Justin Crocker graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a B.A. in criminology and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer. He served as a platoon leader and executive officer with the 4th Infantry Division from 2006 to 2009 and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Justin later completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and served as an Operational Detachment-Alpha commander and company commander with the 3rd Special Forces Group from 2011 to 2015. Justin deployed multiple times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Special Forces Officer. Justin is a recipient of the General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship and a fellowship at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. At Yale, Justin focuses on U.S. national security strategy and diplomacy in Central and South Asia while at Yale. After completing his studies, Justin will return to the U.S. Army special operations community.