work and thanks for your military service and motivational service!

    Hartford, Connecticut

  11. Met you on a plane from pgh after
    The training camp you attended. Lo and behold you were in a spot on television! I didn’t realize how accomplished you were–and modest! It really would be a pleasure to see you again if you get to the burghers again even if you run with our fast set.

  12. Noah what an inspiration! I just watched you run a tough mudder on heart goes out to are truly an in inspiration.i literally cried watching you motivate and push people to never give made me realize I can achieve anything I set my mind to.thank you.God Bless You

  13. Hey Noah, we spoke on Twitter… First & foremost, THANK YOU for your service! On behalf of my family I cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate the very freedoms that you and fellow soldiers protect. God Bless.. When we spoke on Twitter I mentioned I wanted to share my story (multiple brain surgeries) and discuss the Public Speaking world. Would you be so kind as to send an email address I can write to you that is private as to not appear on a public board as some of the messages above are? If this is a secure address and my email can stay private between you and I, please let me know so I can write to you. Tgank you again Noah, talk soon. Have an Incredible Day!

  14. Hi Noah,
    I’m right knee disarticulation and right hanger finger amputee. I use running leg (3s80&1e90) since one month. I follow you, you are very succesfull. I want to be succesfull as you. Good luck .

    Nuri Kart.

  15. Dude, as a fellow screamin eagle I see your picture and think of those I treated while deployed ! Spent 03-04 as BTN SGN in 1/327 . Also – a fellow mudder and you inspire me! YOU are a hero!

  16. Hey Noah,

    We met at Stephen and Elizabeth’s b-day party last month. How’s everything going? It was great talking to you, maybe we can all hang out together again soon.


  17. I am relieved by your determination. Reading Black Hearts and learned of your injuries. Had expected to find alcohol and bitterness. Thanks.

    I am not at any disadvantage in life and your efforts help me to make the best of myself and my present circumstances.

    You are in my prayers and I thank you for the danger you took on behalf of all of us.

  18. Noah, you look like one tough SOB, I have been diagnosed with CRPS IN THE UPPER LEFT EXTREMITIES so far! I would love to try to fight this any way I can any suggestions?I dont remember who left me your name ,but I am glad they did you quite one hell of BAD ASS AMERICAN!

  19. Dear Noah…
    Let me start by saying … Ima101stArmyMom, HOOAH♡…My only child, Sgt. Rob Gardner 1/320th was deployed to Iraq for the 1st time in Sept 2005 with you. He subsiquently went back again in 2007 and Thankfully I am one of the Moms that got my Son back without injury. I simply wanted to say Hooah young man and God bless you, your family and ALL of your brothers and sisters in arms…I love you all in a way the only a Mother can…The 101st owns my heart forever!!

    1. Cindee,

      Wow, thank you for your son’s service – what is his name? As you can imagine Noah is rather busy in NYC, but we’d LOVE to let Noah know your son is home safe!

      -Team Noah

  20. what an inspiration you are, in both your service to your country and not allowing your disability to disable you. I have shown your story to my son who had a transverse myelopathy at the age of 20 which left him with muscle atrophy and muscle weakness on his right side (due to nerve damage). He, too, has not allowed his disability to disable him. 4 years on he still goes to the gym every day to work on his stubborn body. I have the greatest admiration for both of you and I am sure that you are a wonderful role model for your children.

  21. Mr. Galloway,
    Came across your story. Amazing. It’s people like you that make physical therapists like me believe in human potential. God put people like you on Earth to help others. You have in so many ways. More than you or I will ever know.

    I am doing some genealogy work for my dad. We go back to Marshall Galloway from Maryland and who fought in the Revolutionary War. If you think we may be related or would like some info on it for yourself, you got my email.

    God Bless,
    John Galloway

  22. Mr. Noah,
    How are you? I saw your article and it really inspired me. If you overcome being an amputee then you seem like a hero that can overcome anything. I have been going through some difficult times and just wondered if I might be able to talk to you about tips to overcome it. Please e-mail me if you can. would mean a lot to me. Thank you sir.

  23. I saw you on Ellen. Your story is the most inspiring one I have ever heard. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have had both knees replacement. Still difficulty walking – have a very significant limp. But your story gives me hope.

    God bless you!

