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FY 14 Community Updates
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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,

FY 13 & FY 12 Community Updates
See #56 - #82 for FY 13 Community Updates and See #30 - #55 for FY 12 Community Updates
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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

Ladies, gents,

6 updates today:

 

a.  FY13 Language sustainment funding

b.  FAOweb

c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  China

d.  What has a RAO done for me lately:  Burma

e.  Defense Language Corps

f.  University of Indiana summer language workshops



 

a.  FY13 language sustainment funding:

Defense Language & National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) has made a substantial chunk of language sustainment funds available to the FAO community to help keep our language skills sharp.  Our community represents the Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) professionals in DoD and USMC.  The DoD Foreign Language Proficiency report to Congress in FY11 identified 7.92% of the Total Force with any foreign language proficiency; including self-assessed.  The attached info paper + sample request identify how to apply for funding to support language tuition, regional TAD, tutoring, and/or local language school.  There are 8 months left in FY13; start putting plans together for improving language proficiency. 

 

 

 

b.  FAOweb:

FAOweb was turned-off the week before Christmas. 

FAOweb is back on-line as of Monday, this week.  That includes funding for the Joint FAO courses, Economist, STRATFOR, the language tools made available to us at no cost, Joint FAO chatrooms, etc.  I encourage you to take a look at the new format. 

More details about Joint FAO courses will be released in the near future.

NPS + Navy + DLNSEO are working to keep the LATAM course alive for early next month.

On-line resources available to Marine Corps FAOs include:

   (1)  Transparent Language CL-150

   (2)  Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS)  

        http://gloss.dliflc.edu/Default.aspx

   (3)  LangNet http://www.langnet.org  

   (4)  Transparent Language CL-150

   (5)  Tactical Language Training Systems (TLTS)

   (6)  Broadband Language Training System (BLTS)

   (7)  Special Operations Forces language Training on-line (SOFTS) 

        www.softsonline.org

   (8)  SCOLA  http://www.scola.org/Scola/Default.aspx 

   (9)  Joint Language University (JLU) Online

        www.jlu.wbtrain.com

   (10) Rosetta Stone

For access questions, contact Brian Boulware bgboulwa@nps.edu / (831) 656-1080

 

 

 

c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  China

Who:   Maj Anna Voyne (China FAO)

What:  FAO support for SECNAV visit to China

Where: Beijing + Ningbo, China

When:  26-30 Nov 2012

Why:   support to USDAO during SECNAV visit. 

Details:  an ICT FAO helped plan/coordinate a high visibility SECNAV visit to China.  While helping the U.S. Embassy and DAO team, Maj Voyne made an impact on a successful visit, which included discussion with PLAN leaders and multiple PLAN ship visits.  An AAR is attached with releasable details.

 

 

 

d.  What has a RAO done for me lately:  Burma

Who:   Maj Roberto Ibarra

What:  RAO support for GO visit to Burma

Where: Rangoon, Burma

When:  3-6 Dec 2012

Why:   Marine Ball + 1st USMC General Officer engagement with Burmese official

Details: This trip represents a first:  GO visit to Burma + GO discussion with Burmese military officials.

Maj Ibarra coordinated and helped execute the visit.  AAR is attached with details.

 

 

 

e.  Defense Language Corps:

Who:   DLNSEO

What:  looking for language volunteers

      (good opportunity for spouses & family members)

Where: across CONUS + overseas

Why:   Translators make up the 4,000-member Defense Language Corps. They volunteer their second-language skills and cultural knowledge when the need arises across the Defense Department and the federal government. 

<http://www.disamjournal.org/articles/Language-Corps-Members-Employ-Skills-for-Nation-836

 

 

 

f.  University of Indiana summer language workshops:

Registration for the Language Training Center (LTC) at Indiana University is now open.

Arabic courses are offered for 5 or 9 weeks from May 27 – June 26, 2013.

Russian courses are offered for 4 or 8 weeks from June 3 – July 26, 2013.

Those wishing to participate can:

1) Register with the Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL): https://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/applications/login/1100.html 

2) Apply as a non-degree seeking student to Indiana University: https://onestart.iu.edu/sisad-prd/p/Guest.do?methodToCall=start&inst=IUBLA&career=GRAD&parm1=NDEG

3) Send a transcript showing proof of undergraduate degree to:

SWSEEL LTC

Attn: Mitchell Farmer

Indiana University

1217 E Atwater Ave

Bloomington, IN 47401-3703


FY13 Language Sustainment Info Paper.docx
SAMPLE Language Sustainment Request.docx
SECNAV_visit_to_China_AAR.docx
TRIP REPORT Burma.docx.docx.docx

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

Hope everyone had a great Christmas & New Years holiday!

9 updates today:

 

a.  FY13 slating update

b.  FY14 Col selects in the FAO/RAO community: 8

c.  FY14 Maj selects in the FAO/RAO community: 8

d.  AY13-14 Top Level School (TLS) selects in the FAO/RAO community: 8

e.  Japan FAO opportunity to support 13MEU + MCSCG

f.  FAO Association Happy Hour + National Language Service Corps discussion

g.  Asia Pacific Center

h.  China workshop #1

i.  China workshop #2

 

 

a.  FY13 slating update:

PLU is working with the monitors at MMOA to complete 59 slate recommendations.

MMOA will factor in promotion, Top Level Schools (TLS), CPIB/CCLEB results, MOS shortfalls, coordinated assignments, family constraints, Marine requests, etc into the mix for each assignment.

The draft we have now will get chewed up, stretched out, and turned into sausage a few times.  Anticipate late January as a realistic timeframe to see a final draft.

 

 

 

b.  FY14 Col selects in the FAO/RAO community: 8

ALNAV 077/12 was released 18Dec12.

5 FAOs + 3 RAOs were selected for promotion to Col.

Promotion rate service average:  45.5%

Promotion rates for FAOs: 55.5%

Promotion rates for RAOs: 50.0%

Congratulations to:

         Name             PMOS/AMOS  Track

1  LtCol Ian Clark        (7565/8228) ST

2. LtCol Jaime Collazo    (3002/8241) ET FPME

3. LtCol Drew Cukor       (0202/8241) ET

4. LtCol James Harp       (7566/8226) ET AFPAK Hand

5. LtCol David Jones      (0402/8241) ET Olmsted

6. LtCol Sekou Karega     (0402/8244) ST

7. LtCol Daniel Kazmier   (4402/8241) ET

8. LtCol Robert Plevell   (0202/8225) ET

 

 

 

c.  FY14 Maj selects in the FAO/RAO community: 8

ALNAV 073/12 was released 10Dec12.

4 FAOs + 4 RAOs were selected for promotion to Maj.

Promotion rate service average:  72.0%

Promotion rates for FAOs: 100%

Promotion rates for RAOs: 100%

Congratulations to:

        Name              PMOS/AMOS  Track

1. Capt Casey Benefield  (7523/8242) ST

2. Capt Blaise McFadden  (0402/8226) ET AFPAK Hand

3. Capt Jason Moore      (6602/8226) ET AFPAK Hand

4. Capt James Neagle     (7565/8220) ET PEP

5. Capt Daniel Schierling(7562/8242) ST

6. Capt Douglas Shores   (7523/8220) ET Olmsted

7. Capt Robert Spalla    (1302/8246) ST

8. Capt Scott Wilson     (4402/8243) ST

 

 

 

d.  AY13-14 Top Level School (TLS) selects in the FAO/RAO community: 8

MARADMIN 740/12 was released 21Dec12.

5 FAOs + 3 RAOs were selected for TLS.

Congratulations to:

         Name             PMOS/AMOS  Track

1. LtCol Kevin Hutchison  (0302/8241) ET

2. LtCol Drew Cukor       (0202/8241) ET

3. LtCol Robert Plevell   (0202/8225) ET

4. LtCol Vincent Yasaki   (6002/8248) ET

5. LtCol Ryan Gutzwiller  (0202/8224) ST

6. LtCol George David     (0202/8247) ET

7. LtCol Justin Dunne     (0302/8226) ST

8. LtCol Jason Perry      (0302/8248) ST

 

 

 

e.  Japan FAO opportunity to support 13MEU + MCSCG:

Who:   13thMEU/I MEF + MCSCG

What:  Request for N.E. Asia/Japanese FAO support in cultural advisor role to CO, 13MEU during Ex IRON FIST

Where: Camp Pendleton, CA (2 weeks) and 29 Palms, CA (1 week)

When:  20Jan-13Feb 2013

Why:  Operating forces request for FAO support

Background:  Exercise IRON FIST is a USPACOM/MARFORPAC directed bi-lateral amphibious training exercise between USMC and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).  I MEF has conducted similar training since 2006.  Exercise objectives include improving mil-mil relations between U.S. and Japan; enhancing interoperability between USMC and JGSDF; exercising USMC/USN amphib ops core competencies with JGSDF; improving amphibious planning capabilities for JGSDF HQ Staff; and improving amphibious operations capability of JGSDF.

Details:  TAD funding provided by I MEF G-3.  Japanese Speaking Level 1+ or higher desired.

Primary POC:  Maj Ryan Crais, MCSCG PACOM CLAT OIC (ryan.crais@usmc.mil / (757) 962-4157)

Funding POC:  Mr. James Whitlatch, I MEF G-3 TSC Exercise Planner (james.whitlatch.ctr@usmc.mil / (760) 725-9282).

 

 

 

f.  FAO Association Happy Hour + National Language Service Corps discussion:

Who:    all FAOs/RAOs invited

        Guest speaker:  Dr. Michael Nugent, Director DLNSEO

What:   FAO Association Happy Hour + discussion of National Language Service Corps (NLSC)

Where:  Army-Navy Country Clubhouse (Williamsburg Room)

        1700 Army Navy Dr

        Arlington, VA

When:   Thursday, 17 Jan 2013; 1730-2000

Why:    bring the joint FAO/RAO community together + inform everyone about NLSC

Details: The event will feature an update by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), which serves as the DoD FAO and foreign language policy and oversight office, on the rejuvenation of the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).   Established as a pilot program in 2006, the NLSC is a volunteer cadre of bilingual and former language specialists whose participants make their special language, region, culture skills available to DoD and other government agencies in times of national and international crises and emergencies.  Dr. Michael Nugent, the DLNSEO Director, and his staff will be available throughout the event to discuss the program and how to support or become a part of this national security asset (www.nlscorps.org)

The event will include light appetizers and complimentary drinks.

More information and online registration at the FAOA website, www.faoa.org

 

 

 

g.  Asia Pacific Center:

Who:    interested Marines

What:   Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies (APCSS) programs

Where:  Honolulu, HI

When:   see details www.apcss.org 

Why:    improve regional knowledge + establish mil-mil & civ-mil relationships

POC:    Maj Doug Krugman krugmand@apcss.org / 808 971-4072

        Capt Jennifer Proudfoot ProudfootJ@apcss.org 

List of available courses in FY13:

1.  Jan13:  Asia Pacific Orientation Course (APOC 13-1) 28Jan-01Feb 2013

2.  Feb13:  Senior Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (SEAPOC 13-1) 06Feb-08Feb 2013

3.  Feb13:  Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism (CSRT 13-1) 21Feb-22Mar 2013

4.  Mar13:  China-U.S. Bilateral Security Dialogue 01Mar 2013

5.  Mar13:  South Asia Partnerships in Disaster Risk Management 01Mar 2013

6.  Apr13:  U.S-South Asia Leader Engagement: Security Implications of Water Resource Scarcity 01Apr 2013

7.  Apr13:  Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC 13-1) 04Apr-08May 2013

8.  May13:  Securing Shared Prosperity: India, China, and US Maritime Perspectives 01May 2013

9.  Jun13:  Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC 13-2) 03Jun-07Jun 2013

10. Jun13:  Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC 13-1) 17Jun-21Jun 2013

11. Jul13:  Security Sector Development 01Jul 2013

12. Jul13:  Malaysia and Philippine Workshop: Exploiting the Crime-Terror Nexus 01Jul 2013

 

 

 

h.  China workshop #1: 

Who:   China FAOs/RAOs

What:  2-day workshop:  China's Defense Science, Technology, and Innovation System

                        Current State and Development Prospects over the Next Decade

Where: Washington, DC

When:  Mon-Tue, 14-15 Jan 2013

Why:   UCSD / IGCC Project

This workshop provides a broad overview of the current state of China's growing defense technological and innovation transformation in the aftermath of leadership adjustments to the country's approach to innovation strategy and the 18th Communist Party Congress. This workshop draws upon the expertise of the DOD-funded Minerva Project on the Study of Innovation and Technology in China and bringing together leading China and strategic studies scholars. Lunch will be provided. Dress is business casual.

