Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Erick Saks enlisted in the Air Force after graduating high school in 1994. Two and a half decades later he retired, having elevated through the ranks to culminate his career as a squadron commander at Air Force Officer Training School. Colonel Saks twice served in Afghanistan, including a one-year tour with the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team. He also deployed in support of Operation Lifeline in Islamabad, Pakistan; Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa; Joint Task Force Assured Lift in western Africa; and Operation Nomad Shadow in Ankara, Turkey. Today, Colonel Saks lives with his wife and children in northern Florida, where he also serves on the boards for the county Housing Finance Authority and the Rivers Edge Community Development District. Additional info (if needed): Colonel Saks has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Washington; a Master of Communication from George Mason University; and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.