Lieutenant Colonel Michael Coleman, USAF, is currently finishing his tour as an Afghanistan Pakistan Hand. In this capacity he served in the Afghan theater as a Counterinsurgency Advise and Assist Team member and as a Ministerial Engagement Team chief. He was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1994. He holds degrees from Missouri State University, BA Communications; Webster University, MA International Relations; and National Defense University, MA in Strategic Security Studies. Prior to his AFPAK Hands assignment he served as a squadron commander, in Portugal and the Kyrgyz Republic.