  24. Noah…THANK YOU so very much for your service to our country. I am retired from the military after 23 yrs. of service and my nephew served in Afghanistan and is currently training as an Army Ranger. So we understand your pride and determination.
    You are a shining example of a true soldier that never gives up no matter what the circumstances are!

  25. Noah, as I sat in my bedroom today folding laundry, I was fortunate enough to be watching Ellen, and saw someone who I easily connected to. …you. Although I have never been in the military, fired a gun, nor God forbid had to deal with losing any limbs physically, I have gone through depression and felt the loss of an emotional and familial limb, 2 years ago today. I lost my grandmother to cancer. Just like you said you felt anger over losing your limbs because you’re an active person, I felt anger, rage, wanted everyone I encountered to feel hurt and sometimes went out of my way to hurt them emotionally. I drank everyday because reality vanished at the bottom of the bottle. I finally came out the other side and grieved, cried and still do every once in a while when I think of a fond memory, smell a certain scent or hear something that would make her smile. Thank you from beyond the bottom of my heart for speaking so candidly today. You’re an extremely special man, saved for greatness more than you’ve already done. Thank you sir for your service and as my grams would say, (In the good way) “Bless your heart”.

    Cheers to living life with #NoExcuses

  26. I missed the day you were on Ellen. Thank goodness for the internet. You were rocking cool as you always are. Thanks for representing the city of Alabaster so well. I pray this is the launching pad for all the goals you’ve set. May God continue to bless those things you set your hands too.

  27. Hi Noah. I’m a student from John Sutter Middle School, it’s in Fowler. I’m in 8th grade. What you did was incredible and inspiring to everyone. Your family must be really proud of you. Everyone at my school knows about the amazing thing you did.

  28. Hi Noah. It’s me again. I saw on you blog what you did with the Team X-T.R.E.M.E. I was like WOW. I’m showing everyone of my classmates and their like Amazing and Inspired. You really inspired a lot of my classmates. At first I thought that I was worthless but now after I heard about you I never gave up on anything, thanks to you.

    1. You are not worthless. Don’t EVER give up. Continue to inspire your friends and challenge each other to be better, not bitter.

      Noah Galloway

  29. Noah….thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country. I saw you on the Ellen show and I was very moved by your story. I can come up with every excuse in the book it seems as to why I can’t go for a run or go to the gym! You motivate me to set goals and believe in myself. Thank you for being an overcomer! Best of luck to you in your Ironman.

    God Bless,
    April G.

    1. Glad I could inspire you to challenge yourself! Appreciate the support so much.

      Keep working towards your goals!

      Take care,
      Noah Galloway

  30. Hey Noah,

    I just got my copy of Men’s Health and read your story. I want to tell you that you are an inspiration and a model for people around the world. Somewhere on your website, you said that if you inspired even one person that you accomplished important goal. You definitely inspired me. And I am certain that there are millions more that you inspired. Best wishes from Canada and all the best to you and your loved ones.


  31. Dear Sergeant Galloway.

    I have just discovered you and your amazing story by chance as I was exploring “Men’s Health” “YouTube” videos.

    The moment that I saw a “still” photograph of you I recognized your greatness. Hearing you relate your experiences instantly confirmed your outstanding heroism!!!

    Watching a second YouTube video of your appearance on the “Ellen” show confirmed my initial perception.

    On behalf of ALL Mothers who have ever lived, I SALUTE YOU SERGEANT GALLOWAY!!!

    I also salute your equally courageous Family!!!

    With heartfelt appreciation and admiration for you all from your newest “Team Noah” Supporter,


  32. I just saw you on Ellen !!!! I had to google U…what an incredible story!! you are an incredible human being . I hope that people in the same circumstances can have the drive yoU have.

  33. Was reading an article on about you today – your story made it all the way to my home country germany :)
    I thought that’s pretty amazing and I’m so happy you get to touch so many life’s and act as such a inspiring role model …
    My husband is a blank hawk pilot – he’s been deployed 4 times and it’s never easy, he’s my and our children’s personal hero hut hearing about you makes me appreciate everyone so much more – my husband saw it all and it changed him I can only imagine what you had to go through…
    God bless …

    1. Tia,

      Thank you to your family and your husband for your sacrifices. Appreciate the support so much and wish all the best for your family.


  34. I showed everyone that you responded. And they were like COOL. My teacher even said that it was cool. And thanks for the kind words Noah, it means a lot.

