COL Michael S. Tarquinto, Sr. assumed duties as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Montenegro in July. After his commissioning, COL Tarquinto served in a variety of command and staff positions in Army aviation units both in Europe and in the United States. Upon designation as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO), COL Tarquinto attended Serbian and Croatian language training followed by graduate school in California. During his FAO career, COL Tarquinto has served at multiple embassies in the Balkans and a staff assignment in Washington, D.C. during which time he deployed as a member of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. COL Tarquinto has completed the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Joint Military Attaché School, and the Defense Institute Security Assistance Management course. He has been awarded medals and decorations commensurate with his rank, assignments, and years of service.