Lieutenant Colonel Mark Lavin II is a U.S. Army Strategist currently serving as the Strategy and Policy Branch Chief for U.S. Army South and previously served as a planner at the Army Capability Integration Center, Training and Doctrine Command. LTC Lavin holds a BA in Political Science from Rockhurst University and a MS in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Missouri S&T. Commissioned a CBRN officer, LTC Lavin has held leadership positions at the company and platoon level including company command during Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the First Infantry Division. He has served as a Small Group Instructor and Army Congressional Fellow. His Joint assignments include Deputy Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Director for the Commander, US Forces-Iraq during Operation New Dawn.