Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)

 

Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)
FY 15 Community Updates
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

FAO community, I will be transitioning over for attaché training by the end of the month.  Please see below for most likely my last update:   

 

1. International Affairs Program (IAP) POCs

2. Joint FAO Phase II

3. Language Sustainment

4. Advance online FAO courses - Chinese/Vietnamese

5. FAOs on TAP - Happy Hour

6. FAOs in action

7. Civil Affairs Symposium

8. Regional Proficiency Assessment Tool (RPAT)

9. CL-150 - Transparent Language

 

1.  IAP POCs

I will be transitioning over for attaché training by the end of the month.  Please continue to keep in touch with the rest of the PLU-8 team:

- Mr Clay Fisher: PLU-8 Deputy (CC line)

- Ms Brittany Patterson: PLU-8 Assistant (CC line)

- Once my relief has arrived, in the beginning of June, another update will be released introducing them   

 

2. Joint FAO Phase II

Joint FAO Phase II courses are for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in or are currently in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6), funding is self or unit funded, and all applications are routed through PLU for approval.  Applications are attached.

 

Middle East:       21-23 April, NCR (Next week - e-mail Mr Fisher now, if you are still interested!)(Agenda attached)

Africa:                   2-4 June, NCR

Asia:                      9-11 June, Tokyo

Europe:                15-17 Sept, Brussels

 

Additional Joint FAO Courses:

Dark Underside of Globalization: Transnational Crime and Security in the 21st Century - 19-21 May, NCR

Whole of Government - 14-16 July, NCR

 

3. Language Sustainment

- We are accepting Language Sustainment applications, keep them coming!  So far we have expended 25% of the budget.

- Attached is the LOI for your application.

- If you are Study Track FAO and are at 2/2 or below in your primary language, you should have a POA to bring your language scores back up.  You are the priority.

- Do not plan for or pay for language sustainment until you have been approved by PLU-8.

 

4. Advance online FAO courses - Chinese/Vietnamese

- Advance Chinese and Vietnamese Courses are offered online beginning at the end of April

- Registration information is attached

 

5. FAOs on TAP - Happy Hour

- FAO Association will host Happy Hour after the Near East JFAOC

- Wed, 22 Apr, 5-8PM, Rock Bottom Brewery, Arlington, VA

- $10 for FAOA members, $20 for Non-members

- Register at FAOA website - www.faoa.org

 

6. FAOs in action

- DLNSEO is requesting photos of FAOs in action to be displayed on the Pentagon FAO Wall

- Photos must be of you in uniform conducting business with our partner nations

- You also must have release rights for these photos and they must be high resolution to be shown on a 40" screen

- Photos should be submitted to FAOPhotos@gmail.com

- The 5 Ws must also be include with the submission

 

7. Civil Affairs Symposium

- Civil Affairs Association and its partners are reaching out to experienced civil-military operators to contribute to the discussion of “Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention” at the next Civil Affairs Symposium

- This year’s Issue Papers will look at how Civil Affairs contributes to conflict prevention, in coordination with Military Information Support and Foreign Area Officers as well as an array of government, non-government, and private sector civilian partners and regional and multilateral organizations, as well as what CA capabilities are required to support such engagement in so-called “Phase 0” operations.

- The deadline for submission of papers is Friday, 14 August 2015

- For further information and updates, consult the Civil Affairs Association website: http://www.civilaffairsassoc.org/

 

8. Regional Proficiency Assessment Tool (RPAT)

- The RPAT is designed to record your regional experiences and training in order to compute a rating of your regional proficiency

- This is a test bed for DLNSEO

- If you have the time, please take a few minutes to complete the tool and assist DLNSEO with their study

- Website is opened for the next 30 days - https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rpat/

 

9. CL-150 Transparent Language

- CL-150 will no longer be available through FAO Web

- Accounts must be transferred to JLU (directions are attached)

- Information concerning CL-150 and it's language training tools are attached

 

R/S,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Happy Holidays!  Below you will find information on IAP issues: 

 

1.  FY16 LtCol Board Results - 18 Selectees

2. Attaché Board

3.  FY15 Movers

4. Language Sustainment

5. "The Bear is Back" - FAO published in Per Concordium

6. "A Lasting Partnership" - FAO published in Stars and Stripes Okinawa

7. FAO/RAO Rosters

 

1.  FY16 LtCol Board Results - 18 Selectees

ALNAV 085/1 was released on 17 Dec

 

6 FAOs + 5 RAOs + 7 FAO/RAO in training were selected for promotion to LtCol.

4 study track (ST), 14 experience track (ET).

Promotion rate for FAOs: 58.3%

Promotion rate for RAOs: 77%

 

Please congratulate our newly selected LtCols:

               

Name                                                    MOS                      Study/Experience Track

ALLAIN, RICHARD                             7523/8227           ET

BEARD, BENJAMIN                          7509/8247           ET

BROWN, JONATHAN                      7562/8248           ST

CARL JR, STEPHEN                            6602/8222           ST

CARPENTER, EDWARD                   6602/8248           ET

HAVENER III, JOHN                          7509/8227           ET

HORNER, RANDALL                         0802/8220           ET

JACKSON, JOSEPH                           7566/8246           ST

KELLMAN, GHYNO                           3002/8220           ET

LANG, JASON                                    0302/8240           ET

MARIN JR, OSCAR                            3404/8241           ET

MCCASKILL, RYAN                           7523/8227           ET

MEELARP, RUGSITHI                       3002/8220           ST

MILLER, DOUGLAS                           7523/8220           ET

STONE, JARED                                   7557/8247           ET

TAKAGI, KOICHI                                0602/8240           ET

TERAHIRA, KOHTARO                     0202/8226           ET

TUBBS, JASON                                   0402/8220           ET

 

2. Attaché Board Results

- As this time the board results are with the Secretary of the Navy.

- There is no anticipated time for the results to be approved and returned.

- As soon as the MARADMIN is released, I will send it out to the community immediately.

 

3. FY15 Movers - Openings

- List of openings are attached along with the billet request form.

- There may be multiple openings at 1 command.  (ex: 2 NE ASIA FAO/RAOs at MARFORK)

- RAOs can fill almost ALL FAO billet openings.  You are submitting for your Region, not FAO or RAO.  (DTRA is excluded for 2 of the 3 openings)

- Regional MARFOR billets can most likely be filled by any MOS in the region (ex: MFE - Europe and EURASIA)

- If you are a Study Track FAO PCS'ing from your PMOS and have not completed a utilization tour, you will be expected to fill a FAO coded billet in your AMOS.

- Always remember to talk to your monitor if you owe a payback, or you would like to fill a FAO/RAO billet this summer.

- Contact PLU-8 team with your requests and questions.

 

4.Language Sustainment

- We are still working through the MIPR of the FY15 Language Sustainment funds but are ready to receive your applications!

- Attached is the LOI for your application.

- If you are Study Track FAO and are at 2/2 or below in your primary language, I will be looking for your POA to bring your language scores back up by June.  These Marines will be the initial priority.

- The upcoming DoDI on FAO programs will require commands to provide 80 hours of MOS sustainment training bi-annually (this will be a combination of language and professional education like the JFAOC Phase II) so this is a MOS requirement.

- Do not plan for or pay for language sustainment until you have been approved by PLU-8.

 

5. "The Bear is Back" - Per Concordium

- The Crimean Campaign and the shift in Russian Strategy

- Maj Casey Benefield, ICT FAO

- See attached

 

6. "A Lasting Partnership" - Stars and Stripes Okinawa

- Japanese and US bi-lateral relationship

- Maj. Giuseppe Stavale, NE Asia FAO, III MEF

- http://okinawa.stripes.com/base-info/lasting-partnership

 

7. FAO/RAO Rosters

- Rosters of IAP personnel are PII.  Therefore they will not be released via this forum.

- In the past this information was released to outside and private entities, civilian and non-governmental organizations, via this forum who have unwelcomingly solicited both PP&O and Officers.

- If information is required for command sponsored events or IAP specific skills, the required information will be released to the command representative.

- Contact the PLU-8 team for specific command requirements.  (LtCol Nielsen, Mr Clayton Fisher, Ms Brittany Patterson)

 

Have a wonderful holiday.

 

R/S,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

International Affairs Program Coordinator (PLU-8)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Welcome to the new FY!  As we prepare for the upcoming months of assignments and boards I have a few bits of information for you to review.

 

1. Attaché Board

2. Data Call

3. Language Sustainment

4. FAO Web

5. FY15 Movers

6. Joint FAO Phase II Regional Programs

7. Advance FAO Russian Course

8. Middle East Studies, MCU newsletter

 

1. Attaché Board

- SecNav Inst 130.16, Oct 2013, states that all selected Marine Attaché candidates must be reviewed and personally approved by the Secretary of the Navy.

- This new requirement added additional layers of review and approvals, causing significant delays in the release of the board results.

- It is expected that the results of the attaché board will be released NO EARLIER than the end of October, possibly early November.

- Please be patient with both PLU and Intel and wait for the results to be released via MARADMIN.

 

2. Data Call

- 15 Sept Ms Patterson, from PLU-8, sent a data call out to the entire community to assist in the building of our new database.

- So far she has received a 25% response rate.  For those of you who have not responded, you will receive a follow up e-mail for this information later this week.

- This information is required for us to maintain accurate information that accounts for all of your training, billets, command selection, promotion, into our new database designed by Booze Allen.

- In addition, it helps me know what FAO/RAO billets are coming open, if you were sent to fill a FAO/RAO billet and you are not being utilized in that BIC, etc.

 

3. Language Sustainment

- Funds are expected by the end of this quarter.

- If you are Study Track FAO and are at 2/2 or below in your primary language, I will be looking for your POA to bring your language scores back up by June.  These Marines will be the initial priority.

- The upcoming DoDI on FAO programs will require commands to provide 80 hours of MOS sustainment training bi-annually (this will be a combination of language and professional education like the JFAOC Phase II).

- Begin working your POA now for local tutoring or in-region study now.

- We will begin receiving requests starting 3 November.

 

4. FAO Web

- FAO Web is up and running after receiving funds for FY15 from the Navy.

- Log on for additional language sustainment and videos from NPS professors and the most recent JFAOC Phase II Regional Courses.

 

5. FY15 Movers

- We are eagerly waiting on the Staffing Goal to be released.

- Once the Staffing Goal is released, we will look at who is moving from the FAO/RAO billets, and send the openings out to the community.

- Please talk to your monitor now if you owe IAP a payback, or you would like to fill a FAO/RAO billet this summer.

 

6. Joint FAO Phase II Regional Programs

- These are intensive 2.5-day residential courses for experienced FAOs

- Every Regional Course last year received high praise from all of the participants and was determined well worth the 3 days away from their command.

- The final course held in Stuttgart for the Europe/Eurasia FAOs/RAOs hosted over 50 participants from all 4 services with leading researchers from across Europe presenting on current political topics.

- Videos from the JFAOC Phase II regional courses can be viewed on FAO Web.

- Keep an eye out for the FY15 program schedule!  

 

7. Advance FAO Russian Course

- Registration details for the November class are attached

- POC is Mr. Madison Hughes, madison.hughes@dliflc.edu

 

8. Middle East Studies, MCU newsletter

- This Issue:  "A Third Inning Ending to the Game in Afghanistan?"  by Amin Tarzi

- "Limitations of the 'Yemen Model' to Counterterrorism" by Adam C Seitz

- Current and archived issues of MES Insights are available at https://www.mcu.usmc.mil/SitePages/Middle%20East%20Studies.aspx

 

R/S,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

International Affairs Program Coordinator (PLU-8)

FY 14 Community Updates
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the August updates:

 

1.  Language Sustainment - 2 week extension!

2.  Command Selection

3.  Afghanistan Pakistan Joint FAO Phase II Course (Aug)

4.  Europe/Eurasia Joint FAO Phase II Course (Sep)

5.  Energy Security Joint FAO Phase II Course (Sep)

6.  FAO on tap DC - 20 Aug

7. Middle East Studies (MES) at MCU Newsletter

 

1.  Language Sustainment - we received a 2 week extension (15 August deadline)

- There is plenty of funding still left for FAOs and RAOs to employ language sustainment

- Deadline for submission is 15 August

- You must have a DLPT score for the language you are requesting to study

- Do not plan for or pay for language sustainment until you have been approved by PLU-8

- DO NOT send your request to me.  I will be TAD, send to Mr Fisher and Ms Patterson (in CC line)

 

2.  Command Selection

- Congratulations to the FAO and RAO Cols and LtCols who were selected for Command:

Col Command Selection

Col Annibale, M                8220

Col Bourne, B                     8247

LtCol Clark, I                       8228

Col Collazo, J                      8241

Col Duke, D                         8244

Col Finley, T                        8220

Col Karega, S                      8244

LtCol Prentice, S               8240

LtCol Samarov, M             8240

Col Shaar, J                         8220

 

LtCol Command Selection

LtCol Aziz, S                        8244

LtCol Bitanga II, E              8226

Maj Jones, Q                      8220

Maj Krockel, A                   8221

Maj Middleton, B             8248

Maj Murphy, M                8247

Maj Readinger, C             8246

Maj Smith, J                       8242

 

3.  Afghanistan Pakistan Joint FAO Phase II Course

- 19-21 August, Arlington, Virginia

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- See #8 community update for application and course information

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

- Applications due NLT: 11 Aug

- DO NOT send your application to me.  I will be TAD, send to Mr Fisher and Ms Patterson (in CC line)

 

4.  Europe/Eurasia Joint FAO Phase II Course

- 16-18 September, Stuttgart, Germany

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- See #8 community update for application and course information

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

- Applications due NLT: 2 Sept

 

5.  Energy Security Joint FAO Phase II Course

- 9-11 September, Arlington, Virginia

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

- Applications due NLT: 13 Aug

- DO NOT send your application to me.  I will be TAD, send to Mr Fisher and Ms Patterson (in CC line)

 

6.  FAO on tap DC - 20 Aug

- Happy Hour - CASH BAR (All pints only $2.00), complimentary appetizers provided by the FAOA and event sponsors

- Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1700-1930

- Rock Bottom Brewery (part of the Ballston Mall); 4238 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 1256, Arlington, VA 22203 (near the Ballston metro; $1.00 parking available in the Ballston mall garage)

- Registration: AFPAK - FAOA Networking Happy Hour-- Foreign Area Officer Association "FAOs on Tap", Wednesday, 20 August 2014 <http://www.faoa.org/EmailTracker/LinkTracker.ashx?linkAndRecipientCode=8VZlG%2fAZeMWbx0kHoVtS0e5fRYXmJGbbz9gccrheYJFmifGHRka4ak5YWu6U%2fe7VBKV7HMl0ScTr%2fJLrJViKPRpmVB9ci3FaOpCneJgdMB0%3d>

- http://www.faoa.org/Resources/Pictures/faontap.png

 

7. Middle East Studies (MES) at MCU Newsletter

- MES newsletter series entitled MES Insights

 - Current issue of MES Insights Volume 5 Issue 4, July 2014 is attached

- Or on line @ https://www.mcu.usmc.mil/Middle%20East%20Studies%20Documents/MES%20Insights/MES_insights_v5_i4.pdf

- In this issue: "MES to Focus on Democracy and Democratization in the MENA" and "Afghanistan's Presidential Elections"

 

Again, please contact the PLU-8 team if you have and questions:

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Mr Clay Fisher

Ms Brittany Patterson

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

International Affairs Program Coordinator (PLU-8)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the July updates:

 

1.  Language Sustainment - final weeks

2.  Afghanistan Pakistan Joint FAO Phase II Course

3.  Europe/Eurasia Joint FAO Phase II Course

4.  FY14 3rd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

5.  Foreign Area SNCO Selection Board

6. Advanced Arabic and Hebrew classes on line

7. Japan Institute of International Affairs seminar: "US-Japan-China Relations: Prospects and Challenges"

8. Journal for Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS) interview on NPR

9. 2D Radio Bn Newsletter

 

1.  Language Sustainment - final weeks (31 July deadline)

- There is plenty of funding still left for FAOs and RAOs to employ language sustainment

- Deadline for submission is the end of July (I am requesting for an extension, but there is no guarantee)

- Attached is the LOI for your application

- Do not plan for or pay for language sustainment until you have been approved by PLU-8

 

2.  Afghanistan Pakistan Joint FAO Phase II Course

- 19-21 August, Arlington, Virginia

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application and course information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

- Applications due NLT: 11 Aug

 

3.  Europe/Eurasia Joint FAO Phase II Course

- 16-18 September, Stuttgart, Germany

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

- Applications due NLT: 2 Sept

 

4.  FY14 3rd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

MARADMIN 353/14 was released on 22 Jul

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

 

COL MAHONEY, C.J.        8042  AC        8228  RAO      SOUTH EAST ASIA

LTCOL AYLWARD, A.J.    7565  RC        8241  FAO      LATIN AMERICA

LTCOL  OWEN, D.S.          0302  AC        8227  RAO      EUROPE

LTCOL  PICA, T.M.            0302  AC        8224  RAO      MIDDLE EAST

MAJ EVANS, J.O.              0302  AC        8227  RAO      EUROPE

MAJ GOFF, D.V.                7566  AC        8222  RAO      EURASIA

MAJ KESLER, C.E.              0402  AC        8241  FAO      LATIN AMERICA

MAJ LEE, Y.J.                      4402  AC        8248  FAO      SOUTH EAST ASIA

MAJ RUGGIERO, N.A.   4302  AC        8228  RAO      SOUTH EAST ASIA

MAJ STONE, J.K.               7557  AC        8247  FAO      EUROPE

MAJ YAMADA, J.K.          0180  AC        8247  FAO      EUROPE           

CAPT BLAKE, J.D.              0602  AC        8220  RAO      POL-MIL OFFICER

CAPT GAUS, LM.              0180  AC        8227  RAO      EUROPE

CAPT GURFEIN, J.D.        0302  AC        8244  FAO      MIDDLE EAST

CAPT HAYES, C.R.             0302  AC        8241  FAO      LATIN AMERICA

CAPT MALASHENOK, Y. 4402  AC        8242  FAO      EURASIA

CAPT PISACANO, N.P.   0402  AC        8241  FAO      LATIN AMERICA

1STLT CHAPMAN, J.M.    0302  RC        8245  FAO     AFRICA

1STLT TYLER, S.R.               4402  AC        8247  FAO     EUROPE

 

5.  Foreign Area SNCO Selection Board

MARADMIN 359/14 was released on 22 Jul

Please welcome to the FAS community:

 

GYSGT CIUPAK, J.R.        0111   AC

MSGT CORTEZ JR, A.R.   4341   AC

GYSGT GALLEGOS, A.E. 0211   AC   

GYSGT HADZIC, E.            0369   AC

GYSGT LAFON, P.M.       0241   AC

MSGT MARQUEZ, J.D.    0369   RC

GYSGT MOFFETT, L.M.   0491   AC

GYSGT PAULO, N.V.        2673   AC

GYSGT POORMAN II, L.J. 6222   AC

               

6. Advanced Arabic and Hebrew classes on line

- DLI is offering Advance On-Line courses in Arabic and Hebrew

- Classes will be 6 weeks long and begin the first week of September

- Prerequisites are a 2/2/1+

- Enrollment Forms are attached

 

7. Japan Institute of International Affairs seminar: "US-Japan-China Relations: Prospects and Challenges"

- Public Seminar with Dr. Seiichiro Takagi of the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Stimson Fellow Yun Sun

- 24 July, 10-1130

- Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC

- RSVP: Hana Rudolph at hrudolph@stimson.org, by COB Friday

 

8. Journal for Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS) interview on NPR

- The Institute for the Study of Culture and Language at Norwich University's new  journal

- Initial issue launched in May

- Explores the topic of "Finding a Common Thread" (see attached)

- Link to an NPR interview on JCLIS:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5GuFVteShxqQXNrREM5RHlrODQ/edit

 

9. 2D Radio Bn Newsletter

- Meeting today's linguist

- The Importance of Language Proficiency

-OPSEC and Social Media

 

Again, please contact the PLU-8 team if you have and questions:

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Mr Clay Fisher

Ms Brittany Patterson

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

International Affairs Program Coordinator (PLU-8)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the May updates:

 

1.  Asia Pacific Joint FAO Phase II Course

2.  Foreign Area SNCO Selection Board

3.  Language Sustainment

4.  Africa Joint FAO Phase II Course

5.  Experience Track FAO/RAO Board

 

1.  Asia Pacific Joint FAO Phase II Course

17-19 June, Honolulu, HI (Call me if you are still interested)

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application and course information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

 

2.  Foreign Area SNCO Selection Board

- The Foreign Area SNCO (FAS) Selection board will meet the week of 23 June

- We are still accepting applications for the second Beta Test (partial study track and experience track)

- Please speak with your Marines to see if they meet the qualifications and are interested in the program

- MARADMIN 156/14 announced the solicitation for applications

 

3.  Language Sustainment

- There is plenty of funding still left for FAOs and RAOs to employ language sustainment

- The emphasis remains on CONUS professional instruction

- Deadline for submission is the end of July (after that we have to return the funds)

- Attached is the LOI for your application

- Do not plan for or pay for language sustainment until you have been approved by PLU-8

 

4.  Africa Joint FAO Phase II Course

15-17 July, Washington, DC

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application and course information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

- Applications due NLT: 27 Jun

 

5.  Experience Track FAO/RAO Board

- The 3rd quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO board will meet the week of 23 June

- Applications are due NLT 13 June

- All former PEPs/Attaches/Olmsted/FPME Marines must submit an application for the MOS if interested and qualified

 

Again, please contact the PLU-8 team if you have and questions:

LtCol Alexandra Nielsen

Mr Clay Fisher

Ms Brittany Patterson

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the April updates:

 

1.  Language Sustainment

2.  NE Asia, Asia Pacific, Africa Joint FAO Phase II Courses

3.  OSD Russia Desk Opening

4.  Belleau Wood Translation Support: 23-29 May

5.  FAOs in the News

 

1.  Language Sustainment

- DLNSEO funding is in its final stages of approval

- Applications for Language Sustainment are now being accepted

- Attached is the LOI for your application

- Do not plan for or pay for language sustainment until you have been approved by PLU-8

 

2.  Near East, Asia Pacific, Africa Joint FAO Phase II Courses

- The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application and course information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

 

Near East: 6-8 May, Washington, DC

Applications due NLT: 18 Apr

 

Asia Pacific: 17-19 June, Honolulu, HI

Applications due NLT: 23 May

 

Africa: 15-17 July, Washington, DC

Applications due NLT: 27 Jun

 

3.  OSD Russia Desk Opening

- OSD looking for a Russian Desk Officer for 3-6 months (Pentagon)

- Applicant must be O-3 or above and hold Masters' in Russian Studies with Russian language experience

- TS/SCI is required

- This is not associated with a BIC or USMC requirement, therefore PCS or PCA is not authorized, or TAD funding

- Reservists may apply

Please contact me if you are interested

 

4.  Belleau Wood Translation Support: 23-29 May

- (1) FAO and (1) FAS requested to support HQMC PA as interpreters for 2D MARDIV Band and 6th Marines

- Units will be residing at Fort de l'Est in Saint-Denis, France and be traveling to Belleau/Château-Thierry region for the Belleau Wood Memorial Ceremony, as well as areas in and around Paris for various band performances.