POC:  Heidi Serochi, Project Manager, UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, hserochi@ucsd.edu /

858-534-8602

 

 

 

i.  China workshop #2:

Who:   China FAOs/RAOs

What:  2-week summer workshop:  Relationship between National Security and Technology in China

Where: UCSD campus

       La Jolla, CA

When:  21Jul-02Aug 2013

       Applications due 31Mar

Why:   To participate in a cohort of 24 Ph.D. students, UCSD faculty, DoD and other government officials, analysts and think tank staff.  This two-week workshop examines 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 one to two generations.

Details:  Admission to this program is competitive. Contact POC for an application and other information.

POC:  Heidi Serochi, Project Manager, UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, hserochi@ucsd.edu / 858-534-8602

Website:  www.igcc.ucsd.edu/SITC  

See flier for additional details.

 

 

SITCSummerWorkshopFlyerwodates2013 lb.pdf.pdf.pdf

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

Enjoy your weekend!

5 updates today.

 

a.  FY14 LtCol selects in the FAO/RAO community: 24

b.  FY13 Joint FAO phase II Courses

c.  language sustainment opportunity at Indiana U

d.  China leadership in transition, Capitol Hill forum

e.  access to SAPR training

 

 

 

a.  FY14 LtCol selects in the FAO/RAO community: 24

ALNAV 071/12 was released 5Dec12.

14 FAOs + 10 RAOs were selected for promotion to LtCol.

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

Promotion rate service average:  66.7%

Promotion rates for FAOs: 77.7%

Promotion rates for RAOs: 62.5%

Congratulations to:

       Name               PMOS/AMOS  Track

1  Maj Sherif Aziz       (0202/8244) ET

2  Maj Brad Carr         (0302/8227) ET

3  Maj Josh Chartier     (0802/8244) ST

4  Maj Roberto Cuevas    (6602/8241) ST

5  Maj Greg Curtis       (7564/8223) ET

6  Maj Andrew DelGaudio  (0302/8222) ET

7  Maj Kevin Doherty     (6002/8220) ET

8  Maj Lina Downing      (3404/8241) ET

9  Maj MaryKate Flatley  (0180/8241/8247) ET

10 Maj Maxx Godsey       (0180/8243) ST

11 Maj Brad Hitchcock    (7202/8243) ST

12 Maj Kimberly Johnson  (0180/8243) ST

13 Maj Gregory Joseph    (0302/8240) ET

14 Maj Peter Lang        (0802/8220) ET

15 Maj Lance Langfeldt   (1802/8220) ET

16 Maj Adam Lefringhouse (0402/8244) ST

17 Maj Jeffrey McCormack (0302/8221) ST

18 Maj Amy McGrath       (7523/8220) ET

19 Maj Peter Munson      (7557/8244) ST

20 Maj Nicholas Nuzzo    (0302/8247) ET

21 Maj Derek Ost         (0202/8247) ET

22 Maj Aaron Samsel      (0180/8245) ST

23 Maj Randal Turner     (0602/8224) ST

24 Maj Roman Vitkovitsky (0602/8240) ET

 

 

 

b.  FY13 Joint FAO phase II Courses:

Five x 1-week courses are funded by DLNSEO to sustain regional knowledge of senior FAOs/RAOs.

The courses were condensed from 2 to 1 week to facilitate participation (easier to escape work for 7 days) and reduce costs.  See concept paper for details in the attachment:

    Region           Dates        Location        

1.  Latin America    04Feb-08Feb  Washington, DC  (registration deadline 15Dec)

2.  Africa           25Feb-01Mar  Washington, DC  (registration deadline 04Jan)

3.  Near East        18Mar-22Mar  Washington, DC  (registration deadline 18Jan)

4.  Asia Pacific     17Jun-21Jun  TBD, in theatre (registration deadline 19Apr)

5.  Eurasia          16Sep-20Sep  Washington, DC  (registration deadline 15Jun)

POC:  Mr. Robert Lucius, LtCol USMC (Ret.) relucius@nps.edu / (831) 656-1810

      FAO Course Operations Manager

      Naval Postgraduate School

      Ms. Ashley Dusenbury asdusenb@nps.edu / 831-656-7527

      Associate Operations Manager

 

 

 

c.  language sustainment opportunity at Indiana U:

Who:   Any FAO/FAS

What:  Language Sustainment courses

       Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL)

       - Arabic

       - Russian

       intensive language programs at the 2/2 and 3/3 levels

Where: Indiana University

       Bloomington, IN

When:  27May-26Jul 2013 - Arabic

       03Jun-26Jul 2013 - Russian

       31Dec 2012 = registration deadline

Why:   improve language skills & sustain DoD goal 3/3.

Description: SWSEEL intensive summer language courses provide the equivalent of one academic year of instruction in 9 weeks. Students are in class 4-5 hours daily M-F and have about 3 hours of homework each evening. Extracurricular programming (including language tables, films, and lectures) provide additional exposure to the target language. Students of Russian study the fours skills and grammar 3 hours daily with a main instructor and also have dedicated instruction in phonetics, listening and speaking/conversation, each taught by a different instructor.  Participants will do OPIs at the start and end of the program.

Details:  http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel

Funding:  tuition funded by DLNSEO.

          TAD funded by unit.

          For those interested & available to attend, please let us know soonest.

POC:  Mr. Mitchell Farmer, Indiana University Language Training Center Coordinator mgf@indiana.edu / 812-855-6721

      Ms. Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, PhD. Director, SWSEEL aristern@indiana.edu / 812-855-1648

 

 

 

d.  China leadership in transition, Capitol Hill forum:

Who:    Dr. Jeffrey Bader, Brookings Institution

        Ms. Susan Lawrence, Congressional Research Service

What:   Capitol Hill forum:  China leadership in transition

Where:  U.S. Capitol Building

When:   Monday, 10Dec  1400-1500

Why:    Just after the U.S. elections, China began its once-in-a-decade leadership transition.  With the selection of the new Politburo Standing Committee, including Xu Jinping as President of China, Party Secretary General, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, what does this mean for the future of China? Dr. Jeffrey Bader will join us to explain the Chinese political system and to discuss the new leadership and what these changes might mean for Sino-U.S. relations as well as China policy domestically and regionally. 

Details:  use Independence Ave entrance to the Capitol Building. www.usasiainstitute.org

POC:  Ms. Mary Sue Bissell, Vice President and Executive Director of US-Asia Institute usai@usasiainstitute.org / 202-544-3181

 

 

e.  access to SAPR training:

For those at the farthest corners of the empire and unable to get to the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) material any other way.  This link allows Marines with access to internet/Google to download all the training materials as a ZIP file.

https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&confirm=no_antivirus&id=0BxtEE30K6x-IM3UxeG9GN3Y0SUE 

MARFORSOUTH G-6 will provide tech support for users in SOUTHCOM AOR.  Users should go through respective MARFOR G-6s to get technical support and to track training.

POC:  Capt Roger Arenas, MFS G6 rogelio.arenas@hq.southcom.mil / (305)-437-2603

FY 13 JOINT FAO IN-RESIDENCE COURSE CONCEPT PAPER AND REQUIREMENTS (19 N....pdf
FY13 JOINT FAO PROGRAM COURSE APPLICATION[1].docx.docx
REQUIRED FORM FOR TRAVEL AND CCR.pdf.pdf

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

Happy Thanksgiving! 

6 updates today:

 

a. SAPR training

b. FY13 FAO/RAO billets

c. updated FLPP policy

d. The Asia-Pacific Moving Forward:  Unrest, Uncertainty, and the Pivot

e. Managing Instability After the Arab Spring

f. job offer in UAE for retired/reserve Marine

 

 

a.  Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) training:

BLUF:  CMC intends for ALL Marines to accomplish this training ASAP. 

Issue: Many Marines have not completed CMC-directed SAPR training yet, particularly FAOs-in-training, PEPs, Olmsted Scholars, FPME, LNOs, Reservists, etc who are spread to the winds across dozens of countries with varying access to .mil websites (Marine Net), depending on host country.

       CMC has been tracking SAPR training completion rates, and is not satisfied.  Front office wants this training done; partial MARINE NET training, at a minimum.

Reference:  MARADMIN 379/12 http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/110486/execution-guidance-for-the-sexual-assault-prevention-and-response-command-team.aspx

Details: 

   1.  active duty (non deployed):  9Nov was our deadline.

   2.  active duty (deployed):  90 days from end of deployment to complete SAPR training.  Those of you overseas on ICT, PEP, Olmsted Scholarship, FPME, LNO, etc. are considered "deployed".

   3.  reservists:  30Sep2013 is the deadline.

   4.  All commanders/OICs are required to conduct face-to-face discussion with every Marine to complete training.

For those of you at remote locations, we recommend completing SAPR training on Marine Net soonest.  Your training record will automatically update the partial training requirement.  Visit your embassy if local internet will not facilitate Marine Net access.  If Embassy visit is impractical, make time to accomplish SAPR training on your next trip to CONUS, to a U.S. Embassy or base.  Let us know if you have questions!

 

 

 

b.  FY13 FAO/RAO billets:

MARADMIN 665/12 was released today. 

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/134567/fy13-fao-and-rao-utilization-assignment-solicitation.aspx

61 FAO/RAO billets are available in FY13.

4 substance changes from the list I released to you on 5Nov:

  a.  billet #6  QAQ 8240 O5 PP&O    FAO/RAO PROGRAM MGR   DC                 JUL  (added billet)

  b.  billet #45 TA8 8245 O4 AFRICOM J-5 STRAT COMMS PLNR  STUTTGART, GERMANY JUN  (added billet)

  c.  billet #55 NE5 8247 O4 NATO    STAFF OFFICER AMPHIB  LISBON, PORTUGAL   JAN  (location update from Naples, Italy)

  d.  billet #56 NFU 8247 O4 NATO    STAFF OFFICER MARITI  IZMIR, TURKEY      JUN  (location update from Madrid, Spain)

 

 

 

c.  updated FLPP policy:

MARADMIN 645/12 = Marine Corps Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) Exception Entitlements.

This outlines eligibility for FLPP at the 1/1 level (DLPT or OPI) based on unit assignment and operational requirements.

Missions have highlighted a need for foreign language proficiency at levels below 2/2. 

 

MARADMIN 646/12 = USMC FLPP Entitlements and Eligible Languages.

This policy is effective 1Nov 2012 and outlines normal eligibility for FLPP at the 2/2 level (DLPT or OPI).

FLPP is authorized for Marines, regardless of rank or billet, who have a current proficiency score, with the exception of languages identified as "prevalent in the force."  Marines with specific language requirements, such as FAOs, will receive FLPP for "prevalent in the force" languages.

This MARADMIN identifies languages on the immediate investment, strategic stronghold, and all other language lists for payscale purposes. 

Both MARADMINs are For Official Use Only, which is why the substance is truncated on the USMC.mil website.

Intel Dept (IOP) manages USMC FLPP policy, and determines which combination of languages and units qualify for FLPP.  POC is Capt Mark Powers (mark.powers@usmc.mil / 703 614-3938) or MSgt Jerome Krejcha (Jerome.krejcha@usmc.mil / 703 614-1161).

PLU can provide copies upon request.

 

 

 

d.  The Asia-Pacific Moving Forward:  Unrest, Uncertainty, and the Pivot:

Who:    US-Asia Institute

        Ben Doven, Congressional Research Service (moderator)

        Dr. Michael Green, CSIS + Georgetown (Japan expert)

        Mr. Michael Mazza, AEI (China expert)

What:   Moderated discussion to address recent tensions in the Asia-Pacific

Where:  US-Asia Institute

        232 East Capitol St. NE

        Washington, DC

When:   Mon, 3 Dec  1400-1530

Why:    off-the-record discussion of recent tensions in the Asia Pacific, including the territorial conflicts of the South China Sea and the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, how these are affected by the US pivot towards the Asia Pacific, and what are some potential outcomes moving forward.

