The following candidates have been nominated for the next term of the FAOA Board of Governors and verified as active FAOA members. Voting will take place in accordance with the following schedule:

15 Aug - open voting for new BOG members

30 Aug - close voting

2 Sep - vote count and verification

3 Sep - announcement of results

Please take time to review the profiles below before voting opens on August 15th.  Only full members of FAOA will be permitted to vote.  Candidates who are not elected to the Board of Governors may still be appointed by the Board President in an ex officio role to assist with special projects or as advisors.  Ex officio officers are often used as a ready reserve in case an elected Board member must step down.


CANDIDATE SLATE

Jeremy A. Angelo

RANK / TITLE: Advisors

SPECIALIZATION: Intelligence

REGION: Middle East and Northern Africa, sub-Sahara Africa, and Eurasia

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

I currently gather and analyze information and disseminate intelligence on the Middle East and Northern Africa, and sub-Sahara Africa. I have analyzed policy on refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), immigration, and counterterrorism. I have also served on a team to analyze various events occurring across Eurasia, especially within Russia.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

I received the Law Enforcement Information Sharing Initiative Award for my efforts at the Department of Homeland Security. I am also a recipient of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I wish to become a FAOA Board member to share my experiences with the foreign affairs community and others around the world. I enjoy spreading knowledge I have learned in my areas of expertise. Working together through information sharing will ultimately help the world in its fight against human trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism, espionage, and nuclear proliferation. In addition, I plan to run in the 2022 elections for my district, and having this on my bio would benefit my goal of winning my district's House by hopefully gaining some votes during my time as a Board member.


Daniel Paul Brownlee

RANK / TITLE: Colonel, USA (Ret)

SPECIALIZATION: Middle East (48G)

REGION: Middle East and Africa, the Central, European and Africa Command AORs

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Military Assistance Program (MAP), Amman, Jordan
  • Military Coordination Center (MCC), Zakho, Iraq
  • Office of Military Cooperation (OMC), Cairo, Egypt
  • Africa Policy, International Security Affairs (ISA), OSD Policy
  • Peacekeeping, Stability and Partner Relations, Special Operations and Low     Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC), OSD Policy
  • Counternarcotics and Global Threats (SO/LIC), OSD Policy
  • Senior Ministry of Defense Advisor to the Assistant Minister of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Policy, Afghan National Army
  • Capabilities Consultant to the UAE Armed Forces
  • Program Coordinator, Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, Northrop-Grumman Company, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Regional Manager Business Development and Marketing, Middle East and North Africa, Raytheon Company, Cairo, Egypt
  • Commander, 5th Special Forces Group supporting U.S. Central, U.S. Europe and U.S. Africa Commands

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • In over 29 years in uniform served continuously as a FAO or in FAO-like assignments requiring FAO training and  expertise.
  • Employed by major aerospace and defense companies because of my FAO experience and expertise.
  • Employed by the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy to apply my FAO experience and expertise.
  • Commanded a joint and combined coalition organization implementing stability and security activities in Iraq.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

From my summary of FAO-related assignments it is clear that not only did I serve as a traditional FAO, but in multiple uniformed FAO-related assignments requiring FAO training and expertise.  Subsequent to my departure from the military I served continuously in FAO-related assignments in the aerospace and defense industry and the Department of Defense in multiple  regional affairs assignments.  I would hope to contribute by sharing with the FAO community my extensive and varied experience and expertise related to serving as a uniformed FAO and then the transition to the commercial and civilian working environment and continuing to not only serve, but thrive by capitalizing on FAO training and experience. Every opportunity I have received post-uniformed service was directly related to my FAO experience and expertise.  Additionally, I hope to communicate to the non-FAO military and civilian communities the training, experience and expertise that a FAO has attained and what and how a FAO can contribute to the success of any endeavor requiring a proven professional.

That there is not only life, but great opportunities for a FAO after they take off the uniform.


Jack Kruse

RANK / TITLE: CDR

SPECIALIZATION: FMS

REGION: Africa

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

OPNAV N52 Africa Desk Officer; NPS Master's Degree Program; OSC Chief Madagascar and Comoros; Country Program Director, Navy International Programs Office

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Stood up Office of Security Cooperation in Madagascar, building program from a $200K budget to more than $6M in training, assistance and equipment; Inducted as an honorary officer of the National Order of Merit by the President of Madagascar (normally reserved for Ambassadors); Navy IPO briefer for DISCS monthly EO Class in DC; created and managed FAO Association of Monterey Facebook page; created and manage Africa FAOs facebook page; regularly publish FAO related information at FUUO.Blogspot.com and a contributor to Africaosc.com; DAU  Level I Program Manager; DSCA IA Certificate Level II

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I am committed to making the FAO community a more connected one across the services and regions! We all have incredibly busy and challenging jobs and I want to support FAOA efforts to be an enabler and amplifier for everyone downrange!