POC: Naomi Dorren, Email: naomi.dorren@usmc.mil , Phone: 703.692.4308

Funding: This is unit, self, or HQMC PA funded

 

5.  FAOs in the News

- Maj Andrew Dirkes, MARFORSOUTH SC Team, recently updated us with coverage of his SC Team in Honduras. http://www.jtfb.southcom.mil/news/story.asp?id=123401603

- Update the PLU-8 team with any FAO/RAO/FAS news that you would like to share with the community

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

10 March 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the March updates:

 

1.  FY14 2nd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

2.  FY16 Marine Attaché MARADMIN released

3.  FAOA luncheon w/CIA Director: 13 Mar, Arlington

4.  Marine Corps University Lecture Series - 19 Mar

5.  III MEF PME, The Sri Lankan War: 19 Mar

6.  Civil Affairs Round Table: More than "Monuments Men" - 21 Mar, Arlington, VA

7.  United Nations Military Observers Course: 21 Apr-9 May, New Delhi, India

8.  Workshop: Religion and Security in World Affairs: 7-8 May, Newport, RI

9.  Advance FAO Online Language Course

10. The Defense Intelligence Agency's Regional Expertise & Culture Branch Seminars

 

1.  FY14 2nd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

MARADMIN 066/14 was released on 12 Feb

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

               

LTCOL AVILA, M                7562/8241           8248  FAO      SE ASIA

MAJ MAJ BLY, H                0402                       8228  RAO      SE ASIA

MAJ EMERICH, E               4402                       8226  RAO      S ASIA

MAJ HENSARLING, B      7563                       8247  FAO      EUROPE

MAJ THOMAS, S               0202                       8223  RAO      NE ASIA

CAPT ROGERS, M             0180                       8220  RAO      POL-MIL

 

2.  FY16 Marine Attaché MARADMIN released

The Marine Attaché solicitation MARADMIN 093/14 was released on 6 March

Applications are due to Intel Dept NLT 25 July

 

3.  FAOA Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with Director CIA, John Brennan

- 13 Mar, 1100

- Ft Myer Officers Club, Arlington, VA

- Coat and Tie or Uniform of the Day

Registration: http://www.faoa.org/EmailTracker/LinkTracker.ashx?linkAndRecipientCode=QlLzMORSw/DR/Ve8%2bob3KZw4WsNoxsmW3YwAIaAMTHHwjb6bn52jcdUWqDTxBDdISNXr77Ln%2bxLTNbhhJsssRoantf0bY6hci%2bdvBfiqdCg%3d

 

4.  Marine Corps University Lecture Series - 19 Mar, Gray Research Center

- 19 Mar: Dr Steven Cook, senior fellow of ME studies at the Council of Foreign Relations. Bringing the Military Back In: Civil-Military Relations in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Website: https://www.mcu.usmc.mil/Middle%20East%20Studies%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=/Middle%20East%20Studies%20Documents/MES%20Lecture%20Series&FolderCTID=0x0120003E4B47F10E67234BAE0EE45CCD0B8678&View=%7b68952DC7-F421-4844-9889-BCBD01B09C0D%7d&Ini

 

5.  III MEF PME, The Sri Lankan War: 19 Mar

Marine Corps University sponsored presentation on the Sri Lankan War (hybrid warfare) by Dr. Harmon

- 19 Mar, 1800

- Foster Community Center

- RSVP Ms Gomez

 

6.  Civil Affairs Round Table: More than "Monuments Men"

The Civil Affairs roundtable that will examine the role of military forces in helping to build and preserve peace, the need to provide governance and security at the national and local levels, and the capabilities of interagency, intergovernmental, and non-governmental civil society organizations to lead and perform many of the functions originally given to the military.

- 21 Mar, 0800-1500

- George Mason University Arlington Campus, Room 125, Founders Hall

Registration: $25 http://www.roa.org/events/def/def-supporting-governance-21st-century

 

7.  United Nations Military Observers Course (UNMOC-14)

Center for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), India has opened registration for UNMOC-14 (see attached)

- 21 Apr to 9 May

- New Delhi, India

- Applications due to Maj Ibarra, Rob (cc'd above) NLT 19 Mar

 

8.  Workshop: Religion and Security in World Affairs

The Naval War College in conjunction with Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, will present a workshop on Religion and Security in World Affairs to investigate this important topic with professionals in international security affairs from multiple disciplines.  It will examine the complex interaction between religion and security issues, including conflict, terrorism, peacebuilding and development.

Registration - https://nwcevents.wufoo.com/forms/religion-security-attendee-registration. 

Location/Date - Newport, Rhode Island /7-8 May

Reserved Rooms - Newport Marriot (block is being held under the Religion and Security in World Affairs Workshop) http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=RELIGION%20%26%20SECURITY%20IN%20WORLD%20AFFAIRS%20(CDE)%20%5Epvdlw%60CDECDEA%60158.00%60USD%60false%605/6/14%605/9/14%6004/21/2014&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes

 

9. Advance FAO Online Language Course

Enhance and or sustain foreign language competency in key domains that will enable the FAO to successfully employ his or her language skills with confidence and within social-cultural parameters.

Enrollment into Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) - see attached

Instruction Offered: Russian, Korean, Chinese

 

10.  The Defense Intelligence Agency's Regional Expertise & Culture Branch Seminars

- 20 Mar, Geostrategic Intelligence Seminar: "Sixty Years in the Making: North Africa from Independence to the 'Arab Spring'"

- 3 Apr, Regional Seminar: "Gulf of Guinea"

- 10 Apr, Geostrategic Intelligence Seminar: "Conflict in Africa: Rwanda, Burundi, & the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

All courses are located at Bolling, AFB or are available via VTC

Registration and POC is listed in the individual e-mails

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the January updates:

 

1.  FY14 FAO and RAO selection from CCLEB/CPIB

2.  Foreign PME selection

3.  Foreign Area Staff NCO (FAS) Promotion

4.  FY14 Movers - Request due 7 Feb

5.  FY14 LATAM Joint FAO Phase II Course - last chance

6.  2nd Quarter Experience Track Board

7.  IAP POCs

 

1.  FY14 FAO and RAO selection from CCLEB/CPIB

MARADMINs 021/14 (CPIB) and  022/14 (CCLEB) were released on 14 Jan

 

FAO Selects:

Maj Kevin Kratzer            0202       ME /Farsi

Capt Tyrel Campbell        1803       NE ASIA /Japanese

Capt Allison Dolby            0180       EURASIA /Russian

Capt Kasey Duddy           0302       NE ASIA /Korean

Capt George Hierro         0202       SE ASIA /Indonesian

Capt Paul Smith                0602       NE ASIA /Japanese

Capt Crystal Sokoff          4402       NE ASIA /Chinese

Capt Levi Porter                0602       SE ASIA /Malaysian

1stLt Franklyn Colorado 6002      LATAM /Portuguese

1stLt Ryan Holland           1302       AFRICA /French

1stLt Joshua Kettenton 0602       SE ASIA /Tagalog

1stLt William Mahone    0402       ME /Arabic

1stLt Calvin Patton           3404       SE ASIA /Vietnamese

 

RAO Selects:

Maj James Beal                 0802       NE ASIA

Maj Zane Crawford         7562       ME

Maj Jonathan Hayes       0302       ME

Maj Ryan King                   0802       LATAM

Maj Rugsithi Meelarp     3002       SE ASIA

Maj Elizabeth Pham        7523       NE ASIA

Maj Amy Roznowski       7565       AFRICA

Capt Kirk Johnson            0402       SE ASIA

 

2.  Foreign PME selection

MARADMIN 021/14 (CPIB) was released on 14 Jan

 

FPME Command and Staff College selectees:

Maj Bolivar Pluas              3002       Argentina

Maj Scott Stahl                  3002       Australia

Maj Matthew Roberts   7566       Canada

Maj Andrea Goeman     7208       France

Maj Walker Koury            0302       Japan

Maj Michael Vincent      0402       Korea

Maj Matthew Smith       0202       Norway

Maj David Neely               7509       UK

 

3.  Foreign Area Staff NCO (FAS) Promotions

MARADMIN 674/13 was released on 19 Dec

 

Selected to Master Sergeant:

GySgt Robert Hilton        0372       Arabic FAS           2d MSOB

GySgt Richard Plummer 0629      Arabic FAS           24 MEU

 

4.  FY14 Movers - Request due 7 Feb

The available billets for FY14 are listed on the website: https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU)/InternationalAffairsPrograms/IAPResources.aspx 

"FY14 FAO RAO Billet List"

Marines requesting a FAO tour must fill out the request form and return NLT 7 Feb

"FY14 FAO RAO Utilization Tour Request" 

 

5.  FY14 LATAM Joint FAO Phase II Course - last chance

The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advanced FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

LATAM: 25-27 Feb, Washington, DC (Packages due to LtCol Nielsen NLT 31 Jan)

This course is self- or unit-funded.

 

6.  2nd Quarter Experience Track panel 

Packages for the 2nd quarter experience track board are due NLT 31 January

The board will meet on 5 February

Further information can be found on the website: https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU)/InternationalAffairsPrograms.aspx

 

7.  IAP POCs

The PLU-8 Team

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Mr Clay Fisher 703-614-0322

Ms Brittany Patterson 703-692-4365

MGySgt Raymon Reyes (FAS) 703-692-4366

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the December updates:

 

1.  FY15 LtCol selection results: 25

2.  FY14 Joint FAO Phase II Course Dates

3.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

4.  FY14 Language Sustainment - Delay

 

1.  FY14 1st Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results: 25

ALNAV 081/13 was released on 6 Dec

 

12 FAOs + 2 RAOs + 9 FAO/RAO in training were selected for promotion to LtCol.

9 study track (ST), 16 experience track (ET).

Promotion rate service average:  64.2%

Promotion rate for FAOs: 72.2%

Promotion rate for RAOs: 60%

 

Please congratulate our newly selected LtCols:

               

Name                                                    MOS                      Study/Experience Track

Maj Anderson, Joshua                   0402/8247           ET

Maj Black, John                                 0302/8228           ET

Maj Bortnem, Mark                        7523/8220           ET

Maj Broekhuizen, Mark                0302/8248           ST

Maj Caceressolari, Andres           0402/8247/8       ST

Maj Campbell, Jade                        7566/8220           ET                          

Maj Cheng, Siu                                  0302/8220           ET

Maj Cook Jr, Warren                       0302/8220           ET                          

Maj Gregory, Leo                             0202/8223           ST                          

Maj Hickey Jr, James                      0602/8220           ET                          

Maj Howe, Carrie                             7562/8225           ET

Maj Johnson, Greg                          3404/8241           ET

Maj Jones, Quintin                          0302/8220           ET

Maj Kagen, Allen                              0202/8220           ET                          

Maj Kaskovich Jr, Dennis              5803/8242           ET

Maj Krockel, Anthony                    7532/8221           ET

Maj Middleton, Brian                     0302/8243           ET

Maj Murphy, Michael                    7509/8247           ET

Maj Nelson, Patrick                         3002/8248           ST

Maj Readinger, Charles                 0302/8246           ST

Maj Shell, Jude                                 0202/8246           ST

Maj Siler, Christopher                    0402/8220           ET

Maj Silva, Edward                            6602/8241           ST

Maj Smith, Jason                              7202/8242           ST

Maj Smolenski, Thomas                7523/8240           ET

 

2.  FY14 Joint FAO Phase II Course Dates

The Joint FAO Phase II course is for advance FAO and RAOs who have already served in a FAO tour (O-5 and O-6)

 

- LATAM: 25-27 Feb, Washington, DC (Packages due to LtCol Nielsen NLT 31 Jan - see attached)

- Near East: 6-8 May, Washington, DC

- Asia-Pacific: 17-19 Jun, Pearl Harbor, HI

- Africa: 15-17 Jul, Washington, DC

- Eurasia: 16-18 Sep, Stuttgart, DE

 

3.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

- We are currently waiting for the publication of the Authorized Strength Report (ASR) that reflects accurate drawdown #s

- The ASR will allow us and the Monitors, to weigh the FAO/RAO population against the demand for 82XX

- PLU-8 cannot solicit billet requests until this process is complete

- If you are interested in a FAO/RAO tour in FY14, please ensure your monitor has been notified and has agreed to release you to fill a FAO/RAO billet

- Please stand-by for further notification via MARADMIN and Community Update

 

4.  FY14 Language Sustainment - Delay

- We are currently working through legal issues with DLNSEO concerning language sustainment funds

- Hopefully funds will be available by mid-January.  Please stand-by for further information via Community Update

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for current updates:

 

1.  FY14 1st Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

2.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

3.  FY14 Language Sustainment Funding

4.  DLNSEO inquiry for FAO/RAOs in Cross Cultural Competence project  

5.  Marine Corps University Lecture Series - 12/13 Nov

6.  Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) presentation - Presidio of Monterey

 

1.  FY14 1st Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

MARADMIN 588/13 was released today

 

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

               

COL        NAGLE, W           8041       8225  RAO            AFRICA

LTCOL    GERACI, E            0202       8247  FAO            EUROPE

LTCOL    GONZALEZ, A    0402       8241  FAO            LATAM

LTCOL    SCHULZ, D           0202       8247  FAO            EUROPE *

MAJ       BAKION S            1302       8241  RAO            LATAM *

MAJ       LAWRENCE, D    7509       8247  FAO            EUROPE

MAJ       MCCORMACK, J 0302     8241  FAO            LATAM

MAJ       STARACE, G        0202       8247  FAO            EUROPE

CAPT     KIM, A                  4402       8243  FAO            N.E. ASIA

CAPT     SHORES, D           7523       8247  FAO            EUROPE

1STLT     KANG, W             0180       8243  FAO            N.E. ASIA *

* pending constructive credit waiver

 

2.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

- We are currently waiting for the publication of the Authorized Strength Report (ASR) that reflects accurate drawdown #s

- The ASR will allow us and the Monitors, to weigh the FAO/RAO population against the demand for 82XX

- PLU-8 cannot solicit billet requests until this process is complete

- If you are interested in a FAO/RAO tour in FY14, please ensure your monitor has been notified and has agreed to release you to fill a FAO/RAO billet

- Please stand-by for further notification via MARADMIN and Community Update

 

3.  FY14 Language Sustainment Funding

-  Major revisions of this program are underway: 

                - enhanced fiscal controls, greater scrutiny of POIs, streamlined orders/vouchers process 

- Proposed programmatic revisions will be submitted for review and approval by Branch Head PLU shortly

- Pending approval, PLU-8 will coordinate with DLNSEO for funding distribution by the end of the quarter

- Please stand-by for further information via Community Update

 

4.  DLNSEO inquiry for FAO/RAOs in Cross Cultural Competence project  

- Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) + Rababy & Associates (LLC) looking to develop cross culture competence (3C) template for future DoD operations

- Seeking FAOs/RAOs (active, retired or reserve) with (2) foreign cultural tours of duty within the past 15 years for phone interviews

                    In addtion: PEPs, FPME, Olmsted, Attachés, AFPAK Hands, MARSOC, Intel, general purpose forces, etc

- Contact; now - Dec

Dr. Louise Rasmussen: louise@globalcognition.org / 937.266.4422

Mr. David Rababy - retired USMC Middle East FAO.

 

5.  Marine Corps University Lecture Series - 12/13 Nov, Breckinridge Hall (see attached)

- 12 Nov: Jörg Muth. Command Culture: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940 & Consequences for World War II

- 13 Nov: Mark Bowden. Black Hawk Down and Guests of the Ayatollah

 

6.  Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) presentation - Presidio of Monterey

- 21 Nov: 1600, Tin Barn

- Ensure FAOs and their families understand the impact of EFMP on future assignments OCONUS

- Highly suggest all FAO/RAOs in training in Monterey with dependents attend this training

 

V/R,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                An addition to last night's update on some immediate opportunities:

 

1.  UN Military Observer Course in Nepal - 10-22 Nov

2.  Foreign Language Translation & Interpretation Workshops

 

1. UN Military Observer Course

10-22 Nov, Kathmandu, Nepal

Cost:      Transportation, all other logistics covered

Rank:     O-3/4/5

POC:      Maj Ibarra, MFP G-5 (roberto.ibarra@usmc.mil)

Deadline: 3 Oct (contact POC, may be willing to work extension to next week)

 

2.  Foreign Language Translation & Interpretation Workshops

Who:         Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI)

                    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

What:        FBI Language Services Translation & Interpretation workshops

Where:     The Woodies Bldg

                     1025 F St. NW  Room WB-603

                     Washington, DC 20005

When:       General translation:  8-10 Oct

                     General Consecutive Interpretation:  22-24 Oct

                     General Korean Translation:  5-7 Nov

                     Intermediate Russian Consecutive Interpretation:  19-21 Nov

                     Intermediate Spanish Translation:  3-5 Dec

Why:          Opportunity to develop + improve specific language skills.

Details:     Selection for these workshops is competitive. Applicants need to have a minimum ILR score of 2+ in both of their languages to be eligible. The three general workshops focus on basic principles, and the General Korean Translation workshop will do the same, using Korean texts and exercises. For the two intermediate workshops, applicants need to demonstrate qualifications for that level, typically prior attendance at the general workshop and introductory language-specific USG workshop, or equivalent knowledge. For all workshops, we prioritize those whose applications demonstrate mission-critical need for the relevant translation or interpretation skill.

POC:          coordinate registration with MSgt Jerome Krejcha, Intel Dept (IOP) jerome.krejcha@usmc.mil  / (703) 614-1161. 

                    Direct RFIs to Dr. Joseph Pimentel, PhD, Program Manager, Language Professionals Education Program, Language Services Section, FBI, Joseph.Pimentel@ic.fbi.gov / 202-436-7961.

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                As I settle into the duties of your new program manager, thank you for your patience as I work through the myriad intricacies of the program.  See below for current updates:  

 

1.  FY15 Marine Attaché Selection

2.  FY14 Naval Academy Slating

3.  III MEF IA PME - 4 Oct

4.  French speaking FAO/FAS support to SPMAGTF/French Bi-Lat

5.  Korean FAO/FAS support to 3D MEB for SSANG YONG 14 

6.  Coalition Interoperability Summit Breakfast - 10 Oct  

 

1.  FY15 Marine Attaché Selection - MARADMIN 444/13

Congratulations to 4 FAOs that were selected.

LtCol Connor      0202       8223       Georgia

LtCol Crais           0802       8246       Mexico

LtCol Hobbs        0302       8243       Japan

LtCol Waters      0202       8241       Brazil    

 

2.  FY14 Naval Academy Slating - MARADMIN 454/13    

- 8006 O-3/4 Critical Language Instructor (Arabic/Russian preferred)

- 8220 O-3/4 Political Science Instructor (Political Science masters rqd)

Contact PMOS monitor NLT 15 Nov

 

3.  III MEF IA PME

- Friday 4 Oct, 1500-1630, Courtney O'Club: Pivot to Asia by Maj Godsey

- Friday 25 Oct: SE Asia by Maj Bair

POC: Maj Chris Grubb

 

4.  French speaking FAO/FAS support to SPMAGTF/French Bi-Lat

- Support bi-lateral exercise between SPMAGTF-CR and Legionnaires of 6th Light Armored Brigade

- 28 Oct-1 Nov IVO Garon Airfield, Nimes, France

- No TAD funds are available

- Contact: LtCol Nielsen  

 

5.  Korean FAO/FAS support to 3D MEB for SSANG YONG 14

Who:     Korean speakers (FAOs + FASs) and North East Asia (Korean focused) FAOs/FASs

What:    Support 3D MEB TSC Exercise MEFEX 14 (encompassing SSANG YONG 14, FREEDOM BANNER 14, KMEP-14 modules)

Where:  Republic of Korea IVO Pohang, Gwangyong and Rodriguez Training Area

When:  1-MAR thru 7-APR 2014: FREEDOM BANNER (MPF Operations ISO MEFEX-14)

                 27-MAR thru 7-APR 2014: SSANG YONG-14 (Combined Composite MEB CFEO)

                 7-21 APR 2014: KMEP 14-5 (ISO BLT 2/5)

Why:     Augment 3D MEB with LREC skills.

Details: FAOs/FASs can expect to work with either the 3D MEB CE (SSANG YONG); a 3D MEB MSE (SSANG YONG); or BLT 2/5, BLT 1/4 (SSANG YONG, KMEP).

Limited funding assistance available from III MEF: expect field orders vice TAD orders as participants will potentially live aboard ship or in the field during the exercise.

Partner nations participating in SSANG YONG include Republic of Korea and Australia.

POC:  LtCol Jeff Hammond, 3D MEB FOPSO, jeffrey.hammond@usmc.mil / DSN: (315) 622-3705 / From Japan: 098-954-3705 / From US: 011-81-98-954-3705

 

6.  Coalition Interoperability Summit Breakfast

When:                  10 October 2013, 0730-0930

Where:                 Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.

What:                    Guest speaker and panel of former U.S. Defense Attaches discussing coalition and allied interoperability issues.

Speaker:              Maj Gen Eric Vollmecke, the Air National Guard (ANG) Assistant to the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe/Africa

MajGen Vollmecke also directs the ANG support to the State Partnership Program (SPP) and just concluded an active duty tour as the Deputy Commanding General for the Mali operation where US Forces have been in support of French Ground Forces. Additionally, he led U.S. initiatives to train West African Forces for the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission that began on 1 July 2013.

In his civilian career, General Vollmecke is a Managing Director for SENGEX LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, specializing in cyber security for mobile architectures.  The event will also feature a panel of former U.S. Defense Attaches discussing coalition and allied interoperability issues.

Cost:                      $30 (Military and Government)

Registration:      ASAP at http://www.faoa.org/

  

V/R,

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Ladies & Gentlemen,

7 updates today.

 

a.  USMC FAO/RAO + PEP Program Manager changing of the guard

b.  15MEU FAS Beta Test Assessment

c.  hot-fills

      1.  UN Staff Officer at UN HQ New York

      2.  UN Chief of Military Planning Service (MPS), UN HQ New York

      3.  UN Staff Officer at UN Mission in Jerusalem, Israel

      4.  USMOG-W Operations Officer

      5.  Ministry of Defense Advisors Program: Yemen Advisor

d.  Draft FY14 FAO/RAO slate

e.  FAO/RAO + FAS POC list

f.   LREC references

g.  Thinking Differently:  Unlocking the Human Domain in Support of 21st Century Intelligence Mission

 

 

 

a.  USMC FAO/RAO + PEP Program Manager changing of the guard:

The hand on the tiller of the USMC FAO/RAO + PEP Program has passed from me to LtCol (sel) Ali Nielsen.  This week was my last in PP&O/PLU as your Program Manager.

Ali is a combat engineer by trade and study track Eurasia RAO with tours at NAVEUR/6th Fleet as lead planner for Black Sea + Mediterranean naval exercises, and U.S. Embassy Baghdad Office of Provincial Affairs (OPA).  She studied Russian and Soviet Studies at Univ. Arizona, complemented by study abroad in Russia and Kazakhstan.  Rounding out her background includes "taking one for the team" as Recruiting Station Ops/XO between multiple MEU and OIF deployments with 7th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), Marine Wing Support Group 37 (MWSG), Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 (MWSS), and 1st Marine Logistics Group (MLG) as G-3 Ops.

The USMC family of FAOs/RAOs + FASs are in good hands.

It's been a wonderful tour for me, advocating on behalf of our community & working to set you all up for success.

I appreciate all your work & accomplishments, as we influence how the Marine Corps does its business overseas, make an impact, and steadily improve results in DoD missions that involve engagement with foreign populations (Irregular Warfare, Security Cooperation, Stability Operations, COIN, Civil Affairs, Security Force Assistance, Advising, Pol-Mil representation, etc.)

Look forward to serving with you all somewhere down the road.

 

 

 

b.  15MEU FAS Beta Test Assessment:

Who:        15MEU

What:       Assessment of FAS Beta Test - after work-ups + deployment with GySgt Andrew Hodges

                   Report provided by USMC Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL)

Where:    Camp Pendleton + USS Peleliu (LHA-5) + USS Green Bay (LPD-20) + USS Rushmore (LSD-47)

When:      Mar12 - Aug13

Why:         To assess operational value of Foreign Area SNCO (FAS) Beta Test

Summary of 15MEU comments: 

                     1.  Build and maintain FAS program

                     2.  Attach at least 1 FAS to every MEU

                     3.  Attach FAS capability as early as possible

                     4.  Provide MEU commanders overview of FAS program ahead of workups + deployment

                           Assign FAS in S-3

                     5.  Provide FAS with CAOCL training + reachback

                     6.  Ensure FAS understand Culture + Security Cooperation T&R METLs

                     7.  Language skills relevant to region are essential

                     8.  Ensure FAS can articulate purpose of TSC events to Marines

https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/Portals/138/Hip%20Pocket%20Briefs/FAS%20Beta%20Test%2015%20MEU%20Final%20Report_Jasparro.pdf

 

 

 

c.  hot-fills:

1.  UN Staff Officer at UN HQ New York:

Who:       Marine O4/O5 (FAO/RAO preferred)

What:      UN Staff Officer

Where:   UN HQ

                  New York City, NY

When:     01Nov2013 - 01Nov2015

                   2-year accompanied PCS

Why:        UN Mission

Details:    Maj-LtCol / FAO or RAO desired.  Male/female eligible.  Joint billet (JDAL#:  K0040024).  BMOS = 8006.  Tour length = 24 months.  MCC = NAP.

                    Incumbent = Maj Patrick Miller (Dec11-Nov13).

Duty description:  Assessment Officer for the UN HQ. 

Contact: Mr. Donald Lash, Deputy Commander, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG): donald.j.lash.civ@mail.mil / (703) 545-7052

                  LtCol Brendan Heatherman, MMOA-6: brendan.g.heatherman@usmc.mil / (703) 784-9286

 

2.  UN Chief of Military Planning Service (MPS), UN HQ New York

Who:       O6  (FAO/RAO preferred)

What:      Chief of Service (MPS) in Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Where:   UH HQ

                   New York City, NY

When:     Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Why:        high priority fill for LTG Terry Wolff (Joint Staff J5)

Details:    Planning oversight of all UN PK missions around the world with over 100K soldiers deployed.

                   JDAL billet. 

                   Billet details attached:  DPKO - OMA MPS Chief Job

                   Army struggling to fill.  Would be 1-time fill for USMC with coordination from Joint Staff if strong volunteer identified & available.

Contact:  Col Thomas Moffatt, Commander, USMOG:  thomas.j.moffatt.mil@mail.mil / 703-545-7050

 

3.  UN Staff Officer at UN Mission in Jerusalem, Israel:

Who:       Marine O3/O4  (FAO/RAO preferred)

What:      Military Assistant to 2-star UN Commander

                  Staff Officer at the UN Mission in Israel (UNTSO)

Where:   Jerusalem, Israel

When:     07-30 Oct 2013 = PTP

                   01Nov2013 - 01Nov2014

                   1-year unaccompanied PCS

Why:        UN Mission

Details:   Billet grade = O4.  Male/female eligible.  Hebrew or Arabic language desired, not required.  BMOS = 8007.  MCC = NB7.

