Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino, US Army (Ret), currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria. He also serves as SVP of Military Market Development for Raydon Corporation, a world leader in state-of-the-art virtual training capabilities for domestic and international defense and security forces.
General Audino graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 and retired in 2011 after a 28-year Army career. He served multiple assignments in armor, cavalry, infantry and Stryker units. Other key assignments include service as an Army Congressional Fellow in the US Senate, duty as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director of Nuclear Support at the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. His last assignment was as the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, US Army, in the Pentagon.
He considers his most significant assignment to be his service in Iraq where he commanded a team of combat advisors embedded in 3rd Infantry Brigade, 4th Division Iraqi Army. His brigade was formed entirely from Kurdish peshmerga (guerrilla units) re-missioned to conduct counterinsurgency operations.
His education includes:
- Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point
- Master of Law, Cum Laude, Vermont Law School
- Juris Doctorate, Vermont Law School
- Master of National Security and Strategic Studies, US National War College