Josh Taylor

RANK / TITLE: CAPT (sel), USN

SPECIALIZATION: Security Cooperation

REGION: SE Asia

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

2018-2019: Federal Executive Fellow at Center for Strategic & International Studies and U.S. Naval Institute; 2014-2018: Deputy Chief & FMS/BPC Manager, ODC Malaysia; 2013: Executive Assistant to Director, Maritime HQ, U.S. Pacific Fleet

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Selected as Academic Year '18-'19 Federal Executive Fellow; At ODC Malaysia, oversaw the tripling in scope and scale of the US-MYS mil-mil relationship, the implementation of the Maritime Security Initiative and 333 programs, and the first Malaysian Army equipment FMS case in more than 40 years. At PACFLT, supported HADR operations in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the first PRC participation in the U.S. Navy's biennial RIMPAC exercise.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I wish to serve as a FAOA Board member in order to more effectively promote the interests of our active duty and maritime service members who are currently under-represented. If elected, I intend to seek improved mission-related Joint FAO training to better balance Language, Regional Expertise, and Cultural education; to explore deeper collaboration with the wider Security Cooperation Enterprise (which lacks a comparable professional organization); and to enhance the relevance of FAOA programs, publications, and services to active duty JFAOs. I believe passionately in the exceptional role that FAOs play as the joint force's professional foreign security relationship community and look forward to being a receptive, enthusiastic, and effective advocate for our equities as a member of the Board.


Will Atkins

RANK / TITLE: Lt Col (USAF)

SPECIALIZATION: Regional Affairs Specialist (RAS)/AFPAK Hand

REGION: Central and East Asia

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Political-Military Affairs Strategist, Office of International Engagements, Pentagon (2012-2013, 2015-2016); AFPAK Hand (2012-2016); Yokota, Japan (2004-2007)

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Served as advisor to President Ghani and National Security Advisor Atmar of Afghanistan, writing their National Security Strategy and National Security Policy as well as preparing them for the NATO Warsaw Summit (2016); National Intelligence University graduate thesis on the U.S.-Japan Alliance awarded the FAOA Lieutenant General Vernon A. Walters Award for International Affairs (2015); Non-Resident Fellow for CSIS-Pacific Forum where I conducted two Track 1.5 US-Japan Strategic Dialogues regarding nuclear deterrence and Japanese defense strategy (2014); Adjunct Fellow for American Security Project, focused on Japanese and Afghan security policy (2013); conducted numerous operator engagement talks with 17 allied Air Forces while a member of the International Engagements team at the Pentagon; proficient in Dari and Pashto

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

FAOA has provided a way for RAS/PAS, AFPAK Hands, attaches, and others to foster a consolidated community from across the Air Force. Because the Air Force doesn't call our international specialists FAOs, many don't believe there is an organization meant for and designed for them. I'd like to give back to the organization and bring new members into the fold that aren't aware of what they're missing.


Chris McDonald

RANK / TITLE: Capt, USN (Ret.)

SPECIALIZATION: Diplomatic / Attaché assignments

REGION: Europe/Eurasia

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Chris studied Russian and Geography at Dartmouth College (B.A., 1982); this perspective on the Cold War led him to join the Navy in 1983. As a Surface Warfare Officer, he was the first Commanding Officer of USS SQUALL (PC 7); he was also Executive Officer of the SIXTH Fleet flagship, USS LA SALLE (AGF 3), during the Kosovo campaign. After attending Senior War College at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 1999-2000, he transitioned to Embassy duty, serving as Naval Attaché to Bulgaria, Morocco, and Portugal prior to becoming the Senior Defense Official / Defense and Naval Attaché in Denmark. Chris became a Europe/Eurasian FAO when the Navy established the program and was one of the first six Navy FAOs promoted to Captain. A 1988 graduate of the Defense Intelligence College, Chris retired from active duty in 2012 and has spent the past several years on contract at the EUCOM Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, UK as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Europe/NATO. He has just been recruited to return to the DC area for a similar SME position covering Europe and Eurasia, on the staff of the National Intelligence Manager for Russia, Europe, and Eurasia in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

After Command at Sea, transitioned to where the action is - & became a FAO!

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

To continue to serve and advance the nationally important FAO community.


Pete Larsen

RANK / TITLE: Colonel USAF

SPECIALIZATION: FAO - Attache, Security Assistance, Advising

REGION: Middle East

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Assistant Air Attache to US Embassy Tel Aviv, Commander of the USAF's Africa Air Advising Squadron, Pol Mil Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, Division Chief on the Middle East Deputy Directorate of the Joint Staff

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Distinguished Graduate and FAOA's Writing Excellence Award at the National War College

Distinguished Graduate and Outstanding Air Force Graduate at the Naval Postgraduate School

Recipient of State Department’s Superior Honor Award

DLI Graduate of Arabic, Hebrew and German Programs

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

It would be an honor to serve as a FAOA Board member and to give back to the community of professionals who quietly serve in critical national security across the globe. I am proud to call myself a FAO and think my experiences both at the State Department and within the Defense Department will serve the association well. I will be in the National Capital Region for the the next three years as part of the Joint Staff's Middle East team. I will be available to plan and represent the association at outreach events.


