Former U.S. Army Capt. Michael Kuszpa, MS ’12, a doctoral student in educational leadership at Southern, was quoted recently in a New Haven Register story about an Afghan interpreter named Atifullah who recently fled the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. Kuszpa worked closely with the interpreter during his tour of duty in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2005, and the two have remained friends.
“Atif was my mouth and ears. His role and the role of interpreters were crucial overseas,” Kuszpa is quoted as saying in the article, which recounts Atifullah’s efforts to escape Afghanistan with his wife and five children and Kuszpa’s role in assisting him.
Kuszpa is now out of the Army and a teacher at Edgewood Creative Thinking through STEAM Magnet School, as well as pursuing doctoral studies at Southern.