                   Live on economy/OHA + COLA + UN per diem

                  Incumbent = Air Force Officer.   Last Marine = LtCol Joseph Gallagher (Nov11-Nov12)

Contact: Mr. Donald Lash, Deputy Commander, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG): donald.j.lash.civ@mail.mil / (703) 545-7052

 

4.  USMOG-W Operations Officer:

Who:      Marine O4  (FAO/RAO preferred)

What:     Operations + Training officer

Where:  Arlington, VA

When:    ASAP

                  3-year accompanied PCS

Why:       oversight + training DoD personnel deploying with UN missions worldwide

Details:   BMOS = 8007.  FAO/RAO desired.  Male/female eligible.  Joint billet (JDAL#: K0040022).  Tour length = 36 months.  MCC = NAP.

                  Last Marine = Maj William Matory (Jun10-Jun13)

Contact: Mr. Donald Lash, Deputy Commander, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG): donald.j.lash.civ@mail.mil / (703) 545-7052

                  LtCol Brendan Heatherman, MMOA-6: brendan.g.heatherman@usmc.mil / (703) 784-9286

 

5.  Ministry of Defense Advisors Program: Yemen Advisor

Who:       DoD civilian (GS-14/15)

What:      Senior advisor for the Yemen Ministry of Defense

Where:   Sana'a, Yemen

When:     1-year assignment

Why:        opportunity

Details:   The ideal advisor will have a background in organizational reform and counter terrorism strategy as a retired 0-5/0-6.

                   advisor must be a DoD civil servant.  No "schedule-A" appointees.

                   all DoS entitlements (i.e. housing, post-differential, hazardous duty pay etc.)

                   Position Description (PD) attached

Contact:  Mr. John Krause, USMC FAO (ret):  john.krause.ctr@dsca.mil / 703-607-5222

 

 

 

d.  Draft FY14 FAO/RAO slate:

LtCol Nielsen will be working to nail down several details before a final draft is pushed out, following the 27Sep release of the Authorized Strength Report (ASR) and Staffing Goal model.

The phone + email have already begun buzzing with interest, so here is your sneak peek at what we see coming.

Several additional organizations have expressed interest in FAOs/RAOs on their staff, to include

Civil Affairs det + Group billets

Security Cooperation Officer (SCO) billets in U.S. Embassies

SOCOM billets (SOLO + TSOC LNO)

As they re-code the appropriate billets, PLU + MMOA will work the slating effort.

More to follow. 

See attached:  FY14 FAO-RAO slate - draft 1

 

 

 

e.  FAO/RAO + FAS POC list:

Who:       all who are paying attention

What:      please send us updated contact + billet + location + language info

Where:   PLU-8  (LtCol Nielsen)

When:     able

Why:        to set LtCol (sel) Ali Nielsen up for success after 1/3 of the entire Marine Corps executed summer PCS moves

                   to set you all up for success in knowing the FAOs/RAOs + FASs in your vicinity

                   to keep this tool relevant + useful

Please see International Affairs Program (IAP) Point of Contact (POC) list, attached.

 

 

 

f.   LREC references:

This cliff notes "cheat sheet" is intended to serve 3 purposes:

       1.  put 67 strategic LREC references at your fingertips

       2.  make the FAO/RAO + FAS community aware that they exist

       3.  emphasize the importance of LREC to the effective accomplishment of DoD missions

These notes are structured as 30-second sound bites.

These notes quote directly from the references + describe what the reference is.

These notes condense 6 binders of info into 36 pages.

Updated last week for your SA.

 

 

 

g.  Thinking Differently:  Unlocking the Human Domain in Support of 21st Century Intelligence Mission

Who:        Dr. Robert Greene-Sands, PhD

What:       article on thinking differently + understanding the human domain using cross cultural competence (3C)

Where:    Small Wars Journal

When:     20Aug2013

Why:        discussion

Contact:  Institute for the Study of Culture and Language at Norwich University:  rsands@norwich.edu / 805-320-2967

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/thinking-differently-unlocking-the-human-domain-in-support-of-the-21st-century-intelligence

 

Semper Fi!

v/r

Worf

Ladies, gents,

7 updates today.

 

a. Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)

b.  Joint FAO Asia-Pacific course

c.  Traditional Forms of Conflict Resolution in Africa

d.  Joint Humanitarian Ops Course

e.  A new Look at American Foreign Policy

f. Examples of Interagency Language Roundtable Scale

g.  FAO Assoication on Tap event - NortonNet

 

 

a. Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)

Who:       MCSCG

What:      Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)

Where:   SCPC 3-13:  Expeditionary Warfare Training Group - Atlantic (EWTGLANT), Virginia Beach, VA

                  SCPC 1-14:  EWTG-Pacific (EWTGPAC), San Diego, CA

                  SCPC 2-14:  Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA

                  SCPC 3-14:  EXTGLANT, Virginia Beach, VA

When:     SCPC 3-13:  23-27 Sep 2013   - Virginia Beach

                   SCPC 1-14:  09-13 Dec 2013   - San Diego

                   SCPC 2-14:  xx-xx Mar 2014   - Monterey

                   SCPC 3-14:  xx-xx Jun 2014   - Virginia Beach

Why:        To educate Security Cooperation planners + practitioners on policy, procedures, legislation, strategic guidance, funding authorities, foreign disclosure, and integrating CCMD + interagency perspectives.

Details:    see SCPC message, attached.

40 student class.  Secret clearance required.  3 courses offered annually in VA Beach; 1 course offered annually in Monterey, CA; MTT courses available upon request.  TAD is parent command funded.

POC:        Capt Jamie Ash, Deputy FOPS:  jamie.ash@usmc.mil  / 757 962-4430 x 2268

 

 

 

b.  Joint FAO Asia-Pacific course:

Who:      Asia-Pacific FAOs/RAOs  (field grade)

What:     Joint FAO Asia-Pacific course

Where:  Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA)

                  2100 2nd St. SW

                  Washington, DC 20319-5066

When:    16-20 Sep 2013

Why:       regional refresher + sharing best practices among senior Joint FAOs/RAOs

Details:   Course description attached.

                  Unit/self-funded.

                  Please return application to LtCol(sel) Ali Nielsen:  alexandra.nielsen1@usmc.mil / 703 692-4365

POC:        Mr. Bob Lucius, FAO Course Ops Manager, relucius@nps.edu / (831) 656-1810

 

 

 

c. Examples of Interagency Language Roundtable Scale

Who:      Defense Language Institute (DLI)

What:     Examples of DLPT skill level

Where:  http://vimeo.com/album/139578

Why:      Highlight differences between language proficiency skill levels

Detail:    http://govtilr.org/Skills/IRL%20Scale%20History.htm

 

 

 

d.  Traditional Forms of Conflict Resolution in Africa:

Who:      National Intelligence Univeristy (NIU) Center for Strategic Research

                 George Mason University

                 Balsillie School of International Affairs

What:     Geostrategic Intelligence Seminar

Where:  Regional Expertise & Culture Branch facility

                  Navy-Marine Reserve Center, Building 351

                  Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB)

                  Washington, D.C.

When:    9 Sep 2013   0800-1600

                  4 Sep = registration deadline

Why:       This seminar will explore the topic of traditional forms of conflict resolution in Africa as a way to increase the understanding and comprehension of what traditional and local (as opposed to state, regional, international, etc.) conflict resolution efforts look like in Africa and what role they play in reducing conflict and violence.  This seminar will first address big-picture concepts, frameworks, and schools of thought on conflict resolution, covering such topics as defining conflict resolution, discussing different conflict resolution techniques, and how conflict resolution works. Following this introduction, this seminar will examine various forms of conflict resolution in Africa (e.g. the roles that chiefs, traditional healers, women, religious groups, local politicians, Shari'a Law, etc. play in resolving conflict at the local level).  Guest speaker Dr. Paden has decades of experience researching Northern Nigeria and will speak on traditional forms of conflict resolution that exist in that region. Ms. Frances Fortune, who has over 30 years experience on the ground working issues of conflict resolution, will provide other case study examples from the continent in the afternoon.  Ms.. Fortune was most recently the Africa Director at Search for Common Ground where she oversaw strategic development and conflict transformation programming in 17 post-conflict or fragile states in Africa.

Details:   unit/self funded.  Designed for experienced intelligence professionals.

Registration:  AGILE, "DIA-INT-4106 "

POC:       Ms. Tameka Freeman: Tameka.Freeman@dodiis.ic.gov / (202) 685 6214

                 Ms. Brittany Bland, Africa Regional Advisor: Brittany.Bland@dodiis.mil / (202) 685 6161

 

 

 

e.  A new Look at American Foreign Policy

Who:     The Heritage Foundation

What:    Discussion Panel

Where: The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

                 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

                 Washington, DC

When:    28 Aug 2013, 1200

Why:       American foreign policy is in flux.  Libertarian-minded conservatives are joining liberals in their critiques of military interventions, defense budgets and the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency.  “Neo” conservatives like John McCain are lining up with liberals in denouncing libertarian conservatives as “isolationists.”  Liberals and conservatives alike are unhappy with the Obama Administration’s tepid support for humanitarian interventions in Syria and its failure to advance human rights abroad – normally touchstones of liberal internationalism.  Are fundamental ideological changes in American foreign policy afoot?

Details:  http://www.heritage.org/events/2013/08/new-look-foreign-policy or call (202) 675-1752

 

 

 

f.  FAO Assoication on Tap event - NortonNet:

Who:        FAOA + Mr. Fred Harrsion, executive manager, NortonNet

What:      FAOA Happy Hour + professional networking event

Where:   Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

                  Arlington (Ballston), VA

When:     Thu, 19 Sep 2013   1700-TBD

Why:        book signing + professional networking

Details:   Cash Bar with appetizers provided by event sponsors and FAOA

                  Fred Harrison  http://www.faoa.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1668643 is executive manager of NortonNet and author of the Philip Bergen espionage thriller book.

NortonNet is an informal professional networking group of more than 3800 members nationwide focused largely on the Intelligence, Defense, IT, and Cyber communities.   NortonNet assists members (individual and corporate) in obtaining employment, recruitment, and finding business opportunities.

 

 

 

g.  Joint Humanitarian Ops Course:

Who:       Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS)

What:      Joint Humanitarian Ops Course

Where:   Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

                  Monterey, CA

When:    23-24 Sep, 2013

                  13 Sep = application deadline

Why:       The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US military routinely respond to overseas disasters and participate in relief efforts alongside each other. This course, designed and conducted by USAID, provides a forum for US military personnel to discuss relationships between USAID, its partners and US military, enhancing their ability to work collaboratively during humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. This course is designed for US military participants.

Application:  CSRS online: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFNDZFZoTTVKMTJxcjhDUE9SNDJFYXc6MA#gid=0   

Details:    unit/self-funded.   No tuition or conference fee.

POC:         Mr. Nick Tomb:  ntomb@nps.edu / (831) 656-1829.

 

Semper Fi!

v/r

Worf

Ladies, gents,

8 updates today.

 

 

a.  new FLPB policy

b.  Australia O-6 PEP

c.  House Appropriations Committee (HAC) report

d.  Foreign Area Marines Pave the Way for Mission Success

e.  Advanced FAO language enhancement courses via DLI / BLTS

       1.  Chinese

       2.  French

f.  CMC Congressional Testimony + USMC Concepts & Programs 2013

g.  Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) Scouting Report

h.  HQMC Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) Flashpoints 2013

 

 

a.  new FLPB policy:

MARADMIN 398/13  Update to Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) was released 12Aug2013

Who:         HQMC - Intel Dept

What:        modified FLPB policy

                       -Language proficiency of 3/3 in any two modalities (listening/reading/speaking) is good for 2 years.

                       - 2 year DLPT/OPI = incentive for language professionals to achieve + maintain 3/3 proficiency

                       - everyone else takes DLPT + OPI annually

                       - Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) is now changed to Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) in accordance with DoD Directive.

Where:     DoD-wide

When:       Effective 1 Oct 2013

Why:          Per updated DoD Instruction 1340.27 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134027p.pdf  (signed 21 May 2013)

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/147871/update-to-foreign-language-proficiency-bonus-program.aspx

 

 

 

b.  Australia O-6 PEP:

CMC exercised his prerogative to change his mind.  CMC has now identified our next O-6 PEP to Australia.

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community:

         Name                      PMOS/AMOS      Assignment

Col  Terence Dunne    8042 / 7509           Australian Army 1st Division, Amphibious Development

 

 

 

c.  House Appropriations Committee (HAC) report:

Who:      U.S. House of Representatives - Committee on Appropriations

What:     comments on Foreign Language Training and Education

                 "The Committee supports efforts to increase linguistic skills in the Armed Forces.  Foreign Language fluency is a highly valued skill, but linguists remain a critically undermanned specialty across the Services.  Specifically, the Committee is concerned by the low number of officers and Non-commissioned officers with foreign language skills.  The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to study the feasibility of requiring and resourcing language and cultural education for uniformed officers in all Services...

In addition, the Committee directs the Secretary of the Army to conduct a study on the feasibility of a pilot program for Non-commissioned officers (NCOs) assigned to regionally aligned units as well as NCOs assigned to positions which require foreign area expertise, including a process for selecting NCOs to participate; the role of language education and required proficiency; the role of cultural education; and when in the rotational cycle and NCO's career such training should occur.  The Committee understands that the Marine Corps Foreign Area Staff NCO and Regional Affairs NCO programs could provide examples of existing programs that seek to increase capacity to produce and maintain foreign area expertise at all levels."

Where:     Page 19

When:       7 Jun 2013

Why:         DoD Appropriations Bill, 2014

https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/Portals/138/IAP%20Community%20Updates/HAC%20report.pdf

 

 

 

d.  Foreign Area Marines Pave the Way for Mission Success:

Who:      Semper Fi Magazine

What:     article highlighting FAS/RAS program

Where:  pg. 16

When:    Aug 2013

Why:       because they do

Details:  see article, attached

 http://www.mcleague.com/mdp/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=64&MDPROSID=076b56cfb914326be1ecd717c7948867

 

 

 

e.  Advanced FAO language enhancement courses via DLI / BLTS:

Who:      DLI Continuing Education

What:     Advanced Chinese class    (class # 21531CM42313) with Prof. Hong (Sophia) Zhou

                  Advanced French class     (class # 21531FR40513)  with Prof. Camelia Baluta

Where:  on-line

                  Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) = skype with DLI advanced class

When:    Chinese:  19Sep - 07Nov on Thursdays.  1400-1600 PST

                  French:   19Sep - 24Oct   on Thursdays.  0900-1100 PST

Why:       help maintain + improve language skills.

Details:   classes are for 2/2 (and better) speakers.

                  Classes meet for 2 hours (focus on speaking), with three on-line modules (3-5 hours self-study)

                  Chinese class will focus on Peacekeeping Operations, Foreign Aid & Investment, Mass Media & Communications

                  French class will focus on Environmental issues, Health issues, Foreign Aid & investments

POC:       Mr. Madison Hughes, Non-Resident Scheduling Administrator, DLI, Madison.s.hughes.civ@mail.mil  / 831 242-5847

                 Mr. Youssef Carpenter, Joint FAO Program Manager, DLI, youssef.b.carpenter.civ@mail.mil   / 831 242-3794

Heads up:  By Sep 2013, DLI will switch computer networks from .mil to .edu in order to simplify and expand access to language tools.

http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/07/05/military-language-school-switches-to-edu/

 

 

 

f.  CMC Congressional Testimony + USMC Concepts & Programs 2013:

Many of you are overseas working with partner nations, with interagency personnel, joint forces, or simply in a position to give good PME to young Marines.

2 tools to help communicate the USMC message, data & facts include:

The Posture of the United States Marine Corps, General James F. Amos 2013 Report to Congress

http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/cmc/CongressionalTestimony.aspx

U.S. Marine Corps Concepts & Programs

http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/pandr/ConceptsandPrograms.aspx

 

 

 

g.  HQMC Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) Scouting Report:

The SIG produces a weekly Scouting Report, the SIG Note and coordinates the Common Strategic Picture/Beltway Outlook.

The SIG scans the dialogue at the think tanks, among the other services and in other agencies.  The Scouting Report provides awareness into developing issues that might impact Marine Corps planning or future decision-making.  These are independent analyses, provided for awareness only, and do not represent Marine Corps policy.  Although primarily formulated to support senior leadership in the Battle of the Beltway, these issues may be of interest to a broader readership.  Submission of articles or potential topics of interest are welcome, and will remain anonymous.  Scouting Report articles are not intended as a venue for staffing/commentary on current decisions.   

To request to be added to the Scouting Report distro list, contact

Major Sam Cunningham

SIG Strategic Analyst

samuel.cunningham@usmc.mil / (703) 692-4348

 

 

 

h.  HQMC Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) Flashpoints 2013:

The Marine Corps' Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities' (CETO) and parent organization, the Futures Assessment Division, is pleased to forward you an electronic copy of our eighth edition of Flashpoints.  The 2013 edition of Flashpoints provides the results of our most recent analysis of factors associated with a nation's risk for conflict.  It also provides an updated ranking for the 159 nations included in the study based on their potential to experience future conflict or instability. 

Based on our original research conducted in 2004-2005 it was determined that while it is possible that issues associated with a single factor could be the catalyst for conflict, there is a greater likelihood that conflict will occur in countries and regions when problems occur involving multiple factors.  Accordingly, Flashpoints is based on the premise that conflict is more likely to result in a nation which experiences problems in several areas and domains simultaneously.  Once again, this year's study examines a total of ten factors and their supporting indicators to arrive at the country rankings.  The factors are the same ones that we used for last year's study, they include:  Governance, Demographics, Energy, Water, Religion, Corruption, Diseases, Education, Gender, and Economics. 

By identifying potential threats and the environments that spawn them, Flashpoints provides the Marine Corps with an opportunity to work with other U.S. government agencies, international organizations, non-government activities and other nations to develop solutions to problems before they lead to armed conflict or regional instability.  By identifying nations and regions that are most likely to experience future conflict, Flashpoints also provides one additional tool that can assist the Marine Corps in determining the capabilities it will require in the future. 

Points of contact within CETO for Flashpoints are Mr. Bruce Albrecht at bruce.albrecht.ctr@usmc.mil / (703) 784-0449 and Mr. Jon Vogel at jonathan.vogel.ctr@usmc.mil / (703) 784-3452.

File is 2MB.  Let us know if you'd like a copy.

 

Semper Fi

v/r

Worf

Ladies, gents,

6 updates today.

 

a.  FY14 Command selection results

b.  FY13 3rd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

c.  Wounded Warrior Regiment request for FAO/FAS support

d.  DLI request for FAO/FAS - linguist support

e.  Norwich - Institute for Study of Culture and Language - initiatives

f.  CMC interview with Defense One

 

 

a.  FY14 Command selection results:

    1.  MARADMIN 395/13 was released on 8Aug12, announcing LtCol Command selection results.

        http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/147686/fy14-lieutenant-colonel-command-screening-board-results.aspx 

        FY14 LtCol command selection results for FAOs/RAOs

        757 Marines were screened; 149 were selected (19.7%); 8 were FAOs/RAOs (13.1%)

        61 FAOs/RAOs were among the eligible population

        6 FAOs and 2 RAOs were selected for command.  1 Study Track; 7 Experience Track

        Congratulations to:

        1.  LtCol  Michael Byrne            I-I CLB-23                   (8247 Europe FAO)        ET 

        2.  LtCol(sel)  Kevin Doherty   MALS-36                    (8220 - Korean FPME)  ET

        3.  LtCol(sel)  Bernard Hess     3d LE Bn                      (8245  Africa FAO)          ET

        4.  LtCol(sel)  Joshua Kissoon 3d RT Bn, MCRD PI (8241  LATAM FAO)        ET

        5.  LtCol(sel)  James Lively       v2/6                              (8220 - French FPME)    ET

        6.  LtCol(sel)  Rodrick McHaty DLI MARDET             (8244 Middle East FAO) ET

        7.  LtCol(sel)  Derek Ost             I-I Intel Spt Bn         (8247 Europe FAO)          ET

        8.  LtCol(sel)  Colin Smith          1st Cbt Engr Bn        (8242 Eurasia FAO)          ST

 

    2.  MARADMIN 380/13 was released on 29Jul13, announcing Col Command selection results.

        http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/147099/fy14-colonel-command-screening-board-results.aspx 

        FY14 Col command selection results for FAOs/RAOs

        254 Marines were screened; 61 were selected (24%); 4 were FAOs/RAOs (18.1%)

        22 FAOs/RAOs were among the eligible population

        2 FAOs and 2 RAOs were selected for command.  1 Study Track; 3 Experience Track

        Congratulations to:

        1.  Col(sel) Phillip Frietze          CLR-17                       (8220 - Argentina FPME) ET

        2.  Col(sel) David Jones             MCCSSS                    (8241 LATAM FAO)            ET

        3.  Col(sel) Drew Cukor             MCIOC                      (8241 LATAM FAO)            ET

        4.  Col(sel) Sean Salene            MAG-29                   (8225  Africa RAO)              ST

 

 

 

b.  FY13 3rd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results:

MARADMIN 396/13 was released today, with official results from our latest Quarterly FAO/RAO ET board.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/147862/fy13-3rd-quarter-international-affairs-program-iap-experience-track-selection-p.aspx

6 FAOs + 2 RAOs were designated.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

       Rank  Name                         PMOS/AMOS   Region                  Note: 

1.   LtCol  Brian Crane               (0802/8241)      LATAM       FAO  MSG-Region 4

                                                                      8225       Africa           RAO  FMTU/MSOAG

2.  Maj     Brian Donnelly         (0802/8241)      LATAM       FAO   FPME/PEP/study abroad

3.  Capt    T. "Johnny" Kieu    (1302/8248)*   S.E. Asia      FAO   Foreign born - Vietnam

4.  Maj     Ryan McCaskill        (7523/8227)      Europe        RAO   study abroad/Hague + Int'l Criminal Court residency

5.  Capt    Christian Ortiz        (7220/8248)       S.E. Asia      FAO   Foreign born - Philippines

6.  Capt    Lauren Reisinger   (0204/8244)*    Mid East     FAO   study abroad + OSC/DAO Iraq

7.  Capt    Michael Rogers      (7566/8227)       Europe       RAO   study abroad + MA Diplomacy

8.  Maj      Kara Zummo           (4402/8241)      LATAM        FAO   raised abroad + Civil Affairs

* pending constructive credit waiver

 

 

 

c.  Wounded Warrior Regiment request for FAO/FAS support:

Who:      Volunteer language professionals + country liaisons to assist foreign athletes

                 1.  Dutch speaker                             5.  Spanish speaker (x4)

                 2.  French speaker                           6.  Norwegian speaker

                 3.  Russian/Georgian  speaker    7.  German speaker

                 4.  Italian speaker

What:     support partner nation Wounded Warrior athletes + VIPs during 2014 All-Marine Warrior Games

Where:  Camp Pendleton, CA

When:    1-13 Mar 2014

Why:       To support wounded warriors + USMC relationships with partner nation wounded warriors

Details:   TAD funded by Wounded Warrior Regiment for those who can participate for the duration. 

                   Volunteer duty includes receiving the athletes when they arrive in San Diego, facilitating translation during in-brief from WW Rgt + competitions, and general support during the 2-week Wounded Warrior Games.  Games kick-off 2 Mar.  Athlete departures 13Mar.

                  The Trials is a part of the Regiment's Warrior Athlete Reconditioning program which provides activities and opportunities for wounded, ill, and injured Marines to train as athletes, while increasing their strength so they can continue with military service or develop healthy habits for life outside the service. The Trials will also serve as an opportunity for the Regiment to select 50 Marines to participate on the 2014 All-Marine Warrior Games team.

POC:        Maj Brian "Jamal" Moll, Wounded Warrior Regiment FOPS:  Brian.Moll@usmc.mil / (703) 784-3686.

 

 

 

d.  DLI request for FAO/FAS - linguist support:

Who:        DLI

What:       seeking volunteers to validate new DLPT V in 9 languages

                     1.  Turkish              6.  Khmer (Cambodian)

                     2.  Indonesian      7.  Kazakh

                     3.  Levantine         8.  Uighur

                     4.  Malay                 9.  Yoruba

                     5.  Tamil

Where:    DLI will send test proctors to several locations

When:     Aug-Sep 2013

Why:        to develop + validate new DLPT V in 9 languages.

Details:   DLI needs examinees at all language ability levels to complete validation.

                  DLI target population = English native speakers who learned languages listed above as 2nd or 3rd language.

