Austin Holdridge

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Austin
Holdridge

A.M. Candidate in Regional Studies—REECA

Graduate Student Associate

Captain Austin Holdridge is a U.S. Army Eurasian Foreign Area Officer (FAO), just returned from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. After receiving his commission as a U.S. Army officer from ROTC at Texas State University, Austin served overseas in Germany and Afghanistan as well as in multiple assignments in the United States. After being selected to become a FAO in 2017, he learned Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, then spent one year conducting in-region training in Eastern Europe. During in-region training he worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania. Austin is a native of Palmdale, California and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and surfing.

Expertise
Defense cooperation and security challenges in Eastern Europe; Soviet history; Contemporary Russian politics; Russian military strategy and asymmetric warfare.
Foreign Language

Education

B.A.
, History
, Texas State University
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Specialization