- Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Alexander
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey D. Alexander, USAF is a National Defense Fellow at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Previous to this assignment, Lt Col Alexander was the Deputy Commander of the 48th Operations Group at RAF Lakenheath, UK. The 48th Operations Group is charged with the training and deployment of 3 F-15 fighter squadrons and an HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue helicopter squadron. These units provide worldwide, responsive combat airpower to NATO leadership and U.S. Combatant Commanders.
Lt Col Jeffrey D. Alexander received his commission as a Distinguished Graduate from the United States Air Force Academy in May 1996. After graduating from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, he served as an F-15E pilot at RAF Lakenheath, UK. While with the 492 FS, he participated in Operations ALLIED FORCE, DELIBERATE FORGE, and SOUTHERN WATCH. Following his tour in England, he served as an F-15E instructor pilot at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC accruing more than 300 instructor hours in addition to flying homeland defense missions during Operation NOBLE EAGLE.
After leaving North Carolina, Lt Col Alexander attended F/A-18E/F Super Hornet transition at NAS Lemoore before serving as an operational test pilot in VX-9 at NAWS China Lake, CA. As the Special Programs and Foreign Military Exploitation Branch Head, he supervised the operational testing of highly classified Chief of Naval Operations Programs for both hardware and software improvements related to all models of the F/A-18.
Following his exchange tour, he was selected as a Legislative Fellow working on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. While working for Congressman John Spratt, Lt Col Alexander oversaw his military, veterans and foreign affairs portfolios. Additionally, he attended Georgetown University receiving a Masters Certificate in Legislative Affairs. Upon being reassigned to RAF Lakenheath, he served as Director of Staff then Chief of Safety for the 48th Fighter Wing while deploying in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and ODYSSEY DAWN. Lt Col Alexander then returned to Afghanistan where he served as the commander of the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron comprised of 225 Airmen and 18 MC-12W manned tactical ISR aircraft.
He is married to the former Sofi Westerberg from Malmo, Sweden and has a 7 year old daughter, Madeleine, and a 6 year old son Christian.
- Lieutenant Colonel G. Brent Cummings
Lieutenant Colonel Gery Brent Cummings, US Army, is a native of Starkville, Mississippi. He was commissioned in the Infantry in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and a master of science from Troy State University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College.
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings' first assignment was at Fort Riley, Kansas where he served as Platoon Leader, Anti-Tank Executive Officer and HHC Executive Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (MECH). Following the Infantry Officer Advance Course he was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 6th Infantry Division (L), Fort Richardson, Alaska as a Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (ABN)
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings' later assignments included serving as an Observer/Control with the Light Infantry Trainers "Tarantulas" at the National Training Center, Ft Irwin CA. As a "project warrior", he was then assigned to the Infantry School as a Small Group Instructor for the Infantry Captains Career Course at Ft Benning, GA during this assignment he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. After Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Riley, Kansas where he served as a Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade Executive Officer from June 2004 to August 2009 deploying to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in support of the Baghdad Security Plan. Lieutenant Colonel Cummings then served again at Fort Benning, GA, first as the 199th IN BDE, Deputy Commander from August of 2009 to June 2010 and then as Commander, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Following Battalion Command, LTC Cummings deployed to Jerusalem, Israel to be the West Bank Training Officer supporting the Palestinian Security Forces with the United States Security Coordinator. During this assignment, LTC Cummings was selected for promotion to Colonel and also as an Army War College Fellow at Tufts University, Fletcher School.
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge. He holds the Australian, Canadian, Chilean and French Parachutist badges.
Lieutenant Colonel Cummings' is married to the former Laura Sargent and they have two children, Emily (14), Meredith (10) and a black lab named Tucker (63 dog years).
- Colonel Charles Dalcourt Jr.
Colonel (COL) Charles J. Dalcourt Jr., US Army, was born, raised and educated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He entered the Army in May 1985 as a Unit Supply Specialist and following his initial training, served in Bamberg, Federal Republic of Germany. After completing a two-year enlistment, he entered the United States Army Reserve, enrolled in Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and after three years, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. In May 1991, COL Dalcourt graduated from Southern University and immediately returned to active duty.