                  DLI also interested in testing heritage speakers and native speakers of languages listed, with strong English skills

POC:        Ms. Tara Hama-Amin, Test Development Division:  tara.hama-amin.civ@mail.mil  / (831) 242-5434

 

 

 

e.  Norwich - Institute for Study of Culture and Language - initiatives:

Who:       Norwich University

What:      Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (ISCL)

                     -          Fellows Program emphasizing culture, language and international security

                     -          Occasional Paper Series

                     -          Updates on Institute events

Where:  Northfield, VT + Washington, DC

When:   established July 2013

Why:      to advance culture and language research, learning development and application to international security. 

Details:  http://iscl.norwich.edu    

                 Norwich is 1 of 8 Language Training Centers (LTC's) funded by DLNSEO to provide language + culture education to U.S. service-members

POC:       Dr. Robert Greene-Sands, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Norwich.  rsands@norwich.edu  / 805-320-2967

                 Dr. Aimee Vieira, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Norwich.  avieira@norwich.edu 

 

 

 

f.  CMC interview with Defense One:

Who:       CMC

What:     comments on

                   - doubling the number of FAOs + opening program to SNCOs

                   - importance of human terrain; culture is important; U.S. can't rely on bullying through interaction with foreign populations to get future jobs done.

                   - can't surge trust; relationships matter.

                   - training, advising, assisting partner nations = likely future mission + U.S. contribution to security environment

                   - environment of budget cuts is here.  CMC is past denial of sequestration.

Where:  interview with Defense One.com

When:    7 Aug 2013

Details:  http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2013/08/gen-amos-reinventing-marines-owning-sequester-and-why-coin-more-relevant-ever/68306/

 

 

Semper Fi!

v/r

Worf

Ladies, gents,

 

8 updates today.

 

 

 

a.  Australia O-6 PEP

b.  ODNI-sponsored language training

c.  UN Observer mission hot-fills

     1.  Mali

     2.  Haiti

     3.  Liberia

     4.  UN - NYC

     5.  Israel

 

 

a.  Australia O-6 PEP:

in follow-up to MARADMIN 338/13, announcing FY14 PEP selects, following this summer's O-6 command selection results, CMC has identified our next O-6 PEP to Australia.

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community:

         Name                    PMOS/AMOS              Assignment

Col  Jeffrey Arruda    8042 / 7562 / 8220     Australian Army 1st Division, Amphibious Development

 

 

 

b.  ODNI-sponsored language training:

Who:       02xx + 26xx Marines - Intel Community (IC)

What:      10-week ODNI Critical Language Program

                   1.  Arabic              6.  Pashto

                   2.  Bengali            7.  Persian-Farsi

                   3.  Chinese          8.  Russian

                   4.  Dari                   9.  Somali

                   5.  Hindi                10. Urdu

Where:   Diplomatic Language Services (DLS)

                   Rosslyn, VA

When:     09Sep - 19Nov 2013

                   0900 - 1530 daily

                   26Aug = registration deadline

Why:        Need for linguists

Details:    www.dlsdc.com   see CLP Flyer + Registration, attached

                   Introductory + advanced enhancement courses available.

                   Supervisor approval and contact info required

                   TAD = unit funded

POC:         Ms. Lisa Rhodes-Hall, ODNI:  lisarh@dni.gov / 703 874-8187

 

 

 

c.  UN Observer mission hot-fills:

3 of 5 billets are current USMC hot fill requirements

2 of 5 billets are potential USMC hot fill requirements

 

1.  Mali

Who:      1-2 Marines (French speakers preferred)

What:     UN Observer

Where:  Bamako, Mali

When:    7-25 Oct = Training in Quantico, VA

                 Nov13 - Nov14 in Mali

Why:    UN Mission

Details: Capt-LtCol eligible.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Male/Female eligible.  Austere living conditions, unpredictable working hours, frequent travel around African continent and interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/UN observers.  12-month unaccompanied TAD.  

USMC likely to get 1 or 2 billets to fill.  Army, Navy, Air Force will round out 10-member U.S. observer contingent to UN Mission.

Contact: Maj David Emmons, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG) FOPS: david.n.emmons.mil@mail.mil /  703 696-7842

                  Maj Benjamin Peryam, MMFA: benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil / (703) 432-9177

 

 

 

2.  Haiti

Who:       Marine 0602 Maj (French or Creole speaker preferred)

What:     UN Observer

Where:  Port au Prince, Haiti

When:   7-25 Oct = Training in Quantico, VA

                 Nov13 - Nov14 in Haiti

Why:      UN Mission

Details:  Capt-LtCol eligible.  Must have 0602 PMOS.  Active duty preferred; reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Male/female eligible.

Interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/UN observers.  12-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem.  

Contact: Maj David Emmons, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG) FOPS: david.n.emmons.mil@mail.mil /  703 696-7842

                  Maj Benjamin Peryam, MMFA: benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil / (703) 432-9177

 

 

 

3.  Liberia

Who:        Marine O3 (FAO/RAO preferred)

What:      UN Observer

Where:   Monrovia, Liberia

When:    7-25 Oct = Training in Quantico, VA

                 Nov13 - Nov14 in Haiti

Why:      UN Mission

Details:  Capt-Maj eligible.  Active duty preferred; reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Male/female eligible. 

Interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/UN observers.  12-month unaccompanied TAD.

Contact: Maj David Emmons, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG) FOPS: david.n.emmons.mil@mail.mil  /  703 696-7842

                  Maj Benjamin Peryam, MMFA: benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil  / (703) 432-9177

 

 

 

4.  New York City

Who:       Marine (FAO/RAO preferred)

What:      UN Observer

Where:   New York City, NY

When:     Dec13 - Dec14

Why:       UN Mission

Details:   Capt-LtCol eligible.  Active duty preferred; reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Male/female eligible.

Contact: Maj David Emmons, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG) FOPS: david.n.emmons.mil@mail.mil /  703 696-7842

                  Maj Benjamin Peryam, MMFA: benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil / (703) 432-9177

 

 

 

5.  Israel

Who:        Marine O4

What:      UN Observer

Where:   Tel Aviv, Israel

When:    7-25 Oct = Training in Quantico, VA

                  Nov13 - Nov14 in Israel

Why:       UN Mission

Details:  Assignment currently resides with another service.  Possibility exists this requirement will shift to USMC.  In the event that it does.

                 Maj-LtCol eligible.  Active duty preferred; reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Male/female eligible.

Interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/UN observers.   PCS to US Military Observer Group (USMOG) with 12-month unaccompanied TAD.

Contact: Maj David Emmons, U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG) FOPS: david.n.emmons.mil@mail.mil /  703 696-7842

                  Maj Benjamin Peryam, MMFA: benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil / (703) 432-9177

 

Semper Fi!

Very respectfully,

Worf

Ladies, Gents,

 

I split up the update from yesterday to give everyone’s attention span a breather.

 

7 updates today:

 

 

a.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Jordan/EAGER LION

 

b.  What has a FAO done for me lately: Thailand/HANUMAN GUARDIAN13

 

c.  What has a RAO done for me lately: East Asia/TRILAT Exchange Seminar

 

d.  "Working in the Same Space" - SOUTHCOM + NPS led Working Group

 

e.  Civil Affairs Symposium:  Military Support to Conflict Prevention

 

f.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee – Afghanistan

 

g.  Language sustainment

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.  What has a FAS + FAO done for me lately:  Jordan/EAGER LION:

 

Who:       GySgt Gregory Lentz, Middle East FAS, MCSCG

 

                  GySgt Ericker Camarillo, Middle East FAS, MARCENT

 

                  Maj Josh Chartier, Oman FAO, MARCENT Fwd

 

                  Capt Martin Bebell, Jordan FAO, ICT

 

What:     FAS + FAO support to MARCENT  during Exercise EAGER LION

 

                  FAS support to Marine Engagement Team-Jordan (MET-J)

 

Where:  Aqaba, Jordan

 

When:    6 - 23 June 2013

 

Why:       To complement MARCENT efforts with LREC capabilities during Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC) Exercise EAGER LION, and support the Jordanian Operational Deployment Program (JODP).

 

Summary:  Two FAOs + two FASs applied their MAGTF experience in addition to Arabic language, regional expertise and culture (LREC) skills to improve the outcome of planning and execution of this bi-lateral exercise with Jordan Armed Forces.  As 1 of 4 USMC Arabic speakers present, GySgt Lentz augmented the White Cell, G-3 FOPS, and COC operations.  LREC was a force multiplier in creating rapport with Jordanian forces (officer and enlisted); a significant goal in Building Partner Capacity missions like this.  Regional expertise was also a critical skill set in developing positive relationships, assisting contracted civilian interpreters with military terms, and facilitating smooth execution of the Command Post Exercise (CPX).

 

GySgt Lentz also assisted MET-J through tactical exercises and scenarios in their preparations to execute JODP in Zarqa, Jordan.

 

POC:         GySgt Gregory Lentz:  gregory.lentz@usmc.mil / (757) 962-4150.

 

See AAR Jordan, attached. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.  What has a FAO done for me lately: Thailand/HANUMAN GUARDIAN13:

 

Who:       Capt Timothy Fretwell, Thai FAO/Ground Supply Officer

 

What:      USMC FAO support to Exercise Hanuman Guardian 2013

 

Where:   Thanarat Infantry Training Center, Thailand

 

When:     17-27 June, 2013

 

Why:        LREC support to U.S. 8th Army + Royal Thai Army 3d Bn/9th Infantry Div during 2nd annual bi-lateral mil-mil Security Cooperation exercise.

 

Details:    Six focus objectives of Exercise HG13 were to enhance peacekeeping operations (PKO); to improve humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) capabilities; to enhance infantry, aviation, and medical capabilities; to enhance military-to-military relationships and mission readiness; and to improve quality of life in rural Thai communities. 

 

Capt Fretwell was the only Thai speaker among 114 U.S. Army personnel.  His FAO skills improved rapport between U.S. and Thai soldiers, facilitated cultural appreciation and insights that resulted in zero liberty incidents, compensated for military vocabulary gaps among contracted Thai translators, and provided Thai personnel opportunities to clarify misunderstandings in small settings while saving "face."  In a variety of settings, the Thai FAO became a critical asset that improved the quality of this mil-mil experience for both U.S. and Thai forces.

 

POC:    Capt Timothy Fretwell:  tfretwell@jusmagthai.org

 

See AAR HG13, attached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c.  What has a RAO done for me lately: East Asia/TRILAT Exchange Seminar:

 

Who:       LtCol William Conner, China RAO

 

What:      National Intelligence University (NIU), East Asia Seminar with Japan and Australia

 

Where:   Joint Intelligence Training Academy Pacific (JITAP),

 

                   Ford Island, Hawaii

 

When:     17 - 28 June, 2013

 

Why:       1st annual trilateral exchange seminar with Japan and Australia to discuss emerging objectives, strategies, and activities concerning China's modernization. The seminar examined key aspects of China's expansion and how China is using hard and soft power globally  and regionally.  Participants from Japan, Australia, and the U.S. discussed key security, economic, and political issues impacting relations between China, Taiwan, and the U.S. and Allies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.  "Working in the Same Space" - SOUTHCOM + NPS led Working Group

 

Who:       SOUTHCOM + NPS/Collaborative & Adaptive Security Initiative (CASI)

 

What:      Working Group

 

Where:   Miami, FL

 

When:     10-12 Sep, 0800-1600

 

Why:        This workshop will emphasize cross-community understanding and communication skills that focus on ways in which government civilian agencies, NGOs, inter-governmental organizations and the armed forces can work more effectively alongside each other in insecure environments—particularly in Latin America.  Participants will be exposed to the organizational cultures, capacities and motivations of these diverse communities, as well as current and emerging issues from each community.  45 participants.

 

Details:   participation is self-funded.

 

POC:        Mr. Nick Tomb, NPS/CASI, ntomb@nps.edu / (831) 656-1829

 

See announcement:  https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU)/InternationalAffairsPrograms/CommunityUpdates.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e.  Civil Affairs Symposium:  Military Support to Conflict Prevention:

 

Who:       Civil Affairs Association

 

What:      Symposium, "Military Support to Conflict Prevention"

 

Where:   Intercontinental Hotel

 

                  Tampa, FL

 

When:     1 Nov, 2013

 

                   0830 - 1700

 

Why:       Conflict prevention will be the major activity of steady state U.S. foreign and security assistance engagements for years to come.  The military can play a key enabling and supporting role along political-military, civil-military, interagency, public-private, and international lines at regional and country team levels.  This is especially true with regard to Civil Affairs and its ability to leverage not only whole-of-government but whole-of-society capabilities found outside government and among international organizations that are at the front and center of long-term conflict prevention. But are Active and Reserve Civil Affairs forces appropriately configured, trained, teamed, etc. for collaborative conflict prevention? This conference takes a look at how Civil Affairs and Foreign Area Officers, in coordination with other military capabilities and key partners, can best support government and non-government efforts to prevent conflict and ensure peace, stability, and security in partner nations and regions.

 

See Symposium... attached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Afghanistan:

 

Who:      Sarah Chayes, Carnegie Endowment, former special advisor to CJCS

 

What:     Testimony to Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Afghanistan

 

Where:  Washington, DC

 

When:    11 July

 

Why:       4 policy recommendations made to conclude U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan.

 

http://www.disamjournal.org/articles/Testimony-July-11-2013-Senate-Foreign-Relations-Committee-Afghanistan-1000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

g.  Language sustainment:

 

We are willing to dip into our buffer to support 3 more Marines.

 

Our constraints are funds + manpower.

 

Funds:  $20k buffer is protecting us from those who request $6k in funds then submit $8k in receipts.

 

Manpower: Furloughs have impacted our staff.

 

PLU can support 3 more language sustainment requests in FY13.

 

We appreciate the AARs and DLPT/OPI results, so we can make a compelling case for language sustainment funds next year.

 

 

 

Semper Fi!

 

v/r

 

Worf

Ladies & gents,

7 updates today.

 

a.  New PLU Branch Head:  Col Ouzts

b.  RAO promotion to MajGen

c.  FY13 Language Sustainment update:

d.  Chinese People's Insitute of Foreign Affairs reception

e.  MARFORPAC request for FAO/RAO support:  UFG13/Korea

f.  volunteer opportunity for Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare Course (CIJWC) - India

g.  MARFORPAC request for FAO/RAO support:  AHA/Indonesia

 

 

 

a.  New PLU Branch Head:  Col Michael J. Ouzts:

International Affairs Branch (PLU) welcomes our new Branch Head, Col Michael J. Ouzts!

Col Ouzts is a prior-enlisted Avionics Technician and Aviation Command and Control Officer.  He comes to us from O6 command of Marine Aircraft Control Group-48 in Great Lakes, IL.  He has FAO/RAO roots as former CO of Marine Security Guard Bn in Frankfurt, Germany; Inter-American Defense College TLS graduate and CMC Fellow at Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC.  Half-way through his 2nd week on the job, he is busy snapping in at the moment, learning what we do, and mastering the new shop.  The level of support and attention at PLU has not skipped a beat, and we look forward to his leadership & guidance in the coming years.

Col Robert Loynd will remain at National Plans Branch (PLN) due to high turn-over and because the boss said so.

b.  RAO promotion to MajGen:

ALNAV 007/13 was released 29Jan13

1 RAO was selected for promotion to MajGen

On 11 July, CMC personally promoted our very own Director, Strategy & Plans Division (PL)

Congratulations                        PMOS/AMOS)      Track 

MajGen Michael A. Rocco  (8003/7565/8227)  ET        [UK PEP + EUCOM J-3 Deputy Director]

c.   FY13 Language Sustainment update:

84 language sustainment requests have been approved to date in FY13.

2 cancelled + 2 de-obligated requests freed up $19,181

41 of 84 include TAD for regional immersion.

43 of 84 include local tutors and language schools.

$5,671 is the average.

28 of 41 TAD complete (68%); 21 of 28 travel claims settled (75%); 3 DTS claims being worked

50 of 75 tuition bills paid (66%)

14 travel/tuition claims have over-spent    ($13,672.51 total over)

19 travel/tuition claims have under-spent ($14,221.75 total under)

DLNSEO needs AARs + DLPT/OPI results to make a strong case for providing language sustainment funds in FY14!

PLU currently has 17 AARs + 20 DLPT/OPI results.

8 have achieved 3/3 so far.  Congrats!

AARs hung on our IAP webpage: https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU)/InternationalAffairsPrograms/IAPAfterActionReports.aspx

 

d.  Chinese People's Insitute of Foreign Affairs reception:

Who:       US-Asia Institute

What:      Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) delegation reception

Where:   US-Asia Institute

                   232 East Capitol St. NE

                   Washington, DC 20003

When:      Thu, 25 July

                   1830 - 2030

Why:        to honor + hear from Chinese delegation.

Delegation includes:  Ambassador LU Shumin, Executive VP, CPIFA

                                           Dr. RUAN Zongze, VP, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

                                           Prof. ZHANG Yuyan, President, Institute of World Economic and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS)

                                           Mr. HE Zhigeng, Director, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, CPIFA

                                           Ms. WANG Mei, Deputy Director, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, CPIFA

                                           Mr. FENG Shiyi, Program Officer, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, CPIFA

Details:    no fee to participate.  Business casual.

POC:  Mary Sue Bissell, VP and Executive Director, US-Asia Institute:  mary.sue.bissell@usasiainstitute.org  / 202-544-3181

 

e.  MARFORPAC request for FAO/RAO support:  UFG13/Korea:

Who:       PACOM FAO/RAO field-grade officer (Maj-Col)

What:      FAO/RAO support to Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 13 (UFG13) Pol-Mil White-Cell

Where:   Korea

When:     12-30 Aug

Why:        operational FAO/RAO support to MARFORK. 

Details:    C-5 White Cell officer will work with USFK to manage Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) injects.

                   TAD funded by MARFORPAC G-3.  Expect field orders.

POC:        Mr. Larry Dyson, MARFORPAC G-5:  robert.dyson@usmc.mil / 808 477-8579

 

f.  volunteer opportunity for Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare Course (CIJWC) - India

Who:       (1) volunteer - officer (South Asia FAO/RAO preferred)

What:     Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare Course (CIJWC)

Where:  Vairengte, Mizoram, India

When:     21 Oct - 14 Dec 2013

                   29 Jul = application deadline

Why:        great opportunity + relationship building with South Asian partner nations

Details:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-insurgency_and_Jungle_Warfare_School 

                  Unit funding required.  Estimated costs = $7.3k and includes: transport ($3.5k), lodging ($2k), per diem ($1.2k), misc ($600).

POC:        Maj Robert Ibarra, MARFORPAC G-5 roberto.ibarra@usmc.mil / 808-477-8889

 

g.  MARFORPAC request for FAO/RAO support:  AHA/Indonesia:

Who:        Southeast Asia FAO/RAO

What:       MCPP + Crisis Action Planning Instruction to ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Center

Where:    Jakarta, Indonesia

When:      4-8 Nov

Why:        FAO/RAO support to MARFORPAC  

Details:    Center of Excellence for Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (PACOM) will fund TAD

POC:         Maj William Easter, MARFORPAC G-5  william.easter@usmc.mil / (808) 477-8582

 

 

Semper Fi!

v/r

Worf

Ladies & gents,

Hope everyone enjoyed 4th of July.

5 updates today.

 

a.  FY14 Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) + Inter-Service Exchange (ISE) selection panel results

b.  FY14 Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB)

c.  FY14 Commandant's Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB)

d.  USMC Policy for coordinating mil-to-mil visits to USMC organizations, facilities, installations

e.  Advanced FAO language enhancement courses via DLI / BLTS

       1.  Serbo-Croatian

       2.  Korean

       3.  Spanish

       4.  Russian

       5.  Hebrew

 

 

a.  FY14 Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) + Inter-Service Exchange (ISE) selection panel results:

MARADMIN 338/13 was released today, announcing 16 Marines selected for PEP + 5 Marines selected for aviation ISE.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/145724/fy14-ground-and-aviation-personnel-exchange-program-pep-and-inter-service-excha.aspx

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO + FAS community:

       Rank  Name                                  PMOS/AMOS   Assignment

1.   LtCol  James Jones                       7543 / 8220      Experimentation & Research Management Staff Officer, Canberra, Australia

2.   Capt   Federico Mendizabal     7565 / 8220       1st AVN Regiment ARH Tiger Pilot, Darwin, Australia

3.   Maj    Alexander Goodno        7523 / 8220        RAAF 75 Squadron F/A-18 Pilot, Katharine, Australia

4.   Capt   Kenneth Smith                7208 / 8220        44 RAAF Air Support Control Officer, Williamtown, Australia

5.   GySgt Thomas Johnson            0313 / 8210*     School of Armor LAV Instructor, Puckapunyal, Australia

6.   GySgt Arnel Narvaez                 1812 / 8210*      1st Armored Regiment Tank Instructor, Darwin, Australia

7.   Capt   Michael Aubry                 0302 / 8240        Amphibious Division Staff Officer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     

8.   Maj    Mark Bortnem                  7523 / 8220        409th Squadron F/A-18 Pilot, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada

9.   Capt   Michael Manocchio        0302 / 8240        2d Chilean Corps Operations Staff Officer, Vina del Mar, Chile

10. Maj    Stephan Karabin II          0302 / 8240        Marine Instructor, Colombian Naval Academy, Cartagena, Colombia

11. Capt   Paul Croom II                    0202 / 8240        Army Land Forces Command Staff Officer, Lille, France

12. GySgt Matthew Kostielney     0321 / 8230*     Infantry Unit Leader, 1st Bn, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, Van Braamhouckgeest, Netherlands

13. Capt   Srivatsan Santhanam     7509 / 8240       9th Squadron, Spanish Navy AV-8B Pilot, Rota, Spain

14. Capt   Nicole Nicholson              7510 / 8220       1 Air Control Center RAF Air Defense Control Officer, Alnwick, UK

15. GySgt Matthew Nagel               0369 / 8210*     Mountain/Arctic Warfare Instructor, Royal Marine Commando Training Center, Lympstone, UK

16. GySgt Robert Wolf                      0321 / 8210*     Physical Training / Recruit Instructor, Royal Marine Commando Training Center, Lympstone, UK

* FAS MOS on track for MOS manual update/release in 2014

The following Marines were selected for ISE:

1.    Maj    Kevin Lampinen              7523                      USAF JTAC Instructor, Nellis AFB, NV

2.    Capt   Nicholas Cruz                   7210                      USAF Air Defense Control Exchange, Hill AFB, UT

3.    Capt   Jonathon Leach              7588                      USAF EC-130P ECMO Exchange, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

4.    Maj    Ryan McCaskill                 7523                     USAF F-35 Pilot, Edwards AFB, CA

5.    Maj    Joseph Freshour             7523                      USAF F-35 Pilot, Edwards AFB, CA

 

b.  FY14 Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB):

MARADMIN 331/13 was released 2July, announcing the comprehensive board process to select best & most qualified officers for PME, graduate education, and special duty assignments.  2 of 7 available programs will result in FAO/RAO designation: 

1.  Foreign Professional Military Education (FPME) = Command & Staff College overseas with a Partner Nation

2.  International Affairs Programs = FAO/RAO study track.

Contact MMOA-3, Capt Harry Reifschneider with any questions or difficulties accessing the questionnaire link.  harry.reifschneider@usmc.mil / 703 784-9285

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/145526/fy14-commandants-professional-intermediate-level-education-board.aspx

 

 

 

c.  FY14 Commandant's Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB):

MARADMIN 332/13 was released 2July, announcing the comprehensive board process to select best & most qualified officers for PME, graduate education, and special duty assignments.  2 of 7 available programs will result in FAO/RAO designation:

1.  Olmsted Scholarship Program = DLI + Masters degree program overseas

2.  International Affairs Programs = FAO/RAO study track.

Contact MMOA-3, Capt Harry Reifschneider with any questions or difficulties accessing the questionnaire link.  harry.reifschneider@usmc.mil  / 703 784-9285

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/145532/fy14-commandants-career-level-education-board.aspx

 

 

 

d.  USMC Policy for coordinating mil-to-mil visits to USMC organizations, facilities, installations

MARADMIN 329/13 was released 2July by DC PP&O, outlining SOP to improve service coordination of mil-to-mil (M2M) visits.

This policy provides specific guidance for

1.  M2M visits expending U.S. funds

2.  M2M visits exceeding 5 days or 2 organizations/facilities/installations

3.  M2M visits with foreign delegations led by General/Flag Officer

4.  M2M visits with politically sensitive countries

5.  M2M visits outside Foreign Visit System norms

6.  M2M visits where sponsor and host are not the same command

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/145531/usmc-interim-policy-for-coordinating-military-to-military.aspx

 

 

 

e.  Advanced FAO language enhancement courses via DLI / BLTS:

Who:      DLI Continuing Education

What:     Advanced Serbo-Croatian class    (class # 21531SC40313) with Prof. Vladimir Vidak

                  Advanced Korean class     (class # 21531KP40913)  with Prof. Joonki Baek

                  Advanced Spanish class    (class # 21531QB40313) with Prof. Uliana Gancea

                  Advanced Russian class    (class # 21531RU40913) with Prof. Marina Smous-Bradford

                  Advances Hebrew class   (class # 21531HE40113) with Prof. Varda Koch Ocker

Where:  on-line

                  Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) = skype with DLI advanced class

When:    Serbo-Croatian:  21Aug - 02Oct   on Wednesdays.  0900-1100 PST

                  Korean:   14Aug - 25Sep   on Wednesdays.  Time TBD

                  Spanish:  20Aug - 01Oct on Tuesdays, 1500-1700 PST

                  Russian:  21Aug - 02Oct on Wednesdays, 1500-1700 PST

                  Hebrew: 10Sep - 22Oct on Tuesdays.  Time TBD

Why:       help maintain + improve language skills.

