from the Campaign


[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Master Chief Petty Officer Drew Sande, US Navy/SEAL (Retired)

It is my pleasure to provide my endorsement with confidence for a fellow career active-duty Navy SEAL who is a candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District: Captain Edward (Ed) G. Gallrein III, US Navy/SEAL (Retired).

I am a retired career active-duty SEAL Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) with twenty-six years of active-duty service where I served at all levels of SEAL enlisted leadership including as the SEAL Advanced Training Command’s Senior Enlisted Leader. I now serve as the President of the Underwater Demolition Team-SEAL Association, our SEAL alumni group that provides programs to support our Naval Special Warfare (NSW) service members, Veterans and their families.

I first met Ed as Ensign Gallrein in 1984 (fresh out of being commissioned at Naval Officer Candidate School) in SEAL training, famously known as Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training, at the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base, California. Our BUD/S Class started with over 130 students. We were a winter class that historically has a higher failure rate … and we did — only 18 of the original members graduated. Ed distinguished himself throughout BUD/S training through his exceptional work ethic, never quit attitude (including during Hell Week), leadership and teamwork. I fondly recall many after-hours sessions with Ensign Gallrein leading the maintenance and repairs of our BUD/S Class’s Inflatable Boats Small (IBS) fleet to keep them in tip top condition as our primary means of transport, a factor that was part of the BUD/S Instructor’s evaluation of our Class to determine if we had attention to detail and Teamwork to be SEALs. (These are vital characteristics for SEALs and SEAL Teams.)

Ed graduated from BUD/S and went on to serve as an active-duty member of the elite SEAL Officer community in numerous leadership positions for a career that covered three decades, reaching the rank and position of Commodore (a senior Captain in Command of an operational NSW/SEAL Group).

Ed continues to serve tirelessly as a leader after retiring from active duty. In fact, he volunteered to assume the role as President of the UDT-SEAL Association’s Mid-South Chapter (which includes Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas) when he got home to his farm in Kentucky. Additionally, evidence of his continued passion to serve is the fact that started an annual Navy SEAL Family Picnic and fundraiser at Gallrein Farms to bring SEAL Team Veterans throughout the area and surrounding states together for fellowship (and next year will be the 9th annual event). The event also raises funds from local area patriotic and generous sponsors to support programs much needed by our SEAL Team Veterans, widows, orphans, and wounded. Ed also stepped up to assume the role as the area Ambassador for the SEAL Veterans Foundation, our sister organization for fundraising.

Ed has demonstrated the ability to effectively lead and selflessly serve others, and he is certain to represent his Senate District in an exemplary manner. I invite you to join me and support Ed Gallrein for State Senate.


Master Chief Petty Officer Drew Sande, US Navy/SEAL (Retired)
President, UDT-SEAL Association

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Edward G. Winters III, RADM, USN/SEAL (Ret.)

Gallrein endorsement

I am more than honored to give my strongest endorsement for a fellow career active-duty Navy SEAL Officer who I know well: Captain Edward (Ed) G. Gallrein III, US Navy/SEAL (Ret.), a Republican candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District in the May 21, 2024 primary.

I am a retired career Navy SEAL Rear Admiral with over thirty years of active-duty service. My assignments include being a Commanding Officer of SEAL Teams multiple times. I was also promoted to two-star Admiral and assigned as the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Forces — including all the SEAL Teams, so I have served with and closely observed countless SEAL Officers and SEAL enlisted members throughout my career.

I first met Ed as a SEAL Lieutenant in 1987 after he completed an arduous advanced SEAL skills training and selection program for assignment to the SEAL Special Mission Unit where he was assigned to my Team and served with distinction including in combat. Subsequently, I served with him numerous times all over the globe where he distinguished himself as a courageous SEAL Leader and tough as nails warrior (earning the call-sign “Spike”). I recall Ed routinely volunteering for, accepting and excelling in the toughest SEAL Officer assignments and deployments.

Ed served as an active-duty SEAL Officer for a career spanning three decades and countless deployments. He was promoted and assigned to numerous SEAL Officer leadership positions that he excelled in along the way. In fact, evidence of his leadership is that Ed was selected and assigned to command twice as a Navy Captain (where he was rated as the number one SEAL Commodore), twice as a Navy Commander (equivalent of a Lieutenant Colonel), and he served as an Officer in-Charge three times among numerous other SEAL Officer leadership positions. Ed was also known for his superior problem solving skills, including his ability to collaborate with others to develop solutions for the most difficult problems we faced.

Ed also distinguished himself in combat operations: He earned three Bronze Stars (for his leadership in a combat zone), two Presidential Unit Citations (each equal to a Navy Cross), multiple Combat Action ribbons and the Combat Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star (among many other personal and unit awards). If that wasn’t enough, Ed is also an Army Ranger — a qualification he pursued and obtained to be a better SEAL Officer and leader (one of the few SEAL Officers to ever do so).