Leonardo "Nardo" Day

RANK / TITLE: CAPT, U.S. Navy

SPECIALIZATION: Security Cooperation

REGION: Western Hemisphere and Africa

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

From 2007-2009, CAPT Day served as the Navy FAO Detailer to the nascent Navy FAO community. From 2010-2014, he served as the Navy Section Chief in Brazil and from 2014-2016 as the Naval Mission Chief in Bogota, Colombia.  Since 2016, CAPT Day has been serving as DSCA's Integrated Regional Team (IRT) Leader reporting directly to the Director of DSCA on all Security Cooperation issues pertaining to the AFRICOM, NORTHCOM & SOUTHCOM Combatant Commands.  CAPT Day is also a member of the Navy FAO Council of Captains.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In 2009, CAPT Day won the OPNAV N3/N5 Pol-Mil scholarship to attend Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced Intl Studies (SAIS)  in Washington, D.C. 2009-2010.  He graduated with a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) in 2010.  CAPT Day won a FAO Association award in 2014 at JPME II for an article he co-wrote and later published in the FAOA Journal for how to conduct Security Cooperation (with Brazil) across Combatant Command boundaries.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

As a senior officer in the Navy FAO community, I value the importance of mentoring and networking which help each active duty FAO and retiree in their respective jobs.  I believe the FAO Association could improve networking with the Navy FAO community and I would like to serve as that linkage.


Alfredo M Diaz

RANK / TITLE: MSG

SPECIALIZATION: Intelligence and Humint

REGION: Latin American Region

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

SOUTHCOM and CENTCOM Assignments

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

During IOF II served as Liaison Coordinator with the Iraq belt sheik in the Green zone

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I would like to bring new ideas to raise membership, more participation within the local community events.


Miklos Kiss

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: Colonel (ret)

SPECIALIZATION: Security Cooperation

REGION: Mid-East, Africa, Eupore

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

SAF/IA Deputy Division Chief, DSCA country director, AFRICOM Liaison Office , 6th SOS foreign internal defense advisor, Military liaison officer to Hungarian MoD

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Morocco F-16 FMS case, Nigeria -130 FMS reconstitution, 6 SOS FID advisor, Australian Air Force F-18 Commerical Program Manager, FAOA Banquet Organizer

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

FAOA is the only organization where current and former FAOs can exchange ideas and network.  It is the brain trust for the career field.  I have been involved with FAOA work since 1994 and it has been the highlight of my professional career.


Vijay M. Gallardo

RANK / TITLE: Major, US Army

SPECIALIZATION: Security Cooperation and Counternarcotics

REGION: Western Hemisphere

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

- Politico-Military Affairs Officer, The Joint Staff (current)

- Counternarcotics Plans Officer, Office of Defense Coordination, US Embassy-Mexico City (2016-2018)

- Pol-Mil Desk Officer, J59, US Southern Command (2013-2016) (includes 15 month duty as Deputy Executive Officer to USSOUTHCOM Combatant Commander, General John Kelly)

- Instructor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages, United States Military Academy (2010-2013)

- Company Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras (includes duty as aviator and interpreter for missions throughout Central America and coordination with Office of Security Cooperation and Defense Attache Office at US Embassy-Tegucigalpa)

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

As the Counternarcotics Plans Officer in the Office of Defense Coordination in Mexico, Vijay most recently worked with the Mexican military to create a more developed institutional relationship between the U.S. and Mexican tactical aviation communities, with resulting programs focused on improving aviation safety and practices in tactical aviation operations. Previously, as a West Point faculty member and while managing the Spanish-language Semester Abroad Programs, she led a multidisciplinary effort to modernize the program of study so the cultural immersion and academic experience would provide a deeper regional understanding and professional application to the military mission. She was commissioned as an Aviation officer via the United States Military Academy, holds a Masters degree from Stanford University, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I wish to be FAOA Board Member to serve and contribute to the FAO community. As each of our military services and defense sector agencies work to further professionalize, I look to bring my regional and professional experience to collaborate with the board on meeting the demands of our profession. I wish to contribute to the process of determining how we recruit and retain quality officers, provide ongoing mentorship and professional development opportunities, and gain the experience to provide sound advice to our military and civilian leaders. Having served on a board of directors previously, I wish to continue service in a similar capacity and in the interest of the FAO mission.


Lauren Serrano

RANK / TITLE: Capt, USMC (on Maj board now)

SPECIALIZATION: Middle East, focus on the Levant. Bachelors of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration on Justice and Human Rights. Minor in Modern Standard Arabic.

REGION: Middle East

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

  • 2012: Office of Security Cooperation, Iraq.
  • 2013: US Defense Attache Office in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 2015 - 2016: Marine Corps Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.

My primary Military Occupational Specialty in the Corps is Human Intelligence. Human Intel and Foreign Area Officers have much in common, and assignments have much overlap. As a Human Intel Officer I completed assignments in South Korea, Thailand, and Japan.