Details:   classes are for 2/2 (and better) speakers.

                  Classes meet for 2 hours (focus on speaking), with three on-line modules (3-5 hours self-study)

                  Serbo-Croatian class will focus on Humanitarian Assistance Operations, Border Security and National Sovereignty, and Peacekeeping Operations

                  Korean class will focus on NGOs, Mass media/communications, and popular culture

                  Spanish class will focus on Trafficking Persons, Trafficking WMD, and Crimes in the Black Market

                  Russian class will focus on Trafficking Persons, Trafficking WMD, and Narcotics smuggling

                  Hebrew class will focus on Border Security and National Sovreignty, Energy Issues, Piracy and Maritime Security

POC:       Mr. Madison Hughes, Non-Resident Scheduling Administrator, DLI, Madison.s.hughes.civ@mail.mil / 831 242-5847

                 Mr. Youssef Carpenter, Joint FAO Program Manager, DLI, youssef.b.carpenter.civ@mail.mil  / 831 242-3794

Heads up:  By Sep 2013, DLI will switch computer networks from .mil to .edu in order to simplify and expand access to language tools.

http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/07/05/military-language-school-switches-to-edu/

 

 

Semper Fi

Very respectfully,

Worf

Ladies & gents,

2nd community update in 24 hours. 

10 items today;  mostly opportunities for FAO/FAS support + education/training opportunities for all.

 

a.  FAS Promotion:  GySgt(sel) Camarillo

b.  MAGTF Training Center request for FAO/FAS support:  ROKMC visit

c.  MAGTF Training Center request for FAO/FAS support:  IDF visit

d.  Cross-Culture Regional Seminar:  West Africa

e.  UNOCAS Afghan Seminar July

f.  Revolutions in the Arab World: Political Transition in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya:  in Arabic

g.  Revolutions in the Arab World: Political Transition in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya:  in French

h.  From Totalitarian to Authoritarian-Lite: Electronic Media and The State in Contemporary Russia:  in Russian

i.  Recognizing Spanish Dialects, Regionalisms and Colloquialisms: Practical Applications for Today's Spanish Linguist:  in Spanish

j.  I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS operational culture PME series #5

 

 

a.  FAS Promotion:  GySgt(sel) Camarillo

MARADMIN 302/13 was released 19Jun13

Our only Study Track SSgt FAS was selected for promotion to GySgt

Promotion rate for FASs:  100%

Congratulations to SSgt Ericker Camarillo   (PMOS:  0411) - Arabic FAS, currently assigned to MARCENT in 17th month of FAS Beta Test!

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/144677/fy-2013-approved-selections-to-gunnery-sergeant.aspx

 

 

 

b.  MAGTF Training Center request for FAO/FAS support:  ROKMC visit:

Who:     MAGTFTC

What:    request Korea FAO/FAS support for visit of BGen Kim, Si-Heung, Dir Office of Force Planning, ROKMC

Where:  29 Palms, CA

                  Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC)

When:  7-9 Sep, 2013

Why:     Assist with interactions/relations/translations

Details:  Still be planned

POC:      Capt Richard Plettner, Asst OpsO, G-3. richard.plettner@usmc.mil / (760) 830-6365

 

 

 

c.  MAGTF Training Center request for FAO/FAS support:  IDF visit:

Who:       MAGTFTC

What:      request Israel FAO/FAS support for visit of BGen Zelinger, C4I Branch Chief, IDF

Where:   MCAGCC

When:     7-9 Oct, 2013

Why:       Assist with interactions/relations/translations

Details:    Still being planned

POC:         Capt Richard Plettner, Asst OpsO, G-3. richard.plettner@usmc.mil / (760) 830-6365

 

 

 

d.  Cross-Culture Regional Seminar:  West Africa.

Please advise if details are correct, and if I can advertise to USMC FAO/RAO community.

Who:      Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC)

What:     Cross-Cultural Regional Seminar:  "Thinking Differently about West Africa: Engaging Cross-Cultural Competence to Mediate Cultural Biases."

Where:  Navy-Marine Reserve Center, Bldg 351

                  Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB)

                  Washington, DC

When:   28 June, 2013

                 0800-1600

Description:  The Cross-Cultural Regional Seminar will introduce the framework of Cross-Cultural Competence (3C) and apply it to Africa. Cross-cultural competence provides skill-based competencies to navigate in complex interpersonal situations, express or interpret ideas/concepts across cultures, and make sense of foreign social and cultural behavior - all of which are critical aids to thinking differently and capturing useable intelligence to aid in forecasting future behavior. This seminar will consider how 3C, through perspective-taking and cultural sense making, can help defuse cultural biases that Western individuals may have of Africa (Africans) and also examine African cultural biases that might exist of the West. This seminar will be conducted by Dr. Robert Greene Sands and Dr. Hayib Sosseh.

Funding:  No TAD support available via HQMC.  Self-funding required for those interested.

POC:  Ms. Brittany Bland, DIA LREC Center African Regional Advisor, Brittany.bland@dodiis.mil  / Brittany.bland@dodiis.ic.gov  / 202 685-6161

 

 

 

e.  UNOCAS Afghan Seminar July:

Afghanistan Seminar:

Who:      University of Nebraska, Omaha Center for Afghanistan Studies (UNOCAS)

What:     3 seats available in Afghanistan Seminar

Where:  Univ of Nebraska, Omaha

When:   08-26 July, 2013

Description: During the Afghanistan Seminar, participants rapidly develop basic language skills, cultural awareness, and a historical understanding of modern Afghanistan. Morning sessions focus on politics, ethnic relations, gender issues, terrorism, and a variety of other topics. Afternoons are devoted to developing practical communication skills in Pashto and Dari, or Afghan Persian. Some evenings feature cultural exchanges with Omaha's Afghan community. The three-week experience prepares both civilian and military personnel for making their time in country more productive.

Funding:  This training opportunity is completely funded by ODNI through the NGA Foreign Language and Culture Office (HDF)-there is no cost to your office other than the time away needed to attend the course.  

Enrollment procedures: Interested personnel should complete the following sections of the attached SF182 (Section A "Trainee Information, Section D 1a-2e "Approvals"), have their supervisor digitally sign, and then forward to Matthew Doughty, NGA Foreign Language & Culture Office Training Manager, e-mail: matthew.a.doughty@nga.ic.gov,  phone: (314) 676-0454, and courtesy copy the NGA Foreign Language & Culture Office at ngaforlangpro@nga.ic.gov.   

See Afghan Immersion schedule + UNOsf182 (attached).  Contact me for more info.

 

 

 

f.  Revolutions in the Arab World: Political Transition in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya

Who:       MultiLingual Solutions, Inc

What:      hosting 1-day, intensive seminar, in Arabic

Where:   Washington DC.

When:     25 Jul 2013   0800-1600

Why:        regional expertise + language proficiency.

Details:   Intensive 1-day seminar in Arabic, will examine the ongoing political transition and challenges in countries of the Arab uprisings as well as evolving relationships with the West. The program will also consider the role of technology, including how youth have used social media such as Facebook and Twitter to advance their goals, and the influence of Arab media outlets in promoting change. Training will be conducted in Arabic and geared for students at ILR 2+ or 3.  Authentic lunch provided.  No cost/tuition for 1st time attendees.

POC:  Ms. Abbe Goldstein, AGoldstein@mlsolutions.com / (240) 406-1362

 

 

 

g.  Revolutions in the Arab World: Political Transition in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya

Who:       MultiLingual Solutions, Inc

What:      hosting 1-day, intensive seminar, in French

Where:   Washington DC.

When:     8 Aug 2013   0800-1600

Why:        regional expertise + language proficiency.

Details:   Intensive seminar is in French, and will examine political transition and challenges in Arab uprisings + evolving relationships with the West.  The program will also consider the role of technology, including how youth have used social media such as Facebook and Twitter to advance their goals, and the influence of Arab media outlets in promoting change. Training will be conducted in French and geared for students at ILR 2+ or 3.  Authentic lunch provided.  No cost/tuition for 1st time attendees.

 

 

POC:  Ms. Abbe Goldstein, AGoldstein@mlsolutions.com / (240) 406-1362

 

 

 

h.  From Totalitarian to Authoritarian-Lite: Electronic Media and The State in Contemporary Russia

Who:       MultiLingual Solutions, Inc

What:      hosting 1-day, intensive seminar, in Russian

Where:   Washington, DC

When:     14 Aug 2013    0800-1600

Why:        regional expertise + language proficiency

Details:    Intensive 1-day seminar is in Russian, and will focus on the relationship of Russian media and the State in light of current political conditions and social and cultural influences. In exploring varying degrees of state propaganda and censorship, the training will consider such issues as Russian misinformation, disinformation, and opposition speech. Tracing the path from totalitarianism to Putin's current regime, the seminar will examine both news and non-news media including radio, television, music, advertising, and the Internet. Authentic broadcast and online clips will be used for comparative analysis of content and style. Training will be conducted in Russian and geared for students at ILR 2+ or 3.  Authentic lunch provided.  No cost/tuition for 1st time attendees.

POC:  Ms. Abbe Goldstein, AGoldstein@mlsolutions.com  / (240) 406-1362

 

 

 

i.  Recognizing Spanish Dialects, Regionalisms and Colloquialisms: Practical Applications for Today's Spanish Linguist

Who:       MultiLingual Solutions, Inc

What:      hosting 1-day, intensive seminar, in Spanish

Where:   Washington, DC

When:     23 Aug 2013    0800-1600

Why:        regional expertise + language proficiency

Details:    Intensive 1-day seminar in Spanish focusing on Spanish dialect variation in Latin America. The program will offer a comparative analysis of distinguishing characteristics using audio recordings, video clips and other authentic media to help students determine the geographic origin and socio-economic status of Spanish speakers. Training will be conducted in Spanish and geared for students at ILR 2+ or 3.  Authentic lunch provided.  No cost/tuition for 1st time attendees.

POC:  Ms. Abbe Goldstein, AGoldstein@mlsolutions.com  / (240) 406-1362

 

 

 

j.  I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS operational culture PME series #5

Who:      LtCol Jason Perry, Japan FAO

What:     I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS PME:  Japan efforts to develop amphibious capability + recent FAO support for Exercise DAWN BLITZ

Where:  Pacific Views Event Center in the Compass Room

                  Camp Pendleton, CA

When:    Fri, 12 Jul 2013, 1500

Why:       I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS community solidarity + opportunity to stay engaged with the local international affairs community + learn from each other.

Background:  This is a quarterly PME series for International Affairs Program community in I MEF. PMEs are determined by the interests of the group and dependent on the resident population's respective subject areas.  The PMEs are geared specifically toward Operational Culture, hitting the major learning objective wickets which might be found in a standard ICT trip report.  PMEs might also cover current events in a particular region/country and provide context as to how that might impact the Marines, or how Marines are currently engaged in the area, etc.  Please attend if you are interested and able.

All are invited to come if able.  This PME is not limited to the FAO/RAO/FAS/RAS community, so please bring others who have an interest in Japan or the Marine Corps' International Affairs Programs in general. 

POC:      Maj Robyn Mestemacher, Russia FAO, I MEF G-1 Ops:  robyn.mestemacher@usmc.mil / (760) 725-9218

 

 

Semper Fi!

v/r

Worf

Ladies, gents,

11 updates today, just in time for summer weather:

 

a.  What has a FAO done for me lately: Oman/SEA SOLDIER

b.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Georgia/GDPI

c.  What has a RAO done for me lately:  Maldives/MTT

d.  What has a PEP done for me lately:  Australia/COPE NORTH

e.  What has a PEP done for me lately:  France/5th Marines + 21e RIM

f.   What has a FAS done for me lately:  France/5th Marines + 21e RIM

g.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  France/CMC support for Belleau Wood ceremony

h.  What has an AFPAK Hand done for me lately:  "The Marine Female Engagement Team Program "

i.   What has a FAS done for me lately:  15MEU FAS deployment End of Tour

j.  MCSCG developing FAS capabilities

k.  FAO ICT trip reports + Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports

 

 

 

 a.  What has a FAO done for me lately: Oman/SEA SOLDIER:

Who:       Maj David Ickles, Egypt FAO on ICT

What:     FAO support to 26MEU and Royal Army of Oman 11th Infantry Brigade during Exercise SEA SOLDIER

Where:  Salalah and Thumrait, Oman

When:    16Apr - 3May 2013

Why:       To complement 26MEU efforts with LREC capabilities during Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC) Exercise SEA SOLDIER with Omani forces.

Summary:  Maj Ickles applied his 0802 PMOS and MAGTF experience in addition to his Arabic language, regional expertise and culture (LREC) skills to improve the outcome of planning and execution of this bi-lateral exercise with the Royal Army of Oman.  As 1 of 4 USMC Arabic speakers present, Maj Ickles translated during the final planning conference, facilitated access to Thumrait Air Base, and served as liaison between the MEU Command Element and Omani 11th Brigade through live fire training, ship-board visits, and mechanized landing demonstrations.  LREC was a force multiplier in creating rapport with Omani forces and commanders; a significant goal in Building Partner Capacity missions like this.  Regional expertise was also significant; many Marines were unaware of Oman's unique history and expected to find a similar culture to Iraq or Afghanistan.

See SEA SOLDIER 13 AAR.

 

 

 b.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Georgia/GDPI:

Who:       Capt Yuriy Tymoshenko,  Eurasia FAO, 3d Force Recon Company

What:      FAO support to Georgia Deployment Program - ISAF (GDPI) as Intel Instructor

Where:   Tbilisi, Georgia

When:     Jul12 - Mar13

Why:        To prepare and certify the 42nd Georgian Battalion for deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan (Mar-Sep13) and inter-operability with USMC as a partner nation.

Summary:  a combination of PMOS + FAO skills resulted in Capt Tymoshenko's selection to deploy as an advisor to Georgia with 3rd Bn, 23rd Marines (3/23).  Capt Tymoshenko is an infantry and ground intelligence officer in the Select Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR), assigned to 3d Force Recon Company, 4th MarDiv.  Foreign born in Ukraine to Russian-speaking parents, and designated as a Eurasia FAO in April, 2012, Capt Tymoshenko applied LREC + PMOS skills to positive effect in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Language and culture were force-multipliers in the accomplishment of this mission to prepare a partner nation to deploy with us to Afghanistan.

See GDIP AAR.

 

 

 c.  What has a RAO done for me lately:  Maldives/MTT:

Who:      Capt Francisco Vega, South Asia RAO

What:     OIC for 1st MTT with Maldivian Marine Corps (MMC)

Where:  Maldives

When:    Nov-Dec 2013

Why:       Combination 0302 + 8226 skill set.  MARFORPAC is moving ahead with a 3-year Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC) engagement effort with the Maldives.  This Marine Training Team will help the Maldivian Marine Corps establish an Officer and NCO development Course.  MARFORPAC selected Capt Vega due to his infantry experience, especially small unit leader development skills, and his South Asia RAO skillset.

Amplifying Comments: The MTT will consist of 15 team members; one Marine Officer, thirteen Staff NCOs/ NCOs/ Navy Corpsman.    The MTT will train with Maldivian Marine Corps Company Grade Officers and NCOs.  MMC Officers will participate in an Officer Development Seminar.  MMC NCOs will be instructed in small unit leadership, marksmanship and MCMAP.   The overarching purpose is a focused effort to increase Command and Control for the Maldivian Marine Corps Mobile Deployed Units' by developing a strong ability to operate independently and through remote sites.  The MMC was established in 2006.

 

 

 d.  What has a PEP done for me lately:  Australia/COPE NORTH

Who:      Capt Duncan French, USMC F/A-18 PEP to Australia

What:     PEP support to tri-lateral U.S.-Australia-Japan Exercise COPE NORTH

Where:  Anderson AFB, Guam

When:    1-15 Feb, 2013

Why:       to increase inter-operability between the U.S., Australia and Japan with a focus on Large Force Employment and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief.

Summary:   Capt French is 1 of 38 Marines assigned to a foreign military via the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP).  As an F/A-18 pilot with 75 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Capt French gained unique insights into coalition partner capabilities as well as providing persistent USMC presence with a key partner nation.  Australia is working to develop amphibious capabilities and inter-operability with U.S. forces.  Australia has recently decided to upgrade their F/A-18Fs to E/A-18G Growlers.  This exercise also highlighted the importance of air-to-air refueling capabilities provided by the KC-130.

See COPE NORTH 13 AAR

 

 

 e.  What has a PEP done for me lately:  France/5th Marines + 21e RIM:

Who:      Maj Jean Patrick Exantus, USMC staff officer PEP to France

What:     PEP support to bi-lateral U.S.-French training

Where:  Frejus, France

When:    21-24 May, 2013

Why:       to enhance mutual knowledge and inter-operability between U.S. and French amphibious forces.

Summary:  Maj Exantus coordinated, planned, and helped execute this training opportunity from his position as Staff Officer with HQ French Army Land Forces Command.  This was the 3rd partnership training engagement between USMC and the French 6th Light Armored Brigade.  The previous two happened within the last year.  The 21st French Marine Infantry Regiment is combat tested in Mali, hunting Al Quaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).  Marines from 5th Marines shared lessons learned from OEF.  3 USMC French-speakers participated in this training event, followed immediately by participation in the Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Belleau Wood.  Leveraging the talents of LREC professionals made a significant impact during this training.  English is not universally spoken among French forces.

See FREJUS AAR.

 

 

 f.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  France/5th Marines + 21e RIM:

Who:     SSgt Julien Guerrier, French FAS, PO-SOD

What:    FAS support to bi-lateral U.S.-French training

Where: Frejus, France

When:   21-26 May, 2013

Why:      to enhance mutual knowledge and inter-operability between U.S. and French amphibious forces.

Summary:  SSgt Guerrier augmented 5th Marines as a native French speaker and 0372 MARSOC operator/infantryman.  He is an experience track Foreign Area SNCO (FAS).  The majority of Security Cooperation engagement happens at the enlisted level.  Foreign enlisted service-members felt much more comfortable engaging an enlisted Marine who spoke their language and had MAGTF credibility.  Integrating LREC professionals at the point of contact between USMC and foreign forces improves the accomplishment of Security Cooperation objectives, the effectiveness of training, and rapport with partner nation forces.  SSgt Guerrier had the credibility with both USMC forces and French forces to support the mission and improve interaction between French and U.S. Marines.

 

 

 g.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  France/CMC support for Belleau Wood ceremony:

Who:     Capt Lorelei Gaus, French FAO, Marine Barracks Washington

What:    FAO support to CMC + 5th Marines during Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the Battle for Belleau Wood

Where: Paris, France

When:   19-28 May, 2013

Why:      to support CMC in maintaining a significant relationship with France during a counterpart visit, high profile memorial ceremony and coordination of 50 non-French speaking Marines participating in partner nation training..

Summary:  Capt Gaus applied her PMOS (0180), protocol experience, and French FAO talents to facilitate a smooth, high visibility event between CMC's office, U.S. Embassy-Paris, 5th Marines, and the French public.  The movement of 50 non-French speaking Marines in Paris has the potential for brilliance or disaster.  The deliberate engagement of a FAO tipped the balance in favor of success.  This event included last minute changes at the highest level, significant reduction in ceremonial support due to sequestration, Service chief counterpart visits, diplomatic level attention, and ceremonial interaction between U.S. Marines and an engaged French public at Belleau Wood.  Capt Gaus kept all engagements flowing smoothly, prepared MajGen Fox at the last minute to fill in for CMC, and translated for French locals eager to interact with U.S. Marines.

See Belleau Wood AAR.

 

 

 h.  What has an AFPAK Hand done for me lately:  "The Marine Female Engagement Team Program ":

Who:       LtCol Diana Staneszewski, AFPAK Hand + South Asia RAO

What:     Won National Defense University's (NDU) "Women, Peace, and Security" writing contest. 

Where:  NDU, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC

When:    May, 2013

Why:       The award was established to help NDU implement the inter-agency U.S. National Action Plan for Women required by UN Security Council resolution 1325.

LtCol Staneszewski's paper, entitled "The Marine Female Engagement Team Program," won the first university-wide award in this newly established writing contest.  The award selection committee was chaired by U.S. Ambassador McGann, and the winning paper was unanimously chosen by all committee members.  The committee members and paper submissions were drawn from the National War College (NWC), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and College of International Security Affairs (CISA), which are all located at NDU. LtCol Staneszewski is currently in Afghanistan on her 2nd tour as an AFPAK Hand. 

 

 

 i.   What has a FAS done for me lately:  15MEU deployment End of Tour:

Who:     GySgt Andrew Hodges, Arabic FAS

What:    FAS support to 15MEU - continues Beta Test at NPS

Where: 15MEU workups + deployment through Middle East + East Timor

When:   Mar12 - Sep12 = workups

                 Sep12 - May13 = deployment

Why:      execute FAS Beta Test; identify value added; test the operational employment of FAS Marines on MEUs; learn lessons to improve the program + training + employment of enlisted LREC professionals.

Summary:  USMC FAS concept is first of its kind in any service.  Over the course of work-ups and deployment, 15MEU streamlined many lessons in the deliberate, pro-active engagement of LREC skills at the tactical level.  This End-of-tour report discusses all elements of GySgt Hodges FAS experience over 15 months:  FAS courses, staff assignment of FAS Marines, LREC instructions and support integration, NPS seminars, MEU workups, MEU deployment, and impacts made as on three significant training events in East Timor, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.  GySgt Hodges will attend NPS, with follow-on orders to support USMC training mission with UAE Presidential Guard.

See 15MEU Final AAR 2013.

 

 

 j.  MCSCG developing FAS capabilities:

Who:       Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG)

What:      Graduated 4 Marines from Spanish + French Language acquisition course

Where:   Ft. Story, VA

                  DLI Foreign Language Center, Virginia Beach Training Detachment.

When:     7 June, 2013

Why:        to improve communication and build rapport with partner nations.

Summary:  7.92% of the total force has foreign language proficiency.  2.4% of the entire Marine Corps qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.  DoD missions send Marines overseas to get our job done, and eventually that requires interaction + engagement with foreign populations.  The Language Training Detachment in Virginia Beach is 1 of 34 that provides short-notice foreign language support.  Col Baker, CO of MCSCG, is developing a concept for his senior enlisted staff to achieve the standards for FAS designation during their tour in Ft. Story.

http://www.mcscg.marines.mil/News/tabid/2917/Article/144632/on-the-ready-marines-graduate-from-dli-foreign-language-center-acquisition-cour.aspx

 

 

 k.  FAO ICT trip reports + Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports:

FAO country trip reports are hung on FAOweb at the link below.

Trip reports from FAO In Country Training (ICT) and Army In-Region Training (IRT) depicts a snapshot of current observations in language, military, geography/demography, economy, culture, politics and travel recommendations.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports provide details and background information on issues, as requested by members of Congress.  Outstanding reference for official U.S. positions and descriptions of complex matters.

From the home page, click FAO Wiki:  https://fao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/fao-wiki 

For help accessing FAOweb, contact Mr. Jim Howard  jlhoward@nps.edu  / (831) 656-1067  or Mr. Brian Bouware at bgboulwa@nps.edu  / (831) 656-1080.

 

 

Semper Fi!

v/r

Worf

Ladies & Gents,

7 updates today:

 

a.  SPMAGTF-AF FAO request

b.  FY15 Marine Attaché solicitation

c.  PLU hail & farewell

d.  CMC comments at Brookings Institute

e.  articles on IAP website

f.  FAOA luncheon:  "Building Partnership Capacity through Foreign Military Advising: the Ground and Air Perspective"

g.  FAO awarded DoD top SARC

  

a.  SPMAGTF-AF FAO-FAS request:

Who:        SPMAGTF-Africa (13.2)

What:      FAO/FAS support for Mobile Training Team (MTT)

                  Patrolling/Maritime Operations MTT to Gabonese Anti Trafficking Brigade (This unit is a military unit detached to the Gabonese national park service).

Where:   Libreville, Gabon

                   Makoukou, Gabon (Minkebe National Park)

When:     17-30 June

Why:       SPMAGTF-AF needs LREC support to teach the newly formed unit the basics in patrolling and maritime principles.

Details:   MARFORAF can fund TAD.

- 9 Pax total.

- Austere mission, so think more in terms of field exercise not 5-star hotel.

- National park.  Wiki Minkebe to get an idea of the location.

- Need a "yes" or "no" by COB Thursday, so that Capt Baker (OIC) can brief his language support piece to the MFA staff.

