Colonel Vylius Leskys is a Special Forces officer who has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the 82nd Infantry Division (Airborne), 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the Joint Staff, and Special Operations Command Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and a Master of Military Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from Marine Corps University. He is also a recent Distinguished Graduate of the Army War College with a Master of Strategic Studies. His publications include articles in Military Review, Army Reserve Magazine, and the Baltic Security and Defense Review. He is a fluent Lithuanian speaker and a member in the bar associations of Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.