RSVP:   events@usasiainstitute.org

Details: http://usasiainstitute.org/2012/10/24/the-asia-pacific-moving-forward-unrest-uncertainty-and-the-pivot

 

 

 

e.  Managing Instability After the Arab Spring:

Who:    NPS

What:   3-day workshop to discuss political, social, and security implications of the "Arab Spring"

Where:  Washington, DC

        Venue to be announced upon registration

When:   Tue-Thu, 11-13 Dec 0900-1700

Why:    opportunity to learn and contribute to DoD, interagency, think-tank, NGO, and academia discussion to better understand the complex events and implications of the Arab Spring throughout the Middle East.

Details:  Free.  For those available & interested.  No funding provided from PLU.  Participants limited to 40.

Application deadline = 30Nov.  See details (attached).

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

Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS)/ Collaborative & Adaptive Security Initiative (CASI)/ Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

 

 

 

f.  job offer in UAE for retired/reserve Marine:

Who:    TechWise

What:   job opportunity for retired/reserve Marine officer

        TechWise Global Primary Doctrine writer for Amphibious and Riverine Operations

Where:  UAE

When:   2013 (6-month duration)

Details: job involves writing amphibious and maritime operations orders in joint, combined, interagency environment.

Housing plan is to provide a spacious fully furnished apartment with weekends and local national holidays off. Work in the UAE will be full-time with a base salary and bonus potential. Specific qualifications and related information for these and other opportunities are described on the TechWise web site at http://www.techwise.com/index.php/careers

POC:  Mr. Conor T. Cusick, PMP

      Talent Manager and Business Development Associate

      TechWise

      6 North Tejon Street, Suite 501

      Colorado Springs, CO  80903

      Office:  719.955.3627

      Reception:  719.591.9966

      Cell:  719.360.6905

      Email: ccusick@techwise.com




Arab Spring Announcement.pdf


FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

Happy 237th Birthday + Veterans Day! 

8 updates today:

 

a.  FY13 Language Sustainment Funds

b.  What has a FAO done for me lately: FSI lectures/LtCol Duke

c.  What has a RAO done for me lately: 1st female Australia JTAC grad/Capt Tucker

d.  What has a FAS done for me lately: MAREX CROCODILO/GySgt Hodges

e.  FBI Translation & Interpretation workshops

f.  I MEF FAO/RAO PME #3

g.  IAP website

h.  FAOA luncheon - FAOs & Special Forces: Foreign Engagement and Building Partner Capacity

 

 

a.  FY13 Language Sustainment Funds:

Who:   Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)

What:  FY13 funds now available

Where:

When:  anticipate in the next 1-2 weeks, the MIPR of funds will be complete.

Why:   to support language sustainment of the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community

Details: more info to come, but we encourage you to start planning to take advantage of language sustainment opportunities in FY13.  I'll republish the rules of the road we used last year when funds are in hand & the light is officially green.

 

 

 

b.  What has a FAS done for me lately: FSI lectures:

Who:   LtCol J. Darren Duke, ME/NA FAO & former MARA to Israel

What:  guest lecture "Working with the U.S. Military at Post"

Where: Foreign Service Institute (FSI)

       "Political/Economic Tradecraft" class

       Arlington, VA

When:  Summer 2012

Why:   Opportunity to make an early and positive investment in DoD-State relations

Details:  LtCol Duke, study track ME/NA FAO, former MARA to Israel, and recent CO of 3d MSOB, has conducted this lecture to three successive iterations of the FSI "Political/Economic Tradecraft" class.  Each class of ~40 students provides training on working in American embassies abroad in the political and economic sections to junior (pre-first tour and post-second tour) Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and Interagency staff.  LtCol Duke focused on the basics of the military culture and perspectives on foreign policy, as well as the various manifestations of the U.S. military presence at American diplomatic posts, their functions and roles.  Feedback from FSI has been positive and there is a desire to continue the program.  Any FAO with at least one embassy tour would be qualified to provide this brief in the future.  This is an opportunity to build DoD-State relationships, particularly as the Marine Corps emerges from OEF-A and opportunities to engage larger number of country teams emerge.  To volunteer, or for more details on the course, contact LtCol Duke: JONDD2@dni.gov / 703 275-2846.

 

 

 

c.  What has a RAO done for me lately: 1st female JTAC grad in Australia/USMC Capt Tucker:

Who:   Capt Emma Tucker, 7220-Air Traffic Control Officer

       USMC Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) officer to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Squadron 4

What:  completed Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) course

       1st female to do so

Where: RAAF Base Williamtown

       Newcastle, New South Wales

       Australia

When:  Oct 2012

Why:   In preparation to deploy to OEF with Australian unit

Details:  Air Force news article JTAC, attached.  Gender diversity takes another step forward as a U.S. Marine becomes the first female JTAC graduate from Australia's course.  It's rare for the Air Control (72xx) community to get the opportunity to qualify as JTACs.  PEP assignments offer a broad diversity of challenges and opportunities.  Outstanding performance and a solid foundation in the MAGTF basics while embedded with a partner nation Army have resulted in personal requests from CO, RAAF Squadron 4 for Capt Tucker to deploy.

 

 

 

d.  What has a FAS done for me lately: MAREX CROCODILO/GySgt Hodges:

Who:   GySgt Andrew Hodges, ME/NA FAS currently deployed with 15MEU

What:  FAS support to 15MEU during Marine Exercise CROCODILO

Where: East Timor

When:  10-16 Oct 2012

Why:   FAS Beta Test; proving concept of LREC professionals improving outcomes of mission planning and execution at the tactical level.

Details:  MAREX CROCODILO After Action Report attached.  GySgt Hodges made a positive impact on 15MEU's 1st Theatre Security Cooperation (TSC) engagement of their deployment.  East Timor is outside of his ME/NA region of focus, but with support from CAOCL, GySgt Hodges applied a professional focus on LREC principles through CCTV briefs, smart cards, and language material to inform Marines and Sailors of 15MEU + Peleliu ARG.  By securing a position on the Forward Command Element (FCE), GySgt Hodges improved the interaction of the MEU with the Embassy, interagency representatives, and the armed forces of a partner nation, and gained valuable experience which will help 15MEU build off these lessons learned through the rest of the deployment.

 

 

 

e.  FBI Translation & Interpretation workshops:

Who:   FAOs/FASs & Marines with language ability

What:  FBI Language Services Translation + Interpretation Workshops

       - Chinese

       - Korean

       - Arabic

Where: The Woodies Bldg

       1025 F St. NW  Room WB-603

       Washington, DC 20005

When:  Chinese: 14-16 Jan 2013

                23-25 Jan 2013

       Korean: 29-31 Jan 2013

               11-13 Feb 2013

       Arabic: 11-13 Mar 2013

               25-27 Mar 2013

       Nov 2012 = Registration due

Why:   Opportunity to improve & build upon specific language skills.

Details:  Seats available; course is free of charge.  coordinate registration with MSgt Jerome Krejcha, Intel Dept (IOP) jerome.krejcha@usmc.mil / (703) 614-1161. 

Prerequisite for course admission is 3/3 language score.

 

 

 

f.  I MEF FAO/RAO PME #3:

Who:   I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community

What:  PME series #3

Where: Pacific Views Event Center

       Compass Room

       Camp Pendleton, CA

When:  Fri, 30Nov

       1500-TBD

Why:   Strengthening relationships among FAOs/RAOs and FAS Marines assigned in I MEF and west coast bases & stations.

Details:  Coordinated by Maj Robyn Mestemacher robyn.mestemacher@usmc.mil / (760) 725-9218 at I MEF G-1 Ops.

1st PME:  Northern Distribution Network (Eurasia focus)

2nd PME:  South China Sea and East China Sea friction points, and the growth of the Chinese middle class

3rd PME:  open for volunteers

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.  There are no attendance rosters or

efforts to intimidate Marines into participating; strictly those who want to and are able to attend, please attend.

 

 

 

g.  IAP website:

The new International Affairs Program (IAP) website address is:  http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/ppo/Units/StrategyandPlansDivision(PL)/InternationalAffairsBranch(PLU).aspx

You may have noticed a recent change in the appearance of www.usmc.mil website.  The DoD Media Department at DMA has migrated their data into a new platform, which data dumped a significant part of our site.  Not to worry,,, I'm whipping Nimish until he manually updates & transfers the old content to the new link. 

This skeleton site can still be accessed in the meantime.  As always, send us pics of you in action with a caption of FAOs/RAOs + FASs/RASs making a difference and we'll upload it.

 

 

 

h.  FAOA luncheon - FAOs and Special Forces: Foreign Engagement and Building Partner Capacity:

Who:   FAO Association + Guest speaker, MajGen Michael Nagata, USA, Deputy Director for Special Ops Forces, J-3/7, Joint Staff

What:  luncheon event

Where: Fort McNair Officers Club

       Washington, DC

When:  Thu, 29Nov

       1100-1300

Why:   discussion

Details: $25 for FAOA members, $30 for non-members.  Register http://www.faoa.org by 23Nov.

Lunch starts at 1130.

FAOA is a professional organization serving the interests of Foreign Area Officers in all services of the U.S. Armed Forces: active duty, reserve component, and retired. Founded in 1995, FAOA provides advocacy, networking, and mentorship.

POC:  Mr. Jon Dunn, FAOA Vice President admin@faoa.org

See FAOA Membership invitation for membership details.


Air Force News Article.docx
FAS Timor Leste Execution AAR.pptx
MAREX CROCODILO AAR.docx
FAOA Membership Invitation to Joint Service FAOs, 14 Oct 2012.docx


FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

5 updates today:

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO billets

b.  UAE Presidential Guard advisor opportunity

c.  Pakistani Bn advisor opportunity

d.  FY12 4th Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board

e.  What has a FAS done for me lately: Guatemala/OP MARTILLO

 

 

a.  FY13 FAO/RAO billets:

Here is a look at the 59 billets I see coming available in FY13.

54 FAO + 5 RAO billets. 

Keep in mind that 157 of 171 FAO/RAO billets are coded for FAO, but only 8 have a specific language requirement that we can't assign RAOs against; so we assign FAOs/RAOs to billets based on regional specialization inter-changeably. 

We will continue to work to release this list as a MARADMIN (hence, the format), and triple check all details with MMOA.  This list is 99% accurate, and I think the community is better served with more time to look it over than waiting for me to nail down 100% accuracy.

In the spirit of learning from the past, this list is based on the latest Staffing Goal report, which is the sheet of music the monitors use to determine where they can make assignments, factoring in draw-down plans, PCS timelines, etc.  You will see a lot of "Jan" dates here.  Does not mean that we have to move somebody off-cycle.  This is largely an indication of billets currently vacant & available for staffing anytime in FY13.  We have a lot of new structure + billets that did not make Staffing Goal in previous years opening up.

Billets are grouped from HQMC to the Joint billets.  An acronym guide is included as the final note.  I'll find a way to make that a bit cleaner for you.  I included an FY13 FAO/RAO utilization request form.  Makes our job simpler, sorting out your skill sets, prioritized requests, and balancing that against our billet list so we get best & most qualified in each assignment.  As more details come out, we'll push them as usual.  Please shoot us your questions.

 

 

 

b.  UAE Presidential Guard advisor opportunity:

A solicitation for Individual Augments (IA) will be pushed from Marine Manpower Force Augmentation (MMFA) + Marine Forces Command soon in an effort to source volunteers to Build Partner Capacity of our UAE partners.  Through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case, the government of UAE is developing its Presidential Guard unit with the help of U.S. Marines.  The skill sets they're looking for are predominantly ground combat arms-centric.  Great opportunity for FAOs/RAOs & future FAS/RAS Marines to apply their skills & trade + reinforce your experience in support of a mission given to USMC. 