  35. Hi Noah, my name is Nayeli and i’m from Fowler CA. I’m a student from John Sutter Middle School, I am in the 8th grade.In my class we have been reading about you and all our class is really happy to come into class and read about you. I was talking with my teacher about you coming to our school to talk with us.
    – Nayeli Andrade

  36. Hi Noah I want to tell you that you are a big inspiration to me and my class. We have been talking about you in class, and the struggles you have gone through. You should come to our school and talk to us about everything because not all our school knows about you. I would appreciate it if you replied thank you.
    -Nayeli Andrade

  37. Hi Noah. Me and Nayell are in the same classroom. Both of us are the only ones that you have commented on. Mostly when you comment our comment everyone in the was getting impressed. Both of us thank you for your kind words and your inspiration. Also you should come to our school John Sutter Middle School in Fowler CA. We follow a sort of motto called R.O.A.R. R stands for Respect. O stands for On time Task. A stands for Attitude. And the last R stands for Responsibility. Everyone at Sutter follows that motto.

    1. Jesus – I received all of the letters from your class this week! Appreciate the support so much and LOVED reading all of the notes. Hopefully I can plan a trip out to CA soon.

      Keep working hard, buddy!


  38. Hi Noah,i’am from john sutter middle school me and my classmate really like your story and that you should come to sutter middle school i told the story to my brother he only has one leg like you do and he really like your story.

    1. Julian – WOW, loving all of the support from you and your classmates! Hope you continue to encourage your brother and remind him there are NO EXCUSES!


  39. As a former soldier in the army myself. My body hurts in some places after my tour in AFG. Then I come back uninspired to workout and get to my prior body… though I’m not fat I’m not where I wanna be. You inspired me to stop being a crybaby and get my ass back to the gym because I’m privileged to still have my limbs unlike you and my other comrades that lost theirs… thanks

  40. Noah,

    Just heard about your story! I work for the VA and am always amazed by all the stories I hear. Yours touched me in a special way!

    I will keep checking your “Upcoming Events”….hopefully, you’ll venture to Chicago in the near future. If you do, I’d love to meet you. We’ll go for a run along the lakefront! :) NO EXCUSES!


    1. Thank you for your service to the men and women of the US Armed Forces at the VA! Yes – hoping for a scheduled appearance in Chicago soon.


  41. seeing you on the cover of mens health i had to read more about you…first, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country and secondly keep inspiring and be inspired!!

    1. D’angelo,

      Thank you for your kind words, but more importantly thank you for your donation to my fund! It’s folks like you that keep me going.


  42. Noah my teacher sent an email to the email you have me and there is a big possibility that you come in December or February. Thank you very much and I really hope you come.
    -Nayeli Andrade

  43. Hi Noah. Hearing that you might come to our school will be a great honor. Students will be so happy that they will probably faint. Just last week we sent care packages to U.S. Soldiers. We even sent one to one of my friend’s older brother. So all of us will be happy if you come to our school.

  44. I just watched the Ellen show that you appeared on. I was in tears watching it. You are truly an amazing person!!! I am REALLY sorry that you have gone through an awful ordeal but SOO happy that you have come so far!!! You are truly an inspiration!!! Sure hope the VA is there for you. My husband is a Veteran and I won’t even get into how I feel about their service, however, I hope you don’t have any problems with them!!! With love, Rheba

  45. I am going through a horrible humiliating divorce , maimed and distraught. I never heard of you till the other day, when the photo of you doing one-arm chin-ups in a cloudy park was circulated at our company, without any context. In the photo you are turned away from your injured side, intent on the chin-ups and the good side of your body, and your image flashed a message to me: like him, I can never get back the part of me and my life that was taken away, or the joys that I have lost, but I have to turn my back on that amputated life. I will never be whole again in the way that I was when I trusted, but that does not mean that I have to focus on the damage that will always be there. Your photo is at my office now, giving me strength to persevere everyday in getting beyond the emotional and psychological injuries, to a different kind of life.
    Your photo sent me the message that I later read in your page above: there is more to me than the injuries. Thank you so much.
    – Judy

  46. Hi Noah I just wanted to say I am from John Sutter Middle school and I just wanted to thank you for coming and inspiring all of us. I always thought it was ok to just give up but now I know i should always keep trying. Thank you noah!

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