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Colonel (Ret.) Stephen A. Hughes joins the Samson Atlantic Advisory Board
Stephen is a career Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with six overseas tours in Europe, Africa, and Asia Minor, including extensive time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, as well as Niger and Senegal. He also deployed to Turkey, Italy and Afghanistan in support of major operations while on active duty. Most recently, Stephen served as Defense Attaché in Niger, at the Pentagon as the Branch Chief for the Air Force International Affairs Specialist Program and as a Regional Director at the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy for African Affairs (where he collaborated with Joint Staff and State Department experts on counter violent extremist organizations and counter-terrorism strategies). Prior to his retirement from Active Duty in 2019, Stephen spent three years leading security cooperation planning activities worth over $70 million annually in over 100 European and African countries.
Stephen was born and raised in Ghana and commissioned in 1989 as a Distinguished Graduate of Virginia Tech's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. He is fluent in Twi, French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Kirk Samson, Samson Atlantic LLC