Chief of Staff
Colonel Saul Bracero received his commission as a Military Police second lieutenant in 1987 upon graduating from Brigham Young University as a Distinguished Military Graduate. His first operational assignment was to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 14th Military Police Brigade in Kornwestheim, Germany. He served as platoon leader, battalion training officer, and battalion adjutant.
Serving in a wide variety of Military Police command and staff positions at company and brigade—Colonel Bracero commanded the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington. During his command tour, Colonel Bracero deployed his company in 1994 to Panama City, Panama, in support of Operation Safe Haven—Cuban migrant crisis. His company was responsible for quick reaction force operations during six camp riots.
His key staff assignments include service at the national, combatant command, Army Forces, and tactical levels. He served as Army Forces Assistant Operations Officer at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, providing camp security and operations for ten thousand Haitian migrants. Following this assignment he was hand selected to capture lessons learned for the U.S. Army—culminating in the development of the first doctrinal publication on force protection.
Colonel Bracero is a Sub-Saharan African Foreign Area Officer. He has served in various positions with the Department of Defense with increasing levels of responsibility. His first Africa assignment was to the U.S. embassy in Cameroon. There he assisted the Defense Attaché with Mil-to-Mil relations, visiting U.S. Delegation, and humanitarian projects. He later served at the European Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany as the security assistance program manager for West and Central Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., Colonel Bracero was assigned to the Joint Staff J2 as a Branch Chief overseeing the daily production of Africa intelligence products for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, daily intelligence update. He was later assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as the Division Chief overseeing all Africa strategic intelligence products for national and defense senior leaders. Colonel Bracero later served as the Central and East Africa Regional Director, International Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense working critical national policy issues on Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Lord Resistance Army, and Ethiopia, as well as terrorism issues in Somalia.
Colonel Bracero currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.
He has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in 1987, a Master of Arts and an African Studies Certificate from the University of Florida in 1997. He is also a graduate of the National War College, Joint Forces Staff College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Military Police Officer Advance and Basic Courses.
Colonel Bracero and his wife, Maarja, have two children who reside in Stafford, Virginia.