Alan Cate built a rewarding career in the United States (US) Military before coming to his current position as a History Teacher and Chair of the History Department at the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. Alan Cate laid the foundations for his career as a military Colonel with a comprehensive undergraduate education from the US Military Academy at West Point. After graduating, Alan Cate went on to become an active duty service member of the US Army. From 1979 until 2004, Alan Cate remained in active duty, taking on increasingly important roles and eventually commanding battalions of up to 1,000 men. During his military career, Alan Cate also served as an officer at some of the highest levels of command. His career has included serving as the Chief of Plans at United States Southern Command, where he formulated strategic plans for the regions of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. It also included serving as the Chief of Current Operations for the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the Chief of Operations for the US Army Europe’s National Support Element in Taszár, Hungry. In all of these roles, Alan Cate was responsible for leading large teams as they planned and carried out both collaborative and interagency contingency plans. During this period, the respected military leader often met with important, non-military policy makers and military leaders alike.
Not long after entering the Armed forces, Cate entered Stanford University, where he earned his Master of Arts in American History and served as a Teaching Assistant for a number of professors, including future US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Immediately after graduating, the Colonel Alan Cate returned to the US Military Academy at West Point where he began teaching in the History Department. During his three years as an Assistant Professor at the US Military Academy, Alan Cate designed and introduced new history electives such as The American Political Tradition and The Philosophy of History. He also taught general courses in American History and a graduate course called West Point and the American Military Experience. For his excellence in teaching, Alan Cate was named the Instructor of the Year for the 1990 to 1991 school year. Taking his talents elsewhere, Alan Cate also served as a Guest Instructor at Dickenson College, Director of the Army Heritage and Education Center at the US Army War College, and finally in his current position as Chair of the History Department at University School.