Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands

Lt. Stephen A. Murray and Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Chatham are pictured with Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) right, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), left.
Lt. Stephen A. Murray and Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Chatham are pictured with Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) right, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), left.

Lt. Stephen A. Murray and Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Chatham, Judge Advocate General Corps, are pictured with Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The Senators visited International Security Assistance Force Headquarters (ISAF HQ) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on independence Day to conduct reenlistment, promotion, and award ceremonies.

Murray is an Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand from Naval District Washington. He serves in the ISAF HQ Rule of Law Office as a legal advisor to Commander International Security Assistance Force. Murray uses the Dari language skills that he gained during pre-deployment training to engage with Afghan partners at the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office to advance the rule of law mission. The AFPAK Hands program was launched in 2009 to establish a cohort of experts that specialize in the complexities of Afghanistan and Pakistan language and culture. These members provide persistent engagement on regional issues while advising leaders and commanders throughout the levels of governance and command. An AFPAK Hand is committed to more than 40 months with the program.

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