Five New Military Fellows Welcomed

L-R:LTC Deborah Ellis, USA; LtCol Phillip Bragg, USMC; Lt Col Colin Connor, USAF; LCDR Karl McCarthy, USN; and LTC Jayson Gilberti, USA.

The MIT Security Studies Program is pleased to introduce the new military fellows for the academic year 2013-2014.

Lieutenant Colonel Jayson C. Gilberti joins the MIT Security Studies Program team following his service as the Commander of Task Force 9th Engineers, 172d Infantry Brigade in Germany, where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His prior assignments and deployments include the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, the 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne throughout defense support to civilian authorities in support of Hurricane Katrina & Rita relief, and the 27th Engineer Battalion in support of Operation Uphold/Restore Democracy. He’s served in numerous combined arms teams and engineer organizations in various command and staff positions to include the 10th Mountain Division (LI), 2d Infantry Division in Korea and US Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Lieutenant Colonel Gilberti earned his commissioned into the US Army Corps of Engineers through ROTC in 1993 along with Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University in 2004. His military education includes the US Army Command and General Staff College, Joint Engineer Operations Course, Combined Arms and Staff Services School, and the Engineer Officer Advanced and Basic Course

Lieutenant Colonel Deborah M. Ellis hails from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1992 and was commissioned into the Military Intelligence Corps, United States Army.

Her first assignment was FT Richardson where she served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in 106th MI BN followed by assignment to FT Wainwright as the Intelligence Officer for 46th SPT BN. LTC Ellis then served in Korea as the Battalion Plans and Exercises Officer for the 524th MI BN. Her next assignment was FT Hood as the Chief of Current Intelligence, Deputy Corps Collection Manager, 504th MI BDE S1 and Commander, Bravo Company, 303rd MI BN. She then worked at Human Resources Command as an Assignment Officer before being assigned to FT Drum as the 10th MTN DIV Intelligence Plans Officer, Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer, DSTB. Her next assignment was on the Joint Staff Directorate for Intelligence as the Middle East Desk Officer, Strategic Intelligence Planner and Executive Assistant to the Director for Intelligence, J2. LTC Ellis commanded the 502d MI BN at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which returned in 2013 from deployment to Afghanistan where Task Force Watchmen provided intelligence support across the entire Regional Command-South while simultaneously conducting sustainment and force protection operations for Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak. LTC Ellis is currently assigned as a US Army War College Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will focus on biometrics and forensics capabilities.

LTC Ellis is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Advanced Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Airborne School and Air Assault School. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Lieutenant Colonel Colin J. Connor is the Commander, 21st Operations Support Squadron, 21st Operations Group, 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  The 21st Operations Support Squadron provides unrivaled space superiority operations, weapons and tactics, and maintenance support for 16 fixed and expeditionary units around the globe.  The squadron is also responsible for conducting airfield operations for Peterson Air Force Base and terrestrial/space weather operations for Peterson AFB and its tenant units, to include Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Connor is a career space and missile operations officer.  His previous duties include assignments as a missile launch officer for the Minuteman III weapon system, crew commander for the Attack and Launch Early Reporting to Theater weapon system, Air Operations Center operator in the information operations arena, instructor at the United States Air Force Weapons School, United States Air Force Warfare Center Commander’s Action Group speechwriter and executive officer.  He has also served his country by deploying to worldwide Combined Air and Space Operations Centers where he performed duties as an Integrated Joint Special Technical Operations action officer, space duty officer, and Director of Space Forces action officer for major theater exercises and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Lieutenant Colonel Bragg enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in June 1989 and was commissioned in December of 1994.  After completing The Basic School, he was assigned to the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK where he was the  Distinguished Graduate and Master of Fires.

Lieutenant Colonel Bragg’s first operational force assignment was with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC. While part of the battalion he deployed as part of the 22nd MEU.  Lieutenant Colonel Bragg’s next assignment was as the Inspector- Instructor of Battery O, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, in Seal Beach, CA.  He held this duty until July of 2001, when he was sent as a student to the Amphibious Warfare School.

Upon graduation from AWS, he was assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA.  He took command of Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines and subsequently led the battery as they deployed to Kuwait and participated as part of the 1st Marine Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I.

In July 2003, upon returning to the United States, he assumed command of Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines.  In August 2004 he changed assignments and became the Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for 1st Marine Division and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  Lieutenant Colonel Bragg returned in March of 2005 and was assigned as the Logistics Officer for 2d Battalion, 11th Marines.

In June of 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Bragg was sent to Quantico, VA to be a Faculty Advisor at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS).  While at EWS, he was the program director for the Fire Support, Information Operations, and Artillery Occupational Field Expansion Course.   He was next assigned as a student at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, where he was a distinguished graduate.

Following graduation he reported to 2d Battalion, 11th Marines where he served as the Executive Officer from July 2009 to April 2010.  In April 2010, he fleeted up to become the Executive Officer of the 11th Marine Regiment.  He held this post until December 2010, when he was assigned as the Deputy Team Chief for the 215 Afghan National Army Corps, where he advised the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff.  He deployed in this capacity from February 2011 to September 2011.

Lieutenant Colonel Bragg assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines in November 2011 and deployed the battalion to OEF 12.1.  On 3 July, 2013 he passed command of the battalion and was assigned as a Military Fellow at the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lieutenant Commander Karl McCarthy joins the MIT Security Studies Program as a Military Fellow following his assignment to the Navy International Program Office in Washington, DC where he developed and coordinated security cooperation initiatives for a complex portfolio including Libya and Afghanistan. At sea, he has held a wide variety of shipboard assignments aboard USS PONCE (LPD-15), USS MAHAN (DDG-72), USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), and deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. LCDR McCarthy also served as Operations Officer for the pre-commissioning crew of the next generation Littoral Combat Ship USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2), this first of its class warship features a trimaran design, waterjet propulsion, and is outfitted with reconfigurable payloads.

Lieutenant Commander McCarthy is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.  Additionally he holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.