Ed has demonstrated the ability, dedication and courage to continue to serve and lead: He is certain to represent his Senate District with distinction. I encourage you to stand with me and support Ed Gallrein for Kentucky State Senate.

Edward G. Winters III

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Bill Gallrein Sr.

Gallrein III for 7th Senate District

It is my pleasure to provide the Gallrein Family’s strongest endorsement for Ed Gallrein III, who is a candidate for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District, which includes Anderson, Henry, Shelby and a part of east Jefferson County.

Ed is my nephew and the son of my oldest brother, Sonny Gallrein.

Ed grew up on the Gallrein Brothers Dairy Farm on the Ohio River bottoms in Valley Station, Kentucky, where we had farmed for decades. There he learned the value and satisfaction of hard work. He also mastered the ability to work with others to get things done on our family farm — the largest dairy farm in Kentucky at the time.

Ed went on to farm with his dad in Logan County, where they grew their diversified family farm, which included a trucking company and a grain brokerage, to be one of the largest grain farm operations in Kentucky. Ed earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Agriculture from Murray State University (where he worked on the school farm), providing him an advanced understanding of production agriculture and agribusiness.

After farming for the first 26 years of his life, Ed had a military career that spanned three decades as an active-duty career Navy SEAL Officer. After retiring from the military nearly a decade ago, Ed returned here to be with family where we helped him get his farm started and still work cooperatively with him. We are thankful to have him back home after years of overseas deployments serving our Nation, including in combat.

Ed’s strong work ethic, extensive leadership experience, eagerness to serve, and deep understanding of our rural communities make him the most qualified candidate to represent our families, businesses, and farms in this Senate District. The Gallrein Family stands with Ed for State Senate!

Bill Gallrein Sr.
Gallrein Farms

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Secret Service Agent David F. Ray (Ret.)

by Secret Service Agent David F. Ray (Ret.), Spring Valley Farms

NOTE: Reference is made to Col. Walter M. Herd’s “LETTER TO THE EDITOR” published in the August 16, 2023 edition of THE SENTINEL NEWS.

I want to recognize Col. Herd’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR for his description of former US NAVY SEAL Captain Ed Gallrein and his record in representing our country through his vast experiences in the military and other government assignments.

We, as citizens of this great state, need persons with his knowledge, education and dedication to family, country and hard work.

As a parent with my wife we have four married children, nine grandchildren, and almost four great grandchildren.

Our experience in farming for the past thirty three years in Shelby County, and Inspector General for the State of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge of the Kentucky U. S. Secret Service Office and including my wife’s duties as a schoolteacher have given us the experiences of a lifetime.

Please recognize Ed Gallrein’s value as a candidate representing us as we plan on voting for him for this most important position in the Kentucky State Senate.

[Sentinel News Letter to the Editor] Col. (Ret) Walter Herd: Candidate Gallrein

by Colonel (Ret) Walter M. Herd, Herd Hills Farm, Simpsonville

Here in Shelby County, we have what an old War College professor of mine would call “an embarrassment of riches”. Other people in history would have given anything to live like we do today. We have so many good things — our freedoms, this bountiful land, and — of course — phenomenal people.

I am excited to support one of those phenomenal people in particular today.

My good friend and fellow Shelby Countian, Ed Gallrein, has filed to run for Kentucky’s 7th Senate District, which includes Anderson, Henry, part of Jefferson, and our own Shelby County.

I want to share a couple of things about Ed Gallrein that you won’t hear from him. That’s because he’s much more likely to talk with you about farming, and ask you about your family, than talk about himself.

To sum it up, Ed has demonstrated the ability to excel at all levels of human leadership, from the tactical level (short-term problem solving) to the strategic level (long-term, enduring solutions). He has led and succeeded in the most elite and fast-paced organizations and military units our Nation has. Ed has also lived a full life as a passionate Kentucky farmer; his family has distinguished themselves for over 100 years with excellence inagriculture, community, and public service.

I first met US Navy SEAL Captain Ed Gallrein in Afghanistan as a fellow Special Operations Task Force Commander. We became friends while sharing the battlefield that was some 6,000 miles (and seemingly 2,000 years) away from our Bluegrass State. Ed and I came together to problem solve and develop solutions for our respective Task Forces conducting sustained combat operations to keep our Nation safe.

Ed is now a highly decorated, retired Navy SEAL Captain living back in Kentucky. He left our Commonwealth for three decades, dedicated to his career as a Navy SEAL Officer. For those of you who don’t know, a Navy SEAL Officer is on duty all day, every day, 24/7. Ed worked in leadership positions that were quite literally responsible for the lives and deaths of the troops assigned to him for nearly 30 years. After active duty, he spent nearly 10 more years as an advisor for Special Operations and Government Agency security activities — activities that affected US National Security and Foreign Policy.

