Rear Adm. Colin Kilrain, a Navy SEAL and anti-terrorism expert, has been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as a military attaché.
The former senior commander of the special forces of the United States Navy, who worked on anti-terrorism for the National Security Council last year, will serve as liaison with Mexican troops who are battling gangsters.
Roderic Camp, a political scientist who specializes in Mexico’s military, gave the following opinion regarding Kilrain’s appointment: “It is an interesting choice… from the U.S. point of view, it is placing someone there who has special skills and experiences complementary to battling the cartels.”
Military attachés report to the ambassador to the country they are serving in, but they are managed by the Defense Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon. Army Lt. Col. Robert Kirkland, author of a book on Cold War-era U.S. military attaches in Latin America, said that they are responsible for monitoring the armed forces of a country.
Kilrain was a champion wrestler at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He joined the Navy SEALs in the early 80s, after graduation, and has been involved in counter-terrorism activities since 2001. He has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, among others.
Before his assignement in the National Security Council, Kilrain served as commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two in Norfolk, Virginia. The group coordinated SEAL activities in Europe, as well as the Americas.
Kilrain is married to a former Navy flier and NASA astronaut, and was promoted to rear admiral last year.