Captain (P) Anthony 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 an infantry lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was first posted to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. While there, he deployed and led soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan before returning to the United States in the spring of 2012. He has also served in Louisiana, and most recently completed a three-year tour of duty with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), stationed in Vicenza, Italy. His responsibilities in this unit took 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 readiness exercises to Turkey, Bosnia, and Serbia. Anthony was selected as a U.S. Army Downing Scholar in the fall of 2017, and is focusing his graduate studies on the national security implications stemming from the interaction of social media, economic inequality, and political tribalism.