Officer billets will look something like:

1.  O6  8041  OIC                

2.  O5  8007  MCTM Deputy         MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

3.  O5  8007  KBZ Cell OIC        LAD = Jul13 in UAE AE

4.  O5  0302  PGRG Cell OIC       LAD = Jul13 in U

5.  O5  0302  PGMG Cell OIC       LAD = Jul13 in UAE

6.  O4  8007  PGMG Cell Asst OIC  MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

7.  O4  0302  PGRG Asst OIC       MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

8.  O4  8007  SEN SPT Staff SEC   LAD = Jun13 in UAE

9.  O4  8007  MechInf Bn Trainer  MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

10. O4  8007  MechInf Bn Trainer  MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

11. O4  8007  MechInf Bn Trainer  MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

12. O4  8007  MechInf Bn Trainer  MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

13. O4  8007  MechInf Bn Trainer  MCSCG training Jun13 (combat arms)

Key leaders rotate in May

Main body rotates in Aug

LAD = latest arrival date

MCSCG = Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group

 

 

 

c.  Pakistani Bn advisor opportunity:

Who:   FAO/RAO field grade, combat arms (required)

       Urdu or Hindi speaker desired

What:  UNMIL Plans Officer

       12-month TAD with United Nations (UN) Mission in Liberia

       In support of U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG)

Where: Liberia

When:  Oct13 PTP in DC + Quantico

       Nov13-Nov14 in Liberia

Why:   UN Mission assigned by Joint Staff to USMC

Details: Male only.  Assignment with Pakistani Bn on UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  Duty involves preparing operational orders, contingency plans, reviewing subordinate unit plans, deployment details, conferences, and joint border ops.  Staff experience and PME complete for grade desired.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Austere living conditions, eat, sleep and live with the Pakistanis.  Assignment will involve frequent travel around African continent and interaction with local

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

See link to UNMIL:  https://g357.army.pentagon.mil/OD/USMOG-W/default.aspx

Pre-deployment training: https://g357.army.pentagon.mil/OD/USMOG-W/UN%20CV%20and%20Med%20Form/Forms/AllItems.aspx

POC for more details:  Maj Bill Matory, USMOG J-3/7 FP/Training Officer William.J.Matory.Mil@mail.mil / (703) 545-7067

 

 

 

d.  FY12 4th Quarter FAO/RAO Experience Track board:

MARADMIN 634/12 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/130152/fy12-4th-quarter-iap-experience-track-selection-panel-results.aspx

8 FAOs + 7 RAOs were designated.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

    Name                       PMOS / AMOS   Region          Note: 

1.  Col   David Coggins       (8041 / 8227)  W. Eur RAO      [NATO + UK Defense Academy]

2.  Maj   Chris Curran        (0302 / 8225)  S.S. Africa RAO [MA in National Security Affairs, MSG Ivory Coast]

3.  LtCol G. John David       (0202 / 8224)  ME/NA RAO       [MA Strategic Intel, MCESG Region 2]

4.  Capt  Matthew Davidhizar  (4402 / 8241)  LATAM  FAO      [JD U. Washington, Mexico + Venezuela study/law firm]

5.  LtCol Jonathan Dunne      (0302 / 8225)  S.S. Africa RAO [MS MCU, MARFORAF G-5]

6.  Capt  Benjamin Finkelstein(0204 / 8224)  ME/NA RAO       [MS Homeland Sec + ME Terrorism, RSO + reserve Attaché]

7.  LtCol Anthony Frasco      (3002 / 8221)  LATAM RAO       [MS in National Security Affairs, MSG + MCESG Region 4]

8.  Maj   John Havener        (7509 / 8227)  W. Eur RAO      [PEP UK]

9.  Maj   John Keenan         (0602 / 8240)  in-training     [2 MA in progress, Spain study abroad]

10. Capt  Chris Kennedy       (7509 / 8240)  in-training     [PEP Italy]

11. Col   Sean Killeen        (8042 / 8240)  in-training     [FMPE + PEP Brazil, SOUTHCOM Chief LNO to OSD/JS, White House LNO to Chile]

12. Capt  Blaise McFadden     (0402 / 8240)  in-training     [AFPAK Hands, MA in progress]

13. 1stLt Jacob Raver         (0204 / 8244)  ME/NA FAO       [MA Hebrew Univ, Israel + Egypt study abroad]

14. 2ndLt Victor Castro*      (0601 / 8249)  E. Eur FAO      [Missionary in Romania, 2 years]

15. Maj   Michael Murphy*     (7509 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO      [PEP Spain] 

* pending constructive credit waiver

 

 

 

e.  What has a FAS done for me lately: Guatemala/OP MARTILLO:

Who:   Capt Manuel Bueno 

       (LATAM FAO-in-training) finished NPS Jun12, starts DLI-Portuguese (Nov12-Jun13) + ICT/Brazil 2013-14.

What:  FAO support to MCSCG + MFS during Operation MARTILLO

Where: Guatemala

When:  26Sep-17Oct 2012

Why:   Effective capitalization on training gap between NPS & DLI, apply native Spanish skills + NPS education in support of MFS mission; gain exposure + familiarization with MCSCG; gain experience in region.

Details:  See BUENO_GUATEMALA, attached.

CO MCSCG has identified future utility of available FAOs/RAOs to augment MCSCG activities in support of MARFORs as a top priority.  Opportunities to operationalize & leverage FAO/RAO skill sets to accomplish Security Cooperation (SC) missions is important.  More opportunities to follow.

Col Baker's comments:  It's hard to quantify the role guys like Bueno, Daivu and Moffett play in country.  To many (including yours truly not so long ago) the accomplishments listed (emergency passports, etc) seem trivial.  They are not.  More important, there is no way to quantify the goodwill garnered with the SCO team, SDO, country team, etc.


TAB A - FY13 FAO-RAO Billed solicitation MARADMIN.txt
Capt Bueno AAR Guatemala AAR.doc
FY13 FAO-RAO Utilization Request Form.docx


FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

5 updates today:

 

a.  South Asia FAO/RAO opportunity

b.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Panama/MTT instructor

c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  France/partner nation visit to I MEF/MCAGCC

d.  CCLEB results

e.  Conference, "Rebalance to Asia, Refocus on Okinawa"

 

 

a.  South Asia FAO/RAO opportunity

Who:   South Asia FAOs/RAOs

       O4-O5, Urdu speaker preferred

What:  LNO to Pakistani Infantry Bn with United Nations (UN) Mission in Liberia

       11-month TAD

       In support of U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG)

Where: Monrovia, Liberia

When:  Jan training in Quantico

       Feb-Nov13 in Liberia

Why:   UN Mission

Details: Maj-LtCol eligible.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1 year assignment.  Female not eligible.  Austere living conditions, eat, sleep and live with the Pakistanis.  Assignment will

involve frequent travel around African continent and interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/UN observers.  11-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem. 

Contact: Maj Bill Matory (William.J.Matory.Mil@mail.mil) 703 545-7067 [U.S. Military Observer Group (USMOG) J-37 Force Protection / Training Officer] or

Maj Kristopher Poirier (kristopher.r.poirier.mil@mail.mil) for billet details.

 

 

 

b.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Panama/MTT instructor:

Who:   MSgt L.A. Godoy, LATAM FAS (reservist)

What:  FAS support for MCSCG + MARFORSOUTH Leadership MTT

Where: Panama City, Panama

When:  15-22 Sep 2012

Why:   support MCSCG + MARFORSOUTH efforts to build capacity + develop mil-mil relationships in Panama.

       Represents FAS support to a SOUTHCOM priority country.

AAR:   Reservist FAS, MSgt Godoy, was activated by MARFORSOUTH to augment a Military Training Team (MTT) engagement with the 2,300 personnel National Air Service of Panama (SENAN) with Marines from MCSCG.  The 300-man Marine Infantry (INFAMAR) force within SENAN is responsible for carrying out naval operations to include protection, surveillance, security and defense of Panama.  This MTT Leadership course was incorporated into Panama's new direct commissioning & advanced enlisted promotion training program; 9-months long.  The program is being conducted for the first time, allowing highly qualified INFAMAR Marine Sergeants to get commissioned, and junior enlisted to promote to the highest enlisted rank of Sargento Primero upon graduation.  The MTT was tasked with providing leadership training to newly commissioned Panamanian officers; predominantly prior enlisted with 11 years experience on average.  The 3-man USMC MTT lead was a native Spanish speaker, but inexperienced in providing training to foreign audiences.  MSgt Godoy functioned as an effective mentor to the MTT lead, helped develop and execute the course of instruction while translating material and facilitating smooth cultural integration.  MSgt Godoy's positive example as a senior SNCO, familiarity with the country and MTT material generated very positive feedback from Panamanian forces and the U.S. Embassy staff.  Language skills alone were not sufficient in this case.  Regional expertise and cultural knowledge, mixed with credibility in PMOS skill sets, made a LATAM FAS an extremely valuable member of this team.  MSgt Godoy's efforts improved the success enjoyed by this MTT, MARFORSOUTH, and ultimately SOUTHCOM.

See AAR attached.

 

 

 

c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  France/partner nation visit to I MEF/MCAGCC:

Who:   Maj Jean Patrick Exantus, French PEP + Western Europe/France FAO-in-training

       Maj Marc Beaudreau, LATAM/Brazil FAO (French speaker)

What:  FAO support for French Land Forces Command visit to I MEF + MCAGCC

Where: Camp Pendleton (HQ, I MEF)

       29 Palms       (MCAGCC)

When:  11-14 Sep 2012

Why:   ACMC invitation

AAR:   2 FAOs effectively used their language, regional expertise, and current billet assignments as personnel exchange program (PEP) officer + GCE Training Officer at MAGTF Training Center to facilitate a partner nation visit and fulfill an ACMC request.  French Land Forces Command was interested to see how USMC conducts pre-deployment training and Enhanced Mojave Viper at 29 Palms facilities.  The French capabilities of 2 Marine officers facilitated smoother interaction during the visit, which included force management briefs, role of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) command brief, and tours of MOUT facilities, Infantry Immersion Trainers, Convoy Trainers, CAS simulation, IED training, and company live-fire exercises at 29 Palms.  The French highlighted several similarities in their approach to training and force management, and took home new ideas in applying existing technologies in effective simulation training.

See AAR attached.

 

 

 

d.  CCLEB results:

MARADMIN 566/12 was released 9Oct12, announcing FY13 CCLEB results.  http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN566-12.aspx

2,100 company grade officers were screened; 390 were selected.  This represents an extremely competitive 17% selection rate.  A separate slating panel will be conducted in December to assign selected Marines for one of 7 education & special programs:  FAO/RAO, Olmsted Scholar, Congressional Fellowship, Resident PME, Special Education Program (SEP), Advanced Degree Program (ADP), and funded law programs.

 

 

 

e.  Conference, "Rebalance to Asia, Refocus on Okinawa":

Who:   Honorable Hirokazu Nakaima, Governor of Okinawa

       Mr. Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor/Director Asia-Pacific Security Program

       Mr. Narushige Michishita, Director of Security and Int'l Studies Program

       Mr. Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution

       Mr. Akio Takahara, University of Tokyo

       Honorable Jim Webb, Senator from VA

What:  Conference, "Rebalance to Asia, Refocus on Okinawa"

Where: The Willard Hotel

       1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW

       Washington, DC 20004

When:  Tue, 23 Oct

       0900-1300

Why:   Discussion will cover possible solutions to the current impasse over the Futenma relocation plan, security and cooperation in East Asia, and Okinawa's future role in the U.S. balance to Asia.

Details:  Free.  Lunch + brief breakfast provided.  Luncheon keynote address by Sen Jim Webb.

RSVP:  http://www.okinawa-conference.com  

  

Panama MTT AAR 1 Oct 12.doc
French Visit AAR.doc




FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,

6 updates today:

 

a.  MCO 5710.6B  Marine Corps Security Cooperation

b.  USMC Security Cooperation narrative

c.  MARADMIN 526/12 = cancellation of Transparent Languages CL-150 contract

d.  FAOweb & how our community keeps access to CL-150

e.  Fitrep PME Info Paper + CNA study

f.  PLU hail & farewell

 

 

a.  MCO 5710.6B  Marine Corps Security Cooperation:

MCO 5710.6B was released 20Sep.

http://www.marines.mil/news/publications/Documents/MCO%205710_6B.pdf

As a tool of national security, foreign policy, and an integral element of the DoD mission, Security Cooperation (SC) contributes to preventing conflict, enhances interoperability with international partners, and establishes the partnerships, access, and infrastructure that supports larger military operations.  This order provides USMC policy guidance and oversight to support persistent forward naval engagement and related USMC SC activities.

