Neal Kringel is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). Previously, he served as the Director of CSO’s Africa office. He joined the State Department in 2011 after a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator and Africa foreign area officer. As the Director of CSO’s Africa Office he developed and led CSO conflict prevention engagements in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Djibouti, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Cameroon, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Niger and Nigeria. In 2018, he served two stints as chargé d’affaires,U.S Embassy, Bangui, Central African Republic.
As a military officer, he served as the Deputy Political Advisor, NATO Joint Forces Command, Brunssum, Netherlands; a Provincial Reconstruction Team commander in Afghanistan; Defense Attaché, U.S Embassy, Libreville, Gabon; Political-Military officer for the Horn of Africa and Jordan, U.S. Central Command, Tampa Florida; and as a Security Cooperation Officer at U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya and U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition he’s had operational flying assignments in Japan, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, and across the United States; logging over 3,000 flying hours.
Mr. Kringel received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MS from Troy University. Additionally he is an all-but-dissertation PhD candidate in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Among his major awards and decorations are the Airman’s Medal, the Bronze Star, the Department of State Award for Heroism, the Department of State Superior Honor Award and the l’Ordre National du Mérite Gabonais.