Alexander B. Fafinski

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force
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Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander “Popeye” Fafinski is a military professor for the National Security Affairs Department. Most recently, he served as the commander of the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, U.A.E, the world’s largest KC-10 squadron, supporting air refueling operations across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He is a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in the T-37, KC-135 and KC-10. Fafinski received a B.A. from Clarkson University and an M.A. from Touro University. He is a 2013 graduate of the NWC’s College of Naval Command and Staff.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerospace
  • Air Defense
  • Air Warfare
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Middle East

Professional Highlights


Commander, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron


Aviation Mishap Investigator, Headquarters United States Air Force


Student, College of Naval Command and Staff


KC-135 Instructor Aircraft Commander, 91st Air Refueling Squadron


KC-10 Instructor Aircraft Commander, 2nd Air Refueling Squadron


T-37 Instructor, 41st Flying Training Squadron


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2013, National Security and Strategy Studies

M.A., Touro University, 2008, Education

B.A., Clarkson University, 2000, Computer/Electrical Engineering

External Memberships and Associations

Airlift Tanker Association

Order of Daedalians

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