Alea Nadeem is a Department of Defense Legislative Fellow. As an Air Force Reserve Officer and Civil Service employee she has 14 years of experience working in intelligence, law enforcement, and fraud investigations. She served in Operation Inherent Resolve, supporting the defeat ISIS mission in Iraq and Syria. Alea grew up for a portion of her childhood in Mosul, Iraq and lived under the Saddam Hussein regime. Her work in the Air Force has focused on the Middle East and bringing cultural aspects into intelligence. She hails from Toledo, Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Alea is a writer for RallyPoint and shares her stories of growing up in Iraq as a child and military matters today.