Latin American Foreign Area Expert with
a strong leadership background and over thirty years of international government, and interagency
experience in the United States Army. Served
as a Spanish speaking foreign area officer in six U.S. Embassies throughout
the hemisphere over the last twenty-two years. Possesses excellent strategic appreciation and vision and able to implement sophisticated and complex programs. Recognized
by General John Kelly, the
Commander of the United
States Southern Command as "the best military officer the U.S. had serving
in Latin America".
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Experienced in the Interagency
Strategy Development and Implementation
Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache, 10/2013 to 06/2016 U.S. ARMY – U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
Led a Department of Defense team of over 400 military and civilians in Bogota, Colombia, coordinating all projects, programs, and country plans that transformed the Colombian Ministry of Defense into our most capable partner in the region.
Supervised Department of Defense projects in Colombia, ensuring programmatic and financial and technical compliance of over 25 major programs totaling $1.3 billion.
Managed the bilateral Defense relationship with the Colombian Ministry of Defense and General Command of the Military Forces to include direct liaison with the Minister of Defense and Commanding General of the Armed Forces.
Coordinated military support to civilian authorities for natural and manmade disasters in Colombia to include monitoring the response and supporting information management needs that assisted in ensuring early recovery and resulting in significant disaster mitigation.
Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache, 06/2012 to 07/2013 U.S. Army – United States Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Served as the diplomatic representative of the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, managing all Department of Defense activities in Guatemala Maintained direct liaison with the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense and Chief of National Defense.
Developed, implemented, nationalized a multi-million dollar program that created a Joint-Interagency Guatemalan Task force responsible for providing increased border security for the Central American Northern Triangle that served as a model for the region.
Army Attache, 01/2009 to 06/2012 U.S. Army – U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina
as the diplomatic representative of the Chief of Staff of the Army.
diplomat with a track record of building strategic partnerships through
persuasion, negotiation, and personal presence.
for providing sound military advice to the U.S. Ambassador.
Army Attache, 01/2006 to 01/2009 U.S. Army – U.S. Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
diplomatic representative of the Chief of Staff of the Army.
all military assistance and informational requirements during Hurricane Gustav
Country Policy Director, 01/2003 to 01/2005 Office of Secretary of Defense – Pentagon, Virginia
Developed Department of Defense regional policy and strategy towards Latin America.
Collaborated with the National Security Staff, Intelligence Community, United States Agency, and Department of Homeland Security to coordinate policy implementation in the region.
Drafted the Colombian bilateral Defense Agreement for the Department of Defense increasing U.S.
Coordinated U.S. Military support for Colombia's war against Narcoterrorists.
Master of Arts: Latin American Studies, 1999 Tulane University - New Orleans, Louisiana
Master of Arts: Military Studies, 2009 Escuela de Defensa Nacional - Buenos Aires, Argentina Military Studies
Bachelor of Science: Engineering/Latin American Studies, 1987 United States Military Academy - West Point, New York
Military Attache School
Assistance Management Overseas
Command and General Staff College
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