WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently welcomed U.S. Army Captain Mark Bedrin to serve as part of the United States Army Congressional Fellowship Program in his Washington, D.C. office.
“I am honored to have Captain Bedrin working with my staff to improve the lives of our servicemembers, both past and present,” said Sen. Moran. “Mark’s nearly nine years of service in the United States Army have developed his leadership capabilities and shaped his perspective on defense issues of national significance – making him a unique asset to my team as we work to serve the members of our armed forces and their families, as well as Kansas veterans.”
The United States Army Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective three-and-a-half year program open to just 25 U.S. Army officers or senior non-commissioned officers nationwide each year. The program includes a one-year fellowship in a congressional office to be completed while pursuing a master’s degree in legislative affairs at George Washington University (GWU). CPT Bedrin will complete his master’s in May 2018.
CPT Bedrin has served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army for eight years in positions from the platoon to brigade level. His assignments took him across the world to posts including Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Drum, New York; and Rose Barracks, Germany. He completed two combat deployments, encompassing more than 22 months in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan as both a rifle platoon leader during the Afghanistan surge, and as regimental battle captain overseeing most of Regional Command South. He also completed one peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, where he commanded a rifle company supporting the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) maintaining the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel. Mark planned and completed multiple small missions supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve in central and eastern Europe.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Pennsylvania State University. His military education includes the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course and Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Additionally, Mark earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
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