I spent one college semester studying at the British Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt and an additional year in an Arabic Immersion Program at the University of Jordan ran by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Please note that during my time in Jordan I lived with an Arab family in Amman as part of the immersion program. Nothing replaces cultural learning like embedding with a foreign society.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • In addition to a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Capt Serrano also has a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (NIU). 
  • Capt Serrano wrote her Master's thesis on Security Cooperation, with a Case Study of Rebuilding the Iraqi Army. For this 200+ page research project she won the NIU award for Best Master's Thesis on an Operations-Intelligence topic.
  • Capt Serrano was awarded a Bronze Star for my work at the Defense Attache Office in Baghdad, Iraq.  At the time she was the only female military officer who spoke Arabic and had access to the female Peshmerga unit in Northern Iraq. 

Five publications:

  • Security Assistance: Should or Should Not the U.S. Attempt to Train That Partner Nation’s Military? Published in the FAOA Journal Sept 2017.
  • To Get Out, or Not to Get Out? Gender Crisis in the USMC. Published in the USMC Gazette in July 2017.
  • Institutionalizing Security Assistance: A Strategic Look at the National Security Tool.  Published in the USMC Gazette in August 2016.
  • Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry: Marine Infantry Isn’t Broken, It Doesn’t Need to be “Fixed”. Published in the USMC Gazette in Sept 2014.  This article won the USMC's Chase Writing Award for being bold and daring. It further led to invitations for Capt Serrano to talk to senior leaders, including a discussion with President Obama to discuss Women in Combat.
  • Long-Distance Intelligence published in the MCIA Intelligence Summary Magazine in April 2014.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I want to be a FAOA Board Member for a multitude of reasons, the most important one is that I am passionate about the importance of culture as an operational planning consideration.  A person's tribe, history, upbringing, beliefs, and experiences in the world dictate their perspective on global events and cannot be discounted when developing international strategy.  I've seen first hand how military operations and building partner capacity can fail if cultural considerations are not accounted for.  I want to bring that knowledge to the planning table. 

Although I have only been on active duty for 9.5 years, I have been studying other cultures for decades. I owe much of my cosmopolitan worldview to my father, who intentionally and routinely took my family to exotic places while my siblings and I were growing up.  He had a firm belief that people learned more through experiences than via textbooks, so much of my childhood was spent tromping around Europe, Central America, or Asia gaining an appreciation for other nations and societies.  Please do not discount my potential contribution as a board member due to my relatively junior rank.  Cultural understanding has been a life-long cornerstone of my continuing education, and will continue to be so for years to come.  I am energetic, driven, full of potential, and want to be a part of the future of FAOA.


Joseph Rank

RANK / TITLE: BG

SPECIALIZATION: Military Cooperation, intelligence, politics

REGION: Middle east

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

SDO DATT UAE, SDO DATT Jordan, SDO DATT Lebanon, Yemen, OSD-P Middle East

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Served in numerous high level assignments throughout the middlea east. Served in OSD-Policy.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

BG Rank is a strong supporter of FAOs. He has worked diligently for the interest of all FAOs. He is the sole reason behind the creation of the middle east FAO conference which was initially held in 2015. He will be an ardent fighter for improved opportunities for all FAOs. BG Rank can shine light on FAO successes and enhance the reputation of the organization.


Todd Cyril

RANK / TITLE: COL USA (RET)

SPECIALIZATION: Colonel Cyril retired from active duty in June 2017. His final assignment was as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. Colonel Cyril was commissioned in Armor and became an Army Middle East FAO in 1996.

REGION: Middle East/N. Africa

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

SDO/DATT/Army Attaché to Israel, Military Assistance Program Chief in Jordan, Program Director for Saudi Arabia and Lebanon at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), UN Military Observer in Iraq, CENTCOM J5 Pol-Mil Officer for Yemen, Syria and Iraq, and Deputy Chief/SIO for the DIA/JCS Iraq Crisis Intelligence Working Group.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Colonel Cyril has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, is an Honor Graduate of the Royal Moroccan General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of West Point. Colonel Cyril has served on the FAOA Editorial Board since 2017.  He has published articles in the FAOA and DISAM Journals.  He resides in the National Capital Area and is the Senior Theater Advisor for Overseas Contingency Operations at the Office of DoD Inspector General.  He has been a consultant for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and an adjunct professor at the State Department Foreign Service Institute.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I have been honored to mentor dozens of FAOs and have enjoyed being a part of the FAOA team as a lifetime member and on the editorial board.  I think I can add a lot of perspective and energy to the board and the organization.


