Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Vitessa A. Del Prete currently serves as a foreign affairs officer within the Pakistan Security Assistance cell of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Previously, she was the team leader for Palestinian refugee issues in the Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and from 2005 until 2010, she managed all of the democracy, human rights, and rule of law programs in Iraq for the U.S. Department of State while serving in the Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
As a medical service corps officer with 22 years of service, LTC Del Prete (ret) has held a myriad of assignments, including instructor for the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Belvoir, VA, operations officer for the 6th Brigade, Fort Belvoir, VA, instructor for the Army’s Medical Department Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, TX, Deputy Chief of Staff for the 44th Medical Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC, company commander for the Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, GA, executive officer and platoon leader at the 583rd Medical Company in Wiesbaden, Germany, patient administrator and adjutant for the 12th Evacuation Hospital during Operation Desert Shield and Storm in Saudi Arabia, and was the adjutant for the 32nd Combat Support Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.
LTC Del Prete (ret) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor of arts in sociology as well as a ROTC commission from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Her additional academic accomplishments include a masters of arts in Middle Eastern studies with a minor in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with honors in 2001. As well, she is a graduate of the American University of Beirut’s Arabic Language Program, and the University of California at San Diego’s Archaeological Field School in Wadi Fidan, Jordan. Her military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School and Faculty Development Course, the U.S. Naval War College National Security Decision-Making Course, the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College Joint Planning Orientation Course, and others.
Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Southwest Asia Service Ribbon, the Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Ribbon, the Kuwaiti Liberation of Kuwait Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Parachutists badge, the Air Assault badge, and the Australian Parachutists Badge.