Lieutenant Colonel Zach Jiron is a military fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. As part of the CSIS International Security Program, he provides U.S. Air Force and joint military expertise related to national security and defense. He is command pilot in the C-5 and KC-10 aircraft and has over 4,300 flight hours executing global mobility missions in multiple operational and training units. Lieutenant Colonel Jiron performed staff duties at U.S. Transportation Command, where he managed the planning and execution of Department of Defense strategic transportation and logistics activities supporting the U.S. Central Command area of operations. While serving as the commander of the 908 Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at an undisclosed location overseas, he led the Air Force’s largest and busiest KC-10 squadron providing sustained, on-demand air refueling coverage for U.S. and coalition aircraft conducting operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Horn of Africa. Prior to this fellowship, he was the communications team chief for the U.S. Air Force Secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group on the headquarters Air Force staff. Lieutenant Colonel Jiron graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. He also holds an M.S. in International Relations from Troy University.