US Army War College Seminar Biographies
Brigadier Rakesh Kapoor
Brigadier Rakesh Kapoor, Indian Army, most recently served as the Deputy Military Secretary of an operational command. Prior to that he was commanding an armored brigade in the deserts of India. The officer has been an Advisor to the Government of Botswana, where he assisted them in formulation of concepts related to employment of their army. He has been an instructor at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and Senior Command Wing, Army War College, India. He is a graduate of the Defense Services Staff College, India, Senior Command Course, Army War College, India and Higher Defense Management Course. He holds a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies and Management Sciences. He is currently an international fellow, attending the resident course, at the US Army War College, Carlisle.
COL Franklyn Gomez
Colonel Franklyn Gomez, Colombian National Army, most recently served as Commander of the 33rd Mobil Brigade. Previous assignment was as Deputy Commander of the 13 Mobil Brigade. His experience also encompasses a larger set of responsibilities as member of Brigade Staff and within military education and training responsibilities. He joined the Colombian Army in 1988. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business from the Military University Nueva Granada in Bogota D.C, and a master' degree in International Commerce from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. He is widower and has two girls Angie and Isabela. Currently he is an international fellow at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
COL Michael Birmingham
Colonel Mike Birmingham, U.S. Army, most recently served in the Operations Directorate of the Army Staff in Washington, D.C. working a broad range of issues from global force management to the Army’s assistance in housing unaccompanied alien children. Prior to that, he commanded the squadron that conducts initial entry training for all of the Army’s cavalry scouts. He is an Armor officer with significant experience leading and coordinating the operations of heavy conventional forces. His experience includes deployments to Iraq as an operations officer and to Afghanistan as an operational level planner. He was commissioned in 1994 out of the United States Military Academy. Colonel Birmingham received an Olmsted Scholarship which led him to graduate from the Defense Language Institute and receive a Master’s in International Relations from the American University of Cairo. He is married to Teresa Birmingham (nee Blount) and has one son, Jackson. His currently a student in the Carlisle Scholars Program at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
LTC Greg Venvertloh
Lieutenant Colonel Greg Venvertloh, United States Army Reserve and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian most recently served as the Assistant Chief of Staff (ACofS) G1 for the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Ft. Ben Harrison, IN. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Commander of the 7243rd Medical Support Unit at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV and BDE S1 for the Army Reserve Element, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal, IL. He served in Iraq during Operation New Dawn as the Director of Public Works and Engineering for Victory Base Camp, Baghdad, Iraq where he was instrumental to closing and descoping bases prior to the turnover of authority to the government of Iraq. As a DoD civilian, he conducts medical evaluations and exercises for the National Guard’s North Eastern United States Civil Support Teams. In this capacity, he instructs and evaluates medical and scientific professionals on their ability to respond to a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) event as well as casualty care and treatment. Lieutenant Colonel Venvertloh holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry from Quincy University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois. Lieutenant Colonel Venvertloh is married to Robin and they have three children. Presently, Lieutenant Colonel Venvertloh is a Resident Student in the Carlisle Scholars Program at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.