CTX Journal Vol. 3, No. 3

About the Contributors


Chief Inspector Olcay Er graduated from the Turkish Police Academy as a lieutenant in 2002. He worked in the police department and homicide division in Mersin, the Criminal Police Laboratory in Ankara, and for the Consulate General of Turkey located in Houston, Texas. He completed his Master of Science degree in Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in June 2013. His next duty assignment will be as superintendent of the Police Academy in Ankara.

Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Galindo Cardenas has more than 20 years of active service as an infantry officer in the Colombian Army. He graduated with a master's degree in Defense Analysis from NPS in June 2013. Prior to that, he attended the Colombian Command and General Staff College, where he was recognized as a distinguished graduate. LTC Galindo has held command positions at every rank from platoon commander to battalion commander. Prior to his most recent promotion, LTC Galindo served as chief of security for the Colombian minister of defense, advising government leaders on national security and strategic issues.

Colonel Martin Herem has served as an Army officer in the Estonian Defense Forces since 1992. He has been a platoon leader, company commander, staff officer, instructor in tactics at the Estonian National Defense College (ENDC), and commander of a military region (a territorial infantry brigade). In 2006, COL Herem served as a force protection officer with a U.S. brigade in OIF II. COL Herem graduated in 2012 with a master's degree from the ENDC and from the Baltic Defense College's Higher Command Studies Course. He is currently commander of the ENDC.

Lieutenant Colonel Kashif Jamal Khan has served in the Pakistani Air Force as a fighter pilot for 20 years. After commissioning in 1993, he served in a number of different Air Force squadrons. He is a qualified flight instructor, flight safety officer and quality assurance officer and served as an instructor pilot at Pakistan's Combat Commander school (equivalent to the U.S Navy's Top Gun school). LTC Khan has also served as a flight commander (training), flight commander (operations), and commander of a fighter squadron. He earned degrees in science, aviation, and war studies from Pakistan's top universities before coming to NPS. He received his Master of Science degree in Defense Analysis from NPS in June 2013.

Major Greg Merkl is a Special Forces Officer who currently serves as a mathematics instructor at West Point. He completed his undergraduate in Economics and Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, and recently graduated from NPS with a master's degree in Defense Analysis and Applied Mathematics. MAJ Merkl has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times as a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 82nd Airborne Division. His most recent deployment included conducting village stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Colonel Imre Porkoláb is presently serving as the Hungarian national liaison representative at NATO Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk, Virginia. Earlier in his career, COL Porkoláb played a pivotal role in developing the Hungarian Army's SOF capability while serving with the MoD, Joint Forces Command, and finally as the commander of Hungary's SF battalion. He has operational experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has earned master's degrees in the fields of leadership, international relations, and defense analysis through studies in Hungary, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He also holds a PhD in Military Sciences.

Captain Olavi Punga began his active duty with the Estonian Defense League (Kaitseliit) in 1994, serving until 1998. From 1998 to 2002, CPT Punga served as the director of the Estonian National Defense College (ENDC) War Museum, and from 2002 to 2012 as a lecturer in military history. Since 2012, CPT Punga has been a researcher in the ENDC Applied Research Center. He graduated from Tartu University with a master's degree in 2009, and expects to complete his doctoral dissertation in 2014. CPT Punga has published extensively in the Defense League's magazine Kaitse Kodu about the World War II–era Forest Brothers' movement in Estonia, as well as the history of the Defense League.

Lieutenant Colonel Ramey L. Wilson is an Army internal medicine physician who has served in operational assignments and deployments with both conventional and Special Operations units. He recently graduated from the Defense Analysis curriculum in Special Operations/Irregular Warfare at NPS. During his studies and research, he focused on post-conflict reconstruction and stability operations, and explored the role of health development as a key component of any security strengthening mission. Dr. Wilson currently serves as a general internal medicine fellow at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and is an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University.

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