Sarah Antonello brings to Operation MCP nearly a decade of experience in operations, management, strategic planning and event coordination. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Management from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Sarah has a number of family members that have served, and she is passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of those that have given so much of themselves for their country. She lives in Vienna, VA with her husband and two furbabies: Miley the shih tzu and Mocha the cat.
Will Atkins is trained as a C-130 transport aircraft Senior Navigator, having graduated from the United States Air Force Weapons School – the Air Force version of ‘Top Gun,’ though he currently serves as a political affairs strategist in the Pentagon. He is responsible for coordinating Operator Engagement Talks with 16 foreign partners, and advises U.S. Air Force senior leadership on international political-military issues, strategy, and operations. Will also serves additional duties as an Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand, where he is specially trained in the culture, religion, and government of the region, and speaks Dari, Pashto, and Farsi.
With over thirteen years of experience serving in positions from the tactical to strategic levels of defense, Will has established himself as a regional affairs expert, conducting extensive field work throughout the Middle East and Asia, to include three years in Japan, six deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and temporary missions to nearly every country in the Asia-Pacific area of operations. His military experience has led to the award of a Bronze Star, three Air Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and 27 other medals. He is a Non-Resident Fellow for the Center for Strategic and International Studies – Pacific Forum, an Adjunct Fellow for American Security Project, and a member of the Council on Asian Affairs and the United States Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from American Military University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University – where his graduate thesis won several awards as the top thesis in the entire school. His work can be found at the Diplomat, Real Clear Defense, and the American Security Project. Currently living in Washington, D.C., upon retirement from the military Will plans on continuing his service by returning to his home state of Florida and running for public office.
Peter Atlee is a New York-qualified attorney, working in the New York and London offices of a large, international law firm. His practice focuses on corporate finance, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to becoming an attorney, Peter worked as a lobbyist for the American Counseling Association, where his portfolio included lobbying on matters relating to veterans’ and service members’ mental health. Peter graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law with a J.D. and cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Psychology, Political Science and History. Peter’s grandfather was an Army mechanic in the Pacific theater of World War II, and his uncle served on a submarine during the war in Vietnam. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Michelle, and he maintains a personal interest in national security, counterterrorism and foreign policy, as well as veterans’ causes generally.
Dr. Brian K. Chappell is a career Minuteman III ICBM Missile Launch Officer and has served on active duty in the United States Air Force for the past 23 years. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Defense Governance. His military experience includes National Security Policy, Defense Institution Building, Security Cooperation, Operations Support Team Watch Officer, Afghanistan Security and Stability Operations, Middle East and Africa Culture Training, UAE Desk Officer, Foreign Military Sales, Titan IV Space Launch Operations, and Nuclear Command and Control. He has deployed to Afghanistan and HQ United States Central Command, and has conducted cultural research in Afghanistan, Botswana, Germany and Iraq.
Brian is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, Air Command and Staff College (DL), and is an Air War College (DL) Excellent Graduate. His military decorations include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Lt Col Chappell has a distinguished family legacy of military service, including: two great-great-great grandfathers who fought in the Civil War as members of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), a great grandfather who was a Buffalo Soldier, a great-uncle who was a Tuskegee Airman, a grandfather who was a Quartermaster during the Allied Invasion of Normandy, an uncle who was a Sergeant Major with two tours in Vietnam, and a cousin who was named one of Stars and Stripes Heroes for actions while deployed to Afghanistan.
Dr. Chappell holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Catholic University, an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and a PhD in World Politics from Catholic University.
Kathryn has an extensive background in policy and legislative affairs, having worked for two Members of Congress and as a lobbyist on behalf of a number of military installations and communities. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, she has a solid understanding of the issues our service members face while transitioning to civilian life. Kathryn holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science and a M.S. in Terrorism and Security Studies from the School of Public Affairs at American University. She enjoys running, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Caroline Haid brings a decade of military experience, leadership, and management to Operation MCP. Caroline served on active duty for ten years as a Navy P-3C pilot and continues her service in the Navy Reserve. She follows in the footsteps of a long line of family members committed to military service and is passionate about veterans issues. Caroline holds a B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She hails from northern Virginia, currently resides in Washington, D.C., and enjoys hiking with her rescue dog.
David Patten enlisted in the Army in 2003, two years after completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Stony Brook University. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in 2005 and was promoted to Sergeant and earned a Bronze Star. He deployed a second time, as part of the surge in 2007, and earned a second Bronze Star at the completion of his 15 month tour in al Hillah and Baghdad.
After separating from the Army in the summer of 2008, David moved to Washington, DC to attend Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and become a defense contractor. This experience has familiarized him with some of the challenge veterans face marketing themselves to civilian employers and academic institutions. In 2009, while working for MPRI he returned to Iraq a third and final time. Currently, he works for TASC as a threats analyst in Reston, VA.
David currently resides in Southwest DC with his wife Amy, and son Raphael. He also serves as a board member for the Neighbors of the Southwest Duck Pond. David maintains an interest in veterans’ causes, as well as the legacy of the Iraq War.