 

 

 

b.  USMC Security Cooperation narrative:

"Forward Deployed and Forward Engaged:  The Marine Corps Approach to 21st Century Security Cooperation"

http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/Hip%20Pocket%20Briefs.aspx 

This 20 page document details the USMC approach to achieving our Security Cooperation (SC) objectives.

The FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community has a significant role in this, as our Services Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) professionals.

 

 

 

c.  MARADMIN 526/12 = cancellation of Transparent Languages CL-150 contract:

MARADMIN 526/12 was released 20Sep and cancelled the USMC contract for CL-150, effective 26Sep2012.

http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN526-12.aspx/ 

Access to this valuable language tool is no longer available to the General Purpose Forces (GPF) via MarineNet.

Like Rosetta Stone before it, not enough Marines were using it.  The $1.4M contract juice was not worth the 4% user squeeze.  All good toys & tools go away when unused.

 

 

 

d.  FAOweb & how our community keeps access to CL-150:

Who:   FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community

What:  continued Tranparent Language CL-150 access

Where: FAOweb

When:  1Oct2012

Why:   USMC contract with CL-150 cancelled,

       DLNSEO paid to provide Joint FAO community access

Way ahead:  To retain access to CL-150, simply log into FAOweb.  You will notice no difference.

1,000 individual licenses were purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.  FAOs/RAOs + FASs/RASs are all eligible to establish FAOweb accounts and access language tools like FAOweb.

Website: http://fao.nps.edu  

For help establishing a FAOweb account, reference MARADMIN 215/11.

http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN215-11.aspx

POC:  Mr. James Howard, FAOweb Director jlhoward@nps.edu / 831 656-1067

      Mr. Brian Boulware, FAOweb Manager bgboulwa@nps.edu / 831 656-1080

 

 

 

e.  Fitrep PME Info Paper + CNA study:

The experience of being a board member, and developing an appreciation for the significance of the USMC fitness reporting process, was invaluable.  Few Marines get the privilege; almost all feel compelled to provide PME to Marines back home.  I care about the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community, and your understanding of your OMPFs.

The Info Paper attached provides some insights.  Examples of breakout comments were withrdrawn by direction.

The CNA report is an official "Evaluation of the Fitrep System for Marine Officers", commissioned by Director, Manpower Management Division, M&RA.  Informative read, for those interested.

We will continue to make promotion/command/retention/school selection gouge available to you as it comes in.  Shoot us your questions.

 

 

 

f.  PLU hail & farewell:

Last, but not least, the face of your International Affairs Program management team is shifting.

Hail:

Effective 15 Oct 2012, Mr. Clay Fisher will return to team PLU as our Assistant IAP Coordinator.

A former LATAM desk officer in PLU, Argentina Foreign PME grad, and Argentina PEP, LtCol(ret) Clay Fisher will soon become the humor, brains & continuity behind this outfit, helping us hold all the details together to drive this program as effectively as possible.  We're excited to have him as a GS.  You'll see his name on the cc line going forward.

Farewell:

Effective 30 Aug 2012, LtCol Che "Curly" Bolden moved on to greener fields as the inbound CO to VMU-2 in Cherry Point, NC.  He was indispensable to PLU-8 and shouldered a significant load on behalf of the IAP community, fighting for POM funds to sustain our FAO + PEP training budget; shaping and staffing our MCO 1520.11E update efforts which combine our PEP + FAO/RAO orders and create our FAS/RAS program; re-aligning our PEP laydown; proposing a re-structure of our RAO program to indroduce LREC skills to RAOs in the future; responding to multiple General Officer RFIs, and other drive-by taskings.  We miss him already & wish him the best at VMU-2.

Taking his place is LtCol Mike Purcell, who has been with us since May.

 

DRM-2012-U-001003.pdf
Fitrep PME Info Paper.docx

Enjoy Colombus Day weekend!

Semper Fi

v/r

Worf

FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
5 updates today:
a.  FAO/RAO billets
b.  Joint FAO Program - FY13 LATAM course
c.  language sustainment opportunity at Indiana U.
d.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Korea/NAVAIR + DC Aviation
e.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  China/1stMarDiv
a.  FAO/RAO billets:
I know there's a lot of anxiety out there about FY13 billets.
Quick PME + way ahead:
   1.  ASR:
The Aug12 Authorized Strength Report (ASR) was published last week.  This document informs M&RA (manpower) how many Marines & T/O line numbers we can expect as a Service in FY13.  It's also a critical tool used by Manpower to develop the Staffing Goal (SG) Report. 
   2.  SG:
For those familiar with the concept of musical chairs, the SG Report determines which FY13 T/O billets will have a chair left when the music stops playing.  Monitors can't assign Marines to billets that aren't on the SG list.  It takes approx 5 weeks for M&RA to crunch the numbers & develop the FY13 SG report.  Should be out by mid Oct.  This list will tell us which FAO/RAO billets will be available for orders next year.
   3.  FAO/RAO billets:
I got MMOA to print an updated list of FAO/RAO billets in the system, by T/O.  see attached.
These are T/O line numbers.  Not all will make the Staffing Goal list.  There are additional billets not yet coded for FAO/RAO that I'm working on making available to you as well (Security Cooperation Officer (SCO) billets in embassies, MARSOC LNO billets, CCMD billets, etc).  I will release the list of FY13 FAO/RAO billets in mid Oct.
   4.  FAO/RAO slating:
We'll give you all at least 45 days to look over the list, hold an FY13 slating panel in Dec, and coordinate assignments with the monitors from there.  Those who need orders before then (off-cycle movers), contact me & your monitor, and we'll take care of you individually.
b.  Joint FAO Program - FY13 LATAM course, reminder:
Who:   LATAM FAOs
What:  Joint FAO Program - LATAM course
Where: Washington, DC (5-9Nov)
       San Salvador (12-16Nov)
When:  5-16 Nov 2012
       Deadline to apply = Fri, 14Sep
Why:   To refresh & update LATAM FAO regional + language skills
Details:  funded by DLNSEO via NPS.
POC:  Mr. Bob Lucius, LtCol USMC (ret), FAO Course Operations Manager relucius@nps.edu / (831) 656-1810
      Ms. Ashley Dusenbury, Associate Operations Manager  asdusenb@nps.edu / 831-656-7527
Send applications to me in PLU.
c.  language sustainment opportunity at Indiana U:
Who:   Any FAO/FAS
What:  Language Sustainment courses 
       Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL)
       - Arabic
       - Russian
       intensive language programs at the 2/2 and 3/3 levels
Where: Indiana University
       Bloomington, IN
When:  27May-26Jul 2013 - Arabic
       03Jun-26Jul 2013 - Russian
       30Oct 2012 = registration deadline
Why:   improve language skills & sustain DoD goal 3/3.
Description: SWSEEL intensive summer language courses provide the equivalent of one academic year of instruction in 9 weeks. Students are in class 4-5 hours daily M-F and have about 3 hours of homework each evening. Extracurricular programming (including language tables, films, and lectures) provide additional exposure to the target language. Students of Russian study the fours skills and grammar 3 hours daily with a main instructor and also have dedicated instruction in phonetics, listening and speaking/conversation, each taught by a different instructor.  Participants will do OPIs at the start and end of the program.
Details:  http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel  
Funding:  tuition funded by DLNSEO. 
          TAD funded by unit.
          For those interested & available to attend, please let us know soonest.
POC:  Ms. Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, PhD. Director, SWSEEL aristern@indiana.edu / 812-855-1648
d.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Korea/NAVAIR + DC Aviation:
Who:   Maj Louis Simon + Maj Jin Kim  (8243:  N.E. Asia/Korea FAOs)
What:  FAO support for Korea Test & Evaluation (T&E) of USMC AH-1Z helicopter
Where: MAG-39
       Camp Pendleton, CA
When:  20Aug-7Sep
Why:   NAVAIR + DC Aviation requested FAO support.
       ROK is weighing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) purchase decision of 36 AH-1Z Cobra helicopters worth $1.6 Billion.
AAR:   By facilitating smoother interaction between U.S. and Korean teams, FAOs improved the 3-week evaluation and potentially helped Korea decide to invest in UH-1Z helicopters, spare parts, maintenance efforts, and the details that come with a purchase of this magnitude.  This was also an opportunity for Reserve FAOs to engage their skill sets.
Korean FMS AAR attached for details.
e.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  China/1stMarDiv:
Who:   Capt Frank Alba, China FAO, 11th Marine Regiment
What:  FAO support during Khaan Quest, UN Peacekeeping Exercise
Where: Mongolia
When:  10-24 Aug 2012
Why:   11th Marines tasked to support international peacekeeping exercise.
       FAOs in regionally aligned PMOS tours were on hand & organic to the engaged force.
AAR:   Having recently been to Mongolia last year while on ICT, Capt Alba was familiar with the culture and the lay of the land. As the 11th Marine Regiment Intel Officer and China FAO, he engaged with Singapore, Indian, New Zealand, Mongolian, Russian, and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers.  His Chinese language allowed him to communicate with the Singapore and Chinese officers in their native language.  This helped break the ice and opened up lines of communication as well as built relationships during the exercise.
