Nicole Heydari

Nicole Heydari deployed twice to Afghanistan, for a total of 18 months,  as a civilian advisor to multinational forces. She specialized in Afghan development and security issues while working for the U.S. Government and development organizations. She has a Master in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish, French, German and Farsi/Dari.

What captivated me the most was the unique bond between U.S. Special Forces and local Afghan security teams, who risked everything for their families and communities.