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Jeff Jager


Major Jeff Jager is a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer with an area of concentration in Europe and Turkish as a control language.  He commissioned as an infantry officer from the United States Military Academy in 2000; commanded two infantry companies during “the Surge” in Baghdad in 2007-2008; and was selected as a FAO in 2008.  He holds an Associate’s of Arts degree in Turkish from the Defense Language Institute; a certification as an Army Intermediate Linguist in Turkish; a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from West Point; a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the Turkish Army War College; a Master’s Degree in German and European Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University; and certification as a Defense Strategist from the U.S. Army War College.  As a FAO, he served as the Assistant Army Attaché in Cyprus from 2012-2015 (with six months of service as the acting SDO/DATT) and has served as the Training and Doctrine Command Liaison Officer to Turkey since June 2015.  He has served overseas for nearly ten of his sixteen years of service, with assignments in Germany, Turkey (twice), and Cyprus and deployments to Kosovo and Iraq (twice).  He speaks excellent Turkish and has basic French and Greek language skills.

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