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Brigadier General Don Bolduc is a true American hero. During a 36-year career with the US Army he received two awards for valor, five Bronze Star medals, and two Purple Hearts. He led one of the first groups in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, riding on horseback to take control of the southern Afghan region from the Taliban. He also survived both a helicopter crash and a 2,000-pound bomb inadvertently targeted on his position. His services then included assignments as Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Component Commander in Afghanistan, as Deputy Director for US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and as Special Operations Command-Africa (COMSOCAFRICA).

General Bolduc was awarded the Defense Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and numerous awards from our allies.

After returning home to New Hampshire, General Bolduc became a tireless advocate to combat the stigma around and treatment of post-traumatic stress (PTS). He was one of the few senior military officers and the only active duty general officer on record at the time to discuss his own struggles with PTS.

His leadership on this issue and others earned him the nickname of “Captain America” and “Everyone’s General” by his fellow officers and soldiers.

Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General

Donald Bolduc

Brigadier General Don Bolduc is a true American hero. During a 36-year career with the US Army he received two awards for valor, five Bronze Star medals, and two Purple Hearts. He led one of the first groups in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, riding on horseback to take control of the southern Afghan region from the Taliban. He also survived both a helicopter crash and a 2,000-pound bomb inadvertently targeted on his position. His services then included assignments as Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Component Commander in Afghanistan, as Deputy Director for US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and as Special Operations Command-Africa (COMSOCAFRICA).

General Bolduc was awarded the Defense Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and numerous awards from our allies.

After returning home to New Hampshire, General Bolduc became a tireless advocate to combat the stigma around and treatment of post-traumatic stress (PTS). He was one of the few senior military officers and the only active duty general officer on record at the time to discuss his own struggles with PTS.

His leadership on this issue and others earned him the nickname of “Captain America” and “Everyone’s General” by his fellow officers and soldiers.

Fahim Fazli is a man of two worlds: Afghanistan, the country of his birth, and America, the nation he adopted and learned to love. He’s also a man who escaped oppression, found his dream profession as a Hollywood actor, and then paid it all forward by returning to Afghanistan wearing the uniform of his adopted country.

As a teenager in Kabul, Fazli saw his country turned traumatized by a 1979 Soviet invasion. He made a harrowing and dramatic escape to Pakistan with his father and brother, where he waited in line for two years to come to America legally as a refugee.

In America Fazli studied hard to learn English and became a citizen. He followed his acting dream to Hollywood, where he’d play roles in 50 movie projects, working with the world’s top actors. But in 2009 he returned to Afghanistan as a combat interpreter with the U.S. Marines, where he was so effective at bringing together Americans and Afghans that the Taliban put a price on his head. While in Helmand Province Fazli met USMC LtCol Mike Moffett, with whom he later co-authored FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back, which received the Gold Medal for Biography from the Military Writers Society of America.

Afghan-American Actor and Combat Interpreter

Fahim Fazli

Fahim Fazli is a man of two worlds: Afghanistan, the country of his birth, and America, the nation he adopted and learned to love. He’s also a man who escaped oppression, found his dream profession as a Hollywood actor, and then paid it all forward by returning to Afghanistan wearing the uniform of his adopted country.

As a teenager in Kabul, Fazli saw his country turned traumatized by a 1979 Soviet invasion. He made a harrowing and dramatic escape to Pakistan with his father and brother, where he waited in line for two years to come to America legally as a refugee.

In America Fazli studied hard to learn English and became a citizen. He followed his acting dream to Hollywood, where he’d play roles in 50 movie projects, working with the world’s top actors. But in 2009 he returned to Afghanistan as a combat interpreter with the U.S. Marines, where he was so effective at bringing together Americans and Afghans that the Taliban put a price on his head. While in Helmand Province Fazli met USMC LtCol Mike Moffett, with whom he later co-authored FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back, which received the Gold Medal for Biography from the Military Writers Society of America.

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Moffett (USMCR, ret) is a retired professor, author, and former New Hampshire State Representative who commanded a ground unit during Operation Desert Storm. After the 9/11 attacks he served as an operations officer at Central Command for General Tommy Franks, where he helped track the secret exploits of the special forces “Horse Soldiers” in Afghanistan. He later deployed to Afghanistan himself on a special assignment, where he met combat interpreter Fahim Fazli, with whom he later collaborated on an award-winning book. Moffett currently resides in New Hampshire where he still teaches part-time while also serving as a columnist, a Civil Air Patrol officer, and a volunteer with service and veterans organizations.

Lieutenant Colonel (USMCR, ret)

Mike Moffett

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Moffett (USMCR, ret) is a retired professor, author, and former New Hampshire State Representative who commanded a ground unit during Operation Desert Storm. After the 9/11 attacks he served as an operations officer at Central Command for General Tommy Franks, where he helped track the secret exploits of the special forces “Horse Soldiers” in Afghanistan. He later deployed to Afghanistan himself on a special assignment, where he met combat interpreter Fahim Fazli, with whom he later collaborated on an award-winning book. Moffett currently resides in New Hampshire where he still teaches part-time while also serving as a columnist, a Civil Air Patrol officer, and a volunteer with service and veterans organizations.

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