Lt. Cmdr Qureshi is an Afghan Hand from Naval District Washington. He is currently in Afghanistan working for the COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). The CAAT provides the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) commander with targeted information based on his priorities in the campaign plan. CAAT members collect information by going into the field at the tactical level and embed with Coalition Forces and Afghan units as well as conduct Key Leader Engagements with Afghan officials.
Editor's Note: AFPAK Hands is a language and cultural immersion initiative which consists of three phases: language and cultural training, in and out of theater deployment. During an out of theater deployment a service member can be assigned to a government agency, DoD command or other organization where their work in country can be applied and then add to their perspective when they redeploy.