Military Fellows




LtCol Daniel Coleman (USMC) (617) 258-7363
LTC Shawn P. Creamer (USA) (617) 258-9440
Lt Col Erick Gilbert (USAF) (617) 258-9440
CDR Robert L. Holmes (USN) (617) 258-7363
LTC Joseph Vongs (USA) (617) 253-8724
Military fellows 2016-17

back row: Robert Holmes, Shawn Creamer, Joe Vongs. front row: Daniel Coleman, Erick Gilbert

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Coleman is a 1990 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Commissioned in December 1995, Lieutenant Colonel Coleman has served as a Logistics Officer in the operating forces with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Division, and 2d Marine Logistics Group.  Outside of the operating forces, Lieutenant Colonel Coleman served staff tours at Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department, Headquarters Marine Corps and US Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Virginia. Lieutenant Colonel Coleman’s most recent assignment was as the Commanding Officer of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 2d Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.  From October 2015 to May 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Coleman deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the KEARSARGE Amphibious Ready Group.  He was selected as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow for Academic Year 2016-17 with the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lieutenant Colonel Coleman is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Creamer was commissioned at The Citadel as an Infantry Officer in 1995.  He has been selected for promotion to Colonel and is currently an Army War College Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program. His troop command and staff assignments include over ten years of service in foreign lands, including eight years to the Republic of Korea and two twelve-month deployments to Iraq.  Notable assignments include duty with the National Ground Intelligence Center, the Iraq Assistance Group, the Stryker vehicle manager at Department of the Army, the Weapons of Mass Destruction – Elimination (WMD-E) mission planner at Eighth Field Army, and the Alliance and Multinational Policy Advisor with the United States Forces Korea (detached in support of the Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command). He has commanded infantry units through the battalion level.  He last commanded a combined United States / Republic of Korea WMD-E Battalion Task Force that consisted of 92 embedded Korean soldiers and a direct support Korean Infantry Company and U.S. Chemical Company. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Gilbert is a Security Studies Program Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology responsible for providing Air Force perspective on topics surrounding international security, foreign policy and the application of military power.  Prior to MIT, Colonel Gilbert was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command as Director of the Commander’s Action Group leading an elite team of action officers supporting the Commander in organizing, training and equipping combat forces numbering more than 1,300 aircraft, 98,000 personnel at over 170 operating locations worldwide. Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert recently deployed as an F-22A Squadron Commander leading 205 personnel from the 95th Fighter Squadron to combat for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.  The squadron flew 1152 combat hours on 180 missions dropping 171 weapons on strategic Islamic State targets, earning multiple accolades for their actions including the 2015 Raytheon Trophy as the Top Fighter Squadron in the Air Force. Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert attended the Air Force Academy, receiving his commission in 1998. Over the years, he has served in positions at the Squadron, Group, and Wing levels at home and abroad in the European and Pacific theaters.  Colonel Gilbert is a Command Pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15C/D and F-22A and holds two Master’s Degrees in Business and Operations Research.

Commander Robert Holmes graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Management. He was commissioned in November 1996 and designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1998. He commanded the “Scorpions” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 from May 2015 to July 2016.  The squadron deployed twice to the Western Pacific and earned back-to-back Battle Efficiency “E,” CNO Safety “S,” Retention Excellence and Medical Blue “M” awards. Prior to squadron command, his afloat tours included service at VAQ-136 forward-deployed to Atsugi, Japan, as a department head, Carrier Strike Group TWELVE as a Flag Lieutenant, Carrier Air Wing ONE as the Assistant Operations Officer and VAQ-132 as a junior officer.  He has flown combat missions supporting Operations JOINT GUARDIAN, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Ashore, he served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as the Mexico & Central America Policy Analyst and at the Joint Information Operations Center as an Information Operations planner. He has accumulated more than 2,450 flight hours and 600 carrier-arrested landings in the EA-18G, EA-6B and F/A-18F.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Vongs enlisted in the Army in 1989 as a Russian Interrogator.  He was nominated, attended, and graduated West Point in 1996 with a BS in Engineering Psychology and commissioned as a Military Intelligence (MI) Officer. Joe’s first post was to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as the assistant intelligence officer of an infantry battalion, then Brigade, and culminated as a platoon leader for an intelligence platoon.  Joe went to Fort Hood, Texas, serving as the intelligence officer for a cavalry squadron, then helicopter brigade that invaded Iraq in 2003.  While deployed, he assumed command of an intelligence company.  Upon redeployment, he transferred to US Army South in San Antonio as a planner until 2007. After military schooling and earning a MA in Management, Joe deployed as an intelligence advisor for an Iraqi Brigade in Tal Afar.  In 2009, he joined Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) in Key West, FL, the nation’s large scale counter-drug unit, as a targeting officer and aide de Camp to the JIATFS Director, a Coast Guard Rear Admiral. In 2012, Joe taught as Professor of Military Science at the University of Toledo before arriving to Fort Bragg, NC to command a 300 Soldier intelligence battalion.  His unit deployed to Afghanistan, redeploying in October 2015.  Post command, he was an intelligence chief for the 18th Airborne Corps, the nation’s world-wide quick reaction force. Recently selected for promotion to Colonel, Joe is an Army War College Fellow at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory.