Mike Karlson is a Civil Affairs Major and has 15 years in service. These years are comprised of time as an Army Infantryman, Transportation Officer, and Civil Affairs Officer. He has served overseas in Afghanistan, the Republic of the Philippines, The Republic of Korea, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and the Republic of Cambodia. He holds a BA in Psychology from the Virginia Military Institute, and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies through National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs, Joint Special Operations Master of Arts program.