About the speakers:


UNITED STATES NAVY                                                           

Designated a naval Aviator, he has flown over 3500 hours in the P-3C Anti-submarine aircraft in squadrons located in Florida, California and Washington. He commanded Patrol Squadorn Forty-Six during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He served as Assistant Navigator on the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) where he earned qualification as a Surface Warfare Officer. Before being posted to the faculty at the Army War College he was the U.S. Naval Attaché to the Russian Federation. Captain Krotow’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Air Strike Medal and Navy Commendation W/Valor device.



PANEL MEMBER, UNITED STATES ARMY                                                         

Col. Alfred F. Abramson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Policy from the Naval War College, Newport, RI.  He currently is a resident student at the U.S. Army War College.  From 2010-2011, he was assigned to the Pentagon and served as the Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a life member of the Chemical Corps Regimental Association.  His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Award, Army Achievement Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.



PANEL MEMBER, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS                                       

Lt. Col. Curtis Mason holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, a Masters of Business Administration from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA.  He currently is a resident student at the U.S. Army War College.  From 2010 – 2011 he was the Executive Officer of Task Force Belleau Wood, Regional Command Southwest, Afghanistan.  Previously, he was the Operations Officer for the Combat Logistics Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Mason is commissioned as an Infantry Officer.  He has served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.  His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Presidential Support Badge.



PANEL MEMBER, UNITED STATES NAVY RESERVE                                       

CDR Matis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a Master’s of Science in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School.  He is a career reservist with his last assignment as the Department Head for Plans and Policy, Naval Cooperation and Guidance of Shipping, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, VA.  In his civilian career, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI. Since 1993, he has spent 18 years serving in various Naval Active and Reserve assignments.  He had been recalled to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom twice.  He also participated in various UN and NATO assignments in Haiti, Europe and the Middle East. His awards and decorations include: Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.


PANEL MEMBER, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY                                               

Ms. Saiko (Sai) Miyamoto holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo; a Master of Arts Degree in Translation and Interpretation for Japanese and English from Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA; and a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland, MD.  Currently, she is a resident student at the U.S. Army War College.  From 2008 to 2011, she was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Host Nation Activities (G5), U.S. Army, Japan, at Camp Zama. She provided recommendations to the Command Group on host nation (Japan) and regional political military affairs, events, trends, and developments that would have potential impact on the U.S. military in Japan, bilateral relations between the United States and Japan as well as relevant security arrangements.  

Before joining the Department of the Army as a civilian employee in 2006, she completed assignments on a variety of subject matters such as bilateral defense and trade negotiations, international economic talks and national security issues as well as participated in bilateral military, political, and legal conferences.



PANEL MEMBER, UNITED STATES ARMY                                                       

A native of Montana, Col. Jon Neumann received his commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in May 1989.  His first assignment in the Army was to Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as a Platoon Leader; Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Staff Officer. As a Captain, he served as a Company Commander at Fort Riley, KS, and at Fort Myer, VA.  Following the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Col. Neumann served in Hawaii as a staff officer and again saw combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During an additional two years in Hawaii, he served as the aide-de-camp to the Commander of all Army forces in the Pacific Theater. In December 2006, he reported to Fort Lewis where he took command of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry as it activated as part of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Under his command the battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2009 to July 2010. Col. Neumann has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.