CHIPLEY The Washington County Friends Of The Library will presents author and Air Force Reservist Col. Alisa James at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1.


CHIPLEY The Washington County Friends Of The Library will presents author and Air Force Reservist Col. Alisa James at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1.



James is hardly your typical Air Force colonel. A practicing attorney in Panama City, the tall 55 year-old can as easily blend with the attorney crowd at the courthouse as she can with the military in some of the most dangerous places an American service member can be deployed.
James was sent overseas as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, also known as JAG or JAG Corps, which refers to the legal branch or specialty of the U. S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy. She was sent to Afghanistan to train "judges and cops" in procedures like forensics. She also employed infrantry men who were police officers in civilian life to instruct the Afghan police.
While in the eastern part of the country, James said attacks on her position were common. She said they were attacked maybe three times a week.



 She also noted the opium trade has continued to blossom in Afghanistan. "It's huge," James said. "It is bigger now than when we first started."
From Afghanistan, James went to Islamabad, Pakistan. "I was the sole adviser to a three star command there," James said.
"What I want people to know is that I am not sure we made the impact that we wish we had," James said. " But I believe we have made a major impact on the young people and older,too, with computers. I saw a Kuchi elder riding a donkey in the mountians and talking on a cellphone. That is what is going to change the world."



Col. James is also in the process of writing a book on her experiences in Afghanistan.



 Come Join Washington County Friends of the Library  at their luncheon meeting to enjoy this wonderful up & coming author.



 Call Rosa Nell Baxley at 638-1470 for a luncheon reservation on or before October 25.