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U.S. Military Leaders Program

Founded in 2019, JINSA’s U.S. Military Leaders Program educates elite, active duty U.S. military officers about Israel’s unique security challenges and the importance of a robust U.S.-Israel security relationship.

The cornerstone of the program is an eight-day trip to Israel for 30 participants who come from highly selective colleges and educational programs within their respective services and are on career tracks to become generals or admirals.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and JINSA CEO Makovsky Address JINSA 2020 USMLP Delegation in Jerusalem

U.S. Military Leaders Program Participants


Major Sadat Allhassan, USA
Major Scotty F. Boler, USA
Major Nicholas A. Costello, USA
Major Jeffrey C. Tolbert, USA
Captain Anthony A. Joyce, USA
Lieutenant Colonel Peter E. Ankney, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Boada, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Aaron C. Lloyd, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel W. Micklis, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel John Nash, USMC

Major Shawn Connor, USMC
Major Geoffrey S. Englund, USMC
Major Nathan Knowles, USMC
Major Tristan Murray, USMC
Major Robert Spodarek, USMC
Commander Jonathan L. Baron, USN
Commander Kevin Harrington, USN
Commander Daniel Kwiatkowski, USN
Commander Michael L. Peters, USN Reserves
Commander Aleksei Razsadin, USN

Colonel Edmund X. Loughran, USAF
Colonel (s) James Peterson, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel Nishawn S. Smagh, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel William J. Clayton, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Dailey, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel Stewart J. Parker, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Smith, USAF
Major Christopher C. Campbell, USAF
Major Keith Griefer, USAF
Major Stephen R. Struber, USAF


“Israel believes that they face threats from multiple axes – the professionalism and proficiency of their armed forces stands as testament to their determination to face these threats.”
2020 Program Participant

“The professionalism and proficiency of the Israel Defense Forces ensures Israel is prepared for the many security challenges it faces. Our ability to better understand the strategic and operational challenges faced by Israel was greatly enhanced, while our appreciation for the Israeli people and their culture was significantly broadened.”
2020 Program Participant

“The opportunity to see the Israeli security challenge through the IDF’s eyes was invaluable and the immersion in the region’s rich culture and history was unparalleled to anything I learned or experienced through an American lens.”
2020 Program Participant

“There is no better way to understand the complexity of Israel’s security challenges than to walk its borders. However, engaging with our IDF hosts highlighted significance of our special relationship and shared vision.”
2020 Program Participant

“It was the best educational trip experience I have ever had in the US military.”
2019 Program Participant

“I thought I understood Israeli security issues…but it wasn’t until I stood on a border outpost overlooking Lebanon and Syria, that I could grasp the magnitude and urgency of defending against a determined enemy.”
USAF Lt Col, F22 Pilot

“Even after hundreds of combat hours in Syria, I didn’t understand how dangerous the Iranian threat is to Israeli national security until I visited Israel on the JINSA trip. This was hands-down the most educational trip in my 19-year career.”
USAF Lt Col, F22 Pilot

“It is impossible to understand Israeli national security without knowing Israelis. The JINSA trip allowed me to meet Israeli officers and officials and really understand how the culture and history have shaped the IDF.”
USAF Lt Col, F22 Pilot