Afghan Journals

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Paula brings a background and history of executive business management and leadership. Having attained her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and coupled with her 40 years of business experience, she uses this combined knowledge and experience to create a better working environment.
A highly energetic, pragmatic leader with more than 35 years of success directing multifaceted domestic and international operations and facilities. An innovative solution-oriented troubleshooter, with extensive hands-on experience in strategic planning and programming, financial control and budget management, policy and standards establishment, and effective manpower utilization and evaluation.
In a continuing quest to increase her knowledge and experience, Paula has continually sought challenging positions as evidenced when serving as a Federal Examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), as an Anti-money Laundering Revenue Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, as a College Professor, as a Director of Finance and Administration for Job Corps and as a US Army Finance Officer. Finally Paula served as a Mentor to the Chief of Financial Management (Budget Development), Ministry of Interior (MOI), for NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan before advising the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Training Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A). In this position she represented the United States military command, the US Embassy while interacting with Foreign Diplomats and the United Nations.

Afghan Journals

Authored by Paula J Coffer
Edition: 1

If you ever wondered what you would do if someone called you and asked if you 'would like to change the destiny of a nation' then reading this journal is for you. I was 58 years old when I received just this call. I decided to write and maintain a daily journal to capture all the emotions of deploying to a nation at war where I was tasked with developing the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior officials in budget development and execution for the nation's police force.

The journal entries begin in June 2011 and end October 2014. Due to the sheer volume of the entries they are being presented in several volumes. You will be bored with some, laugh with some, say 'You can't make this shit up' with some, terrified by the close proximity of bombs and gunfire with some and even a death threat. War is not always action. Building the financial infrastructure to pay for the operations of the entire national police force isn't necessarily 'sexy' or 'intriguing'. But I think you will agree that this was an adventure worth taking.

You will get an idea of how the Billions of our tax dollars were used to train, equip and pay for the operations of the Afghanistan National Police Force. You will get an idea of what it is like for a woman to interact with the Afghan Ministry personnel in a society and culture where women are not recognized. I was primarily assigned to work with the Ministry of Interior Finance and Budget office but our interactions with the Ministry of Finance were crucial to achieving our goals.

Publication Date:
1523225041 / 9781523225040
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / Afghan War

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