POC:        Capt Laura Perazzola, MFA G-3/5 Regional Engagements laura.perazzola@mfe.usmc.mil / DSN: 314-431-2389

                

 

b.  FY15 Marine Attaché solicitation:

MARADMIN 274/13 was released yesterday soliciting applications for 7 MARA billets next year.

1.  Spain        5.  Iraq

2.  Bolivia      6.  Japan

3.  Israel        7.  Pakistan

4.  Jordan

The Israel billet incorrectly lists 2016; should be Jun 2015.

The board was intentionally delayed to run after the O5 command board so Marines did not have to choose between the two.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/143895/fy15-active-duty-marine-attache-selection-panel.aspx

POC:  LtCol Joel "Pudge" Poudrier, Manpower & Training (IOP) Branch, HQMC Intel Dept joel.poudrier@usmc.mil / (703) 614-4022

            MSgt Kevin Andrade, IOP kevin.andrade@usmc.mil / (703) 614-2082

 

 

 c.  PLU hail & farewell:

Col John Parker is departing PLU this summer to answer the call of mini-fortunes in career #2.

He provided the top-cover, humor and support that allowed us to accomplish everything we've done over the last 3 years.   A true pleasure to work with, we wish him the best in his next adventures.

Col Robert Loynd will take the helm of PLU this summer, leaping over a half-dozen cubicles from National Plans Branch (PLN) within PL Division.

He is a Study Track Russian FAO who came into the program before USMC sent officers to NPS.  He served at the George C. Marshall Center and Minsk, Belarus during FAO training.  Other staff tours include EUCOM, Chief J-5 USF-K, Aviation Weapons Requirements (APW) and CMC representative on Guam.  He is an EA-6B Prowler pilot and had Command of VMAQ-1.  We are excited to have him as we continue to push the International Affairs Programs (IAP) as far forward as we can to educate Marines and improve USMC business practices in complex environments overseas. 

 

 

 d.  CMC comments at Brookings Institute:

Who:     CMC

What:    State of the Marine Corps, interview with Brookings Institute + discussion on future of USMC

Where: Brookings Institute, Washington, DC

When:   Wed, 29May 2013

Why:      discuss effects of sequestration, future roles & missions, and how USMC will be prepared.

Details:  http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/313015-1

minute 44:10 - 47:52 during Q&A

Question (Megan Kat, CNA):  training & education focus - over last decade LREC skills have been emphasized.  with sequestration & rebalance of the force, how important are LREC skill sets for missions moving forward?

 Answer (CMC):   LREC is every bit as important over next 2 decades as other combat skills.  lessons of last 12 years of war indicate people and relationships are critical to mission success.  COIN mindset is important.  we don't want to lose that.  future missions are among the people, we have to be mindful of culture and language, and relationship building.  we doubled FAOs/RAOs to include SNCOs.  USMC is sending senior enlisted to NPS.

 

   

 e.  AARs + articles on IAP website:

PLU created a new link on our webpage today to post

   1.  FAS AARs

   2.  Language Sustainment AARs (FY12 + FY13)

   3.  Hip pocket briefs

          - promotion + career designation board outbriefs

          - USMC Security Cooperation Narrative

          - FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS briefs

          - USMC 101 briefs  (good for foreign, joint, and interagency audiences)

          - Annual FAO Report

    4.  Articles

Several great articles have been passed to us...  some authored by FAOs/RAOs,  some discussing topics that impact our community.

To keep community updates as succinct as possible, we have hung several on our website

     5.  coming soon - civilian + contract job opportunities.

Several great opportunities have been presented that I was not able to advertise in a timely manner.

90% of this distro list is active duty, however my intent is to keep FAOs/RAOs engaged in our community after they take off the uniform.  Reservist + Civilian FAOs/RAOs + FASs augment our community each year, and have unique perspectives that all may benefit from sooner or later.

https://hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU)/InternationalAffairsPrograms/IAPAfterActionReports.aspx

 

 

 f.  FAOA luncheon:  "Building Partnership Capacity through Foreign Military Advising: the Ground and Air Perspective"

Who:       open to all, hosted by FAO Association

What:      luncheon + featured speakers

                   LTC Al Ramos, USA - role of FAOs in 162nd Infantry Bgde, training Army advisors

                   Col John "Oly" Holm, USAF - Commandant of USAF Air Advisor Academy - mission of AAA in training USAF air advisors

Where:   Ft. McNair O'Club, Washington DC

When:     Wednesday, 26 June  1100-1315

                   20 June = registration deadline

Why:        discuss advisor training and Building Partnership Capacity through Foreign Military Advising: the Ground and Air Perspective.

                   http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/Transition_team/162_in_bde_mission.html

Register: FAOA website, www.faoa.org

 

 

 g.  FAO awarded DoD top SARC:

Who:         Maj Robyn Mestemacher

What:       1 of 6 personnel awarded as top Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC) across DoD

Where:    George C. Marshall Center

                    Stuttgart, Germany

When:      10 May 2013

Why:         she's good at her job... even collateral ones.

Details:     http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/en/component/content/article/4-cat-mc-news/1152-marine-major-earns-honor-as-dod-top-sarc.html

Ladies & Gents,

9 updates today:

 

a.  FY13 Language Sustainment update

b.  Joint FAO Basic Course

c.  Joint FAO Phase II Courses

d.  Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan - Annex V:  Interagency Integration Strategy

e.  FAO/RAO community can complement ONR-G efforts

f.  Afghanistan Seminar

g.  Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)

h.  Advanced FAO language enhancement courses

i.   CalState intensive language programs

 

 

a.   FY13 Language Sustainment update:

75 language sustainment requests have been approved to date in FY13.

37 of 75 include TAD for regional immersion.

38 of 75 include local tutors and language schools.

$5,730 is the average request amount this year.

21 of 37 TAD complete (57%); 14  of 21 travel claims settled (67%); 4 DTS claims being worked

24 of 38 tuition bills paid (63%)

9 travel claims/tuition have come in over the obligated amount ($7,306 over)

   -  DTS travel expense surprises,

   -  under-estimating miscellaneous travel expenses (to/from airport...)

   -  under-estimating per diem

   - several Marines executing independent TAD for the 1st time

12 TAD travel claims outstanding + 14 tuition claims outstanding, + good chance that more will overspend their requested amounts = PLU holding remaining funds as a buffer (as needed).

PLU has 2 more completed requests standing by for approval.

Full stop on language sustainment requests for now.

DLNSEO is looking to justify providing language sustainment funds in FY14.

DLNSEO needs our AARs + DLPT/OPI results to make a strong case!

PLU currently has 8 AARs + 8 DLPT/OPI results (38%).

 

 

 

b.  Joint FAO Basic Course:

Who:     23 Marines from FY13 class

What:    5-day course to begin familiarity with DoD FAO/RAO community

Where: Monterey, CA

                NPS + DLI

When:   10-14 June, 2013

Why:     23 of 177 newly designated FAOs/RAOs this summer (13%) are Marines. 

                USA, USN, and USAF follow the same standard & requirements for FAO designation, and sooner or later,,, we all serve together.  We can learn from each other.

                U.S. Army = Executive Agent for establishing a Basic Course to introduce the Joint FAO community to our newest members.

                All courses are video-taped & posted on FAOweb.  For those who cannot make it to Monterey, I encourage you to log into FAOweb and watch.

                https://fao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/courses     (click "Learn" on top bar, then "Joint Courses")  you can see full videos of last years + this year's courses.

                If you need a free FAOweb account, see MARADMIN 215/11 and contact Mr. Brian Boulware bgboulwa@nps.edu / 831 656-1080 or Mr. Jim Howard jlhoward@nps.edu / 831 656-1067

 

 

 

c.  Joint FAO Phase II Courses:

Who:      any senior FAOs/RAOs

What:    3 new 1-week "phase II" courses

                     a.  Energy Security:  15-17 Jul

                     b.  Middle East Region:  12-16 Aug

                     c.  Asia-Pacific Region:  16-20 Sep

Where:  Washington, DC

                      a.  Naval Support Facility, 701 South Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA

                      b.  Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, 2100 2nd St. SW, suite 4308, Washington, DC

When:    Jul-Sep, as listed above

Why:       To refresh regional SA, network among senior FAOs who have been in the business a while, and learn something new.

                  U.S. Navy = Executive Agent for establishing an Advanced Course to keep senior FAOs sharp, as they've been out of school for a while.

                  All courses are video taped & unclass courses are posted on FAOweb.  Same details as above.  https://fao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/courses

Details:   see agenda (attached) for first 2.

                  Phase II courses are intended for O5+ officers.  I'll sneak a senior O4 in if I can.

                  Contact PLU if interested in attending.  Application format pending.  Let us know who's interested,, we'll work the fine print details this summer. 

                  DLNSEO cannot fund TAD as they did before for Joint FAO skills sustainment Program courses.  PLU does not have funds for TAD, so if interested, be prepared to self-fund. 

                  Great courses.  Top notch line-up of presenters.  Unique opportunity for FAO/RAO community of all services.

                  More details to follow.

 

 

 

d.  Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan - Annex V:  Interagency Integration Strategy:

Who:       CMC

What:      signed & released "Annex V"

Where:   HQMC

When:    May 2013

Why:       Provides Service-level guidance for USMC to more effectively embrace Interagency

                  Identifies methodology to achieve DoD missions with awareness + unity of effort with Interagency

                  Outlines objectives, requirements... and assignments to support Interagency integration

Details:   http://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/ELECTRONICLIBRARY/ElectronicLibraryDisplay/tabid/13082/Article/142170/usmc-interagency-integration-strategy-mcscp-annex-v.aspx

POC:        Maj Amy "Krusty" McGrath, Interagency Policy Coordinator, PP&O/PLU-7, amy.mcgrath@usmc.mil / 703 693-9766

 

 

 

e.  FAO/RAO community can complement ONR-G efforts:

Who:      Office of Naval Research Global (ONR-G)

What:     Provides science and technology (S&T) advice to SECNAV, and develops technology to enable future operational concepts

                 Opportunity for mutual support between FAO/RAO community + ONR-G

Where:  ONR Global offices:                                                                                                           ONR Science Advisor offices: onrg.sa@mail.mil

                  Arlington, VA      (onrg.arlington@mail.mil / 314 235-6009)                              Norfolk, VA; Newport, RI; San Diego, CA; Mechanicsburg, PA; Camp Lejeune, NC

                  Santiago, Chile   (onrg.santiago@mail.mil / +562-330-3154 )                           Naples, Italy

                  London, UK   (onrg.london@mail.mil / +44 01895-61-6405                              Doha, Bahrain

                  Prague, Czech Republic   (onrg.prague@mail.mil / +420-257-022-030 )      Okinawa + Yokosuka, Japan

                  Singapore (onrg.singapore@mail.mil / +65-6476-9443)

                  Tokyo, Japan (onrg.tokyo@mail.mil  / +81-3-3401-8924)

When:    long time

Why:       identify and facilitate emerging science & technology (S&T) relationships. 

Details:  ONR-G staff are in all the locations mentioned above, building S&T relationships with academia and technology developers around the globe.

                 Always looking for the next cutting edge innovations & ideas that will enable how we do business in the future.

                 FAO/RAO community (PEPs, LNOs, FPME, Olmsted Scholars, etc) can help ONR accomplish its mission by virtue of your presence overseas, and broaden civ-mil perspectives in the process.

                 No collection effort.   Opportunity to learn & support another function of DoD accomplishing a mission to stay at the front of S&T efforts globally.

                  http://www.onr.navy.mil/Science-Technology/ONR-Global.aspx

 

 

 

f.  Afghanistan Seminar:

Who:      University of Nebraska, Omaha Center for Afghanistan Studies (UNOCAS)

What:     Afghanistan Seminar

Where:  Univ of Nebraska, Omaha

When:   08-26 July, 2013

                 21 Jun = application deadline

Description: During the Afghanistan Seminar, participants rapidly develop basic language skills, cultural awareness, and a historical understanding of modern Afghanistan. Morning sessions focus on politics, ethnic relations, gender issues, terrorism, and a variety of other topics. Afternoons are devoted to developing practical communication skills in Pashto and Dari, or Afghan Persian. Some evenings feature cultural exchanges with Omaha’s Afghan community. The three-week experience prepares both civilian and military personnel for making their time in country more productive.

Funding:  This training opportunity is completely funded by ODNI through the NGA Foreign Language and Culture Office (HDF)—there is no cost to your office other than the time away needed to attend the course.  

Enrollment procedures: Interested personnel should complete the following sections of the attached SF182 (Section A “Trainee Information, Section D 1a-2e “Approvals”), have their supervisor digitally sign, and then forward to Matthew Doughty, NGA Foreign Language & Culture Office Training Manager, e-mail: matthew.a.doughty@nga.ic.gov, phone: (314) 676-0454, and courtesy copy the NGA Foreign Language & Culture Office at ngaforlangpro@nga.ic.gov.  

See Afghan Immersion schedule + UNOsf182 (attached).  Contact me for more info.

 

 

 

g.  Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)

Who:      Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG)

What:     SCPC = 5-day course

Where:  Fort Story, VA

When:    24-28 Jun

                  23-27 Sep

                  02-06 Dec

Why:      To provide working knowledge of Security Cooperation (SC) tools that include legislation, national policy, SC engagement planning, funding authorities, foreign disclosure, combatant commander perspectives + priorities, and organization interaction to implement and achieve DoD SC goals.

MTTs are possible with coordination.  Class comes to Monterey, CA once a year in March.  Highly recommended.  If USMC does something that involves foreigners, it's probably Security Cooperation.

POC:      Capt Jamie Ash, SCPC Coordinator, Jamie.ash@usmc.mil  / 757 962-4430 x2273

Details:  see SCPC Quicklook (attached)

 

 

 

h.  Advanced FAO language enhancement courses:

Who:      DLI Continuing Education

What:     Advanced Chinese class    (class # 21531CM41313)

                  Advanced Korean class     (class # 21531KP40913)  with Prof. Joonki Baek

Where:  on-line

                  Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) = skype with DLI advanced class

When:    Chinese:  13Jun - 08Aug   on Thursdays.  Time TBD

                  Korean:   14Aug - 25Sep   on Wednesdays.  Time TBD

Why:       help maintain + improve language skills.

Details:   classes are for 2/2 (and better) speakers.

                  Classes meet for 2 hours (focus on speaking), with three on-line modules (3-5 hours self-study)

                  Chinese class will focus on Environment issues, Military modernization, and Security Assistance issues

                  Korean class will focus on NGOs, Mass media/communications, and popular culture

POC:       Mr. Madison Hughes, Non-Resident Scheduling Administrator, DLI, Madison.hughes@us.army.mil / 831 242-5847

                 Mr. Youssef Carpenter, Joint FAO Program Manager, DLI, youssef.b.carpenter.civ@mail.mil / 831 242-3794

 

 

 

i.   CalState intensive language programs:

Who:      California State University - Long Beach (CSULB), Language Training Center (LTC) CSULB

What:     2013 Summer Intensive Programs (tuition-free language classes for DoD)

Where:  Long Beach, CA  (Chinese + French)

                  San Francisco, CA (Persian Farsi)

                  Los Alamitos, CA  (Arabic)

When:    03-18 Jun = Mandarin Chinese

                  08-23 Jul = French

                  15-30 Jul = Persian Farsi

                  05-20 Aug = Arabic

Why:        raise intermediate (1+) and advanced (2, 2+, 3) language proficiency by "+"

                   150 instructional hours per course  (10 hours/day)

                    6-10 students per class;  first come, first served.   Active + Reserve welcome

POC:         Mr. Pat O'Rourke,  CSULB Language Program Manager,  Patrick.orourke@us.army.mil / orourkepc@gmail.com

                   See CSULB LTC 2013 Fact Sheet (attached)

Ladies & gents,

9 updates today:

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO slate

b.  FY13 2nd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results

c.  French-speaking FAO opportunity to support CMC + 5th Marines

d.  FSI Intensive Regional Area Studies (IRAS) courses

e.  Global Master of Arts Program II (GMAP II)

f.  FAO Association Black Tie Dinner

g.  CMC video on Sequestration impacts to USMC

h.  Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) establishing policy for U.S. Security Sector Assistance

i.   FY13 Language Sustainment update

 

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO slate:

MARADMIN 204/13 was released yesterday, announcing FY13 FAO/RAO assignments.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/141350/fy13-fao-and-rao-utilization-assignment-slate-results.aspx 

Identified Marines should have web-orders from their monitors.

59 billets were identified, 49 FAOs/RAOs were recommended, 30 were assigned through the slating process.

We have work ahead of us to make next year's slating effort more efficient & effective. 

PLU continues to work with MMOA to coordinate available FAOs/RAOs to commands with FAO/RAO requirements.

 

 

 

b.  FY13 2nd Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board results:

MARADMIN 205/13 was released today, with official results from our latest Quarterly FAO/RAO ET board.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/141417/fy13-2nd-quarter-international-affairs-program-iap-experience-track-selection-p.aspx 

7 FAOs + 10 RAOs were designated.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

       Rank  Name                         PMOS/AMOS   Region                  Note: 

1.   LtCol  Thomas Beikirch     (7557/8227)      Europe       RAO  MSG-Region 8

2.   Maj  John Black                   (0302/8228)      S.E. Asia     RAO  MARFORPAC G-5

3.   LtCol  William Chesarek   (7565/8227)      Europe       RAO   PEP-UK

4.   Capt  Lorelei Gaus             (0180/8240)      In-Trng       FAO   French

5.   Col  Gregory Gillette        (4402/8224)      Mid-East    RAO   FPME - Israeli National Defense College

6.   Capt  David Haines            (7562/8226)     S.Asia           RAO   Cambridge-India

                                                                     8228       S.E.Asia       RAO   Cambridge-Singapore

7.   LtCol  Eric Hildebrandt      (7509/8240)    In-Trng        FAO    Attaché - Spain       

8.   Maj  Alonso Jones             (0402/8224)     Mid-East     RAO   DoS + DIA

9.   Maj  Josh Kiihne                 (7525/8246)     S.Asia           FAO   AFPAK Hands-Dari

10. Capt  Lucas Kunce              (4402/8246)     S.Asia           FAO   SOTF-West-Pashto

11. Maj Alexis Piet                   (0202/8220)     In-Trng         RAO   Johns Hopkins, PLU

12. LtCol  Frank Prestwood  (0202/8223)     N.E.Asia       RAO    foreign born-Korea

                                                                     8228       S.E.Asia        RAO    JIATF-Indonesia

13. LtCol  Randolph Pugh       (0202/8247)    Europe          FAO    SOCEUR - French

14. 1stLt  Darren Remington (0302/8248)*  S.E. Asia       FAO    Missionary-Philippines

15. Capt  Adrienne Serbaroli (4402/8240)    In-Trng          FAO    foreign born - Germany

16. Maj  William Smith             (0602/8223)     N.E.Asia       RAO    USFK

17. LtCol Daniel Temple          (1803/8228)     S.E.Asia        RAO    NPS + III MEF

* pending constructive credit waiver

 

 

 

c.  French-speaking FAO opportunity to support CMC + 5th Marines:

Who:       French-speaking officer (Capt-LtCol)

What:      Coordinator for 5th Marines + CMC mission to France

Where:   Paris + Aisne-Marne cemetery + Belleau Wood, France

When:     15May - 10Jun 2013

Why:        In order to ensure success of CMC + 5th Marine’s mission to France, which includes the Memorial Day Ceremony at Belleau Wood and engagements with French Army leadership. 

Billet description: Coordinator for 5th Marines + CMC’s visit to France.  Officer will augment the US Defense Attaché Office (DAO). Duties will include coordinating logistical support for units arriving in support of CMC, including FASTEUR Rota, 5th Marine Regiment, and the USMC Battle Color Detachment.  Officer will work with US Embassy Paris personnel and French military authorities to track transportation, billeting, and messing for these supporting units. Officer will conduct advance site support, in conjunction with US and French security officials, of sites to be visited by CMC. This includes the French Joint Headquarters (“Pentagon” equivalent). Officer will coordinate with Ambassador’s staff directly in advance of ambassadorial-level event featuring the USMC Battle Color Detachment at the Ambassador’s residence. Officer will perform escort duties of CMC or other General Officer’s in support of DAO.

Amplifying Instructions: Secret clearance required in order to have unescorted access to embassy Controlled Access Area (CAA). Passport not required: In accordance with Foreign Clearance Guide, US military personnel may travel to France with military ID and orders.  French proficiency (3/3) highly desirable.  Officer will have access to DAO vehicles / drivers for official use. Officer will be in a high-visibility position; will be seen by CMC, Ambassador, and multiple other Flag Officers and civilian dignitaries. Uniforms required:  Blue-white dress "A" for Belleau Wood ceremony (Sam Browne optional), civilian business attire for embassy.   

Volunteer selection will be coordinated by PLU and Marine Attaché, Paris.

POC:  LtCol Chris Pollard, MARA, France (PollardCR@state.gov),  Maj Howard Beasey, PLU-5 EUCOM desk (howard.beasey@usmc.mil),  and Worf (jonathan.f.brown@usmc.mil). 

 

 

 

d.  FSI Intensive Regional Area Studies (IRAS) courses:

Foreign Service Institute (FSI) offers 2-week IRAS courses five times a year.

Who:       anyone interested

                  Classes developed for Foreign Service Officers en-route to overseas assignments

What:      Intensive Regional Areas Studies

                   2-week courses offered in 9 regional areas

Where:   George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC)

                   4000 Arlington Blvd

                   Arlington, VA 22203

When:     06May - 17 May

                   01Jul - 12 Jul

                   26Aug - 06Sep

Why:        lifelong learning + intensive regional education

Details:   Course fee = $935.

                  SF-182 or credit card registration form is required to pay for course.  available on request.

                  AR210 = Sub Saharan Africa                        AR240 = Near East/North Africa

                  AR220 = East Asia                                            AR260 = South Asia

                  AR250 = China                                                  AR270 = Southeast Asia

                  AR239 = Inter-America/Western Hem   AR291 = Europe

                  AR281 = Russia/Eurasia

POC:        Ms. Rachel Peterson, Office of the Registrar PetersonRA2@state.gov  / 703.302.7504

                  Overseas Briefing Center  www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c6954.htm 

 

 

 

e.  Global Master of Arts Program II (GMAP II)

Who:       any International Affairs Marine (FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS)

What:      Masters degree program opportunity

Where:  Tufts University, Fletcher School in Boston, MA

                       - Berlin (Aug13)

                       - DC (Oct13)

                       - London (Dec13)

When:     15 May 2013 (applications due) for July13 term

                   01Oct 2013  (applications due) for Mar14 term

Why:        opportunity to make Marines smarter about international affairs

Details:    12-month distance learning graduate degree program with 3 x two-week sessions in residence (Boston & overseas).  Tuition funded by Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), to include travel and per-diem meals and housing for three residency periods.   DSCA funding priority to Foreign Military Sales (FMS)/Security Cooperation Officer (SCO) billet holders; opportunity exists for expanded availability to all who qualify.  Seats limited; competitive application/selection process coordinated through Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) and DSCA.

Qualifications:  mid-career (8 year minimum) professionals with international affairs experience/responsibilities, Bachelors degree with 3.0 GPA or better, strong base in foreign language.  DISAM website detailing GMAP II: www.disam.dsca.mil/GMAPII/GMAPII.ASP.     Fletcher website detailing GMAP: http://fletcher.tufts.edu/gmap/    

POC:  Mr. Dave Ehrlich david.ehrlich@navy.mil    (NIPO) 202 433-5606. 

 

 

 

f.  FAO Association Black Tie Dinner:

Who:       all FAOs/RAOs + FASs welcome

                   Keynote Speaker = Mr. David Shedd, DIA Deputy Director

What:      Annual FAO Association Black Tie Banquet

Where:   Army Navy Country Club

                   1700 Army Navy Drive,

                   Arlington, VA

When:     Thursday, 25 April 2013

                   1800 - 2300

Why:        camaraderie in Joint FAO community

Attire:     Black Tie – Tuxedo / Cocktail Attire and military personnel equivalent

Open Bar Included - benefits the FAOA Scholarship Fund

1 free ticket to junior FAO from each Service.

Details:   http://www.faoa.org/Default.aspx?pageId=852195&eventId=660014&EventViewMode=2&CalendarViewType=0&SelectedDate=3/25/2013 

 

 

 

g.  CMC video on Sequestration impacts to USMC:

video #2 (11Apr2013):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_h56m6SJQg 

 

 

 

h.  Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) establishing policy for U.S. Security Sector Assistance:

President Obama added another LREC reference to our cheat sheet.

U.S. Policy to engage foreign partners, build partner capacity and promote support for U.S. interests.

U.S. Policy to be responsive to urgent crises, opportunities and changes in partner security environments.

U.S. Policy to ensure short-term interventions are consistent with long term goals.

U.S. Policy to analyze, plan and act regionally.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/05/fact-sheet-us-security-sector-assistance-policy 

 

 

 

i.   FY13 Language Sustainment update

47 language sustainment requests have been approved to date in FY13.

