MAJ Ivan Raiklin, Esq.

MAJ Ivan Raiklin, Esq.

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  • SPC Nov 97
  • SGT Oct 98
  • 2LT May 00
  • 1LT May 02
  • CPT Sep 04
  • MAJ May 13
Commissioning Source:  ROTC, May 2000

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US Senate Candidate | Green Beret | Lawyer | Entrepreneur | Polyglot | Ex Mil Diplomat & Intel Officer @DefenseIntel

Military Experiences

May 2018 - Present
Feb 2016 - May 2018
C Co
Company Commander
The Special Forces Company Commander commands the 16 person Operational Detachment Bravo (ODB) & six 12-person Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA)s & other elements assigned or attached to the company when deployed. The ODB establishes & operates the Advanced Operational Base (AOB) when forward deployed to conduct Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, Direct Action, & Counter-Terrorism. Train & prepare SF ODAs for deployment; infiltrate & exfiltrate operational areas by air, land, or sea & conducts operations in remote hostile environments for extended periods of time with minimal external direction or support. Train, advise or direct indigenous combat forces up to regimental size in Special Operations as well as US, allied forces & agencies.
Dec 2014 - Feb 2016
Deputy OIC
As the Deputy OIC for the AFPAK Hands Program, HQDA, directs and coordinates current operations and administrative actions in support of the Joint Staff Afghanistan/Pakistan (AFPAK) Hands Program and provides timely and accurate information to the Army's Senior Leadership; while coordinating the Army's Title 10 support with the Joint Staff, CENTCOM, Defense Intelligence Agency, USACE, FORSCOM, Human Resources Command, and the Army Staff; while ensuring manning, out of theater billeting, career development and all the administrative management for more than 200 Army Hands are de-conflicted and conducted IAW CJCSI 1630.01, CENTCOM RFF 1291.1 MOD2, and HQDA G-3.5.7 Business Rules to ensure mission success. Supervises four Army AFPAK Hands assigned to the Army AFPAK Hand Cell.
Mar 2014 - Jun 2014
Foreign Affairs Specialist
As a foreign affairs specialist, I assisted in the production and briefing of the Senior Intelligence Analyst, as well as Deputy J2 on matters related to the situation in Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk and the overall political military situation related to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. The ops tempo consisted of twice daily memorandum updates to the situation initially and then moved into preparing presentations detailing the daily strategic, operational, and key tactical activities in Eastern Ukraine as it related to Russia's involvement. Additionally, I was tasked as a special duty to be the lead analyst to determine the most efficient means to convey real-time analysis to the J2, CJCS and POTUS using the most current technology. Our recommendation is currently being implemented.


(2 years, 7 months)
Aug 2017 - Sep 2017
Hurricane Harvey
Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Aid Delivery coordination
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
Deployed as the Commander of ODB 9530, Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA)s & other MARSOC, AFSOC elements. Was the commander of the Foreign Internal Defense force that trained and advised the Jordanian Special Operations Command in Special Operations along with other US, allied forces & agencies.
Jun 2011 - Feb 2012
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) - Caribbean and Central America (CCA)
Increased the Host Nation's interoperability by facilitating in the planning and execution of combined arms, joint, and interagency training between the Salvadoran Army Special Forces, Marine Recon Section(Navy) and National Police to increase El Salvador's ability to counter illicit trafficking and violent extremist organizations.
Nov 2010
Served on the pre-advance team for the Secretary of Defense' attendance at the Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA). Planned and coordinated the medical, communications support and contingency planning to support the movement of the Secretary of Defense and his staff.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

May 2008

Investors Business Daily Level I, II, III certification

Jul 2007

Scuba Diver

Jul 2005

New York Bar Member

Foreign Language Skills


Spanish (3/3)


Russian (3/2+)


Ukrainian (2/3)


Slovenian (2/2)

Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

Started in 2007

National Intelligence University

Graduate Coursework, Strategic Intelligence

2002 - 2004

Touro Law Center

J.D., Business, Technology and Law

Started in 1999

University of Northern Iowa

Graduate Studies, Spanish Language

1997 - 1999

University of Northern Iowa

Bachelor's Degree, Russia and East European Studies

Civilian Experiences

Jan 2015 - Present
Content Creator, Tech Startup Investor/Advisor
Dec 2014 - Present
Board Member
Serve as a member of the board of the largest professional military diplomatic non-profit organization that promotes American political-military engagement globally. Organizes quarterly luncheons and an annual black tie gala. Previous speakers and key-notes have included the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Aug 2017
Potential US Senate Candidate
I am running 22 miles/day through each county/city in Virginia to bring awareness to the 22 vets that are killed by suicide daily. While running I am engaging with, listening to, learning from Virginians while documenting the journey to run a total of 1776 miles. If you support our vets, join me in a run, share on social media, and if you have the means, donate to the cause as I will contribute the first $22 of each donation to veterans charities: Victory For Veterans Task Force Dagger Wounded Warrior Project Special Operations Warrior Foundation Green Beret Foundation