I am a field advisor imbedded with U.S. Special Operations Command. I am retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 25 years. My duties as an infantry, armor, and civil affairs officer included command and staff positions advising commanders and leading soldiers during peace time and in combat. I capped my career as the Civil Military Operations Officer for U.S. Central Command, CCJ5 Plans Directorate, where I gained a detailed understanding of joint planning and integrations for U.S. and Coalition Forces for conventional and special operations. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, and I am a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and numerous Army schools for conventional and special operations.