Kurt Marisa, COL, USAF (Retired), European RAS FAO
Colonel Marisa retired from active duty in July 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 and Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) 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 military assignments in Germany and Korea and deployments to Saudi Arabia and South America. 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. 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.  Kurt resides in the National Capital Area and is the President of Human Domain Solutions, a partner in The Intelligence Community LLC, and a strategic consultant.


Colonel Robert T. Timm, US Army, Eurasia FAO

Colonel Timm serves on the faculty of the National War College as Chief of Staff of the Army Chair, where he teaches military strategy and international relations, as well as supervising Army students and faculty.  He has been a US Army Eurasia FAO since 1995 and has served in numerous assignments throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union.  These include Defense Attaché/SDO US Embassy Astana, Kazakhstan; as Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine; as 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


Major (retired) John Krause, USMC, Latin America FAO

John served twenty years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer, Logistics Officer, and Foreign Area Officer.  He has broad international experience gained through numerous deployments to Southeast Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, and the Middle East.  He also served as a Foreign Exchange Officer with the Brazilian Marine Corps for two years assisting them to establish a pre-deployment training program for battalions deploying in support of the UN Peacekeeping Mission (MINUSTAH) in Haiti.  John concluded his career as the Western Hemisphere Regional Affairs Officer with Headquarters Marine Corps Plans, Policies and Operations implementing bilateral agreements and coordinating security cooperation activities with Latin America partner nations.  John is currently a Senior Program Analyst with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency's Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) Program.  He is responsible for the recruiting, selection, training, and deployment of advisors to support partner nation ministries of defense.

Mr. Jeffrey S. Hoffmann, USAFR (retired), China/Russia/Middle East FAO
Jeff maintains his NATO/international affairs certification from the National Defense College, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and Defense Acquisition University.  Language:  Russian and Polish.  Mr. Hoffmann received his masters in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University (GMU) where he also studied abroad in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Turkey.  Upon graduation in 2007, he was nominated by the GMU School of Public Policy Dean for the Presidential Management Fellow program.  Mr. Hoffmann has been a civilian for national defense since 1997 beginning as a Legislative Defense Director's aide in the U.S. Senate and Congressional Affairs for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics.  Since 1997, he has worked two primary FAO pillars in civilian capacity beginning for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA DE&C).  Following the Army, he was a senior analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations Senior National Representative (SNR) and Secretary of Navy International Programs Office.  He was also an International Logistics Manager in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, currently a Liaison for the U.S. Air Force.  Mr. Hoffmann remains active with several other organizations like the Atlantic Council, is Virginia Area Chair of the UN Association/National Capital Area Board of Directors and co-Chair of their Peace & Security Committee.  Mr. Hoffmann has recently retired as an Air War College graduate after first joining the military reserve forces in 1992.

Lieutenant Commander (USNR) Graham Plaster, Middle East FAO
Graham’s last active duty FAO assignment was as a Liaison Officer supporting US military deployed to UN Peacekeeping missions in Israel, 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 to the Persian Gulf.  Subsequently he joined the staff of Destroyer Squadron One in San Diego and deployed in support of Counter Drug Operations in South America. He also served as Assistant Dean of Students at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. While there, Lieutenant Plaster completed a Masters degree in Humanities at Salve Regina University with a thesis on electronic democracy in Iran. He built an internal wiki for student collaboration and knowledge management. After selected as a Naval Foreign Area Officer, he studied Arabic at DLI. While in Monterey, he became webmaster for the Foreign Area Officer Association of Monterey. He has published several books including social media influences on democratization in Iran.  Graham is currently a defense contractor with the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and is the CEO of The Intelligence Community LLC.  Graham resides in the National Capital Area.

Colonel (Retired) Mark Chakwin, US Army, China FAO
Mark was appointed to the FAO Association Board in 2014 to fill an unexpected vacancy and now serves a full elected term. 
He coordinates with the U.S. Army FAO Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and with the U.S. Army FAO Program Director at Defense Language Institute (DLI) and serves as a mentor to incoming officers attending DLI and NPS. His final assignment was as the U.S. Army FAO Chair and Senior Military Representative to NPS, Monterey California. In addition to mentoring new FAOs from all services, preparing and teaching graduate program classes, and advising the School’s President on Army-related issues, he worked with to design, setup, manage, and then serve as senior advisor to, the Joint Senior FAO Program. Mark served as the Defense and Army Attaché and the Security Assistance Officer, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam. Earlier, he was the Chief, Asia Branch at JCS Directorate for Intelligence, and he also served as the Asia-Pacific Team Chief on the G2 army staff at the Pentagon. Colonel Chakwin was also Assistant Professor at the National Defense Intelligence College, and a guest lecturer to several U.S. Army War College classes. Mark resides in Monterey, CA.

