Mr. Kolakowski is director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, a member of the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs’ review board, and a senior fellow, the lead member of the Consortium of Indo-Pacific Researchers’ military history team. Prior to his position at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, he served as director of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, and director of the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Mr. Kolakowski has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present and is the author of four books on the American Civil War and World War II in the Pacific. His most recent book, Nations in the Balance, about the 1944 India-Burma campaigns, came out in March 2022. He received his BA in history and mass communications from Emory & Henry College and his MA in public history from the State University of New York at Albany.