As a member of the elite SEAL Officer community, Ed was not only one of the best, but he earned his way to be one of the best of the best (think all-stars of the super-stars). He was groomed, screened, and assigned to numerous leadership positions that he excelled at along the way. Ed commanded twice as a Navy Captain (equivalent of an Army Colonel’s Brigade or Regimental command).

Not only do I know CAPT Gallrein as a warrior and strategic leader who is a skilled communicator, but by some blessing of coincidence the both of us

retired to our family farms back here in Shelby County, Kentucky. Ed is active in local Veteran’s support efforts. He is also President of a tri-state SEAL Association Chapter and even holds an annual fundraiser at Gallrein Farms for the SEAL widows, orphans, and wounded.

I happen to know that Ed and his family did not retire to this area because he needed to or because he had nowhere else to go. In fact, Ed willingly gave up much more lucrative and luxurious options to contribute his efforts and strategic leadership to help his fellow Kentuckians. Many of Ed’s peers retire to become wealthy “beltway bandits” outside of Washington DC, or Special Operations consultants near Ft Bragg, NC or near the US Special Operations Command in Tampa FL. No: Ed came home because he wanted to.

If you have spent more than 30 minutes in Shelby County, you have heard the name Gallrein mentioned in the same sentence as excellence in agriculture. Ed grew up on the Gallrein Family dairy farm working cattle and raising crops. He could drive a tractor long before he could (legally) drive a car on the road. Evidence of his family farm-life work ethic includes the fact he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in agriculture, another master’s degree in financial management, yet another master’s in military intelligence (he still holds Top Secret Clearance), and a fourth master’s in strategic studies — among numerous other professional certifications and qualifications including Project Management Professional and Certified Post-Secondary Instructor.

In my humble opinion, we hit the gold mine when my friend came home. I sincerely believe we desperately need Ed’s unmatched credentials, qualifications and expertise to best represent us a Champion for our values in the Kentucky Senate at this time in our Commonwealth’s and Nation’s history.

Ed Gallrein of the Gallrein Farms Family Announces His State Senate Candidacy For 2024

Shelbyville, KY — Thursday, Edward G. Gallrein III – of the Gallrein Farms Family – and a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain and Army Ranger — officially announced his candidacy for Kentucky State Senate District 7, which includes Anderson, Henry, Jefferson (Part), and Shelby Counties. Gallrein and his family have demonstrated excellence in Agriculture in Kentucky for over 100 years. Gallrein and his wife, Heather, currently own and operate a farm and horse stable in Shelby County. Gallrein is running for state senate to apply his passion for agriculture, community service, and public safety to be a champion for the people in the 7th District.

“As a senator, I will focus on strengthening the local businesses and industries that provide jobs and opportunities in our district and keeping our communities safe and strong” said Gallrein. “After nearly 40 years of service in support of national security and foreign policy, I look forward to applying my experience and leadership for the benefit of our local communities. My experiences have taught me how to handle extreme pressure and build relationships with others to obtain optimum outcomes. My credentials will help me effectively navigate the policy-making process to best represent and support our residents.”

Gallrein is a highly-decorated combat Veteran, senior Navy SEAL Officer and an Army Ranger. His military career spanned three decades on active duty, and another decade as an advisor to senior Government Leaders. Gallrein has planned, led, and conducted sensitive Special Operations in support of U.S. National Security Strategy and Foreign Policy Objectives around the globe. Gallrein’s accolades and awards include three bronze stars and two presidential unit citations for superior performance in combat, among other personal and unit awards. Today, Gallrein serves as an Executive Coach within VISTAGE, assisting CEOs and businesses in Louisville and the surrounding areas to make better decisions for their business and communities.

“I grew up on a family dairy farm in Kentucky,” said Gallrein. “When times were hard, strong family work ethic and community ties saw us through. As your next state senator, I will support policies and legislation that foster healthy, safe, resilient, and prosperous communities. I know how to problem-solve with others on volatile and complex issues, and how to work with large organizations and other stakeholders to obtain positive solutions. I ask your support to allow me to use my experience to continue to serve and ensure Senate District 7 is a good place for its citizens, farms, and businesses to prosper.”

Beyond his professional engagements, Gallrein is passionate about issues that affect Veterans and military families. He is the President of the Underwater Demolition Team-SEAL Association’s Midsouth Chapter (three state area) and plays a pivotal role in steering the SEAL Association’s efforts in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas to support Veterans and their families. He is also active in the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.

Gallrein and his wife are advocates for Kentucky’s equestrian heritage, particularly when it comes to fostering the advancement of ethical and sustainable industry practices. Gallrein is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a certified NRA rifle and pistol instructor.

Visit to learn more about Gallrein and for updates on this 2024 senate campaign.


State Senate Candidate Ed Gallrein in Naval Uniform