The illegal production and trafficking of drugs undermines security and stability in Latin America, the Caribbean and threatens U.S. national security. The threat can only be combated through cooperation and collaboration between partner nations. JIATFS works with partner nations and U.S. law enforcement agencies to reduce the drug threat.
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John P. Becker - Directorate of Resources
John Becker became the Director of Resources for the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) on 12 December 2005.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy and received his commission in the United States Army in 1978. He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
His Combat Arms experience encompasses over 27 years of both enlisted and commissioned Active Duty and Reserve service in the Infantry and Armor, where he has led soldiers as a Platoon Leader, a Company Commander, a Battalion S-3, a Battalion Executive Officer, a Battalion Commander, and in his last assignment as a Brigade Commander at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
John’s Combat Service Support service includes both Personnel and Financial Management experience as the Comptroller for the 17th Aviation Group in the Republic of Korea, the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Personnel for the 78th Division, and as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 (Comptroller) for the 77th Regional Readiness Command.
He also has extensive experience in the private sector, where he has served in a variety of increasingly responsible management positions in Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Total Quality Management, Training and Leadership Development, and in Customer Service. In his most recent position, he held executive level responsibility for the Customer Service Team of an international chemical company.
John is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, US Army Armor Officer Basic Course, US Army Finance Officer Advance Course, US Army Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Army Commendation Medal, US Army Humanitarian Service Medal, the US Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the United States Army Ranger Tab.
Robert J. Allen - J2 Intel
Colonel Neal Pugliese - J3 Operations
Col Pugliese attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego on May 5th, 1982. Following Boot Camp, he served in a wide variety of assignments within the Marine Corps Reserve ranging from a Rifleman to Platoon Sergeant. While in the Reserves, Col Pugliese attended Eastern Illinois University and earned a degree in Communications.
Following his assignment as a Platoon Sergeant, Col Pugliese was accepted into OCS and various other schools. Since graduating from OCS and over the past two decades Col Pugliese has served in a wide variety of assignments within the Operating Forces and the Supporting Establishment as a Commander, Executive Officer, or Operations Officer.
While serving in the Operating Forces, Col Pugliese has served in assignments ranging from Platoon Commander to Camp Commander (OCONUS), and Acting Regimental Commander (OCONUS). Further, Col Pugliese has served in every Marine Corps Infantry Division and as a member of four Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU SOC).
Between tours in the Operating Forces, Col Pugliese has served in various supporting establishment and professional educational assignments. Those assignments include Marine Security Forces, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, The School of Infantry (West), and the United States Military Entrance Processing Command at Los Angeles.
Col Pugliese is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Course, the Amphibious Warfare School, the Advanced Infantry Officer’s Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Naval War College. Col Pugliese’s personal awards range from the Navy Achievement Medal to the Bronze Star with V.
Col Pugliese is married to the former Martha R. Sheppard from Washington Courthouse, Ohio and they have one son, Nicholas. The Pugliese’s currently live in Key West, FL.
Scott F. McCollum - J4 Logistics
Mr. McCollum became the Director of Logistics for Joint Interagency Task Force South in August 2008.
He previously served as the JIATF South Deputy Director of Logistics from October 2005 through August 2008. Mr. McCollum became a Department of Army Civilian with JIATF East in February 2000 and was assigned as the Intelligence Resource Manager and Chief of the Intelligence Programs Division. He served as the principle advisor to the J2 on all matters involving resource management and execution to include programming, plans, budget, manpower/personnel, logistics support, contracting, and facility issues.
Mr. McCollum retired from the U.S. Navy in January 1999 and first reported to Joint Task Force Four/Joint Interagency Task Force East in June 1992 as an Intelligence Watch Officer. He also served as the Chief of Intelligence Watch Operations; Chief of the Tactical Analysis Branch; and Deputy Chief of the Joint Fusion Center/OPINTEL Division. During this tour, JTF-4/JIATF East established new records for maritime drug seizures, including the seizure of over 12 metric tons of cocaine found on the fishing vessel Nataly I.
Mr. McCollum’s active duty Intelligence Officer assignments included the Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group/Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Twelve staff from 1996-1998 to support Battle Group operating forces while deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf theaters; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) as an instructor from 1990-1992; VAW-112, deployed to the Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in 1988-1989; and with VAW-111 in 1987.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. McCollum enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator in 1978 and served as a naval aircrewman in the S-3A Viking, deploying with VS-29 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean in 1981 and the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on her world cruise in 1983. From 1984-1986 he served with VS-41 as an aircrew instructor. During this time, Mr. McCollum earned his Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Laverne, California and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. In 1986, he was selected for promotion to both Chief Petty Officer and as an Intelligence Officer Candidate for Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he achieved Distinguished Graduate honors. He was commissioned as a Naval Intelligence Officer in October 1986.
