Partisan commando to discuss warfare in Slovakia during WWII
At the age of 15, Strassmann joined a partisan commando unit in Slovakia behind German front lines. He will describe the geography, the casualty rates and the change in operations from raids on railroads until his squad retreated into the high mountains to survive one of the coldest winters ever.
Strassmann, from New Canaan, is contributing editor of the "Armed Forces Communications and Computer Journal," professor of computer science at George Mason University and researcher for the International Data Corporation. Until his retirement, he worked as the chief information officer at Xerox. Afterward, he served as the chief information officer of the Department of Defense and chief information officer of NASA. He is the holder of the highest level medal a civilian can receive from the secretary of defense.
His father was a combat officer in World War II and his grandson is a U.S. Navy Officer responsible for nuclear propulsion on an attack submarine.