John Haseman

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: COLONEL, US ARMY-RETIRED

SPECIALIZATION: ATTACHE, SECURITY COOPERATION, ARMY STAFF

REGION: SOUTHEAST ASIA

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

ACCESSED TO FAO CAREER PATH WHEN FAO PROGRAM BEGAN IN 1974. ASSIGNMENTS INCLUDED COMMANDER UDORN FIELD OFFICE, THAILAND (74-75); CHIEF ARMY DIVISION, US DEFENSE LIAISON GROUP JAKARTA, INDONESIA (78-81); ASSISTANT ARMY ATTACHE, JAKARTA (82-85); SENIOR SOUTHEAST ASIA ANALYST, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF FOR INTELLIGENCE, ARMY HQ, THE PENTAGON (85-86); SDO/DATT/ARMY ATTACHE RANGOON, BURMA (87-90); SDO/DATT/ARMY ATTACHE JAKARTA (90-94).  DEPLOYED 2 1/2 YEARS TO VIETNAM, 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION (67-68); DISTRICT-LEVEL ADVISOR IN THE MEKONG DELTA (71-73).

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

DEFENSE ATTACHE SERVICE HALL OF FAME.   FAO ASSN BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEMBER SINCE 2009.  AUTHOR/CO-AUTHOR OF FOUR BOOKS, MANY BOOK CHAPTERS, 250+ PUBLISHED ARTICLES DEALING WITH INDONESIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I HAVE SERVED THE FAO ASSN AS A BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2009 AND WANT TO CONTINUE ACTIVE SUPPORT OF THE ASSN.  AS A LONG-SERVING SENIOR FAO AND THE SENIOR CURRENT BOARD MEMBER I ENJOY MENTORING NEW FAOS, AND SUPPORTING THE FAO ASSN JOURNAL AS CONTENT EDITOR.


Chike T. Williams

RANK / TITLE: Lieutenant Colonel

SPECIALIZATION: Cyber/IO; HA/DR

REGION: Western Hemisphere

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

History Instructor at USMA, West Point; AFPAK Hand Provincial Augmentation Team Chief in Afghanistan; AFPAK Hand Deputy Defense Intelligence Officer at DIA, JBAB; Army Section Chief (SCO) at US Military Liaison Office Brasilia, Brazil

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Integral roles in: completing the first US-Brazilian Army Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to build partner capacity in Fires; establishing four Afghan Local Police units in support of Village Stability Operations in Kabul and Kapisa provinces; restoring Brazilian Army fixed wing aviation program through EDA/FMS acquisition of C23B Sherpa aircraft; leading US Joint Force participation in Brazilian AMAZONLOG17--large-scale humanitarian assistance exercise in tri-border (Brazil-Colombia-Peru) Amazon region; and negotiating the first Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Brazilian Army in support of  security for Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

LTC Chike (pronounced CHEE-kay) T. Williams is a Lifetime Member of FAOA since 2008.  Prior to becoming a FAO, he served as an Armor/Cavalry officer.  Chike is passionate about the Joint FAO Corps' role in military diplomacy and a strong advocate for junior officer mentorship.  As a History Instructor at West Point, Chike organized several social and professional events to promote the Army FAO corps and facilitate mentorship for new FAOs.  As a student at the Defense Language Institute and Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Chike promoted the Joint FAO corps as a host/sponsor to several foreign officers through the FAO-Cultural Ambassadors Program.  In Washington D.C., as an AFPAK Hand, Chike supported FAOA Black Tie Dinners, Speaker Luncheons, and Award Ceremonies.  In his current role as the Army Section Chief in the U.S. Military Liaison Office (SCO) U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil, Chike has promoted the career field to the U.S. Country Team, Partner Nation, and numerous junior FAOs conducting In-Region Training events in Brazil.  His next assignment will be in the US Army's FAO Proponent Office at the Pentagon.  Chike wants to continue the great work of the previous BOGs of ensuring FAOA capitalizes on the talent and energy of the next generation of Joint FAOs to better serve our community.


Graham Plaster

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: LCDR (USNR)

SPECIALIZATION: Culture Training, Technology, Social Networks

REGION: Middle East

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

UN Peacekeeping for Middle East and North Africa

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Served as FAOA Journal Editor in Chief

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

Graham has served on the FAOA Board of Governors since 2010 in various roles including Webmaster, Secretary, Treasurer, and currently as Journal Editor in Chief.  Graham’s last active duty FAO assignment was as a Liaison Officer supporting US military deployed to UN Peacekeeping missions in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq. He previously served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the USS Reuben James (FFG 57) out of Pearl Harbor, deploying in support of OIF and OEF. He also served as Assistant Dean of Students at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. After selection as a Naval Foreign Area Officer, he studied Arabic at DLI and while in Monterey, he became webmaster for the Foreign Area Officer Association of Monterey. He is co-author and co-editor of the book, "In the Shadow of Greatness" which was on the Navy's official reading list and praised by Tom Brokaw as a "must read for all Americans".  Graham is currently the Senior Policy Adviser for Culture Training as a defense contractor with the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and is also the CEO of The Intelligence Community Inc., a social network of more than 100,000 defense and intelligence professionals.  Graham resides in the National Capital Area.  Graham is running to serve another term on the FAOA Board in order to provide a smooth transition of leadership for the FAOA Journal. He would like to find and train a new FAO Journal Editor in Chief in 2019.


