Sharmistha Mohapatra, Captain, U.S. Army Reserves, is currently on her third deployment to Afghanistan. She is attached to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, overseeing civil, primarily rule-of-law, construction efforts. She commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 2005 and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as Platoon Leader and Civil-Military Operations Officer, respectively. In Afghanistan, her unit partnered with the provincial government to implement a construction trades training program which helped 247 Afghan men improve their manual skills proficiency and job marketability while they executed road and facility improvements for the capital city.
In 2009, Sharmistha separated from Active Duty and transitioned into the Reserves. She then worked in Kabul in 2010 as a civilian contractor, training Afghan contractors and Ministry of Public Works staff on performance-based maintenance and management of roads.
Sharmistha was born in Cuttack, India, and is a Maryland resident. She holds a BA in Public Health Studies from John Hopkins University and is pursuing an MA in Health Education at Columbia University Teachers College.