24 of 47 language sustainment efforts include TAD for regional immersion

23 of 47 language sustainment efforts include local tutors and language schools.

$5,844 is the average request amount this year.

Five months remain in FY13 to use remaining funds. 

We have sufficient funds to support another 30 requests at this rate. 

Unused funds get returned to DLNSEO.  Our preference is to support your language sustainment efforts.

Send us your language sustainment requests!

Ladies & gents,

Hope everyone enjoyed Easter weekend.

7 updates today:

 

a.  MCO 1520.11F  International Affairs Programs

b.  FY14 Ground and Aviation PEP and ISE Program solicitation

c.  USNA hot-fill

d.  Geostrategic Intel Seminar:  Sahel

e.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  15MEU/CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation

f.   LREC reference "cheat sheet"

g.  FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS point of contact list

 

 

a.  MCO 1520.11F  International Affairs Programs:

The updated order was signed last Wednesday, 27Mar 2013!

Hot off the press

This order updates, combines and cancels two orders:

     1.  MCO 1520.11E  International Affairs Officer Program (IAOP) - last revised 21Dec 2000

     2.  MCO 5700.4E     Marine Corps Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) - last revised 10Aug 2005

This order formally introduces 3 new programs:

     1.  Foreign Area SNCO (FAS)

     2.  Regional Affairs SNCO (RAS)

     3.  Afghanistan Pakistan Hands (APH)

This order incorporates recent strategic guidance from POTUS, SECDEF, and SECNAV, describes the operating environment and growing demand signal for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) professionals.

This order familiarizes the force with International Affairs Programs and represents an opportunity for CMC to emphasize the importance of IAP across the force.

This order establishes IAP requirements, incorporates new accession policy, describes experience track designation opportunities for active and reserve component Marines, updates regional designations, enforces language proficiency policy and provides guidance for FAO/RAO assignment policy.

This order was staffed through 3-star review.  All comments were adjudicated; no critical comments.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/ELECTRONICLIBRARY/ElectronicLibraryDisplay/tabid/13082/Article/140468/mco-152011f-prelim.aspx

I googled it, so it exists!

 

 

 

b.  FY14 Ground and Aviation PEP and ISE Program solicitation:

MARADMIN 174/13 was released Monday, 1Apr 2013, soliciting 20 Marines (officer + enlisted) for Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) + Inter-service Exchange (ISE) with 8 partner nations + 2 sister services.

Application deadline = 14June.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/140535/fy14-ground-and-aviation-personnel-exchange-program-pep-and-inter-service-excha.aspx

 

 

 

c.  USNA hot-fill:

Who:       Deputy Director of Language and Culture

                  Preference for Chinese, Russian, or Arabic speakers;

                  will accept any language; must have 3/3 proficiency

What:      Manage USNA Department of Language + Culture

                  Teach language to USNA midshipmen

Where:   USNA, Annapolis, MD

When:     36-month tour = Jun13-Jun16

Why:        hot fill

Details:    O4/O5, active duty

POC:         Staff Secretary, United States Naval Academy, Maj Jennifer Grieves:  Grieves@usna.edu / (410) 293-6304

 

 

 

d.  Geostrategic Intel Seminar:  Sahel:

Who:       Defense Intelligence Agency's Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture

What:      Geostrategic Intelligence Seminar (GIS): Sahel - "Ongoing Threats to Peace & Security"

Where:   Navy-Marine Reserve Center, Building 351,

                  Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB),

                  Washington, D.C.

When:    15-19 April 2013, from 0800-1600

                  10 April = registration deadline

Why:       The seminar will focus on factors of instability and Mali's complex security issues.

Details:  The five-day graduate-level seminar will provide in-depth knowledge and advanced educational understanding to U.S. intelligence analysts and LREC professionals on critical issues related to the Sahel region.  The GIS focuses on the challenges confronting the Sahel region by examining such issues as political stability, counterterrorism and drug trafficking.  The Sahel has faced a number of increasingly complex societal, political, and economic challenges.  As stability and security in the region continues to be tested, it is imported for U.S. intelligence professionals to have a better understanding of the changes facing the region, the implications of those changes, and the cultural factors driving these changes.

The GIS is designed for TS//SCI cleared experienced intelligence professionals of the federal, civilian and military workforce working the Africa account from the Intelligence Community. It is intended for government employees only. Participants are expected to have some familiarity with African Issues.

Applicants may take the seminar for 3 NIU credit hours.

POC:       Ms. Brittany Bland:  Brittany.Bland@dodiis.mil / 202 685 6161

See flier, attached for registration details.

 

 

 

e.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  15MEU/CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation:

Who:      GySgt Andrew Hodges,  15MEU FAS

What:     FAS support to CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation Joint Exercise IRON MAGIC + RED REEF

Where:  United Arab Emirates (UAE) + Saudi Arabia

When:    06-22 Dec, 2012                             02-18 January, 2013

Why:       To provide LREC support at the tactical level to improve the planning and execution of USMC and Combatant Command missions overseas.

Summary:  http://www.dvidshub.net/news/104349/meu-benefits-regional-expertise#.UVkdmuTHufU

 

 

 

f.  LREC reference "cheat sheet":

The attached Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) reference document is intended to serve 3 purposes for the community:

    1.  Put strategic LREC references at your fingertips

    2.  make the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community aware that these references exist

    3.  emphasize the importance of LREC to the effective accomplishment of DoD missions

This crib notes "cheat sheet" is structured as a series of 30-second sound bites.  It condenses 60 references into 32 pages.   When printed out, it fills six 3-ring binders.  "cheat sheet" fits into your pocket better.  Laminate & take to the field.  Web-links to the references are provided where available.

For those of you at the doorstep of NPS; about to write finals; struggling to persuade your boss about the importance of the FAO/RAO + FAS program to the DoD mission; and why it's important to maintain your language skills, you can thank me later.

See attached.

 

 

 

g.  FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS point of contact list:

Updated POC list is attached.

This list is structured geographically & structurally as best I could, so you'll know who's close by.  As you scroll down, you'll find FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS names listed alphabetically under the following 26 groups:

  a.  National Capital Region (DC + Quantico)

  b.  East Coast

  c.  West Coast

  d.  I MEF

  e.  II MEF

  f.  III MEF

  g.  MARFORCOM

  h.  PACOM

  i.  EUCOM

  j.  AFRICOM

  k.  SOUTHCOM

  l.   NORTHCOM

  m.  CENTCOM

  n.  SOCOM

  o.  FAOs on ICT

  p.  FAOs at DLI

  q.  FAOs/RAOs at NPS

  r.  FAOs/RAOs en-route to NPS

  s.  Attaches

  t.  Security Cooperation Officers

  u.  PEPs

  v.  Foreign PME

  w.  Olmsted Scholars

  x.  AFPAK Hands

  y.  FAS/RAS

  z.  Reserve FAS/RAS

  aa.  Reserve FAOs/RAOs

  bb.  Civilian FAOs/RAOs

If I'm missing anyone, or details have changed, please advise.

Ladies & gents,

A little light reading for your weekend.  Enjoy!

9 updates today:

 

a.  ALNAV 017/13

b.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  UAE/IRON MAGIC

c.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Saudi Arabia/ RED REEF

d.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Thailand/COBRA GOLD

e.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Korea/KMET

f.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Japan/IRON FIST

g.  Afghanistan Joint IA hot fill opportunity:  Linguist Assignment Manager

h.  MARSOC French language opportunities

i.  Indiana University Arabic + Russian language opportunities

 

 

a.  ALNAV 017/13:

Who:      SECNAV

What:     released ALNAV 017/13

Where:  http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/ALNAVS/ALN2013/ALN13017.txt

When:   Wed, 13Mar13

Why:      To underscore his personal commitment to the health and future of the FAO programs, and the critical importance of the LREC community to the Department of the Navy.

"The lessons of the past decade have taught us that trust and cooperation cannot be surged, and neither can the LREC skills required to build these long term relationships.  Success in operations and on the asymmetric battlefields of the future requires specialized officers with a sophisticated understanding of the international security environment, capable of facilitating close and continuous military-diplomatic interaction with foreign governments and their defense establishments.  On the tactical level, FAOs are indispensable to the planning and execution of operations, including facilitating effective communication with local populations, and leveraging their LREC skills to shape strategic messaging in support of these operations.  As attachés, FAOs represent myself, CNO and CMC to the foreign service and foreign militaries.  As SCOs, FAO manage critical foreign assistance programs...which build the capacity of our international partners.  On the staffs of the GCCs and CCMDs, FAOs directly influence international engagement and the strategic employment of our expeditionary forces."

 

 

 

b.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  UAE/IRON MAGIC:

Who:      GySgt Andrew Hodges,  15MEU FAS

What:     FAS support to CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation Joint Exercise IRON MAGIC

Where:  United Arab Emirates (UAE)

When:    06-22 Dec, 2012

Why:       To provide LREC support at the tactical level to improve the planning and execution of USMC and Combatant Command missions overseas.

Summary:  As the only Arabic-speaking Marine with 15MEU and  Marine Corps Training Mission (MCTM), GySgt Hodges effectively engaged language, regional expertise and culture (LREC) skills to improve the outcomes of this TSC event; namely enhancing the tactical proficiency of UAE Presidential Guard Marine Group (PGMG), the Khalifa Bin Zayed II Brigade, and interoperability with U.S. armed forces.  GySgt Hodges distributed CAOCL country briefs and smart cards as teaching aids prior to the event to prepare Marines for culture shock, educate "strategic Corporals", and facilitate many opportunities for positive first impressions.  GySgt Hodges provided basic Arabic instruction, teaching over 35 expressions to Marines of BLT 3/5, the Maritime Reconnaissance Force, and USS Green Bay.  GySgt Hodges performed as translator when contracted interpreters failed to show.  GySgt Hodges performed as liaison officer to UAE operations center staff, clarifying 15MEU SOPs, creating rapport, and facilitating better communication.  GySgt Hodges performed in direct support of BLT 3/5 infantry and LAV platoon training engagements from weapons handling, firing instructions and coordinating vehicle movements to demolition (EOD) efforts in combat town.  GySgt Hodges helped alleviate several cultural misunderstandings, supported VIP events through FINEX and the closing ceremony, and directly contributed to strengthening bilateral relationships between UAE and the U.S.

GySgt Hodges is one of four FAS Marines assigned to MEUs to prove the concept of the Foreign Area SNCO (FAS) program.  

See details in FAS Joint AAR Exercise IRON MAGIC (attached).

 

 

 

c.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Saudi Arabia/ RED REEF:

Who:      GySgt Andrew Hodges,  15MEU FAS

What:     FAS support to CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation Joint Exercise RED REEF

Where:  Saudi Arabia

                  Eastern coast, north of Jubail

When:    02-18 January, 2013

Why:       To provide LREC support at the tactical level to improve the planning and execution of USMC and Combatant Command missions overseas.

Summary:  As the only Arabic-speaking Marine with 15MEU and MCTM-Saudi, GySgt Hodges applied LREC skills to improve the outcomes of this TSC event; namely enhancing the tactical proficiency of Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) and interoperability with U.S. armed forces.  As noted above, GySgt Hodges distributed CAOCL products as teaching aids to prepare Marines for the different cultural environment of Saudi Arabia.  GySgt Hodges continued basic Arabic lessons, supported the ADVON staff, facilitated Key Leader Engagements, and supported exercise planning.  In addition to supporting the Bravo Command Element as Senior Enlisted Advisor, GySgt Hodges performed as liaison officer to RSNF combat operations center staff, translated periods of instruction, and supported VIP visits to USS Green Bay.  Critical differences between the UAE and Saudi TSC efforts include RSNF camp not co-located with U.S. camp, different exercise goals, and greater distance between training areas.  Key comments from this TSC engagement include:  cultural rapport is equally important to language ability; Interpreter contract support is unreliable; LREC coordination should be made early and often; and the FAS Program is a force multiplier.

See details in FAS Joint AAR Exercise RED REEF (attached).

 

 

 

d.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Thailand/COBRA GOLD

Who:      GySgt Marklester Ecalnir,  31MEU FAS

What:     FAS support to PACOM Theatre Security Cooperation Joint Exercise COBRA GOLD

Where:  Thailand

When:    07-21 February, 2013

Why:       To provide LREC support at the tactical level to improve the planning and execution of USMC and Combatant Command missions overseas.

Summary:  As one of two FAS Marines with 31MEU, GySgt Ecalnir  applied LREC skills to improve the outcomes of this multi-lateral TSC event; advancing regional security, ensuring effective response to regional security challenges, and enhancing tactical interoperability of partner nations with U.S. armed forces.  GySgt Ecalnir augmented the Aviation Combat Element and BLT 1/5 using LREC skills to prepare Marines for the cultural environment of Thailand.  As a multi-lateral event, participating nations included Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.  GySgt Ecalnir applied proficiency in 4 local languages to facilitate translation efforts and directly support the Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). 

The following article depicts GySgt Ecalnir's LREC support during the NEO in COBRA GOLD 13.

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleView/tabid/7377/Article/13863 

See details in FAS AAR Exercise COBRA GOLD (attached).

 

 

 

e.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Korea/KMET

Who:      GySgt James Cornwell,  31MEU FAS

What:     FAS support to Korean Marine Exchange Training (KMET)

Where:  Camp Mujuk, Korea

When:    10-14 December, 2012 (IPC)

                  15-18 January, 2013 (FPC)

                  Mar-Apr, 2013 (KMET 13-4)

Why:       To provide LREC support at the tactical level to improve the planning and execution III MEF/31MEU missions overseas.

Summary:  As one of two FAS Marines with 31MEU, and a Korean-speaker, GySgt Cornwell applied LREC skills to improve the planning effort for this bi-lateral TSC event.

KMET is a cultural and military exchange exercise conducted in Korea in the spring.  During initial and final planning conferences, GySgt Cornwell was one of two Korean-speaking Marines.  GySgt Cornwell translated BLT patrolling, call for fire and combat life saver briefs into Korean.  GySgt Cornwell facilitated cultural exchange and exercise planning between 7th Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Regiment Support Company and 31MEU BLT 1/5 + F Battery 2/11.  KMET 13-4 was originally planned as a company-level training exchange, using mortars, recoilless rifles and heavy machine guns.  The training plan proposed crew served weapons firing and individual marksmanship training.  Live fire training was to be followed by assault climbing techniques, rope bridge, rappelling, and squad-level patrolling at the Korean Mountain Warfare Center.  During the course of the planning conference, training objectives changed several times, nearly becoming a battalion-level event with a shift in focus to amphibious raids.  GySgt Cornwell's impact as a FAS is best summarized as a collection of subtle but significant contributions, and being in the right place at the right time.

1.  Rifle range.  As a combat marksmanship coach and Korean speaker, GySgt Cornwell addressed ROK concerns about allowing a joint combat marksmanship shooting event on their range.

2.  Interpreters.  The Korean interpreter assigned to Camp Mujuk spoke excellent English, but lacked knowledge of military vocabulary.  GySgt Cornwell facilitated the final 30% of translation efforts.  Interpreters can quickly become singular points of failure for a variety of reasons.  Limitations include multiple events occurring simultaneously, limited English proficiency, limited military vocabulary, contract or health issues.  Language-capable FAS Marines reduce the risk of language barriers heaping complexity on combined operations/exercises.

3.  Cultural challenges.  Identifying who the decision makers are, and how to coordinate planning with partner nations often requires cultural insights and diplomacy.  Bright ideas from senior leaders nearly derailed the exercise.  Subtle efforts to resist working through lunch and building rapport allowed important decisions to be made in Korean time, resulting in restored, workable plans.  

The following article depicts training being done in Okinawa in preparation for upcoming KMET 13-4 with GySgt Cornwell's support.

http://www.31stmeu.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleView/tabid/7377/Article/137228/31st-meu-gets-feet-wet-during-mechanized-raid.aspx 

 

 

 

f.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Japan/IRON FIST

Who:      Col Grant Newsham (MARFORPAC LNO to JGSDF R&D Command; Japan FAO)

                 LtCol Jason Perry (I MEF G-3; Japan FAO)

                 Maj Paul Bartok  (III MEF LNO to JGSDF Western Army; Japan FAO)

                 Capt Jonathan Pettibon (Japan FAO in training)

What:     FAO support to I MEF/13MEU + MCSCG Theatre Security Cooperation Joint Exercise IRON FIST

Where:  Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms, CA

When:    20Jan-15 February, 2013

Why:       To provide LREC support at the tactical level to improve the execution of USMC TSC efforts.

Background:  Exercise IRON FIST is a bi-lateral amphibious training exercise between 13MEU and Western Army Infantry Regiment (WAiR) of Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).  I MEF has conducted 7 IRON FIST training events since 2006.  Exercise objectives included improving the amphibious assault techniques of WAiR and helping JGSDF more fully understand MEU capabilities while enhancing mil-mil relations between U.S. and Japan. 

Summary:  Four USMC FAOs volunteered to support this TSC event through four phases:  StaffEX, functional training, live fire exercises, and an amphibious assault from U.S. ships.  They translated language, interpreted meanings, facilitated rapport-building, educated Marines on Japanese culture, capabilities, and the significance of the U.S.-Japan relationship as well as educating Japanese on USMC capabilities and culture.  They supported Public Affairs media efforts and managed perceptions.  FAOs were not brought into the planning process early enough to shape I MEF expectations before engaging with their Japanese counterparts.  Recognition of the importance of this event was uneven among I MEF Marines; some treating it as business as usual instead of a 'superbowl' event.   Army FAO, Maj Don Kim, also participated briefly in the exercise.  His AAR and perspectives are also attached.  See details in IRON FIST AAR + AAR for Iron Fist.

 

 

 

g.  Afghanistan Joint IA hot fill opportunity:  Linguist Assignment Manager

Who:         any O-3  volunteer looking to deploy

What:        Linguist Assignment Manager, coordinating interpreters in Afghanistan

                     Joint Individual Augment (8006) requirement that USMC must fill

Where:     Kabul, Afghanistan

When:       ASAP-Oct13

Why:          USMC must fill 6% of Joint IA billets.  This is a good billet to fill.

Details:      Line # 00099275.  RTN 178938.  Billet Grade O3/Capt.  TS-SCI clearance required (ask MMFA if waiverable).  No language required.

POC:           Maj Benjamin Peryam, requirements OIC at MMFA, benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil / (703) 432-9177

 

 

 

h.  MARSOC French language opportunities:

Who:       MARSOC Language Training Center

What:      16-week French class for beginners (initial language training)

Where:   Stone Bay/Camp Lejeune, NC

When:     08Apr-15Aug

Why:        4 seats available.  Goal is to achieve 1/1/1 French proficiency.

Details:    Marines/host unit responsible for TAD to get you there.  No cost for class.

POC:         Ms. Tanya Woodcook Tanya.woodcook@usmc.mil / 910-440-0837

 

 

 

i.  Indiana University Arabic + Russian language opportunities:

Who:      Indiana University LTC

What:     Arabic  (5 or 9 week) courses

                  Russian (4 or 8 week) courses

Where:   Indiana University

                  1217 E Atwater Ave

                  Bloomington, IN 47401-3703

When:    Arabic:  27May-26Jun

                  Russian: 03Jun-26Jul

Why:       DLNSEO-funded language support.

Details:  Boarding + tuition are paid for by Language Training Center (LTC) grant from DLNSEO.   Marines/host unit responsible for getting you there (travel + M&IE).

Uniformed or civilian DoD employees eligible.  https://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/applications/login/1100.html   

POC:   Mr. Mitchell Farmer at IU at (812) 855-6721  

Ladies & gentlemen,

Hope spring has arrived where you are, and you had a good weekend!

8 updates today.

 

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO slate update

b.  CMC White Letter on sequestration

c.  FY13 language sustainment update

d.  Dept of State Pol-Mil Bureau bi-weekly update

e.  FAO ICT trip reports

f.  Language Training Centers

g.  DLI distance learning courses

h.  Muslim Brotherhood and the West symposium

 

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO slate update:

The monitors at MMOA have written 95% of the FAO/RAO orders for this summer.   The remaining 5% are held up largely as a result of cascading effects of other movements/retirements/structure issues/legal/needs of each OccField across the total population.  I recognize we've blown past our February goal for a MARADMIN announcing assignments, and are barreling toward mid March.  I'll turn that around as soon as the results hit my desk, before the printer paper has a chance to cool to room temperature. 

 

 

 

b.  CMC White Letter on sequestration:

Most of us are concerned with what sequestration means to us.  CMC addresses this in the attached White Letter, which was released 2 March.

Initial indications from the Program Management desk here is that FY13 funds won't be affected too much in the short term for ICT budgets and language sustainment efforts.   Staff will be affected.  In the medium term, PLU will continue the fight to keep this bus running on a full tank of gas.  It is not lost on us that 87% of our FAO program needs have been funded using Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funds for the past 10 years.  OCO goes away in FY15.  Our work is cut out for us.  The more effective we are as a community leveraging our LREC skills to help USMC accomplish its missions, and the better we can articulate those accomplishments, the more successful we'll be funding the future of this program. 

 

 

 

c.  FY13 language sustainment update:

32 language sustainment requests have been approved to date in FY13.

19 of 32 language sustainment efforts include TAD for regional immersion

13 of 32 language sustainment efforts include local tutors and language schools.

$6.3k is the average request amount this year.

Seven months remain in FY13 to use remaining funds. 

We have sufficient funds to support another 40 requests at this rate.  Unused funds get returned to DLNSEO.  Our preference is to support your language sustainment efforts.

Sequestration and DepSecDef guidance on TAD has not limited our ability to support language sustainment efforts.

See attached spreadsheet for details to date.

 

 

 

d.  Dept of State Pol-Mil Bureau weekly update:

The new Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs and Operations (PPO) has offered to send wave-top updates from Foggy Bottom each week to provide a broad overview of what State is tracking that is suitable for blackberry skimming.  The attached PPO 1Mar update is the first.  As these are made available, PLU will post to our IAP website.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

e.  FAO ICT trip reports:

Effective this week, all In Country Training (ICT) FAO country trip reports will be hung on FAOweb.

FAOweb provides the security of an ATM machine with access from any internet-enabled device.  Trip reports provide country observations, context and analysis based around eight topics: language, military organization, geography/weather, social and cultural issues, demographics, religion, politics, and travel tips for those who follow.  Trip reports from FAOs of all services will be hung on the same page.  For those planning travel or engagements overseas, these may prove helpful.  I'll make similar efforts to post PEP reports as well.

To navigate to this page, (a) log into FAOweb, (b) click "FAO Wiki" on the top bar, (c) click on "ICT-IRT Trip and Tour Reports" mid-way down left side, (d) find your country and open available reports.   Or click the link below:

https://fao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/fao-wiki/-/wiki/FAOweb+Wiki/ICT+-+IRT+Trip+and+Tour+Reports

 

 

 

f.  Language Training Centers:

Who:     active duty personnel

                Reserve component personnel

                Recently commissioned Lieutenants awaiting TBS, flight school, follow-on schools...

                includes: FAOs/RAOs, FAS/RAS, MARSOC, MCSCG, MCIOC,

                Midshipman/MECEP graduates, any organization looking to increase LREC skills

What:   Language Training Centers (LTCs) at accredited U.S. colleges + universities

               Tuition for language training funded by DLNSEO/IIE

               Tuition for regionally-focused MA study not funded by DLNSEO, but available

               Services responsible for PCS/TAD costs

Where: LTCs currently exist at 6 colleges + universities

               1.  California State University-Long Beach (CSU-LB)

               2.  North Carolina State University (NCSU)

               3.  North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU)

               4.  San Diego State University (SDSU)

               5.  University of Montana (UM)

               6.  Indiana University (IU)

               7.  Norwich University

               8.  Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC)

               Additional colleges/universities are eligible to apply for LTC status

When:  LTCs listed above available now

                11 Apr 2013 = college/university deadline for applying for LTC status & funding

Why:    support DoD Strategic Plan for Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Capability.

               Intent is to get more DoD personnel to the 3/3/3 language proficiency, with accompanying regional expertise by engaging U.S. colleges and universities.

Details: Institute of International Education (IIE) www.iie.org 

POC:   Ms. Shirley Rapues, DLNSEO shirley.rapues@wso.whs.mil  / (703) 696-6516

             Ms. Laurie Wax, IIE lwax@iie.org  / (202) 326-7762

If any of you know a local college or university who should apply for LTC status, to facilitate language training for DoD personnel, please put them in contact with the POCs above.

See Language Training Center one pager Feb13 (attached).

 

 

 

g.  DLI distance learning courses:

Who:        DLI School of Distance Learning & Continuing Education

What:      Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) = skype with a language class

Where:   FAOweb

When:    language    start       stop       day              time                                            POC

                  Chinese      12Mar   30Apr    Tuesdays   1400-1600 (Pacific Time)    Mr. Madison Hughes  Madison.hughes@us.army.mil / 831 242-5847

                  Chinese      18Apr    06Jun    Thursdays  1400-1600 (Pacific Time)    Mr. Madison Hughes

                  French        22Mar   03May   Fridays        0900-1100 (Pacific Time)    Mr. Madison Hughes

                  Russian       27Mar   08May   Wed            1500-1700 (Pacific Time)    Dr. Marina Smous-Bradford

                  Korean       05Apr    17May    Fridays       1300-1500 (Pacific Time)    Mr. Joonki Baek

Why:      Help FAOs/FASs & language capable Marines maintain language proficiency.

