A Memorial Day message from one of our Diplomates:

In 2011 I had retired from a 27 year career in the Army Reserve.  My deployment days were over.  However, in 2012 I received an email asking if I was interested in becoming an AfPak Hand. The Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand program is an intensive training program designed to develop individuals to work directly with the people of the country.  Five to seven months of counter-insurgency training, language school (Pashto, Urdu or Dari), high performance driving, weapons and culture were needed.

I served as Senior Health Advisor to the Ministry of Public Health and was able to develop a continuing medical education program, advise the Minister Saraya Dalil directly, and interact with direct health care workers on the ground. I frequently worked with embassies, USAID, International Red Cross, and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) such as the Bill Gates Foundation. The most important job was interceding for Afghan people requiring urgent care from injuries sustained due to the ongoing attacks. I was pleased to receive recognition for my services, but will always remember the desperate and kind people of Afghanistan.

LTC James L. Canterbury USAR, Ret.

ABPM Diplomate since 1996