Joseph D. Coughlin

By |2023-10-27T14:31:02-10:00October 27th, 2023|Tags: , |

Colonel Joseph Coughlin came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July of 2023 following his assignment as the Commander, 8th Mission Support Group, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Colonel Coughlin graduated from Tolland High School, Tolland, Connecticut, attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, and was commissioned upon graduation through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2000.  He is a command Meteorologist and has served a variety of operational and staff assignments at the Detachment, Squadron, Major Command, Headquarters Air Force levels, and Secretary of Defense levels. Previously, Colonel Coughlin served as a [...]

Ryan Agee

By |2023-09-01T11:19:53-10:00September 1st, 2023|Tags: , , |

Colonel Ryan Agee joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2023. He continues his career in Special Operations and brings a unique background of joint service, combat experience, and irregular warfare campaigning to the center. Colonel Agee began his military service upon receipt of a commission in the United States Navy in 2001 and was assigned to the Aegis Cruiser USS Port Royal in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Soon after the attacks on September 11, 2001, he deployed with the USS Stennis Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning to homeport, Colonel Agee realized he [...]

Alexander S. Park

By |2023-08-30T16:47:49-10:00August 4th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Park joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2023, following his assignment as a Strategic Planner for the Army National Guard (ARNG) Strategic Plans and Policy Division at the National Guard Bureau. Lt. Col. Park is a Title 10 Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Army Strategist (FA59) Officer of ARNG. His military career began in May 2001 with the Republic of Korea Army. Lt. Col. Park completed his conscription service from May 2001 to July 2003, during which he served as an Operations noncommissioned officer of the United Nations Command Security Battalion - Join [...]

Matthew P. Leclair

By |2023-08-10T12:47:00-10:00August 2nd, 2023|Tags: , , |

Colonel Matt Leclair’s military service began as an enlisted Ranger in the 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 1994-1999, which he believes was the foundation for not only his military career but also his adult life. He received a Green-to-Gold scholarship and attended Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, receiving a degree in Computer Science. He later earned a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University in Administration with a focus on strategic leadership.Col. Leclair attended Infantry Officer Basic Course in 2003 and was assigned to the 1/505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division. There he served [...]

From Senegal to Staff Sergeant: Coulibaly Promoted in U.S. Army Ceremony

By |2023-04-24T10:57:01-10:00April 24th, 2023|Categories: news, spotlight|Tags: , , |

On March 30, Ouleye Coulibaly (pronounced oo-lay coo-lee-bal-ee) was promoted to Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army in a ceremony held at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Her promotion was celebrated by more than 50 staff and faculty members, and also included her husband, Abdou, and her two-year-old son, Muhammad.  Coulibaly’s journey started in the westernmost part of Africa. Born in Dakar, Senegal, she spent her childhood going to school twice daily, once in the morning and again in the late-afternoon. Throughout the week she took additional classes to learn the Quran and read Arabic. [...]

Matthew R. Kent

By |2023-09-18T16:39:07-10:00October 11th, 2022|Tags: , |

Colonel Matthew Kent came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in September 2022 following his three-year tour as the Chief of the Liaison Affairs Section at the American Institute in Taiwan-Taipei. In 1996, Col. Kent was commissioned  as an Army Infantry officer. Upon completion of training, he served a tour in the 1-506th Infantry Battalion located in Korea and as a Basic Training Executive Officer (XO) in 2-54th Infantry Battalion and then later with 3-47th Infantry Battalion both located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001, COL Kent completed Special Forces training and served as [...]

Jacqueline L. Hearne

By |2022-10-17T11:51:34-10:00September 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Lieutenant Colonel Jacqueline L. Hearne joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) as a Military Professor in July 2022. Lieutenant Colonel Hearne received her commission in 2002 from Furman University. She began her Army career as an Aviation Officer before transitioning to duty as a Foreign Area Officer in 2011. As an Aviation Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Hearne served and deployed as a C-12 pilot-in-command and staff officer in aviation-related Military Intelligence Battalions, including 15th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) and Task Force ODIN, both in Fort Hood, Texas. Lieutenant Colonel Hearne’s last Aviation assignment was as Delta [...]

Richard R. Vuylsteke

By |2022-07-20T14:03:44-10:00July 20th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies as a Professor on the faculty in January 2022 after serving five years in Honolulu as President of the East-West Center. During his career, he has worked in seven different professional sectors: military, academia, think tanks, government, international journalism, editing and publishing, and business organization and not-for-profit NGO leadership. Before returning to Hawaii in 2017, he spent 30 years working in Asia, the last 18 years as President of American Chambers of Commerce, first in Taiwan and then in Hong Kong. He has wide [...]

Kristina L. Richardson

By |2022-07-19T15:06:14-10:00September 8th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Colonel Kristina L. Richardson joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security in July 2021 as a Senior Service College Military Fellow.  A native of Southern California, Col.Richardson entered the Army in 1995 as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1999, making her the first in her family to graduate from college and commission into the Army.Col. Richardson has served most of her Army career as a combat helicopter pilot flying the UH60 Blackhawk and UH72 Lakota helicopters.  She transitioned later in her military career [...]

Srini Sitaraman

By |2022-07-19T15:09:00-10:00February 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Srini Sitaraman joined the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Asia Pacific Studies (DKI APCSS) as a Professor in December 2019. His focus at the DKIAPCSS is on the Indo-Pacific Security with a particular focus on South Asia, Regional Conflict, and India-China Relations. He is also interested in New Technologies & International Security, Internet and Digital Diplomacy, Nonproliferation, and the United Nations and International Law.Prior to arriving at the DKI APCSS, Dr. Sitaraman was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he directed the award-winning Model United Nations Program. He [...]

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