Khaan Quest is a multilateral UN Peace Keeping Exercise held annually at Mongolian Armed Forces Peace Support Operation Training Center at the Five Hills Training Area in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  The exercise is sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific and hosted by Mongolian Armed Forces.  The purpose of the exercise is to promote regional peace and security.  More than 10 countries and a thousand personnel participated in Khaan Quest 2012.  The exercise initially began as a unilateral exercise between the United States Marine Corps and Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF).  During the exercise the Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Navy, and Commander U.S. Army Pacific all visited.  The Secretary of the Navy Honorable Ray Mabus spoke during the closing ceremony.   The Secretary of the Navy talked to Marine and Navy personnel separately before addressing the general audience and emphasized the strategic importance of Marines demonstrating our expeditionary nature during the exercise as we pivot toward Asia. The President of Mongolia spoke during the opening ceremony.  This year marked the 10th anniversary of the exercise.  Exploration and mining of commodity natural resources in Mongolia has gained the attention of many regional powers to include China, Russia, and the United States.  Mongolia’s geographic location sandwiched between Russia to the North and China to the South and its status as a democratic state makes it strategically significant as a key regional ally to the United States.  Mongolia, relative to its population of less than 3 million people, contributes a significant number of military personnel to UN Peace Keeping and Coalition Forces missions around the world to include OIF and OEF. 
Who:   Capt Frank Alba, China FAO, 11th Marine Regiment
What:  provided China PME to 1stMarDiv G-2
Where: Camp Pendleton
When:  29 Aug 2012
Why:   At request of 1st MarDiv G-2, upon learning there were China FAOs around
AAR:   While serving as 11th Marine Regiment Intelligence Officer, per the request of 1st Marine Division G-2, Capt Alba conducted a PME on China for G-2 Marines, providing background on historical, cultural, social, economic, political, and security aspects in context of China's rise and potential regional flashpoints.  The PME was well received.  As a result, the Division CG directed that a China PME be given to all officers in the Division.  Time TBD.  2 China FAOs in the Division, Capt Alba + Capt Harkema, will conduct the brief.
Who:   Capt Kaleb Harkema, China FAO, 1st LAR
What:  provided China PME to 3rd AAV Bn preparing for Okinawa UDP
Where: Camp Pendleton
When:  7 Sep 2012
Why:   Upon request
AAR:   While serving as 3rd LAR Bn Intelligence Officer, Capt. Kaleb Harkema conducted a China Brief for elements of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion deploying to Okinawa on UDP.  Capt. Harkema provided historical, cultural, social, economic, political, and security aspects in the context of China's rise and potential regional flashpoints.  The Marines provided good feedback and found the information to be relevant to their upcoming deployment to Okinawa and the Asia-Pacific region.
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
5 updates today:
a.  Attaché selection results
b.  I MEF FAO/RAO PME after action
c.  Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Cadet team lead solicitation & opportunity
d.  CL-150 update
e.  new DLPT rollouts
a.  Attaché selection results:
MARADMIN 478/12 was released today, announcing FY14 Marine Attaché (MARA) selection results
http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN478-12.aspx
FY14 MARA results are on-par with previous years.
  1.  6 of 12 selected attachés are FAOs/RAOs
      (50% rate was selected last year as well)
  2.  4 are FAOs; 2 are RAOs; 4 are regionally aligned; 2 are not regionally-aligned
      All 6 are Experience Track (ET)
      Congratulations to:
      1.  LtCol Drew Cukor       Mexico           (8241 LATAM FAO)      ET
      2.  LtCol Gert DeWet       Kenya            (8225 S.S.Africa RAO) ET
      3.  Maj Carrie Howe        Singapore        (8245 S.S.Africa FAO) ET
      4.  Maj Erick Koob         Senegal          (8241 LATAM FAO)      ET
      5.  Maj Cedric Lee         Philippines      (8243 N.E.Asia FAO)   ET
      6.  LtCol Brent Reiffer    Australia        (8223 N.E.Asia RAO)   ET
  3.  2 of 5 alternates are FAO/RAO (40%)
      1.  Maj Mark Broekhuizen   Philippines      (8248 S.E.Asia FAO)   ST
      2.  Maj Donald Porter      Russia           (8228 S.E.Asia RAO)   ST
  4.  The remaining 6 MARA selects will be joining the FAO/RAO community
      Pending their acceptance into the program
      Welcome to:
      7.  LtCol Nathan Huntington Russia                                ET
      8.  Maj Mark Kiehle         Pakistan                              ET
      9.  Maj Jason Lang          Azerbaijan                            ET
      10. Capt Christian Ortiz    Libya                                 ET
      11. Maj Kerry Quinby        Iraq                                  ET
      12. LtCol Matthew Sasse     Mexico                                ET
b.  I MEF FAO/RAO PME after action:
Who:   Capt Kaleb Harkema, currently serving as 1st LAR S-2 (N.E. Asia/China FAO)
What:  2nd Quarterly I MEF FAO/RAO PME
       "Friction points developing in South China Sea + East China Sea,
        and how they tie into China's hunt for resources and the growth of the Chinese middle class"
Where: Camp Pendleton
When:  Fri, 17 Aug 2012, 1500-1700
Why:   Familiarity among Southern California FAO/RAO community
After Action:  Capt Harkema volunteered to brief all comers about China.  30 Marines showed up, including 8 FAOs & 22 Marines interested in the FAO/RAO program.  Capt Harkema's brief hit a home run with the audience; very well received, with many requests to be put on his distro list.
This was another great opportunity to build rapport among our community, inform a broader cross-section of Marines about the program, and generate positive impressions about FAO/RAO capabilities resident within I MEF. 
Maj Robyn Mestemacher (I MEF G-1 Ops; Eurasia/Ukraine FAO) did the heavy lifting to coordinate and set this up.
LtCol Brian Peterson (CO, HMM-268; LATAM RAO) encouraged many of his Marines to come.
Many thanks to all who participated for making this PME a success.
Next I MEF quarterly PME is on track for December.
c.  Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Cadet team lead solicitation & opportunity:
Who:   any interested/available FAO/RAO [O4-O5] or SNCO [E7-E8]
       Reservists eligible
       Good opportunity for ICT FAOs, FAOs awaiting language training, Reserve FAOs/RAOs & FAS/RAS, or anyone with 34 days available & interest to mentor future officers + work overseas at no cost to USMC.
What:  Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Cadet team lead during summer training missions
        1.  English Language Training Teams (teaching English to foreign partners)
        2.  Military Exercise Support (joint exercises and interpreter support)
        3.  Humanitarian Assistance via NGO (Service learning projects)
        4.  U.S. State Dept support ("American Corners" program)
       Organize/mentor/lead participation in these Security Cooperation efforts
       Lead groups of (5-10) Army ROTC/cadets on 35-day missions overseas
       Efforts underway to expand this program to Navy/Marine Corps ROTC/midshipmen
       US Army desires to expand Joint efforts
Where: 43 nations include:
         PACOM       AFRICOM    EUCOM      SOUTHCOM     CENTCOM
       - Mongolia  - Angola   - Bosnia   - Brazil     - Jordan
       - Korea     - Benin    - Bulgaria - Chile      - Kazakhstan
       - Indonesia - Burundi  - Croatia  - Costa Rica - Kyrgyzstan
       - Vietnam   - Ghana    - Georgia  - Paraguay  
       - Laos      - Senegal  - Ukraine  - Peru
       - Taiwan    - Tanzania - Estonia 
       - Thailand  - Tunisia  - Spain
When:  TBD
       Summer training begins early May, continuing through summer until last week in Aug.
       90% are between 15May and 1Aug start dates.
       Volunteer deadline = 1 Jan 2013
Why:   Funded immersion language + culture opportunity
       leadership opportunity for next generation
Details: 
        1. US Army Cadet Command will fund TAD (travel/lodging/meals). 
           (ADOS needs to be coordinated separately for interested Reservists)
        2. US Army is looking to develop its future officer corps with increased appreciation & understanding of foreign language and culture.
        3. US Army interested in encouraging Joint efforts with volunteers from all Services.
        4. Foreign language ability = nice to have, not "need to have" for most countries.
           Spanish = need to have for Exercise Support in SOUTHCOM
           Polish = need to have for airborne missions in Poland
        5. 35 days = 8 day pre-deployment prep (Ft Knox, KY) + 23 days in country + 3-4 days post deployment (Ft Knox).
        6. For additional details & countries, see CULP Missions Short Brief on our IAP website.
           http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/Hip%20Pocket%20Briefs.aspx POC:  Mr. Windle Causey, Chief, Culture and Language Division, US Army Cadet Command  windle.causey@usacc.army.mil / 502 624-5404.
d.  CL-150 update:
For SA, USMC will lose access to Transparent Language CL-150 language programs, effective 26Sep12.
This includes the following resources:
 - Rapid Rote applications
 - Language Familiarization courseware
 - Language Proficiency Tests + Diagnostic Assessments
 - BEAM
 - Learner Guide
 - Mobile Language Guide
 - Language Pro
 - CL-150 portal, providing direct access via MarineNet, Joint Language University, or FAOweb.
See attached for further details.
e.  new DLPT rollouts:
The Very Low Range (VLR) tests measure proficiency up to (but no higher than) Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 1+.
VLR provides a more accurate measure of proficiency at levels below 2 than the traditional Low Range (LR) test which focuses on ILR levels from 2-3.
DLPT rollouts in FY12 include:
French      VLR                           - 01AUG12
Spanish     VLR                           - 15SEP12
Scheduled DLPT rollouts in FY13 include:
Punjabi     LR (constructed response)     - 01OCT12
Pashto      VLR(multiple choice)          - 15NOV12
Azerbaijani LR (constructed response)     - 15APR13
Cambodian   LR (constructed response)     - 15APR13
Dari        LR (multiple choice)          - 15MAY13
Indonesian  LR (multiple choice)          - 15MAY13
Malay       LR (constructed response)     - 15MAY13
Tamil       LR (constructed response)     - 15MAY13
Uighur      LR (constructed response)     - 15MAY13
Kazak       LR (constructed response)     - 17JUN13
Yoruba      LR (constructed response)     - 17JUN13
Semper Fi!
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
9 updates today:
a.  FY13 Command selection results
b.  FY13 Command selection board out-brief
c.  FAO/RAO population update
d.  attaché selection update
e.  language sustainment update
f.  FAOA Symposium
g.  FAOweb call for essays
h.  DC workshop:  Perspectives on Conflict Prevention
i.  Gazette article, "The Marine Attache"
a.  FY13 Command selection results:

