Tony Formica graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a B.S. in international relations and East Asian Area studies. He commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was first posted to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. While there, he deployed and led soldiers for 12 months in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan before returning to the United States in the spring of 2012. He has also served in Louisiana and Georgia, and is currently wrapping up a three-year tour of duty with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), stationed in Vicenza, Italy. His responsibilities in this unit have taken him across Europe, most notably leading paratroopers on a six-month deployment designed to reinforce NATO’s deterrent measures in Lithuania, as well as deployments and training exercises to Turkey, Bosnia, and Serbia. Tony was selected as a U.S. Army Downing Scholar in the fall of 2017, and will consequently focus his studies at Yale on the relationship between economic displacement, technological trends, and violent extremism.