Colonel Michael W. Minor - J5 Plans and Policy
Colonel Michael W. Minor was commissioned a lieutenant of Infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina in 1986.
His previous assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, C Co (Airborne), 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry (Manchu), Anti-Tank Platoon Leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry (Manchu) , Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General 6th Infantry Division (Light), and Company Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Brigade, 6th Infantry (Light), Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He also served as Assistant Brigade S4, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and Commander, D Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson Colorado. Follow his assignment in Colorado, Colonel Minor served as a Platoon, Company, and Battalion Observer/Controller and Assistant Operations Officer - Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. After attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Colonel Minor was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he participated in four deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan. His assignments at Fort Bragg include; Operations Officer, G3 Current Operations, XVIII Airborne Corps, and Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Deputy G3, 82d Airborne Division, Executive Officer, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Chief G3 (Training), and XVIII Airborne Corps, and XVIII Airborne Corps LNO to Multi-National Corps Iraq. In 2005, Colonel Minor assumed command of the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry. Following battalion command he returned to Fort Bragg as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (504th Parachute Infantry Regiment) and deployed for a 15th month tour as part of the surge in Iraq. Following attendance at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) in Norfolk, Virginia, Colonel Minor assumed his duties as J5, Director of Plans and Policy, Joint Interagency Task Force South, Key West Florida.
His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Advanced Warfighting School.
He holds a Bachelors Degree in History from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters Degree from the National Defense University – Joint Advanced Warfighting Program.
Colonel Minor’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with 2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with seven Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Colonel Minor is married to Kimberly Lyn Trepanier of Richmond, Virginia and has 3 sons, 2LT Thomas Minor, also an Infantry officer, (24), Christopher (22) a senior at UNC-W, and Isaac (20), a junior at The Citadel.
Dr. Scott Bolen - J6 C4I Systems
Dr. Scott Bolen has more than 24 years of Federal government experience as a supervisor, program manager, research scientist, and intelligence analyst. In 2008 he joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate as a Senior Program Manager where he directed the development and deployment of critical technologies to thwart transnational criminal activities linked to narco-terrorist operations. He led diverse interagency teams across multiple federal offices in developing collective strategies, techniques, and technologies that strengthen intelligence gathering, analysis, targeting, and interdiction of highly mobile, high value targets.
He has considerable experience in developing data processing, information analytics, and remote sensing systems. He has successfully implemented new exploitation capabilities, data architectures, and Information Technologies (IT) improving the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) systems of DHS law enforcement customers.
Dr. Bolen is a recognized expert in electromagnetic propagation with application to radar, electro-optic, and infrared sensors – he holds a patent in the radar sciences field and has published numerous technical articles. Dr. Bolen is a highly qualified and distinguished program manager certified as an acquisition professional with several government departments. In 2010, Dr. Bolen was awarded the Under Secretary’s Award for Program Management in Science & Technology.
Prior to joining DHS, Dr. Bolen served prominently in multiple analytic and leadership positions at several intelligence agencies. He has earned Joint Duty Credit for his contributions to the intelligence community.
Dr. Bolen has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Fred Scali - J7 Information and Technology
Since October 2012, Fred Scali has served as the Joint Interagency Task Force South Director of Innovation and Technology. This new Directorate combines the efforts of the Command Science Advisor with the Chief of Innovation and Technology Office duties to create a more robust approach to providing emerging tactical capabilities to the counter illicit trafficking fight. Fred Scali served as the Command Science Advisor from 2006 until this recent reorganization. Previously, he spent seven years as the Space and Naval Warfare System Center’s on-site engineering and management liaison to JIATF South and CARIBROC. Other civilian positions that Mr. Scali has held at JIATF South include network administrator in the C4ISR Directorate and Interagency Counterdrug Performance Assessment Working Group (ICPAWG) coordinator in the Intelligence Directorate.
From 1989 to 1995, Fred “Fish” Scali served as a United States Marine Corps Electronic Countermeasures Officer on the EA-6B Prowler in VAQ-129, VMAQ-2 and VMAQ-3 and spent time deployed to Bahrain, Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of South Korea, and Norway.
Capt. Scali first came to JIATF East in 1995 and served as the Aide de Camp for two Directors. Later, as a Reservist, Maj Scali qualified and served three years on the JIATF South operations watch floor as a Command Duty Officer (CDO) and deployed for several operations in South and Central America. Later as a LtCol, he assisted the Plans Directorate on special projects.
Additional USMC Reserve billets held include OIF/OEF Crisis Action Team watch officer for MARFORCEN, MARFORPAC Joint Forces Liaison to US Forces – Korea, and Marine Air Liaison to the 7th Air Force.
Mr. Scali received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park and he earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering with a Space Systems certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Mr. Scali lives on Cudjoe Key with his wife Colleen Lynn and their two daughters, Rebecca Rayna and Danielle Ashlyn.