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June 9, 2016

AUSA Conference & Event Center

2425 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA
United States

June 09 2016

Book Title: "Jacob L. Devers: A General's Life" (AUSA's American Warrior Series)

Presented by: Colonel (R) James Scott Wheeler, PhD


Colonel Scott Wheeler, USA Ret., a graduate of the University of Montana, earned his PhD in European History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. A combat veteran with thirty years of active Army service, he served in aviation and armor units in the United States, Germany and Vietnam. After completing his command of 4th Battalion, 67th Armor in 1987, he was selected to serve as the chief of the International History Division of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy.
He retired from the Army in 1999.
Since his retirement, Colonel Wheeler has taught at the University of Montana in Missoula and at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. He also worked for three years as a senior military analyst for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe. He still conducts staff rides to European World War II battlefields for Army and civilian groups and currently is updating his history of the 1st Infantry Division for the centenary of the division in 2017.
Colonel Wheeler has published five books, including The Big Red One: America’s Legendary 1st Infantry Division from World War I to Desert Storm (2007). His most recent book is Jacob L. Devers: A General’s Life (2015), which is part of the Association of the United States Army’s America Warriors series.

January 26 2016

Book Title: “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne”

Presented by: COLONEL DOUGLAS V. MASTRIANO, PHD 

 U.S. Army War College


A native of New Jersey, Colonel Mastriano joined the faculty of the U.S. Army War College in June 2012 and teaches in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations. He earned a PhD in History in 2013 from the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, Canada.
The son of a career U.S. Navy man, Colonel Mastriano was commissioned in the United States Army in 1986. He began his career with the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Nuremberg, Germany. While serving along the East German and Czechoslovakian borders, he participated in the end of the Cold War. He later deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. There, his regiment led the main attack against Saddam's elite Republican Guards. He subsequently served at tactical, operational and strategic levels that included assignments in the Pentagon, the 3d Infantry Division and U.S. Army Europe Contingency Plans. His most recent assignment was serving four years in NATO Land Headquarters in Germany, from which he deployed three times to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he served as the director of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Intelligence Center, with 80 soldiers from 18 NATO and non-NATO nations. After 12 moves and living 12 of the past 28 years outside of the United States, Colonel Mastriano is serving as faculty at the U.S. Army War College.
Colonel Mastriano is a military historian and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). He has a PhD in History, a Master’s in Military Operational Art and Science, a Master’s in Strategic Intelligence, a Master’s in Airpower Theory, a Master’s in Strategic Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in History. He led the effort to locate the spot where Alvin York in 1918 earned the Medal of Honor for eliminating a machinegun nest and captured 132 Germans. Colonel Mastriano’s efforts were successful, with his work being endorsed by U.S. and French authorities. He led, planned and organized the construction of a five-kilometer historic trail, replete with monuments and historic markers, in the Argonne Forest, France, for all visitors to walk where Sergeant York fought. Colonel Mastriano’s website www.sgtyorkdiscovery.com has details and maps.
His book, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, is an award-winning biography on America’s greatest First World War hero. The book has received four awards: the William E. Colby Award for military writers from Norwich University, the Crader Family Book Prize in American Values from Southeast Missouri State University, the Army Historical Foundation Book Award and the Army War College’s Madigan Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Mastriano also served as the senior editor and leader of “Project 1704: A U.S. Army War College Analysis of Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe, an Appropriate U.S. Response, and the Implications for U.S. Landpower,” a ground-breaking study on Russian strategic landpower for the Chief of Staff, Army.