Barrett Alexander graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago in 2005 with a B.A. in history. Following graduation, he received a commission in the Marine Corps and completed Naval Flight Training, earning his rating as a KC-130J pilot. Between 2009 and 2015, he served in Okinawa, Japan, deploying throughout the Pacific Region and Southern Afghanistan. He flew in support of humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts in mainland Japan and the Philippines during Operation Tomodachi and Operation Damayan. While working as part of Theater Security Cooperation exercises, he held a wide range of positions in countries outside Japan that include Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, and Australia. Most recently, he worked on a headquarters staff coordinating the deployment of Marine aviation assets across the theater for contingency operations, such as the Nepal disaster relief. At Yale, Barrett focuses on energy security and national security in East Asia along with US-Japan relations.