Barrett Alexander is a former Marine Corps pilot who received his commission in 2005. In 2008, he graduated first in his class from Naval Flight Training and shortly afterward earned his rating as a KC-130J pilot. Between 2009 and 2015, he served in Okinawa, Japan, flying throughout the Asia-Pacific and Afghanistan areas. He flew combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts following the 2011 earthquake in Japan and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. At Yale, Barrett focused on international security and political economy of East Asia, with a particular interest in U.S.-Japan relations. He spent the past summer as a Graduate Fellow with McLarty Associates. This summer, he will attend Middlebury College for advanced language study as a Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow. In the fall, he plans to join the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in Washington, DC, as a Presidential Management Fellow. Barrett, a native of Dallas, Texas, is fluent in Japanese, and earned his BA in history with honors from Loyola University of Chicago.