In his initial troop assignment, COL Dalcourt served as the Air Weapons Platoon Leader in Echo Troop, 5th Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Camp Mobile, Korea. Upon leaving Korea, he was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. During his tenure, COL Dalcourt served as the Assistant Squadron S-3, Attack Platoon Leader, Squadron S-2 and Commander, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. In December 1995, COL Dalcourt moved to the 6th Cavalry Brigade staff, where he served as the Brigade S3 Plans Officer until departing for the Armor Officer Advanced and Cavalry Leaders Courses at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After that period, COL Dalcourt continued on to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as the Battalion S-4, then as Commander, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. COL Dalcourt subsequently served in myriad staff positions enroute to Battalion Command, including, Intern, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington D.C., Brigade S-3, 6th Cavalry Brigade, Camp Humphreys, Korea, Senior Aviation Operations Trainer, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, and as the Brigade S-3 and Deputy Brigade Commander of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. COL Dalcourt commanded the 1st Attack and Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and Camp Taji, Iraq then returned to Fort Knox, Kentucky.
During this second tour at Fort Knox, COL Dalcourt initially served as the Aviation Branch Chief, Maneuver Fires and Effects Division, Officer Personnel Management Directorate (OPMD), U.S. Army Human Resources Command. He then transitioned to the Officer Personnel Management System’s Strategic Initiatives Group (OPMS SIG) where he served as a Strategic Initiatives Officer and after a year, COL Dalcourt became the Chief, Operations, Plans and Distribution Division, OPMD.
COL Dalcourt is a graduate of numerous military schools and holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster [OLC]), Meritorious Service Medal (silver OLC), Air Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (silver OLC and 2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Additionally, he has earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
COL Dalcourt is married to the former Mildred (Millie) Holland of Many, Louisiana and they have four phenomenal children: David, Jonathan, Genesis, and Eden.
- Lieutenant Colonel Dwaine E. Drummond
Lieutenant Colonel Dwaine E. Drummond, USNG, is the Maine Army National Guard J-3 Training Branch Chief for the Maine Joint Force Headquarters. As the Training Branch Chief, he oversees the development and oversight of the State’s unit training plans, publishing of the annual training guidance, and execution of the Organizational Inspection Program (OIP). In addition, LTC Drummond serves as a Federal Military Technician in the role of Construction Facilities Management Officer (CFMO) which is the full-time Public Works Director for the Maine Guard. In this role, he is responsible for the planning and execution of the operations, maintenance, and construction of all Army National Guard facilities in Maine. He serves on the National Facilities and Engineering Advisory Committee (FEAC) and is responsible for the training and education of all facility management professionals.
LTC Drummond is the primary federal officer who interfaces with the State of Maine government and manages a collective State/Federal annual budget of approximately $50 million dollars. He supervisors 50+ employees and has responsibility of environmental, electronic security, plans, and maintenance programs.
Lieutenant Colonel Drummond began his military career in 1983 when he enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Maintenance Supply Specialist. He received his commission in 1990 after graduating from Officer Candidate School. Prior to his assignment as the J3 Training Branch Chief, Lieutenant Colonel Drummond served as an Engineer Platoon Leader in the 3/172d Infantry (MTN), Engineer Company Executive Officer and Engineer Company Commander.
In 2004, LTC Drummond deployed as the Battalion Executive officer with the 133d Engineer battalion to Mosul, Iraq. Upon his return, he took command of the Battalion, and oversaw the transformation of the Battalion as part of the first significant transformation of the Engineer Corps in over thirty years. He was then assigned as Deputy Brigade Commander, 120th regional Support Group.
LTC Drummond is past President of the Maine Military Historical Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors. His other professional and civic associations include the Engineer Regimental Association, the Association of American Military Engineers, Town of China Planning Board and Historical Committee, the Boy Scouts of America, and served as middle school coach for boys and girls basketball and baseball.
A graduate of the University of Maine (BS) and Thomas College (MBA), LTC Drummond continues to study military history and has served as primary organizer and guide on a number of Gettysburg battlefield tours.
LTC Drummond is married to Brenda Glidden Drummond and has two children; Chase, a 2nd year cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Kiley, an Academic High Honors student at Erskine Academy in South China, Maine.
- Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Guenther
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew S. Guenther, USAF, is a National Defense Fellow at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before his fellowship, he was the Senior Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Prior to his service at Barksdale, he was Commander of the 490th missile squadron, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. Before his command tour, Lt Col Guenther served in Washington DC both in the Pentagon, and as an Air Force Georgetown Legislative Fellow where he was the Military Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Lieutenant Colonel Guenther received his commission in May 1996 from the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lieutenant Colonel Guenther has served as a Space and Missile Operations and Maintenance officer on Peacekeeper and Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile weapon systems and on Titan IV and Atlas space launch vehicles. He has also served in Wing, Numbered Air Force, MAJCOM, and Headquarters Air Force staff positions.
Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Guenther served as the Air Force Global Strike Command Executive officer and as the Twentieth Air Force Commander’s aide-de-camp. Lieutenant Colonel Guenther also worked on the Air Staff as a Legislative Liaison officer, and as a branch chief assigned to the Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorate (A10). In A10 he was charged with writing the Program Action Directive that stood up Air Force Global Strike Command. He is married to the former Maureen M. Mathews of Shorewood, Wisconsin. They have 3 children: Spencer, Madeline, and Molly.
- Lieutenant Commander Ryan Leary
- LCDR Ryan Leary, USN, was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. After graduating high school, he attended Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Products.
LCDR Ryan Leary was commissioned in 2000 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Pennsylvania State University. After attending initial Division Officer training through 2001, he reported as Electrical Officer in USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53). During his tour, MOBILE BAY deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While serving as a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Boarding Officer he participated in the seizure of over $100 Million of illicit narcotics and $10 Million of contraband Iraqi oil.
Ryan served an abbreviated second Division Officer tour as Navigator in USS O’BANNON (DD 987) prior to being selected to be Aide de Camp to Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN from 2004-2005.
In 2005, LCDR Leary was selected to participate in the SWO MBA Program and attended University of California, San Diego. There he served as class president and earned a Master of Business Administration.
In 2008, after completing Department Head training, Ryan reported as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS MONTEREY (CG 61) and deployed twice; first as Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group Air Defense Commander to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and second as the first vessel to support Ballistic Missile Defense of Europe. While onboard, Ryan was nominated by his peers and received the Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award.
In 2011, he reported to U.S. SIXTH Fleet as a Ballistic Missile Defense Planner and was subsequently selected to serve as Aide de Camp to Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet.
He is married to Sara Leary and has two sons, Silas (10) and Judson (9). His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal.
- Lieutenant Colonel David Poland
Lieutenant Colonel David A. Poland, USAR, was born in Cumberland, MD. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Finance, and received his commission through the Mountaineer Battalion of ROTC at WVU as an Armor Officer. He later completed a graduate program with the University of Southern California with a Master of Science Degree in Systems Management.
Lieutenant Colonel Poland has served in a broad range of leadership and staff positions within the United States Army. His military assignments include: Platoon Leader, B Company, 4th Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Southwest Asia; Platoon Leader, B Company, 4th Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Aschaffenburg, Germany; Deputy Automation Management Officer, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division, Wuerzburg, Germany; Project Officer, 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany; Observer, Controller/Trainer, 3rd Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 75th DIV (TS), St. Louis, MO; Company Commander, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 75th DIV (TS), St. Louis, MO; Engineer Observer, Controller/Trainer, 3rd Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 75th DIV (TS), St. Louis, MO; Engineer Observer, Controller/Trainer, 3rd Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 75th DIV (TS), Ft. Riley, KS; Infantry Company Team Chief, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade Training Team, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, Afghanistan; Observer, Controller/Trainer, Task Force Dependable (2nd Battalion, 383rd Regiment), 3rd Brigade, 75th DIV (TS), Ft. Riley, KS; Team Officer In-Charge, Task Force Dependable (2nd Battalion, 383rd Regiment), 3d Brigade, 75th DIV (TS), Ft. Riley, KS; Deputy Chief, Information Systems and Data Management Information Support Activity, Human Resource Command, St. Louis, MO; Chief, Information Systems and Data Management, Information Support Activity, Human Resource Command, St. Louis, MO; Command Technical Webmaster/ Deputy, Project Management Division/Chief, Web Services Branch A, Human Resource Command, St. Louis, MO; Logistics Automation Officer, 310th Expeditionary Support Command, Balad, Iraq and Camp Buehring, Kuwait; and was last assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G6, 310th Expeditionary Support Command, Indianapolis, IN.
Lieutenant Colonel Poland’s military education includes: the Army Airborne School, Armor Officer Basic Course, Observer/Controller Course; Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School; and Intermediate Level Education (Command and General Staff Officers Course).
Lieutenant Colonel Poland’s military decorations include: the Bronze Star (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); the Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); the Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster); the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star) ; the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Service Stars); the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” Device); the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon (with “2” Device); the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait); the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; the Army Superior Unit Award; the Valorous Unit Award; the Combat Action Badge; the Parachutist Badge; and the Army Physical Fitness Badge.
