A native of New Jersey, Colonel Mastriano joined the faculty of the US Army War College in June 2012 and teaches in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations. He earned a PhD in history in 2013 from the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, Canada.
The son of a career US Navy man, Colonel Mastriano was commissioned in the United States Army in 1986. He began his career on the Iron Curtain with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment based out of Nuremberg, Germany. While serving along the East German and Czechoslovakian borders, he participated in the end of the Cold War and after this, deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. Here, his regiment led the main attack against Saddam’s elite Republican Guards. He subsequently served in tactical, operational and strategic levels that included assignments in the Pentagon, the 3rd Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne,” and US Army Europe (USAREUR) Contingency Plans. His most recent assignment was serving four years in NATO Land Headquarters in Germany, from where he deployed three times to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he served as the director of the ISAF Joint Intelligence Center, with eighty soldiers from 18 NATO and non-NATO nations. After twelve moves, and living twelve years outside of the United States over the past twenty-five years, Colonel Mastriano is serving as faculty at the US Army War College.
Mastriano is a military historian, a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) and has a PhD in History, Masters in Military Operational Art and Science, Masters in Strategic Intelligence, Masters in Airpower Theory, a Masters in Strategic Studies and a Bachelors degree in history. Mastriano led the effort to locate the spot where Alvin York in 1918 was awarded the Medal of Honor for eliminating a machinegun nest, and captured 132 Germans. His efforts were successful, with his work being endorsed by US and French authorities. He led, planned and organized the construction of a five kilometer historic trail, replete with monuments and historic markers in the Argonne Forest, France for all visitors to walk where Sergeant York fought. His website www.sgtyorkdiscovery.com has details and maps. Mastriano’s book, Alvin York: a New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, is a groundbreaking biography on America’s greatest First World War hero and winner of the 2015 William E. Colby Award.
Colonel Mastriano is married to Rebecca (Stewart) of Sharpsville, PA. Their son Josiah is an Eagle Scout, recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards and the Canadian Chief Scout Award.