LC Vindman came up the hard way going infantry. I dont care what he says about Trump, he is a real man and worthy of our respect. Alexander Vindman - Wikipedia After graduating from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1998, Vindman joined the United States Army and became a career Army officer. He completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) at Fort Benning in 1999 and deployed the next year to South Korea, where he commanded infantry and an anti-armor platoon. In addition to overseas deployments to South Korea and Germany, Vindman is a combat veteran. He was deployed to Iraq to take part in the Iraq War from September 2004 to September 2005. In October 2004, he sustained an injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, for which he received a Purple Heart. He was promoted to the rank of major in 2008, and to lieutenant colonel in September 2015. During his Army career, Vindman earned the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge, as well as four Army Commendation Medals and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals. Beginning in 2008, Vindman became a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Eurasia. In this capacity he served in the U.S. embassies in Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia. Returning to Washington, D.C. he was then a politico-military affairs officer focused on Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those above qualifications are not easy to come by, even for kiss ass officers.