    1.  MARADMIN 415/12 was released on 1Aug12, announcing LtCol Command selection results.
        http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN415-12.aspx
        FY13 LtCol command selection results are above average for FAOs/RAOs
        577 Marines were screened; 148 were selected (25.65%); 11 were FAOs/RAOs (24.4%)
        45 FAOs/RAOs were among the eligible population
        5 FAOs and 6 RAOs were selected for command.  4 Study Track; 7 Experience Track
        Congratulations to:
        1.  LtCol William DeLorenzo    MWHS-2       (8248 S.E.Asia FAO)   ST
        2.  LtCol Mark Elfers          VMA-214      (8247 W.Eur FAO)      ET
        3.  Maj John Griffin           I-I, v1/25   (8224 ME/NA RAO)      ET
        4.  LtCol Kevin Matthews       1st LAR      (8228 S.E.Asia RAO)   ET
        5.  LtCol Daron Mizell         1st LEB      (8224 ME/NA RAO)      ET
        6.  Maj Benjamin Pappas        2d MSOB      (8248 S.E.Asia FAO)   ST
        7.  Maj Lance Patrick          VMFA-115     (8223 N.E.Asia RAO)   ET
        8.  LtCol Robert Rice          v3/5         (8247 W.Eur FAO)      ET
        9.  LtCol Richard Schmidt      Support Bn, MSOSG (8241 LATAM FAO) ET
        10. LtCol John Vaughan         I-I, 4th AAV (8222 EurAsia RAO)    ST
        11. Maj Lawrence Walzer        I-I, LEB     (8224 ME/NA RAO)      ST
    2.  MARADMIN 424/12 was released on 2Aug12, announcing Col Command selection results.
        http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN424-12.aspx
        FY13 Col command selection results are below average for FAOs/RAOs
        175 Marines were screened; 56 were selected (32%); none were FAOs/RAOs
        4 FAOs/RAOs were among the eligible population
    3.  See Info paper (attached) for additional details
    4.  See Command selection history in FAO/RAO population update (attached) for 7 year overview
    5.  Recommended recent Gazette article on command by one of our own:  http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/force-preservation-program
b.  FY13 Command selection board out-brief:
Col Kozeniesky (PP&O) was a board member on the FY13 command selection board (CSB), and provided a PME/out brief this week to Marines interested in better understanding the process, what makes Marines more competitive, what to look for on fitreps; and how we can serve our Marines better as Reporting Seniors & Reviewing Officers.  The ppt. slides are 3MB.  We'll post the brief on our IAP website on Tuesday, when Nimish gets back.  In the meantime, shoot me an email if you want a copy & don't mind me crushing your inbox.  Great brief.
c.  FAO/RAO population update:
USMC FAOs
  - active duty:  330
  - reserves:  58
USMC RAOs
  - active duty:  207
  - reserves:  17
USMC FASs
  - active duty:  9
  - reserves:  6
Details outlined in "USMC FAO/RAO population update" (attached)
Next Experience Track FAO/RAO board will be held 10 Oct 2012
Current as of 23Aug12
d.  Attaché selection update:
The MARADMIN announcing the results is in the hopper, waiting for release.
A few Marines initially selected for attaché duty were picked up for command.  Alternates were fleeted up; the results are ready; the delay is unfortunate, but the MARADMIN should be hitting the street Monday.  Intel Department ran the board & is working to release the MARADMIN with the results; a deviation from previous years, when MMOA released the MARADMIN.
e.  FY12 funded Language Sustainment update:
44 requests for language sustainment have been approved to date; $217,177 has been obligated; and $96,798 remains available for FAOs/RAOs assigned within I/II/III MEF for the next few weeks until those funds are surrendered for end of FY close-out.  $132,889 has been returned to DLNSEO (prior to end of FY12 for re-allocation).
25 of 44 requests have been for local tutoring; 13 of 25 in CONUS.  18 of 44 requests included TAD/immersion + school.  See attached tracker for details.  I have received 6 After Action Reports.  We're interested in your follow-up DLPT scores & AARs to document what worked well & what didn't.  Shoot us an email with your updates/AARs when able.
I got 3/2+ on my Indonesian test after a few years of neglect, following my recent language sustainment TAD to Indonesia.  Still have an opportunity to nail that 2nd "3" on an OPI coming up!  you do too.  We encourage you to take the speaking test (OPI).
FY13 funds for language sustainment are being coordinated.  Recent history being our guide, normal FY budget turn-around time is ~ 2 months, meaning FY13 funds won't likely be in our hands until November.  We will likely have more language sustainment funds next year + more time to use it.  We don't want to return any funds next year!  Plan early; first come first served when the funding faucet gets turned on.  Expect same rules as this year. 
f.  FAOA Symposium:
Who:   All interested & available
What:  2-day symposium
       "Foreign Engagement and Global Coverage under the New Defense Plan: FAOs, Security Cooperation, and the Defense Attaché System"
       Hosted by:  National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) + Foreign Area Officer Association (FAOA)
Where: TASC Heritage Center
       4805 Stonecroft Blvd
       Chantilly, VA 20151
When:  18-19 Sep 2012
       0800 - 1700
Why:   The symposium will explore, provide information on, and help shape the future of the missions, organization, and integration of the U.S. military presence at embassies around the world and the critical role played by joint service FAOs.
       In-depth discussion on the roles of FAOs in Security Cooperation, the Defense Attaché System, and at the Combatant Commands.
       Service FAO proponents will be represented, as well as reps from NPS, JMAS, DISAM, and DLI. 
Details: 2-day itinerary available on-line + registration: http://www.nmia.org/?page=2012Fall.  This event will be held at the SECRET/NOFORN level.  Event fee = $100/military.
Speakers include:
       - RADM Bradley Gehrke, USN, Director, Defense Counterintel and HUMINT Center
       - MajGen Richard Lake, USMC, Deputy Director, National Clandestine Service for HUMINT
       - RADM Douglas Venlet, USN, SDO/DATT Moscow, Russia
       - SES Richard Genaille Jr, Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
POC:  NMIA  admin@nmia.org / 703 738-7487.
g.  FAOweb call for essays:
FAOweb will publish a special issue of the Joint FAO Proceedings this fall to address the perennial question of whether or not FAOs are worth the tremendous investment in time and resources.  The intent is not to rehash the same old arguments about single-track vs. dual-track systems, but rather to dig a little deeper into what it means to be a professionalized community and to explore the individual and collective expectations for those who claim membership.  Questions to be explored might include:
1)   Is FAO just another word for attaché or security assistance officer?
2)   What does it mean to be a professional community and is the Joint FAO community one?
3)   What are the "value-added" measures by which FAOs, both individually and collectively, should be evaluated by their services, as well as by their peers? In short, are FAOs worth the investment?
4)   Why do the contributions of FAOs seem to remain undervalued (or overvalued) more than a decade after 9/11?
5)   What skills do FAOs need most to meet the expectations of Commanders and policy-makers.and are FAOs trained and equipped properly to meet those expectations?
6)   Should FAOs be subject to re-certification or de-certification?
7)   How can FAOs better share their experience, knowledge and wisdom with their peers and those coming up behind them?
Author submission guidelines are in FAOweb Files or https://fao.nps.edu/documents/13337/7601fc4f-cdd1-403d-8860-57dae8e47558.
Who:   article contributors
What:  call for essays:  editorjfp@nps.edu
Where: FAOweb
When:  deadline = 1 Oct
Why:   respond to questions posed above.
POC:  editorjfp@nps.edu / 831 656-1080
h.  DC workshop:  Perspectives on Conflict Prevention:
Who:   All interested & available
What:  3-day workshop
       "Perspectives on Conflict Prevention"
Where: U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
       Washington, DC
When:  24-26 Sep 2012
       0900-1700
       Application deadline = 31 Aug (Fri)
       http://www.ccmronline.com/#!casi/c1iu4
Why:   As the U.S. transitions from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and redefines its role infragile environments, the utility of conflict prevention is becoming increasingly relevant for the Department of Defense. As the Obama administration articulated in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, entitled Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, the military has an opportunity to engage all tools, including diplomacy and development, to promote regional and global security with its allies and partners. Preventive strategies that avoid violent conflict are at the forefront of these tools.  The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate timely and open dialogue about different conflict prevention frameworks andperspectives that exist among the DOD, non-governmental, and interagency communities.
Conflict prevention has a mixed history of success and failure - due in part to varying commitment by policymakers - nonetheless, advances in both thought and practice have continued to improve lessons learned and best practices for practitioners in the field. Participants in the workshop will explore these approaches and practices, debate their utility, and consider opportunities for future innovation in the conflict prevention field. Through interactive panel discussions, group-led vignettes, and facilitated dialogue participants will not only enrich the course but play an integral role in shaping its content. 
Details:  Free.  Workshops led by NPS/Collaborative & Adaptive Security Initiative + Academy of International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding (USIP)
POC:  Mr. Nicholas Tomb (NPS/CASI) ntomb@nps.edu / 831 656-1829
      Ms. Winnie Tsang (USIP) wtsang@usip.org / 202 429-4740
i.  Gazette article, "The Marine Attache"
Who:   LtCol Scott McDonald (8243: Northeast Asia/China FAO)
What:  article published, "The Marine Attache"
Where: Marine Corps Gazette
When:  Aug 2012
Details:  http://www.marinecorpsgazette-digital.com/marinecorpsgazette/201208?pg=46#pg46
Apologies for the quiet spell here in the FAO/RAO program management office while I was on language sustainment training in Indonesia for 3 weeks.
I know several recent FAO/RAO accomplishments & anecdotes have recently taken place or are in progress.
There are several other worthy projects & events worth mentioning...
I've got 930 emails to sort through as I parry the daily line-of-sight taskings.
As I un-earth meaningful correspondence, I'll keep the community informed in the next update.
Semper Fi & enjoy the weekend!
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
9 updates today:
a.  Request for Korea FAO assistance with FMS case
b.  FY12 3rd Quarter Experience Track panel results
c.  DLPT prep + language sustainment tool
d.  Arabic class
e.  FY13 Joint FAO Programs
f.  East Africa Seminar
g.  Phase Zero:  How China Exploits It, Why the U.S. Does Not
h.  Egypt elections observations
i.  Red Teams:  Strengthening through challenge
a.  Request for Korea FAO assistance with FMS case:
Who:     NAVAIR + DC Aviation looking for 4 x Korea FAOs
What:    Support Republic of Korea (ROK) visit to MAG-39 for AH-1Z flight demonstration (test & evaluation) in potential FMS case; Language support
Where:   Camp Pendleton, CA
When:    20Aug-7Sep
Why:     ROK is weighing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) purchase decision of USMC AH-1Z Cobra helicopters.  Big $$ decision.  See after action of last ROK visit, augmented by Korea FAO (attached).  
Details: TAD fully funded by NAVAIR.
POC:  LtCol Mark "Chains" Coppess, Attack/Utility Helicopter Requirements (APW-53), HQMC Aviation: mark.coppess@usmc.mil / 703 693-7081.
Mr. Thomas Guercio (APW) thomas.guercio.ctr@usmc.mil / 703 693-7079.
b.  FY12 3rd Quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO board results:
MARADMIN 381/12 was released Tuesday.
http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN381-12.aspx 
13 FAOs + 9 RAOs were designated.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:
    Name                      PMOS / AMOS   Region          Note: 
1.  1stLt Chris Angevine     (0302 / 8224)  ME/NA RAO       [MA Yale, Lebanon]
2.  LtCol Jennifer Anthis    (3002 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO      [MA MIIS, France]
3.  Maj   Brad Carr          (0302 / 8227)  W. Eur RAO      [MS MCU, UK PEP]
4.  LtCol Anita Carroll      (0402 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO*     [MA AMU, Norway FPME + PEP]
5.  Maj   Greg Curtis        (7564 / 8223)  N.E.Asia RAO    [MA KS State, Korea]
6.  Capt  John Dunn          (4402 / 8241)  LATAM FAO       [JD CU + GW, Peace Corps in Dom Rep; Costa Rica]
7.  LtCol Jonathan Dunne     (0802 / 8224)  ME/NA RAO       [MA MCU, MARFORAF]
8.  Maj   Mary Kate Flatley  (0180 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO      [PhD Univ of Rockies, Spain FPME]
                                     8241   LATAM FAO       [MA Central Michigan Univ, Argentina]
9.  Col   Michael Flynn      (0402 / 8241)  LATAM FAO       [MA MCU, Colombia + Paraguay]
10. Maj   John Griffin       (0302 / 8224)  ME/NA RAO       [MA Harvard]
11. Col   Craig Kozeniesky   (8041 / 8227)  W. Eur RAO*     [UK PEP + Norway FPME + Norway PEP]
12. Maj   Amy McGrath        (7523 / 8220)  Pol-Mil/RAO     [MA John Hopkins, Georgetown, Congressional Fellow]
13. Maj   Michael Murphy     (7509 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO*     [Spain PEP]
14. Maj   Derek Ost          (0202 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO*     [France FPME]
15. LtCol Charles Preston    (0302 / 8245)  S.S. Africa FAO [MA VA Polytech, AFRICOM, Senegal]
16. Capt  Jose Quezada       (7208 / 8241)  LATAM FAO*      [MA AMU, Dom Rep, Colombia]
17. LtCol Brent Reiffer      (7563 / 8223)  N.E.Asia RAO    [MA Univ Oklahoma, Japan]
18. Capt  Lindsay Rodman     (4402 / 8241)  LATAM FAO       [MA Harvard, Chile]
19. Col   Victor Stover      (8042 / 8227)  W. Eur RAO      [MA Kings College, UK PEP + UK FPME]
20. Capt  Caleb Weiss        (0302 / 8221)  LATAM RAO       [MA Colombia]
21. Capt  Ali Yakub          (4402 / 8244)  ME/NA FAO       [JD Univ Miami, Syria]
                                     8247   W. Eur FAO      [BA UVA, France, UK]
22. Capt  Joseph Zane        (0602 / 8247)  W. Eur FAO      [MA Univ Heidelberg, Germany]
                                     8224   ME/NA RAO       [MA Univ Oklahoma]
* pending Constructive Credit Waiver
c.  DLPT prep + language sustainment tool:
Who:     all language professionals & those interested in learning/sustaining language skills
What:    language tools - Transparent Language CL-150
