Alexander B. Fafinski, Select One

Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force

Military Professor National Security Affairs
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Biography

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

2017

Commander, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron

2014

Aviation Mishap Investigator, Headquarters United States Air Force

2013

Student, College of Naval Command and Staff

2011

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

2009

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

2005

T-37 Instructor, 41st Flying Training Squadron

Education

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

News, Media, & Events

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Lectures of Opportunity: "Afghanistan: Remembering the Long, Long War We Would Rather Forget"

Mar. 22, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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What World War I Tells Us About a China-Japan War Today

Nov. 24, 2018
The National Interest
Article Publication

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