Thomas W. Ohlson was recently forced to retire from the Foreign Service due to ALS (Lou GehrigÃ¢â‚¬Ëœs Disease). As a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, he served in such places as The Bahamas, Russia, Afghanistan, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and United States Southern Command in Miami. Prior to joining the State Department, Tom served in the U.S. Army as a crash-rescue pilot. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology from Florida State University, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Archaeology, where his research is focused on human impact on the environment. Tom is a native of Florida, is married with three school-aged children, and also actively blogs for the Foreign Policy Association and the ALS community. He considers himself a Rockefeller Republican.