COLONEL NANCY BLACKER was commissioned a Field Artillery officer and transitioned to functional area 59 (Army Strategist) mid-career. COL Blacker has served as a Strategist at Division level and has had assignments at a Geographic Combatant Command (Pacific Command), a Functional Combatant Command (Special Operations Command), and served as a senior military advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities as the Chief of Global Force Management. In addition to extensive joint experience, COL Blacker also has many years of experience serving alongside our interagency partners. COL Blacker has a B.A. in Geography/Urban-Regional Planning as well as a Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) (University of Kentucky).