Robert Timm

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: Senior Lecturer, The Naval Postgraduate School

SPECIALIZATION: National Security Policy Development, Security Cooperation Policy and Planning, Security Sector Reform

REGION: Europe and Eurasia

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Rob served more than 30 years in the US Army in a wide variety of policy planning, diplomatic, and international security cooperation assignments, retiring in the rank of Colonel. His assignments include tours as: Associate Professor and Chief of Staff of the Army Chair on the faculty of the National War College; Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché at the US Embassy, Astana; Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy, Kyiv; Eurasia Branch Chief in the Directorate of Strategy Policy and Assessments (J-5) at Headquarters, US European Command, as US Liaison Officer to the Russian Separate Airborne Brigade in Bosnia, and as Chief, Cooperative Threat Reduction Operations at the US Embassy in Moscow.  He holds advanced degrees in International Affairs from Columbia University, Russian Area Studies from The Harriman Institute, and Strategic Studies from both the US Army and National War Colleges.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Rob has served the last three years as FAOA Vice President and has supervised the scheduling and execution of our Distinguished Speaker Lunch Program, chaired the committee that organized our most recent FAOA Banquet, and has been an integral part in the Association's Writing Award Program.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I have served on the FAOA BoG for the last three years as FAOA Vice President and have found that service to be an interesting and rewarding way to continue to be a part of and to support the FAO Community.  I am interested in building on the work we've done the last three years to make the Association a vibrant part of the professional lives of all members of the FAO community, particularly those just beginning their journey in the career field.


Ralph L. Longmire

RANK / TITLE: LTC (Ret.) & GS-15 (Ret.)

SPECIALIZATION: Middle East/North Africa (48G)

REGION: Middle East/North Africa

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Ralph L. Longmire, LTC, USA (Retired), Middle East/North Africa FAO:         

Ralph is a Charter Lifetime Founding Member of the FAO Association and longtime supporter of FAOA activities since its inception.  He was designated as a US Army Middle East/North Africa FAO in 1984 and attended the 12-week US Army FAO Course at Ft. Bragg, NC as well as advanced French language training at the Defense Language Institute.  He was subsequently assigned from 1985-1987 as the US European Command J3 Joint/Combined Exercise Officer at the Morocco-US Liaison Office (MUSLO), US Embassy, Rabat, Morocco.  From 1987-1990, he served as the Chief Middle East Intelligence Analyst in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence on the Army Staff in the Pentagon, where he became one of the original founding members of FAOA.  Ralph was then selected to be the Assistant Army Attaché at the US Defense Attaché Office, US Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel where he served during Desert Storm through late 1993 when he retired from the US Army.  He then served with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the Chief of Attaché Training at DIA’s Joint Military Attaché School (JMAS) from 1996-1997 and then as the DIA Liaison Officer at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel from 1997-2001. He later served with DIA as the Chief of Collection in DIA’s Middle East/Africa Regional Center (MARC) and as the Chief of DIA’s Syria Crisis Team (SCT).  

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Ralph L. Longmire, LTC, USA (Retired), Middle East/North Africa FAO:         

Ralph retired from DIA in late 2015, and he is currently a consultant with several DC-area firms as a Middle East and intelligence collection subject matter expert.  Ralph holds masters degrees from the University of Utah and Eastern Washington University, and he is also a graduate of the year-long Postgraduate Intelligence Program at National Intelligence University as well as the US Army Command & General Staff College.  Ralph resides in the National Capital Area.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

Since I actually helped establish the FAOA, I see membership on the FAOA Board as a way to give back to the Association and to help move it forward in this critical time when qualified FAO's are so much needed in all military services.


Craig Byrnes

RANK / TITLE: Director of Operations

SPECIALIZATION: CBRN Response Enterprise, and counterintelligence/counterterrorism analysis

REGION: CONUS and MENA

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Webmaster and ICT specialist for FAOA

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Rebuilt and established new FAOA website

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

Having served for more than four years as webmaster I have become intricately familiar with our association and have many innovative ideas that will help to drive FAOA to be an even greater resource for its members and secure greater opportunities for current FAOs. It is time to streamline and improve FAOA to meet the changing world.


Jeff Hoffmann

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: Mr.

SPECIALIZATION: Intelligence, Security Cooperation/Assistance, and Political Military Affairs

REGION: Europe/China/Russia/Middle East

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Treasurer and Chair, FAOA Heritage Pentagon Exhibit 

FULL BIO:  Jeff maintains his NATO/international affairs certification from the National Defense College, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, Defense Acquisition University, and obtained Intelligence Community Officer creds in 2009.  He currently is a Senior Executive Management Consultant (Cyber) at Booz Allen Hamilton.  Jeff has over twenty years of experience working across several security cooperation areas including FAO-related activities and operations.  His work began as a Legislative Defense Director's aide in the U.S. Senate and was a participant of the National Defense Panel release of the, "1997 Transforming Defense:  National Security in the 21st Century Report."  He continued Congressional Affairs liaison for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Technology, including work on the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for 1999.  Since the late '90's, Jeff has worked across various public and private sectors starting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation, liaison in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, senior analyst for the Navy Senior National Representative (OPNAV N7F) and Navy International Programs Office, served as a civilian in the U.S. Air Force from 2008-2015 where he managed multiple missions across Europe and in the Pacific and the Middle East in support of DoD's Foreign Materiel Program, co-chaired effort to stand-up regional intelligence fusion centers, and was a Senior Research Associate for the Political Instability Task Force.  He was SAIC’s Technical Manger/Site Lead for the Counterintelligence Field Activity and International Operations Consultant for General Dynamics IT.  In 2017, Jeff was part of a team that was recognized with an Office of the Director of National Intelligence award for executing seven mission campaigns that impacted day-to-day operations of multi-agency multi-intelligence operations.  Jeff received his masters of International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University where he also studied abroad in the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Turkey, and conducted UN Integrated Peacebuilding observer mission support for a Guinea Bissau project. He just recently completed the Cyber and Corporate Statecraft Certificate program at The Institute of World Politics, which included a Sabbatical with the University of Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre in 2016 with research contributions proposed for inclusion in the "Intentions and Cyberterrorism,” section for the Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security.  Jeff remains active with several other organizations:  Advisory Board Member for Cyber Intelligent Partners, the Atlantic Council (member since 2006), and past Board Member of the UN Association/National Capital Area/former co-Chair of their Peace & Security Committee. He retired as an Air War College graduate after first joining the military reserve forces in 1992. This military time included the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), and active duty for the Aerospace Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Center (AC2ISRC) that managed the Combined Air Operations Center-Experiment (CAOC-X).

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Upon becoming FAOA treasurer, in negotiation with parties involved including multiple banking institutes, obtained a reimbursement of $6K.  Have streamlined the overall accounting procedures and continue to sustain periodic financial reporting including bi-annual audits and provides annual tax preparation and budget for all activities.  Also developed a new funding account that is used for the FAOA-Monterey Chapter.
  • As Chair of the FAO Heritage Pentagon exhibit, finalized the $115K project with ground breaking hosted by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) on December 12, 2016.  As follow-on to exhibit, drafted initial language for the FAOA Charter Annual FAO Award Program.  More details can be accessed at:  http://faoa.org/page-1696618
  • Assisted with lead organization (Chair roles) for the Sept 2012 National Military Intel Association/FAOA Symposium titled, "Foreign Engagement & Global Coverage under New Defense Strategy: FAOs, Security Cooperation, and Defense Attaché Service."
  • Multiple article contributions to the FAOA Journal of International Affairs including more recognition of civilian FAO roles/assignments; provided minor website development/edits; assist to various functions including VIP speaker invitation management/approval and facilitation like former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; representation on FAOA's behalf such as the Writers Award ceremony for NIU and remarks at the United States Marine Corps Embassy Security Group graduation (DACOR).  Drafted the MOU for Naval War College writers award and created the Major General Edward G. Lansdale International Affairs award for the Air War College.
  • Contribution recap articles from FAOA sponsored events that were also authored in the Journal:

www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Beyond-Crisis-Management_FINAL_3Nov15.pdf

www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Military-Support-to-Peacebuilding_FINAL_24Feb14.pdf

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

There is much left to accomplish with the FAO Community including fulfillment of the Annual FAO Awards Program and possible expansion of the Pentagon Exhibit to include more recognition of Security Assistance, which the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has expressed initial interest.  Alongside the tangible projects, feel it is important to sustain Board continuity to not lose momentum and continue to build and develop the network of FAO's across the globe.  Examples and a priority for this growth is innovative new ways to generate sponsorship and host non-traditional forums/speaker opportunities that include FAOs in other career fields, some either post-military or civilian assignments like the Dept of State POLAD foreign service officers and the U.S. Army G/3/5/7 country officer program.  Looking further to the future, there may be a new language for FAOs, as well:  Cyber and Cyber Diplomacy.  Would be interesting to host a forum and/or as a topic idea for a future FAOA Journal of International Affairs article.  Appreciate your vote to allow continued FAOA Board engagement!


Kurt M. Marisa

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: Colonel, USAF (ret.)

SPECIALIZATION: Intelligence and FAO

REGION: Western Europe

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Colonel Marisa retired from active duty in the US Air Force on 1 August 2012. His final assignment was as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Colonel Marisa was a career intelligence officer who became an Air Force European FAO in 1998. He served as Military Attaché to Saudi Arabia, Air Attaché to the Kingdom of Denmark and Greenland, and Defense Attaché to Suriname. He has also had overseas military assignments in Germany and Korea and deployments to Saudi Arabia and South America.

