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Alan Cate has built a successful career as a Professor, Army Colonel, and writer. Although no longer in active duty, Colonel Alan Cate possesses an extensive military resume that includes graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point and serving in the armed forces for 25 years. During his time as an infantry officer, Colonel Alan Cate served as the commander of Special Forces and Infantry Battalions, and traveled to regions that include the Balkans, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Specifically, these missions included serving as a Chief of Plans, Chief of Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises, and Chief of Current Operations on different occasions.
Along with leadership in the field, Alan Cate also served as an educational leader for students at Stanford University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. His contributions to the academy were rewarded with the Instructor of the Year award for the 1990 to 1991 school year. Today, Alan Cate continues to contribute his teaching talents to the History Department at the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
Along with his work in education and the military, US Colonel Alan Cate has authored the book Founding Fighters: The Battlefield Leaders Who Made American Independence. The Army Colonel also has written scores of articles and book reviews, which have been printed in publications such as Parameters, The Plain Dealer, and The Journal of Military History. In the past few years alone, Cate has written articles such as “A General is not the Ultimate Decision Maker” and reviews of such titles as Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Talk Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes and These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory.
In his free time, Cate enjoys seeing new films, reading, and attending the theater. An active man, he also cares about physical fitness and health. Adding to his already rich knowledge of history, Colonel Alan Cate enjoys learning about American political culture and military history.