COL USA (Retired) John Haseman, Southeast Asia FAO.
Colonel Haseman is a member of the DIA Attaché System Hall of Fame. He entered the Army FAO program in 1974, shortly after it was established and from 1974 through his retirement in January 1995 he “single tracked” as a FAO. His FAO assignments included Commander Udorn Field Office, Udornthani, Thailand; Army Division Chief, US Defense Liaison Group Jakarta, Indonesia; Assistant Army Attaché to Indonesia; Senior Analyst for Southeast Asia, ACSI, Army HQ; Defense and Army Attaché, Rangoon, Burma; and Defense and Army Attaché, Jakarta, Indonesia. He served 2 ½ years in combat in Vietnam, with the 9th Infantry Division (1967-68) and as a district-level advisor (1971-73). He is author or co-author of four books and numerous book chapters dealing with Thailand and Indonesia; more than 250 of his news and analytical articles on Southeast Asia political-military subjects have been published in journals in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is fluent in the Indonesian language and speaks Thai and Burmese. Colonel Haseman has been a member of the FAOA Board of Governors since 2009.  He resides in Colorado.

COL USA (Retired) Robert J. Fagan, US Army, Latin America FAO.

Rob Fagan's final assignment was as US Army Attaché, Lima, Peru. Colonel Fagan served in a variety of tactical and strategic assignments in Latin America while stationed in Panama including deployments to Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Chile where he served as an exchange officer.  Colonel Fagan served seven embassies throughout Latin American, to include attending, and later instructing at, the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College.  His other assignments in Latin America include Tactical Analysis Team Chief in Ecuador and Bolivia, Assistant Army Attaché Guatemala, Army Attaché El Salvador, and Army Attaché Peru. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese literature at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Army Staff working with FAO Proponent. Colonel Fagan earned a BA in Latin American Studies from Southern Illinois University and an MA in International Relations from Boston University. He additionally holds Masters Degrees in Business and Strategic Intelligence.  Rob resides in the National Capital Area.

Major Ivan Raiklin, US Army, Russia FAO.
Ivan Raiklin was a member of the FAO Assn Board of Governors from 2009 to 2011; he relinquished the position because of overseas military deployments as a Special Forces officer. He is a lifetime member of the Foreign Area Officer Association. He spent 15 years in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Captain.
Professionally fluent in Spanish and Russian along with proficiency seven other languages, he served as a Reserve Attaché in Tbilisi, Georgia, before the Russian invasion, worked as a Foreign Affairs Specialist on the Ukraine Crisis Cell in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon as Russia annexed Crimea and entered Eastern Ukraine in 2014.  He also served as a Special Forces officer in Latin America and in various assignments as an intelligence officer in the National Capital Region and other parts of the United States.  An attorney by profession, he holds bachelors degrees in Russia and East European Studies, and the Russian and Spanish languages from Northern Iowa University and the Juris Doctor degree from Tuoro College Fuchsberg Law Center. Ivan resides in the National Capital Area.


Ex Officio Board Members

Michael Ferguson, Colonel, USA (ret.), President Emeritus

Service FAO Proponents Members

Army:  COL Eric Larson

Navy:  CDR David Wilcox

Air Force:  COL Daniel Grillone

Marines:  LTC Alexandra Nielse

FAOA Committee Chairpersons

Journal Content Editor and Chairman of the Editorial Board:  John Haseman

Events Chairman:  Jonathon Dunn

Events Committee and Chairman of the Journal Book Review Group:  Ivan Raiklin, MAJ, USA

Awards and Scholarships Co-Chairpersons:    Kurt Marisa, John Krause, JB Shelton 

Membership and Sponsorship Co-Chairmen:   Kurt Marisa, John Krause, and Gene McConville

Chapters and Outreach Co-Chairmen: Kurt Marisa

FAOA Website Group Chairman:  Graham Plaster

FAOA Webmaster:  Craig Byrnes

FAOA Heritage Display and Hall of Fame Co-Chairmen:  Jeff Hoffmann and JB Shelton

FAOA Historian:  Jeff Hoffmann

FAOA rep to the Monterey “FAO Foundry” (DLI and NPS):  Mark Chakwin, COL, USA (ret.)

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