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Colonel Marisa has an M.S. in International Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands, and an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly JMIC).  He is a graduate of the Air War College, from which he wrote and published his course paper on the integration of Attaché and Security Assistance programs, contributing at the SECDEF level to the current DoD Senior Defense Officer (SDO)/DATT program.   Kurt resides in the National Capital Area and is the Owner and Managing Director of Human Domain Solutions, LLC (HDS); a partner in The Intelligence Community, Inc. (TIC); and a member of the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

Colonel Marisa has served on the FAOA Board of Governors since 2004, as Vice President from October 2009 to May 2011, and as President from May 2011 to the present.  Through the FAOA, he would like to continue to assist the FAO community at large--active duty, reserve, and retired--as well as the greater community of defense international affairs specialists with the the networking, social, professional development, and career opportunities that the FAOA can offer.


Richard H. Outzen

RANK / TITLE: Colonel

SPECIALIZATION: National Security and Foreign Policy, Strategy, Language and Culture, military-to-military relations, political-military affairs

REGION: Middle East FAO (48G)

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

Senior Army Advisor at Department of State, Research Faculty at National Defense University, Defense and Army Attache Kabul Afghanistan, Chief of Staff at U.S. Security Coordinator in Jerusalem, Joint Staff Pakistan Desk Officer, OSD Policy Iraq Desk Officer, ISAF Commander's Liaison Officer to Regional Command Capital (Kabul Afghanistan), Assistant Army Attache Tel Aviv Israel, Executive Officer ODC Turkey (Ankara).

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Key role in national-level negotiations involving U.S. and Turkey (2003 and 2018), U.S. and Israel (2006 and 2014); key role in shaping national strategy and policy in senior interagency deliberations on Turkey, Syria, and Iraq (2008-9, 2016-2018); re-established DAO Kabul (2014-2015); expanded training capacity of Palestinian Authority Security Forces (2012-2013); key negotiator in establishment of NCO training academy in Kabul and Outer Ring FOBs infrastructure in Kabul (2010); successfully commanded two Military Intelligence companies.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

A strong FAOA extends the positive impact FAOs make on national security, improves cohesion among active and retired FAOs, and helps highlight the contributions to defense, diplomacy, policy, and language/cultural expertise that FAOs bring to our nation. I would like to bring my energy and dedication to the mission of FAOs and the Association as a member of the Board.


Mark B Chakwin

(current FAOA Board member)

RANK / TITLE: Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

SPECIALIZATION: 48F China FAO

REGION: East Asia / Asia

FAO RELATED ASSIGNMENTS:

- DATT & SAO Chief, Vietnam  //

- China, TW/HK Country Director-J5 PolMil Desk Officer, USPACOM//

- Crisis Intelligence Asia Branch Chief, JCS/J2  //

- Asia Team Chief (DAMI-FI), ARSTAF/G2 //

- Intel Analyst  (China, Korea, India-Pakistan, SE Asia) x2 (J2 & Arstaff) //

- U.S. Army FAO Chair & Senior Army Representative to NPS //

- Principle Investigator & manager for the DLO (DLNSEO) Joint FAO Advanced Course (Phase 2) pilot program; managing program design, set-up, operations & support (at the Naval Postgraduate School/NPS) (~2.5 years)  //

ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

BLUF: A combat arms officer turned-FAO, who served in all types of FAO assignments --except Proponent & direct LNO. Now retired, but still seeking to contribute:

(1) by mentoring new FAOs from all services studying at the DLI & NPS (The FAO Foundry!); and,

(2) by coordinating & presenting  the FAOA welcome briefing to all new FAOS at each of the semiannual Joint FAO Orientation Courses (Ph 1) (DLI); and also guiding the FAOA-sponsored "FAOs on Tap" (FAO's Social) for all JFAOC (ph1) attendees and their JFAOC instructors at the Monterey course; and

(3) by coordinating and presenting the (semi-annual) NPS  graduation award of the Foreign Area Officer Association (FAOA) Award for Excellence in International Affairs to an academic board-selected graduating officer at the Naval Postgraduate School; and

(4) by serving as a reviewer for articles submitted to the peer-reviewed & Ulrich’s listed "FAOA Journal of International Affairs."

** Performed & continue to do these actions, plus ad hoc/as required support to FAOA when asked.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I am seeking a second term as a Board Member! [and] here is why:

- I was honored to serve as a FAO for most of my 34-year career in our Profession of Arms . FAO is different, and the many senior mentors, both civilian and military, who guided and encouraged me were the reason that I was able to grow, deliver results and succeed.

- As a retired senior officer who has seen most of what FAO can throw at you, I take every opportunity to orient, encourage, and to assist new FAOs from all services. Help them to hit the ground running --and encourage them to do so with a positive attitude. That is sometimes hard for those young FAOs while they are managing the stiff academic challenges of DLI or NPS!

- FAOA helps make this contact and mentoring possible, **and being a board member helps me to nudge our great Assoication to keep doing this as well.**

- Also, being on the board opens opportunities to explore new initiatives -both here on the Monterey Peninsula (Pacific Grove!), and elsewhere (within the confides of our charter and budget)! 

- Finally, serving on the board provides instant, access to a rich wealth of diverse, smart senior FAOs whose experience and insights have inspired me and whose recommendations have assisted me in doing my part!

- Thank you!

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