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Dr Mary Bell

DR. Mary Bell

Associate Professor of Practice, Joint Advanced Warfighting School

Dr. Bell joined JAWS in 2017 as an Associate Professor of Practice teaching Operational Planning. She has a B.A. in International Business from New Mexico State University (1992), an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University at San Antonio, Texas (2000) and a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University. She has over 20 years of service in the US Army with experience in Aviation and Intelligence. She flew the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in South Korea, Hawaii, throughout the US and in Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. She also flew the C-12 Huron and EO-5B/C Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL) in support of Operations Palmetto Ghost and Palmetto Shield, Counter Drug operations for US Southern Command. She flew missions as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom collecting real-time full-motion-video for use by the Joint Special Operations Command. She then served as a Mission Commander for the Open Skies Treaty negotiating with diplomats from 33 nations including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Sweden, Georgia, Italy, and France. Besides operational and planning experience, she was an Assistant Professor of Military Strategic Studies at the Air Force Academy (2001 – 2003) and military faculty and Assistant Professor at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (2010 – 2017). She has received many accolades from speaking to large organizations which include the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of Women Pilots, service members of the US Coast Guard Air Station at Elizabeth City, North Carolina and U.S. Naval Atlantic Air Force Command. She has expertise in US energy policy, as well as Euro-Atlantic relations. Mary is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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