Dr. Mitch Fadem earned his rank as a true cigar aficionado during two deployments to Afghanistan. While deployed in 2007 he helped to start a "Cigars for Troops" program supported by Gary Manelski, Cigar Guide, Cigars.About.Com. Through the generosity of About.Com readers, during his second deployment to Afghanistan, Lt Col Fadem and his buddies helped to distribute thousands of cigars to troops all over the country. This gave Mitch a unique opportunity to smoke all types of cigars and develop his pallet.
In his civilian occupation, Dr. Mitch Fadem is PhD biomedical toxicologist with over 30 years of experience working as a scientist. He was a professor at Kent State University for 10 years where he taught laboratory safety, toxicology and environmental health. Fadem also was a visiting professor at the National University of Uzbekistan in Tashkent and the National University of Rosario in Argentina. He has been a visiting scientist at the USDA laboratories at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and the State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology 'Vector' in Siberia, Russia. In DEC 2010 Fadem returned from his second tour to Afghanistan where he was the chief toxicology consultant to the senior medical advisor to the NATO commanders in Kabul Generals McChrystal and Petraeus. Fadem also led the investigation of poisoning incidents of girls’ schools which became international news. Dr. Fadem is multilingual and speaks Russian, German, Spanish, Slovenian, Czech, French, Dari, Turkish, Hebrew, Afrikaans and Dutch. Now a civilian, he works as a scientific consultant to the Department of Defense.
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