Captain Austin Holdridge is a U.S. Army Eurasian Foreign Area Officer (FAO), just returning 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 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.