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Lt. Col. Jonathan Drake, U.S. Army

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Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Drake is the Director of the Foreign Area Officer Training Program at the George C. Marshall Center for Strategic Studies. He received his commission as an Artillery Officer from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1999. He is a graduate of the Artillery Officer Basic and Career Courses, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Prior to his present duties, he was the Russia Desk Officer for the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters, Brussels. Previous assignments include service as the Deputy Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation in Tbilisi, Georgia; Battalion Rear Detachment Commander, 3-6 Field Artillery, Fort Drum, NY; Battalion Fire Support Officer and Battalion Plans Officer, 2-22 Infantry, Fort Drum, NY; Assistant Operations Officer, 3-6 Field Artillery, Fort Drum, NY; Battalion Intelligence Officer, 3-6 Field Artillery, Fort Drum, NY; Battalion Fire Direction Officer, 1-94 Field Artillery, Idar-Oberstein, Germany; Battalion Adjutant, 1-94 Field Artillery, Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Battery Executive Officer, A/1-94 Field Artillery, Idar-Oberstein, Germany; Platoon Leader, A/1-94 Field Artillery, Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

Lt. Col. Drake holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from West Point.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign Medal, the Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge (U.S. and Belgium). He is a recipient of the General Mazniashvili Medal from the Republic of Georgia.