John Bleigh was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2011.
During his time in the Army, John was initially commissioned as an Engineer Officer and served in Hawaii with the 25th Infantry Division. In 2006, John completed the Special Forces selection and qualification course. As a Special Forces Officer, John served in a variety of positions in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Special Operations Command Africa, conducting numerous deployments around the world. John retired from the Army in March 2021 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
John Bleigh now works as a project manager for Bleigh Construction Company. He is a member of the American Legion, the Special Forces Association, and Lions Club. He and his wife, Amy, are happy to be living back in Hannibal with their three children: Cooper, Emerson, and Charlotte.