About the Expert
Colonel Mark G. Kappelmann of the U.S. Army most recently commanded the Army Aviation Brigade at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the Special Mission Wing Special Operations Advisory Group in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is a Master Army Aviator with more than three thousand flight hours in various rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Colonel Kappelmann has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels. His assignments include positions of responsibility in support of larger conventional and special operations mission sets across multiple joint commands, including U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. He has been stationed in Germany and South Korea and has deployed in support of contingency operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, and Kosovo. He earned a BA in nuclear engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and an MS in strategic studies from the Army War College.