He worked in the corrugated container industry as a production supervisor and later a maintenance supervisor for Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, a Quality Process Manager and later a corrugator supervisor for Gaylord Container Corporation, and as an Information Technology Trainer for A. G. Edwards and Sons in St. Louis, MO. Lieutenant Colonel Poland and his wife Lisa have been married for over 22 years, and they have three children who attend home school.
- Lieutenant Colonel D. Shannon Sentell Jr.
LTC D. Shannon Sentell, Jr., PhD, US Army. My twenty year Army career includes assignments in infantry, armor and cavalry units, as an assistant professor at West Point and as an Army Congressional Fellow for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
After working on Capitol Hill, I served for two years as the Legislative Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Army. Most recently, I completed my doctorate in nuclear engineering where my research focused on the development of small modular reactors and their engineering design certification.
Following my fellowship at Fletcher I am slated to return to West Point as a senior rotating faculty member.
My current academic interests include energy policy, nuclear technology and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
I have been married to Amala for 18 years and have three sons—Gray, Sloan and Talbot. I am an avid political junkie and enjoy running, watching college football (Go COCKS!) and spending time with my family.
- Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Smith
- Lieutenant Colonel Michael Smith, USNG, received his commission through Army ROTC and graduated from Duke University, in 1991 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Originally commissioned as a Chemical Officer, he branch transferred to Aviation in 1996 after serving as a Chemical Officer in an Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and an Aviation Group.
LTC Smith’s assignments include: 1st BN 130th Attack Helicopter Regiment, North Carolina; 449th Aviation Group; 1st BN 126th Assault Helicopter Battalion, North Carolina; 30th Corps Support Group, North Carolina; Aviation and Safety Division, Army National Guard Directorate; 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ballad, Iraq; 3rd BN 159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Basarah, Iraq; U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Operation Support Airlift Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; U.S. Army Forces Command G-3/5/7, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; U.S. European Command Balkans National Support Element, Pristina, Kosovo. LTC Smith has deployed or mobilized in support of Operation Bright Star, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Joint Endeavor, and Operation Joint Forge.
LTC Smith’s military education includes Chemical Officer Basic Course, Aviation Basic and Advanced Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, UH-60 Advanced Aircraft Qualification Course, High Altitude Aviation Qualification Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Reserve Component National Security Course, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Operational Warfighter Course, Battalion Pre-Command Course and the PPBES Course. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a Masters of Science in Biology from East Carolina University. He will be attending a fellowship program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University beginning Fall of 2013.
LTC Smith’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1st OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (3rd Award), Armed Forced Reserve Medal (Bronze Hourglass, M Device, Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Non-Article 5 Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Senior Army Aviation Badge, Driver’s Mechanic Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Bronze), German Schutzenschnur (Silver). He has also recipient of the Order of Saint Michael.
Mike and his bride, Kristi, have one child. Hadley is four and wants to be a princess.
- Terrence Stinson
- Terrence Stinson currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Policy and Planning at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where he has served since February 2011. His prior assignment with VA was as Chief of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs following almost a decade of experience gained as the senior staff member for two members of the United States House of Representatives.
In 2004, Mr. Stinson became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA), the first African-American woman to chair a full committee in the US House of Representatives, and later Chief of Staff for Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
During the 2002 congressional election cycle, he managed a California congressional campaign and later served as Political Director for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s largest healthcare union representing hospitals throughout southern California.
Mr. Stinson began an IT consulting firm in 1993 and volunteered time to improve living conditions in his community with an emphasis on people living with life threatening illnesses including cancer, hepatitis and HIV. His corporate experience includes service as the national sales and technical staff recruiting director with the software division of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. There, he directed the recruiting efforts throughout the southern portion of the country, maintaining offices in Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX.
Mr. Stinson’s military career began with his commissioning into the United States Army in 1980 following his designation as a distinguished military graduate. In his culminating military assignment, he commanded B Company, Ft. McPherson, Georgia- a Military Police Company. In this post, he supervised over 200 active duty soldiers and also served as the Installation Commander-of-Troops for the Honor Guard unit. Previous to this assignment, he held positions of increasing responsibility in installation law enforcement including command of a base police and combat unit, director of the plain clothes Military Police Investigations unit, and Executive Officer for the Criminal Investigations (CID) division at Ft. Ord and the Presidio of Monterey, California. During his combat training, he led the first co-ed unit to complete Infantry Jungle Training in Panama. He holds numerous awards and commendations for his active duty service including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and several fitness awards.
Mr. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Chapman University in Orange, California. He currently resides in Washington, DC.