Today, we bring you a special episode we are calling Dispatches From The Middle East.
As we all know, unrest is sweeping the middle east and there are rumblings that what started in Tunisia and continued in Egypt, Yemen and now Libya is just the beginning. Already we are seeing some unprecedented action by people in other countries determined to have their voices heard.
For this special episode, we are in conversation with two individuals who find themselves with a front row seat to what’s happening in that part of the world. David Burton, an Australian expat, lives in Doha, Qatar and Staff Sergeant Andrew Hoeft is on deployment in Egypt.
We spoke to them earlier this week and are pleased to bring you their perspective on what’s happening in that distant part of the world.
About Staff Sergeant Andrew (AJ) Hoeft
Staff Sergeant Andrew Hoeft is a squad leader in Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion 123rd Field Artillery from Illinois. He currently serves as a Construction Engineer and a filler for this mission. His home unit is the 766th Engineer Battalion out of Decatur, IL. He’s served in the National Guard for 12 years and spent 3 years Active Duty Air Force.
Prior to this deployment, Staff Sergeant Hoeft served tours in Bosnia (based in Italy), Israel and Afghanistan (Ghazni which is south of Kabul). He is currently with 2/123 FA and operates out of South Camp – located in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.
He and his wife Kristine are the proud parents of three children and make their home in Decatur, IL.
About David Burton
Burton Consultancy was created to meet the needs of companies and organizations in Qatar that require world-class training and consulting but with a local focus. The programs and training offered by David are designed and facilitated specifically for Qatar. They are personalized for each client to meet their specific goals and objectives.
During the last 20 years David has worked in over 20 countries helping develop cultural awareness skills and competencies with both individuals and companies. His other areas of expertise include building effective teams, communication skills and leadership development.
Born in Brisbane Australia, he has lived in England, Japan, USA and for the last six years in Doha, Qatar. He has spent his career dedicated to adult learning and management development around the world. David is married with two children, Walker (9 years old) and Alexander (4 years old) who was born in Qatar.