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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is the executive agent for several regional centers which offer courses, seminars, workshops, research and dynamic outreach among U.S. and foreign military, civilian, and non-government actors. These regional centers include:
Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) (Honolulu, HI)
National Guard Troops from North Carolina maintain there strong bonds with the Republic of Moldova as they participate in Training Exercise Fireshield. The North Carolina National Guard and Republic of Moldova have been associated with each other by the Department of Defense's State Partnership Program since 1996.
See their efforts in the video below!
In this CNN interview with Veteran Army interrogator, Charlie Mink, “Project GO” is discussed. Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.
Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America.
Reverse culture shock is a common reaction to returning home from time abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustment to living abroad. Symptoms can range from feeling like no one understands you or how you’ve changed to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don’t have an outlet to pursue new interests that were sparked abroad. Your reactions to re-entry may vary, but common signs are:
The US Army’s diverse strategic interests around the globe require its Soldiers and leaders to be comfortable and effective working in a variety of cultural contexts.
Recently, the first resident training course at Joint Readiness Training Center in Ft Polk for regionally aligned forces culminated recently with 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division attending a cultural dinner hosted by their counterparts from Bangara — a fictitious country from West Africa who have been hosting the unit on Fort Polk. The five-day course brought some 'Spartan' Brigade Soldiers back from a recently completed JRTC rotation.
Certainly, adapting to a new culture while abroad is a challenging task, more so if you are trying to flourish and be successfull in it. Recently, we came across the story of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jomar Perez, a construction management inspector with the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, who struggled adapting to American culture and military culture. For him, seeing Airmen from different backrounds was a source of inspiration.
Recently, we came across a story about native born Iraqi's joining the US Military to become cryptologica linguists. Indeed, one of the many stregnths of the US military is that is draws on American's from multicultural backrounds to fill its ranks, thereby enriching the military's ability to bridge different languages and cultures. If you are interested in enlisting and using your heritage lanuguage skills and cultural knowledge, read this article and see how these men were able to serve the US Military with thier unique backrounds.
The Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program is funded and managed by the U.S.Department of State. The initiative is designed to improve African militaries’ capabilities by providing selected training and equipment necessary for multinational peace support operations. U.S. Africa Command supports the ACOTA program by providing military mentors, trainers, and advisors at the request of the State Department. ACOTA provides a full range of peacekeeping training and instruction tailored to match a country’s needs and capabilities.
Volume 2, Issue 1 brings together another set of talented individuals from myriad backgrounds and positions under the topic of Clash of Cultures.
To Download a PDF of this issue Click HERE
Contributors: Lee Johnson, David L. Edwards, Aimee Vieira, Sam Almesfer, Captain Caleb P. Slayton, Catherine Ingold, David Ellis, Robert R. Green Sands