CCS 010 | COL. Douglas Mastriano : God’s Goodness in War | SGT. Alvin York

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Jesus follower, husband, father, historian and author COL. Douglas Mastriano joins us for episode 10 of The Chris Craft Show. We talked about his wonderful Christian testimony and the amazing story of SGT. Alvin York. Enjoy the show!

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More about Douglas Mastriano

COL. Douglas Mastriano

Visit The Sergeant York Discovery Expedition website

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Colonel Douglas Mastriano is the son of a career US Navy man. Doug is an Eagle Scout and worked as a paperboy, janitor, security guard, short-order cook, pizza delivery and dishwasher. After completing college in 1986, he began his military service on the Iron Curtain with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in West Germany. This was the height of the Cold War and the evil Soviet Empire threatened a global conflict. While serving along the East German and Czechoslovakian borders, he witnessed the end of the Cold War and subsequently deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991). Here, his regiment led the attack against Saddam Hussein’s elite Republican Guards culminating in the Battle of 73rd Easting. Having survived several close calls by God’s grace, he subsequently served in tactical, operational and strategic assignments in the Pentagon, the 3rd Infantry Division and US Army Europe (USAREUR). After 9/11, Doug was the lead planner for the operation to invade Iraq from Turkey. He also served four years with NATO, from where he deployed thrice to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Mastriano was the director of the Joint Intelligence Center, overseeing intelligence across the region, leading eighty soldiers from 18 nations. While in Afghanistan, Mastriano personally launched several relief operations to help Afghan orphans.

Doug is a historian and has a PhD from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He also has four master degrees, which include; Strategy, Strategic Intelligence, Military Operations, and Airpower. He also earned a BA from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania in 1986, and was awarded Eastern’s alumnus of the year in 2009. He led the search to locate where America’s greatest World War One hero, Alvin York, received the Medal of Honor. American and French authorities endorsed his findings and he led the construction of a three mile trail, replete with two monuments and nine historic markers in the Argonne Forest, France for visitors to walk where Sergeant York fought. Doug’s website has details. He authored the acclaimed book Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, which received four awards; the William E. Colby Award from Norwich University, the Crader Family Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University, the Army Historical Foundation Book Award; and the Army War College Madigan Award for Excellence. His new book, Thunder in the Argonne is the first to tell the complete story of America’s largest battle, the 1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign.

Mastriano has extensive and current foreign policy experience in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Russia. He is the US Army’s expert on Russia and NATO security in Europe. Doug was senior editor for the Army Chief of Staff studies on Russia, titled, Project 1704 and Project 1721 (available online), he recently deployed on six NATO exercises to the Baltics and published fifteen articles on national security. He personally shaped American/NATO strategy toward Moscow and provided strategic guidance to American and European leaders on how to deter Russian aggression. Doug has appeared on C-Span and several national radio programs (John Batchelor Show, Eric Metaxas Show). He is a respect and much in demand internationally known public speaker.

He is married to Rebecca (Stewart), whose ancestors are “first family” having settled north of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1732. Their son Josiah is an Eagle Scout, Canadian Chief Scout and is a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. They reside in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

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