General Fazil Ahmad Sayar

General Fazil Ahmad Sayar was the Chief of Staff and Brigadier General of the 207th Corps in Herat, Afghanistan. He entered the Afghan military at age 13, serving a total of 27 years. Sayar is a combat proven soldier. He is a two-star ranking general, educated at a military university, who previously commanded all Special Forces in Kabul. In addition to his extensive experience working with Afghan forces, he has worked with Russian Military Advisors in the 1980’s and more recently, the Italian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT).Sayar was born in the province of Parwan, and is of Tajik descent.

Colonel (R) Michael Shute

Michael Shute is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and former Senior Staff Officer of the New Jersey National Guard. From February 2006 to June 2007, he served as the deputy commander and commander of the 207th Regional Security Advisory Command in Herat, Afghanistan. As the senior U.S. military officer responsible for the Western Afghanistan Area of Operations, he managed hundreds of personnel responsible for training one brigade of Afghan National Army soldiers. During his tour, he was awarded the Italian Commemorative Service Cross, the Spanish Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Throughout his 31 years of military service, Col. (Ret) Shute worked extensively in the areas of Homeland Security operations, personnel management, project management, organizational mapping, and foreign military advising and training. Col. (Ret) Shute is now retired from service and resides in Salem, New Jersey with his wife of 29 years, Linda (Copeland) Shute. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law; Jeremy, James and Lorren.


All photography provided by Jared Chambers

You can make a difference. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc facilisis, mauris pharetra gravida placerat, eros sapien mattis leo, ac ullamcorper arcu tellus vitae magna.



Your donation allows us to connect people and create partnerships around the world. We run conservation projects with our partners, seeking the most constructive solutions.

Make a Donation →

Spread the Word

Tell your friends and family about these threatened places. There's no better way to make an impact than to become an active advocate yourself. Join now and make an impact!

Join the Foundation →