Zachary McLain currently serves as a United States Army Foreign Area Officer. Having completed Hindi language training in May 2019, graduated the Command and General Staff Officer Course in October 2019, and served as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation at the United States Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Zachary is currently pursuing an M.A.S. in global affairs at the Jackson Institute at Yale University.
Zachary McLain commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2009 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, and Airborne School, he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer at 1-4 Infantry Battalion in Hohenfels, Germany. Following the Special Forces Qualification Course, Zachary served as a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha Commander in 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) for over two years, deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS). He then served as the Chief of Operations for Special Operations Task Force 102 for a second deployment in support of OFS. During this time, Zachary was selected to be a Foreign Area Officer and began the training pipeline. Zachary currently resides in Branford, Connecticut, with his girlfriend.