Captain Mikhail Y Berlin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Russian Linguistics and Literature in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill. He is a Logistics Readiness Officer by trade and has held various positions within the Department of Defense during his 15 years of service: light wheel mechanic, military photojournalist, pilot trainee, Installation Deployment Officer, aerial port operations officer, vehicle management flight, and fuels flight commander.
Furthermore, Capt Berlin is a cultural & language expert within the Language Enabled Airman Program (Russian Federation, Ukraine, and FSU region). He worked as Deputy Chief and a lead interpreter of the Russia Analysis Division at the Combined Air Operations Center at the Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. There he was responsible for providing a professional multi-national level dialog between the US/Coalition and Russian senior leaders while running a 24/7 US/RU Safety of Flight hotline, enabling ground and air de-confliction for the forces engaged in counter ISIL/ISIS operations, and supplying key intelligence to senior leaders at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and the Defense Attaché Office of the United States Embassy in Moscow.
Currently, Capt Berlin is an Air Force Institute of Technology Student Officer continuing his education at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, with a follow-on assignment to the US Air Force Academy as a Russian language instructor.
Capt Berlin's research interests include the misunderstood Russian soul and the effects of American Russophobia on the current international affairs and military relations.