Colonel Alicia M. Masson, USA, serves as military faculty and an instructor at National Defense University, National War College. She received her commission thru ROTC from the University of Colorado and commissioned in May 1999.
COL Masson’s previous assignment was Executive Officer to HQDA Principal, the Pentagon. Prior to this COL Masson served as the Brigade Commander of the US Army Environmental Command.
Her early assignments include Staff Officer and Platoon Leader,2nd Armored Calvary Regiment; Team Leader, 18th Airborne Corps, deploying to Afghanistan and Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Company Commander, 555th Combat Engineer Brigade, deploying a Light Engineer and HQ CO to Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. After Advanced Civil Schooling at Baylor University, she served as the Battalion Executive Officer, 84th Chemical Battalion; Brigade Operations Officer- S3, 3rd Chemical Brigade; US Army Fellow at Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Cooperative Threat Reduction- INDOPACOM; Chief of Reintegration, US Forces Afghanistan, the Joint Staff J5, Pentagon; Chief, Special Mission in Afghanistan supporting the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff at HQ Resolute Support, Kabul; and Deputy Division Chief, the Army Staff, G3-5-7, US Army Nuclear Agency. After Battalion Command, COL Masson was assigned as a Branch Chief, US Army Human Resources Command.
Her military education includes the Senior Service College, the Army Command and Staff College, the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Defense Language Institute (Persian/Dari), the and US Army Airborne School.
COL Masson holds a Master of Public Policy Administration from Baylor University, a Master of Strategic Studies (Grand Strategy Honors) US Air War College, and several graduate level certifications in environmental science and project management. She is a 2011 Fellow in the National Defense University Program for Emerging Leaders.
Her awards include the Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Commendation Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals (3 stars), the NATO Medal Art 5), the Parachutist Badge and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.
She is married to John (USMC Ret) and they have 5 children.