DAVID H. CARSTENS
Mr. David H. Carstens is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who served for 30-years in positions of increasing responsibility. He transitioned to Civilian Service in 2018 and is currently the Chief of the Military Coordination Office (MCO), U.S. Embassy, Bucharest, Romania.
Prior to his transition from the military, (then) Colonel Carstens was the Director of the G34 Division (Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Management) for U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR). Prior to that, he was the USAREUR Command Inspector General as well as the Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany: a military Community of 19,000 and home to the Headquarters, USAREUR.
In addition to serving in multiple tactical Military Intelligence (MI) positions across the breadth of his U.S. Army career, Mr. Carstens was assigned as the G2 Operations Officer, Eighth United States Army, Republic of Korea; S3, Task Force 202 MI (CI/HUMINT), Kandahar, Afghanistan; Fusion Cell Chief, Combined Forces Land Component Command, Baghdad, Iraq; and to Joint assignments at the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was also the Commander of the 524th MI Battalion (CI/HUMINT) in the Republic of Korea.
Mr. Carstens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and he completed a Senior Service College Fellowship at the Center for Climate Change and National Security in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Carstens received numerous awards during his military career to include the U.S. Defense Superior Service Medal, U.S Army Legion of Merit (two awards), U.S Army Bronze Star (two awards) and the German Army Cross of Honor in Silver. Mr. Carstens maintains a working knowledge of both Romanian and German languages.
He is married and has one daughter.