Douglas V. Mastriano, PhD (US Army Colonel, retired)
Doug Mastriano is the son of a career US Navy man. Mastriano is an Eagle Scout and worked as a paperboy, janitor, security guard, short-order cook, pizza delivery person and dishwasher. After completing college in 1986, he was commissioned as an officer and began his military service on the Iron Curtain with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany. This was the height of the Cold War, and the evil Soviet Empire threatened a global conflict. While serving along the East German and Czechoslovakian borders, he witnessed the end of the Cold War and deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991). Here, his regiment led the attack against Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guards culminating in the Battle of 73rd Easting. By God's grace and having survived many close calls of death, he subsequently served in tactical, operational and strategic assignments in Washington D.C., the 3rd Infantry Division and US Army Europe (USAREUR). After 9/11, Mastriano was the lead planner for the operation to invade Iraq from Turkey. He served four years with NATO, from where he deployed thrice to Afghanistan. While there, Mastriano was the director of the Joint Intelligence Center, overseeing intelligence across the war torn region, leading 80 soldiers from 18 nations. He personally led, planned and organized seven relief operations helping Afghan orphans.
Mastriano is a historian and has a PhD from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He has four master's degrees, which include: Military Operations, Strategic Intelligence, Airpower and Strategy. He also earned a BA from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania (1986), and was selected as Eastern's Alumnus of the Year in 2009. He led the search to locate where America's greatest World War One hero, Alvin York, received the Medal of Honor. American and French authorities endorsed his findings, and he led the construction of a three mile trail, replete with two monuments and nine historic markers in the Argonne Forest, France for visitors to walk where Sergeant York fought. Mastriano's website www.sgtyorkdiscovery.com has details. He authored the acclaimed book Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, which received four awards: the William E. Colby Award from Norwich University, the Crader Family Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University, the Army Historical Foundation Book Award, and the Army War College Madigan Award for Excellence. His second book, Thunder in the Argonne, is the first complete story of America’s largest battle, the 1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign, and it will be released August 2018.
Mastriano has extensive and current foreign policy experience in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Russia. He is the US Army's leading expert on Russia and NATO security in Europe. Mastriano was senior editor for the Army Chief of Staff study on Russia, Project 1704 and Project 1721 ( available online). Recently, he deployed on six NATO exercises to the Baltics and published numerous articles on national security. He shaped American/NATO strategy towards Moscow and provided strategic guidance to American and European leaders in deterring Russian aggression for preserving peace. Please see his current articles on the Foreign Policy and Home pages.
Mastriano appeared on C-Span and national radio programs (John Batchelor Show, Eric Metaxas Show). He is a respected and well-known international public speaker.
Mastriano is married to Rebecca (Stewart), whose ancestors settled near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1732. Their son Josiah is an Eagle Scout, Chief Scout and is the recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Mastriano is an active member of his community church where he teaches Sunday School. He personally leads guided tours through Gettysburg for local, national and international groups. The family resides in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
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