CPT Tony Formica was born in El Paso, Texas. He commissioned from West Point as an infantry lieutenant in 2009. He has served in a variety of positions in the 25th Infantry Division, the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Operations Group, and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His most recent position before beginning his studies as a Downing Scholar was serving as a company commander in 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment in the 173rd; he has deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Atlantic Resolve, and Atlantic Sentry. Tony attends Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.