Details:   each class has a subject focus (ie.  slang, dialect, foreign aid, corruption, ethics, security assistance, aviation, military modernization, etc)

                   Prerequisite language proficiency is 2/2 for each class.

 Enrollment forms available from Mr. Youssef Carpenter  youssef.b.carpenter.civ@mail.mil / (831) 242-3794

 

 

 

h.  Muslim Brotherhood and the West symposium:

Who:      Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)

                 Al Mesbar Studies & Research Center

                 Reserve Officers Association (ROA)

What:     Panel discussion on The Muslim Brotherhood and the West

Where:  Reserve Officers Association   (next to U.S. Supreme Court, behind Capitol building)

                  1 Constitution Ave NE

                  Washington, DC

When:    Wed, 20 Mar 2013, 1400-1600

Why:       Few observers foresaw the Arab Spring, but it should not have surprised anyone that the Islamist movements - the most organized movements in the Arab world - became the main beneficiaries of the turmoil that ensued. Islamism, in its gradualist and pragmatic approach embodied by the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots worldwide, seems ready to reap the rewards of its three decades-old decision to abandon violence and focus on grassroots activities. This monumental change has created many concerns among liberals, religious minorities and, more generally, all non-Islamists in the countries where Islamists have won. In addition, Arab states ruled by non-Islamist regimes have expressed concern. The former worry that Islamist ideology - even in its more contemporary, pragmatic form - remains deeply divisive and anti-democratic, often at odds with their values and interests. The latter believe that on foreign policy issues, most of the positions of various Brotherhood-inspired parties are on a collision course with the policies of established regimes in the region.

Details:    Free and open to the public.  Webcast available:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/uz0psms4njfh

Register by email:  events@fpri.org / (215) 732-3774 x303

POC:  Mr. Harry Richlin  hr@fpri.org / (215) 732-3774 x102

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

8  updates today:

 

a.  Civil Affairs Roundtable - Foreign Area Engagement Teaming - George Mason Univ.

b.  Transatlantic Security:  The Contributions of Allies, Partners, and Friends - Old Dominion Univ.

c.   Capitol Hill forum on Japan - US-Asia Institute, Washington, DC

d.  Strategies for peacetime competition with China - AEI, Washington, DC e.  CENTCOM...Viewed Through My Eyes:  a spouse's perspective by Mrs. Bonnie Amos - Ft. Belvoir, VA f.  Minerva Study:  Innovation and Technology in China - UCSD g.  National Capitol Region Interagency + Academic + Congressional Fellows beer call - Washington, DC h.  Hail & farewell to PLU-8  FAO/RAO program management team

 

 

a.  Civil Affairs Roundtable - Foreign Area Engagement Teaming:

Who:       anyone interested

What:      roundtable discussion on leveraging Civil Affairs, FAOs, and other military capabilities in support of whole-of-government efforts to secure and stabilize partner nations + regions

Where:   George Mason University

                   Founders Hall, room 134

                   3351 Fairfax Dr.

                   Arlington, VA 22201

When:     Fri, 22 March, 0800-1530

Why:        Security cooperation increasingly predominates the steady state of U.S. foreign and security engagements. Complex and comprehensive challenges in the face of limited resources call for a greater teaming approach that brings together disparate capabilities along political-military, civil-military, interagency, public-private, and international lines. This Roundtable takes a look at how country teams may better leverage Active and Reserve Civil Affairs, Foreign Area Officers, and other military capabilities in support of whole-of-government efforts to bring peace, stability, and security to partner nations and regions.

Agenda:  http://www.faoa.org/Resources/Documents/Spring%202013%20CART%20Agenda%2015%20Feb%2013.pdf  

To register: http://www.roa.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=18781.0  

 

 

 

b.  Transatlantic Security:  The Contributions of Allies, Partners, and Friends:

Who:      anyone interested

What:     Seminar

Where:  Old Dominion University

                  Webb Center

                  Norfolk, VA 23529

When:   Fri, 19 April, 1330-1730

Why:      MajGen Peter Bayer (USA) will discuss  "Forging the Future: ACT leading the Military Transformation for the Alliance"

                 Dr. Celeste Wallander,  former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy will discuss "U.S Perspectives on Capable Partners: How to Share the Security Burden"

                Roundtable of distinguished visitors will discuss "America's Allies, Partners, and Friends: Burden-Sharing 2030 and Beyond"

 

 

 

c.   Capitol Hill forum on Japan:

Who:       anyone interested

What:     Analysis of Electoral Politics in Japan following the 7th Leadership Change since 2006

Where:  US-Asia Institute

                 232 East Capitol St. NE

                 Washington, DC

When:   Wed, 13 March, 0815-0930

Why:      Last December, Japan elected its seventh Prime Minister in six years – a virtual revolving door in electoral politics.  This forum will provide interesting insight into Japan’s electoral politics with key Japanese political scientist, Dr. Aiji Tanaka of Waseda University.  Dr. Tanaka will examine why these rapid changes occur, analyzing the electoral fragility of the major political parties in Japan, the policy and political ramifications of a divided government, and the outlook for the future.  Join us for this intriguing and important breakfast discussion. 

RSVP:  events@usasiainstitute.org

POC:  Ms. Mary Sue Bissell   mary.sue.bissell@usasiainstitute.org / 202-544-3181

See details attached. www.usasiainstitute.org

 

 

 

d.  Strategies for peacetime competition with China

Who:       anyone interested

What:      Keynote address and discussion on China & American strategy

Where:   American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy Research 

                   1150 17th St. NW, 12th floor

                   Washington, DC 20036

When:     Tue, 5 March  1200-1415

Why:       Are the United States and China destined to be adversaries? Or will their relationship evolve into a 21st century partnership? The debate about the future of the US and China has largely centered on these questions. But what if such an approach is too binary? Rather than either of these outcomes, the two nations may instead engage in a great-power competition in the economic, political, and military spheres.

In a keynote address at AEI, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, will lay out the necessary elements of an American strategy for long-term competition with China, followed by a discussion among a panel of experts composed of contributing authors to a recently published volume on this subject, "Competitive Strategies in the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice Registration not required.

Agenda:  http://paracom.paramountcommunication.com/ct/11609293:14712256098:m:1:218641450:87341B72BAC20B6E99E68B64B40285D4:r

POC:   Ms. Lara Crouch  Lara.Crouch@aei.org

 

 

 

e.   CENTCOM...Viewed Through My Eyes:  a spouse's perspective by Mrs. Bonnie Amos

Who:      spouses

What:     Marine Officer's Spouses' Club event

Where:   Humphrey Hall, Bldg 247

                   5500 21st St

                   Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

When:     Wed, 13 March,  1830 -

Why:        CMC's wife looking to outreach to all Marine spouses & guests

Register:  http://moscdcevents.eventbrite.com

Details:    event is free.  Seating is limited so register early. 

 

 

 

f.  Minerva Study:  Innovation and Technology in China

Who:      China FAOs

What:     opportunity to participate in 2-week workshop with Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC)

Where:  University of California San Diego (UCSD)

                  La Jolla, CA

When:    21Jul-02Aug 2013

                  30Mar = application deadline

Why:       The Minerva project Study of Innovation and Technology in China (http://igcc.ucsd.edu/SITC) is now soliciting applications for participation in its Fourth Summer Training Workshop on the Relationship between National Security and Technology in China

This two-week workshop brings together government, academic faculty, and graduate students to examine the relationship between national security, technology, innovation, and China's rise as a world power. Of central interest is how China is mobilizing and applying its economic, political, strategic, corporate, financial, intellectual, and scientific capabilities in conjunction with leveraging external resources to achieve its grand ambition of catching up technologically with the world's advanced powers within the next 1-2 generations. This program is organized into 3 modules that can be taken together or separately -- a 1-week classroom course and 2 mini conferences:

-              The nature and workings of the Chinese defense research, development, and acquisition (RDA) system

-              An "inside-the-box" perspective comparing Chinese and U.S. approaches to decision-making in their science, technology, and innovation apparatuses

IGCC will cover the tuition fees for a select number of government participants. Places are awarded on a competitive basis and early applications are encouraged. For more details on the course, eligibility requirements, how to register, and fees, please email Heidi Serochi at hserochi@ucsd.edu  or visit http://igcc.ucsd.edu/SITC.

 

 

 

g.  National Capitol Region Interagency + Academic + Congressional Fellows beer call:

Who:      Fellows, FAOs/RAOs, anyone interested

What:     Social / beer call

Where:  Hill Country BBQ

                 410  7th St. NW

                 Washington, DC

When:   Tue, 5 March  1630-1730

Why:       Liberty ops ISO Marine Corps Interagency, Academic and Congressional Fellows, FAO & RAO Professional Relationship Development

                  Ie.  Why not

POC:        Maj Amy McGrath, Interagency Policy Coordinator (PLU-7)  amy.mcgrath@usmc.mil  and Maj Alexis Piet margaret.piet@usmc.mil  (PLU-3)

 

 

 

h.  Hail & farewell to PLU-8  FAO/RAO/PEP program management team:

Mr. Nimish Verma is leaving us today.  For those who don't know, Nimish has been working behind the scenes to keep the trains moving on time, improve the process of tracking everyone, running down policy + admin + budget issues.  We couldn't have accomplished what we have without his help over the last 20 months.  To manage his new career with Booz Allen Hamilton, and preempt the irreversible smell of HQMC on him, he will be moving on to a new project requiring the ability to leap medium-size buildings in single bounds, slow speeding trains, bullets, and policy documents. 

Taking his place is Ms. Brittany Patterson.  Brittany is a GW grad with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA).  Her experience includes 2 years at the White House Management staff, National Defense University, OPNAV staff, and Expeditionary Energy Office.  She speaks enough Spanish to get herself to the hospital in Mexico, then back to the bar.  We're excited to have her on the team.  You'll notice her name on the cc line beginning today.

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

11 updates today

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO slate update

b.  FY13 1st Quarter FAO/RAO experience track board

c.  MARCENT request for ME/NA - Arabic speaking FAO/FAS support

d.  What has a RAO done for me lately: Australia MRF

e.  What has a FAO done for me lately: Mexico JODC

f.  What has a FAO done for me lately: published a book

g.  EUCOM/SACEUR comments on language needs in DoD

h.  Johns Hopkins 2nd Hertog Summer Study Program - China

i.  Civil Affairs Roundtable - Foreign Area Engagement Teaming

j.  I MEF FAO/RAO PME

k.  Annual FAO Report

 

 

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO slate update:

52 FAOs/RAOs have been recommended for FAO/RAO billets this summer.

The monitors at MMOA have taken results from promotion, career designation, SERB, school, and special assignment lists, and are balancing those against retirements/seperations, PCS guidance and needs of each occfield as they chew through the recommended slate.  Each move has 2nd + 3rd order effects.  It's my intention to publish the results in a MARADMIN as soon as they are available.  Many orders are being funded and cut as short as 4-months prior to PCS due to budget constraints.  For those who need updates on future assignments before I have the 100% solution to publish, feel free to contact your monitor.  MMOA is shooting for confirmation of assignments by end of Feb.

 

 

 

b.  FY13 1st Quarter FAO/RAO experience track board:

MARADMIN 077/13 was released today with official results from our latest Quarterly FAO/RAO experience track board.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/138130/fy13-1st-quarter-international-affairs-program-iap-experience-track-selection-p.aspx

7 FAOs + 5 RAOs were designated.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

    Name                       PMOS/AMOS   Region       Note: 

1.  Capt  Emre Albayrak       (0203/8247)  W.Eur  FAO   Turkish

2.  Maj   David Bann          (0302/8224)  ME/NA  RAO   Hebrew

3.  Maj   Luke Esposito       (7509/8247)  W.Eur  FAO*  Spanish, PEP

4.  Maj   Jose Fuentes        (7566/8241)  LATAM  FAO*  Spanish, Portuguese

5.  Capt  Yves Geoffrey       (0802/8245)  Africa FAO   Swahili, French

6.  Capt  David Keltner       (0302/8224)  ME/NA  RAO   Arabic

7.  Maj   John Kolb           (7202/8243)  N.E.Asia FAO Korean, FPME

8.  Maj   Constantinos Koutsoukos (7557/8247) W.Eur FAO Greek, Italian

9.  1stLt Jeffrey Randall     (0802/8241)  LATAM  FAO   Spanish

10. LtCol Leland Suttee       (0802/8228)  S.E.Asia RAO Australia FPME, USAID

11. Maj   Justin Wilhelmsen   (1803/8221)  LATAM  RAO   Spanish

12. Capt  Stanley Wisniewski  (0402/8224)  ME/NA  RAO  

* pending constructive credit waiver

 

 

 

c.  MARCENT request for ME/NA - Arabic speaking FAO/FAS support:

Who:    ~7 Arabic speakers (FAOs + FASs)

What:   support MARCENT TSC Exercise EAGER LION

Where:  Jordan

When:   9-20 Jun, 2013

Why:    augment MEU with LREC skills in support of CENTCOM priority/premier event

Details: 3 of 7 assigned to SECFOR.  4 of 7 assigned to Dep MARCENT Commander + Staff.

Limited funding assistance available from MARCENT. 

Field conditions with MARCENT (FWD) in ground ops of JTF HQ.

Partner nations participating in EAGER LION include Jordan, Saudi, and UK.

POC:  Mr. Jeff Hibbard, Chief, MARCENT G-5 Exercises jeffrey.hibbard.civ@marcent.usmc.mil / 813-827-7036.

 

 

 

d.  What has a RAO done for me lately: Australia MRF

Who:    Capt Francisco Vega, Asia RAO

What:   OpsO to 1st Forward Coordination Element (FCE) of 1st Marine Rotational Force-Darwin

Where:  Darwin, Australia

When:   03Apr-25Sep 2012

Why:    Combination of PMOS + RAO skills made him the best choice to serve in high visibility role on MRF-Darwin staff during strategic movement of Marines to Australia.  AAR (attached) highlights the operational impact of FAO/RAO education and skill sets.

 

 

 

e.  What has a FAO done for me lately: Mexico JODC:

Who:   4 LATAM FAOs

         LtCol William Fearn, Maj Paul Sotomayor, Capt Armando Daviu and Capt Callon Nichols

What:  FAO support to MEXMAR Junior Officer Development Course (JODC)

Where: MCRD-San Diego + Camp Pendleton

When:  26Nov-15Dec 2012

Why:   Support MARFORNORTH + MCSCG efforts to build partner capacity + maintain mil-mil relationships with Mexican Marine Corps (MEXMAR).  FAO support to major event with NORTHCOM priority country.

See MEXMAR JODC AAR for details.

 

 

 

f.  What has a FAO done for me lately: published a book

Who:   Maj Peter Munson, ME/NA FAO

What:  War, Welfare & Democracy: Rethinking America's Quest for the End of History

Where: MARCENT

When:  after hours

Why:   thinking a lot.  Needed an outlet.  Always wanted to write another thesis.

Review of book in Time Magazine - http://nation.time.com/2013/01/22/wealth-is-flowing-from-west-to-east.  Great job.

 

 

 

g.  EUCOM/SACEUR comments on language needs in DoD:

Who:   ADM Stavridis, EUCOM/SACEUR

What:  public comments on building a culturally savvy, multi-lingual military

Where: Stars & Stipes

       From the Bridge blog

When:  5Feb2013

http://www.stripes.com/news/in-blog-stavridis-pushes-for-multilingual-us-military-officers-1.206592

 

 

 

h.  Johns Hopkins 2nd Hertog Summer Study Program - China:

Who:   N.E.Asia/China FAO/RAO

What:  Opportunity to attend Johns Hopkins SAIS 2nd Hertog Summer Study Program

       Study of Long-term Competition in Asia, China as a Strategic Actor, and U.S. Strategies

Where: La Jolla, CA

When:  11-21 Aug 2013

       15 Mar = application deadline

Why:   Current updates on China; supports strategic pivot to Asia; lifelong learning opportunity

Details:  travel to/from San Diego at own expense.  Food/lodging/tuition covered on-site.

POC:  Program Assistant, Ms. Qivon Annan qannan1@jhu.edu / (202) 663-5911

      www.merrillcenter.sais-jhu.edu 

Mission of promoting excellence in the teaching of strategic studies.  The Summer Study will take place in a small seminar environment (approximately thirty attendees in total) and is by invitation only. It will be composed of a mixture of young scholars and practitioners as well as established scholars and current and former government leaders.

The first portion of the summer study will include lectures, panel discussions, and roundtables on strategy, the Asian security environment, and China as a strategic actor. During the second portion of the summer study, participants will be divided into teams to develop alternative strategies for preserving American interests in the growing Chinese political influence and military power and examine how the United States can exploit its enduring strengths against China's enduring weaknesses. These teams will then game out their strategies in a two-day interactive simulation that will help them think strategically about the topic. They will revise their strategies based on the results of the simulation. In the final portion of the summer study, the participants will reassemble as a single group for an intensive, structured discussion of the Sino-American strategic competition, leading a set of findings and recommendations. The summer study will conclude with a briefing of results to, and feedback from, a group of senior and former policy makers and scholars.  See website for application details.

LtCol Ivan Kanapathy attended 2012 Hertog Summer Study. ivan.kanapathy@usmc.mil

 

 

 

i.  Civil Affairs Roundtable - Foreign Area Engagement Teaming:

Who:    anyone interested

What:   18th Civil Affairs Roundtable on Foreign Area Engagement Teaming

Where:  George Mason University

        Founders Hall, room 134

        3351 Fairfax Dr.

        Arlington, VA 22201

When:   Fri, 22 March 2013

        0800-1530

Why:    Security cooperation increasingly predominates the steady state of U.S. foreign and security engagements.  Complex and comprehensive challenges in the face of limited resources call for a greater teaming approach that brings together disparate capabilities along political-military, civil-military, interagency, public-private, and international lines.

This Roundtable takes a look at how country teams may better leverage Active and Reserve Civil Affairs, Foreign Area Officers, and other military capabilities in support of whole-of-government efforts to bring peace, stability, and security to partner nations and regions. The aim is to open an ongoing dialogue among represented organizations on this critical coordination need.

Key speakers and panelists will be from the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other Defense agencies and commands, as well as the U.S. Institute of Peace, United Nations, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

A detailed agenda will be posted at our website in late February. Registration information is forthcoming.  http://www.faoa.org

POC:  Mr. Jon Dunn, FAOA Vice President, admin@faoa.org

 

 

 

j.  I MEF FAO/RAO PME:

Who:   FAOs/RAOs + FASs/RASs in I MEF

What:  PME

Where: Camp Pendleton Golf Course, Eagle's Landing

When:  Fri, 1 March 1500

Why:   Quarterly PME series & local FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community building.

Col Steve Hanson (LATAM FAO) will discuss the political-military situation in Argentina, an overview of the FPME curriculum at la Escuela de Defensa Nacional and life in Argentina in general, followed by Q&A.

 

 

 

k.  Annual FAO Report:

The FY12 Annual FAO report is posted on the IAP website in the "hip pocket briefs" link.

http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU)/InternationalAffairsPrograms/HipPocketBriefs.aspx

 




Rotational Force-Australia AAR 1.doc
MEXMAR JODC AAR.doc

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

3 updates today

 

a.  FY13 study track FAOs + RAOs

b.  SECNAV Instruction 1301.7

c.  Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) opportunity

 

 

 

a.  FY13 study track FAOs + RAOs:

MARADMIN 047/13 was released 24Jan with CCLEB results.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/137118/fiscal-year-fy-13-commandants-career-level-education-board-ccleb-slating-results.aspx

MARADMIN 048/13 was released 5 minutes later with CPIB results.

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/137122/fiscal-year-fy-13-commandants-professional-intermediate-level-education-board-c.aspx

From the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB) and Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-level education Board (CPIB), 30 FAOs and 10 RAOs were slated. 

6 of 9 Olmsted Scholar candidates will become FAOs.

9 of 12 FPME will become FAOs; 3 of 12 will become RAOs.

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO Community:

    (1) FORIGEN AREA OFFICER

Maj   Zachariah Anthony  (7523)  E. Europe/Turkish

Capt  Michelle Augustine (7208)  LATAM/Spanish

1stLt Benjamin Baker     (0206)  ME/NA/Arabic

1stLt Mark Brokaw        (0802)  N.E. Asia/Korean

Capt  Michael Clark      (7525)  S.S. Africa/French

Capt  Robin Fonseca      (6002)  S.S. Africa/French

Capt  Reese Johnson      (0180)  LATAM/Portuguese

Capt  Ryan Morgan        (7562)  S. Asia/Hindi

Capt  Ross Norman        (3002)  N.E. Asia/Chinese

Capt  Yuliya Omarov      (0402)  Eurasia/Russian

1stLt John Powell        (0302)  ME/NA/Farsi

1stLt Johnathon Rice     (0206)  S.E. Asia/Tagalog

Capt  Joseph Sweat       (7557)  ME/NA/Arabic

Capt  Matthew Wartenbe   (0204)  S. Asia/Urdu

Capt  Alex Woodward      (0207)  N.E. Asia/Chinese

 

    (2) REGIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICER

Capt  Michelle Avila     (0402)  Africa

Capt  Andre Karpowich    (7562)  Eurasia

Maj   David Lancaster    (0602)  W. Europe

Capt  Patrick Lavoie     (0302)  ME/NA

Capt  Luis Mejia         (0602)  N.E. Asia

Capt  Dustin Rowland     (3002)  S.E. Asia

Maj   Temi Songonuga     (3002)  Africa

 

    (3) OLMSTED SCHOLAR CANDIDATES

Capt  James Armstrong    (0302) 

Capt  Theodore Ehlert    (1802)

Capt  Alexander George   (0302)

Capt  Zachary Jones      (7562)

1stLt Ruth Kelty         (1302)

Capt  Chad Summerville   (0202)

Capt  Bering Tsang       (0202)

Capt  Michael Walls      (0802)

Capt  Stanley Zivanovich (0802)

 

    (4) FOREIGN PME

Maj   Christopher Kinsey (6002)  Australia C&S

Maj   Christopher Boese  (7525)  Brazil C&S

Maj   Andrew Graham      (7563)  Canadian C&S

Capt  George Fleming     (7565)  French C&S

Maj   Michael Long       (0180)  Japan C&S

Maj   Thomas Smolensky   (7523)  Japan C&S

Maj   Gregory Swarthout  (7566)  Japan C&S

Capt  Steven Pederson    (0602)  Korean C&S

Maj   Greer Chambless    (7509)  Norwegian C&S

Maj   Joseph McAlarnen   (7565)  Spanish C&S

Maj   Jay Lappe          (0302)  UK C&S

Maj   Jesus Chapagarcia  (7523)  Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)

 

 

 

b.  SECNAV Instruction 1301.7:

Secretary Mabus signed SECNAV Instruction 1301.7 on Wednesday, 23 Jan, prescribing policy and guidance on Department of the Navy FAO programs. 

The FAO/RAO community helps DoD achieve national security objectives with an expanding number of coalition partners in a diverse set of geopolitical conditions around the world.  Success on asymmetric battlefields of the future requires specialized officers with a sophisticated understanding of the international security environment.  FAOs provide critical war fighting capabilities to influence plans and operations, build and strengthen international partnerships, and serve as key enablers for joint, maritime and expeditionary forces.

 

 

 

c.  Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) opportunity

Who:   Reserve or Civilian FAOs/RAOs

What:  Develop Joint PR doctrine and TTPs for 'whole of government' PR operations

       Full-time or Part-time work opportunity for civilian or reserve FAO/RAO, preferably with embassy experience

Where: Ft Belvoir, VA

When:  1 Mar 2013 start date

       27 Jan 2013 application deadline

       28 month project

Why:  

Background:  Bevilaqua Research Corp (www.brc2.com) is working on a proposal for a 28 month Joint Test and Evaluation designed to write and test doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for personnel recovery (PR) in inter-agency environments. Current DoD PR doctrine is combat focused, that is it is designed for a theater or location where DoD is the lead entity. However, in 190 of 191 foreign countries where US personnel are located, the Chief of Mission (COM) is “in charge.”  We will be tasked to assist the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) to develop joint PR doctrine and TTPs that stress a “whole of government approach” to PR operations.  These TTPs will be written to be used in areas where COM is in charge. We will be working hand-in-hand with DoS country teams. Once we have the TTP drafts, we will run two “test” exercises with about 12 embassies, the Geographic Combatant Commands and the JPRA to validate the TTP. Our travel schedule may take us to embassies in Asia, Europe, Africa, Central and South America, Canada and Mexico. Salary/Benefits: TBD (but the pay is good).

Start date (if contract awarded): 1 Mar 2013

POC:  Mr. Steve Chill stephen.chill7@gmail.com / 703 881 2680

 

 



SecNav Instruction 1301.7