Ali Malik, Winter Class of 2016


Ali R. Malik is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran born and raised in Queens, NY. His decision to join the Army came at the age of 15, when he witnessed the attacks that took place on 9/11 in New York from the upper floors of his high school in Brooklyn. At a time when there was a lack of direction in his life, these events instilled in him a sense of national pride and a desire to defend his country.

As a Network Systems Specialist in the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps, Ali performed command and control operations of communication systems through military satellites, as well as network security measures for the protection of our military’s defense communication channels. His first duty station was in Wiesbaden, Germany, part of a top-tier signal unit – 141st Signal Battalion under the 1st Armored Division. In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he deployed with the 1st Infantry Division to Baghdad, Iraq from 2005 to 2006. Ali has also been stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Gordon, GA and Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was honorably discharged in May 2008.

Transitioning out of the military, Ali realized that his best asset was his insight into how people of different cultures and faiths interact. He wanted to use this skill to provide greater service to his fellow Americans, understanding that the only way to reach this potential was to be properly educated. He has since obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security from St. John’s University and a Master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University.

Ali has two future career goals – to use his experience, education and background to continue civil service by providing a sense of security for every American. At the same time, he would like to use the knowledge he’s gained as a fellow at Dog Tag, Inc. to establish an impactful small business catering to the needs of our nation’s veterans.