Where:   accessible via FAOweb or mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop...) as downloadable "app"
When:    24/7
Why:     language development + sustainment tool
POC:     for FAOweb access, contact Mr. Brian Boulware bgboulwa@nps.edu / 831 656-1080 or Mr. Jim Howard jlhoward@nps.edu / 831 656-1067.
         Or reference MARADMIN 215/11  http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN215-11.aspx
POC:     for CL-150 questions, contact Mr. Nasser Manasterli  nmanasterli@Transparent.com / 202 744-7989.
Tools:   There are dozens of tools available to ALL of you in CL-150 alone.  A few in particular will be very helpful in DLPT prep + vocab maintenance.
       1.  Rapid Rote:  digital flash card (pic, spelling, sound) builds vocab.  90 languages.  (online + mobil app).
       2.  Proficiency Assessment:  practice DLPT.  23 languages.  ILR scale, instant score, great practice test to see current proficiency.  Good DLPT warm-up.
       3.  Diagnostic Assessment:  practice OPI.  Probes vocab, sentence grammar, discourse.  Instant score.  Currently available in Arabic (MSA), and Farsi.
       4.  Beam:  real time language tool to assess slang meaning + native context.  Context for what you hear & see on the street, blogs, twitter, etc.  Uses continuous feeds from Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, You-tube, Flickr, Google, news, etc.
       5.  Learned Items:  comprehensive set of vocab words (some operational).  Refreshes & builds your vocab in long-term memory.
       6.  Learner Guide:  personalized language learning plan using 40+ government + commercial online language resources
       7.  Word of the Day:  automatic email sent to you daily with vocab word + grammar rule + use in sentence.  15 seconds of practice, pushed daily via email, RSS, or iPhone app.  No limit to number of languages.
d.  Arabic class:
Who:    anyone interested/available who wants to refresh their Arabic skills
What:   basic Arabic course (sub 2/2), 16 hours instruction + 16 hours individual tutoring
Where:  MCIA, Quantico, VA
When:   17Jul - 9 Aug (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 0900 - 1300) 
Why:    Develop basic Arabic proficiency and improve DLPT score
POC:    Mr. Alger T. James II, Command Language Program Manager, X Corp Solutions, Inc., ajames2@mcia.osis.gov / 703 432-7283
Detail: students must have TS/SCI clearance for access to MCIA.
e.  FY13 Joint FAO Programs:
Who:   FAOs with 1 "FAO tour" under their belt
What:  FY13 Joint FAO sustainment Programs
Where: Monterey + overseas location
When:  see below.  2-week courses
Why:   help senior FAOs maintain skills.
Details: Fully funded by DLNSEO.  Concept paper + application for each course will be available next week.
See "After Action" of FY12 Near East Course for an "Angies List" assessment of most recent course.  Attached.
POC:  Mr. Bob Lucius, FAO Cours Operations Manager relucius@nps.edu / 831 656-1810.
Tentative FY13 Course dates:
       1.  Latin America Course:  05Nov-16Nov 2012
       2.  Africa Course:         28Jan-08Feb 2013
       3.  Near East Course:      19Mar-29Mar 2013
       4.  Eurasia Course:        13May-24May 2013
       5.  Asia-Pacific Course:   12Aug-23Aug 2013
f.  East Africa Seminar:
Who:   Africa FAOs/RAOs + FAS/RAS
What:  East Africa Seminar
          "Conflict, Regime Stability, and Security in East Africa:  Confronting internal and external threats"
          Hosted by: National Intelligence University (NIU) + Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Where: Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC)
           Bldg 351
           Joing Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB)
          Washington, DC
When:  17-21 September (0730-1700)
           07 Aug = registration deadline
Why:   Insights into East Africa.  See "GIS Africa call for participants," attached.
Details: this 5-day Geostrategic Intel Seminar is an accredited grad-level course worth 3 NIU credit hours.  No pre-requisites for this seminar.  Attendees should have TS/SCI clearance.
POC:  Mr. Eduardo Bonilla, Project Manager  Eduardo.bonilla@dodiis.ic.gov / 202 685-6159
g.  Phase Zero:  How China Exploits It, Why the U.S. Does Not:
Who:   LtCol Scott McDonald, China FAO
What:  China article published
Where: Naval War College Review
When:  Summer 2012
Details: http://www.usnwc.edu/getattachment/eef71cb7-abe7-4410-adaf-d78d085d933e/Phas
h.  Egypt elections observations:
Who:    Capt Andy Macak, ME/NA FAO on ICT in Egypt
What:   Egypt Presidential elections observations
Where:  Aswan, Egypt
When:   24 June 2012
Why:    Developing perspectives & understanding of a complex society in the Middle East.  This event was a culmination of Arab Spring overthrowing the old regime, achieving free/fair election results, and representing people seizing the initiative of their political fate for the 1st time.
Details: see Egypt Election Observations, attached.
i.  Red Teams:  Strengthening through challenge:
Who:    LtCol Brendan Mulvaney, N.E.Asia/China FAO & Director, CMC Red Team
What:   Red Teams article
Where:  MC Gazette
When:   July 2012
Why:    prevent group-think, challenge business practices & seek improvement
Details: see MarineCorpsGazette article, attached.
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
8 updates today:
a.  FY13 PEP + FY14 MARA panel results
b.  FY12 3d quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO panel
c.  FY12 funded Language Sustainment update
d.  FY13 FAO/RAO slating panel update
e.  FAS/RAS Program Manager on-board
f.  NATO Defense College opportunity
g.  National Defense University:  Military Energy Security Forum
h.  Eurasia Seminar at George C. Marshall Center
a.  FY13 PEP + FY14 MARA panel results:
Who:   FY13 PEP applicants
       FY14 MARA applicants
What:  delayed panel results
Where: MARADMIN-on-hold
When:  anticipate late Aug release
Why:   Concern of influencing FY13 Command selection.
Several candidates for PEP & MARA were eligible for command screening.  Selection to PEP/MARA does not make Marines ineligible for command screening; however in close-call scenarios, knowledge that some candidates may have been selected for other competitive programs may have swayed command screening decisions.  To prevent that possibility, PEP + MARA panel results will be held until FY13 Command selection results are released.
b.  FY12 3d quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO panel:
Strategy & Plans Division (PL) + Current Operations Division (PO) of HQMC held our latest quarterly Experience Track FAO/RAO panel this week.
28 applied; 22 were accepted.  13 FAOs, 9 RAOs; 2 reservist; 5 require construction credit waivers. 
I'll work to get the MARADMIN released early next week with the names, and push the CCW requests to DC PP&O and Assistant SecNav's office for approval.
Our community will grow to 629 FAOs/RAOs before factoring-in retirements & separations.
c.  FY12 funded Language Sustainment update:
30 requests for language sustainment have been approved to date; $150,460 has been obligated; $299,540 remains available.
13 of 30 requests have been for local tutoring; 8 of 13 in CONUS.  17 of 30 requests included TAD/immersion + tutoring.
The $450k that USMC FAOs/RAOs were offered by DLNSEO + Intel Dept in Feb are FY12 funds.  Requested funds must be spent by 30Sep.  Un-obligated funds will be returned in August if un-used. 
HQMC + DLNSEO remain motivated to help the maximum number of Marines in our FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community sustain & improve language capability.  Looking to drive more FAOs to accomplish 3/3/3 DLPT + OPI scores & keep proficiency current.
FY13 funds for language sustainment are being coordinated.  Normal FY budget turn-around time is ~ 2 months, meaning FY13 funds won't likely be in our hands until November.  Heads up.  DLNSEO may increase the language sustainment funds made available to USMC, if we can rise to the challenge of using it all.  USMC has been the most aggressive service to date, employing language sustainment funds offered across the Services.  We got kudos from OSD.  Keep it up.
d.  FY13 FAO/RAO slating panel update:
BLUF:  Anticipate an FY13 FAO/RAO slating panel in Sep or Oct.
Background: 
USMC is preparing for the draw-down in end strength from 202k to 182.1k. 
To figure out the broad details of the disestablishment of units, and realignment to remaining T/O structure, a Force Structure Review Group (FSRG) was convened in 2011.  A follow-up Force Optimization Review Group (FORG) will convene for the next 5 months to continue the effort.
Discussion: 
The Authorized Strength Report (ASR) and Staffing Goal (SG) model identifies to the monitors which billets exist & are assignable.  Details for available FY13 billets will be released in August.  As soon as I can identify which FAO/RAO-coded billets will be available in FY13, I'll post the list in a community update + MARADMIN, give you ~ 45 days to look it over, receive assignment requests from those of you ready for a FAO/RAO tour in FY13, and staff a recommended slate through the monitors at MMOA-1 (ground) + MMOA-2 (aviation).
I recommend all of you keep your monitor informed on your assignment priorities.  Let me know if you have questions.
e.  FAS/RAS Program Manager on-board
Who:    MGySgt Reyes
What:   on-board & snapping-in as enlisted FAS/RAS Chief & Program Manager
Where:  HQMC/Pentagon (PLU-8)
When:   this week
Why:    so I don't mess up the enlisted FAS/RAS Program management, and 100% of his attention can focus on driving this initiative forward.
POC:    ramon.reyes@usmc.mil
Updates: Tue, 10Jul, PLU briefed Army G3 SgtMaj, Army G2 SgtMaj, Army G1, USAREUR SgtMaj, and Army TRADOK on our FAS/RAS program.  Army is very interested in emulating USMC program for their senior NCOs.
Thu, 19Jul, PLU will brief USMC OpsChief Symposium on FAS/RAS program.  Beta Test remains on track.
f.  NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC):
Who:    senior officers (LtCol - Gen)
        company grade opportunity to attend as course assistant/intern
What:   NATO REGIONAL COOPERATION COURSE (NRCC)
Where:  Rome, Italy
When:   1Oct-7Dec 2012  (10-weeks)
        Registration deadline: 12Aug
Why:    study & participate in high level security challenge discussions, network & represent USMC in NRCC. 
        Certificate awarded by PhD faculty.
Details: funding options available for French/Arabic/Turk speakers
-     Course fee ($200) + apartment lodging ($5,000) + meals ($5,000) + travel ($2,000 est.) = $12,200
-     Simultaneous 3-way interpretation into English, French, and Arabic
-     Class trip to JFC Naples or NATO HQ
-     Eligibility:  any MOS
-     Limited to 4 seats
-     Fact sheet + point paper attached.  NATO Defense College brochure available on request.
NATO Defense College contact: Ms. Mary Lou Farah (course assistant):m.farah@ndc.nato.int  
Joint Staff nomination POC: Ms. Marsha Hobley (J1): marsha.hobley@js.mil / 703 614-6467 or 703 451-2820
g.  National Defense University:  Military Energy Security Forum:
Who:   anyone interested/available
What:  Institute or National Strategic Studies hosts:  Military Energy Security-Threat & Opportunities forum
Where: NDU
       Fort McNair, Marshall Hall, rm 155
       Washington, DC
When:  Thu, 19 Jul  0830-1615
Why:   The fourth Admiral Moorer Forum will focus on threats to energy security in support of military missions and on opportunities for technology and DOD policy to address these threats. It will include presentations and discussions on strategic energy security, tactical energy security, and energy security for military installations in addition to analysis of the DOD Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan. 
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POC:  INSS staff at INSS_Communications@ndu.edu / 202 685-2335
h.  Eurasia Seminar at George C. Marshall Center:
Who:   any available/interested Marine
What:  Eurasian Security Studies Seminar (ES3)
Where: Garmisch, Germany + travel to HQ EUCOM, USAREUR, DTRA, and NATO
When:  27Aug-14Sep
Why:   Regional security and country studies; familiarization with EUCOM, DTRA, and NATO priorities
Details:  self-funded.  Cost estimate $3,500 for lodging + local travel.
POC:   Col Philip Lark, CMC Chair at Marshall Center: phillip.lark@marshallcenter.org / DSN 314 440-2362 and Maj Daryl Desimone, Marshall Center Dep. Director Terrorism + Security Studies: daryl.l.desimone@marshallcenter.org / DSN 314 440-2941.
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
7 updates today:
a.  CCLEB MARADMIN
b.  French Amphibious Course opportunity
c.  Pashto language course
d.  Hip pocket briefs
e.  Culture articles
f.  SecDef comments discussing importance of Security Cooperation & LREC skills
g.  CJCS comments discussing the value of Security Cooperation, relationships, and understanding culture
a.  CCLEB MARADMIN:
MARADMIN 352/12 was released yesterday, 2 July, and announced the Commandant's Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB).  This board will meet in Sep to select the FY13 group of Study Track FAOs/RAOs.
Who:   all Company Grade officers eligible for PCS orders before 31 Oct 2013
What:  screened for 7 programs
       1.  Resident Career Level School (EWS, MCCC)
       2.  Olmsted Scholar
       3.  Congressional Fellowship
       4.  International Affairs Officer Program (FAO/RAO)
       5.  SEP-law / ADP
       6.  TJAGLCS-law
       7.  SEP / ADP
Where: Quantico
When:  10 Sep - TBD
Why:   To screen 2,000 eligible Marines, and select ~280 of the best and most fully qualified for school.
http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN352-12.aspx    
b.  French Amphibious Course opportunity:
Who:    French-speaking FAOs
What:   French Amphibious Course opportunity
         - Stage de Qualifiction aux Operations Amphibies (SQOA-1): Platoon Leaders and Company CO's (company grade)
         - SQOA-2: Bn/MEU Staff Officers (field grade)
         - SQOA-3: Service-level HQ Staff (LtCol-Col)
Where:  Toulon, France
When:   SQOA-1:  3-7 Sep, and 1-5 Oct courses
        SQOA-2:  24-28 Sep, and 22-26 Oct courses
        SQOA-3:  19-29 Nov course
Why:    improve mil-mil contact with French/European partners.  Offer on the table.  Course takes place in Toulon + onboard ship in the spaces where French Marines plan, brief, and operate during amphibious missions; France's newest LHD, "DIXMUDE" (Mistral class). 
Details:  2/2 or better French speaker.  100% self-funded unless planning this as part of language sustainment efforts. 
POC:  Contact Maj Jason Smith, PLU-5 if interested in requesting a seat. jason.r.smith4@usmc.mil / 703 692-4368.
c.  Pashto language course:
Who:   Any interested Marines
What:  16-week Pashto course; seats available
Where: Dam Neck, VA
When:  8Oct12 - 15Feb13
Why:   Navy Foreign Language Office is offering excess/open seats to all comers at their Language Training Detachment.  100% self-funded.
POC:   Ms. Gashaw Barzanji Gashaw.barzanji@us.army.mil  and Capt Mark Powers, HQMC I Dept (IOP) mark.powers@usmc.mil / 703 614-3938
d.  Hip pocket briefs:
We have created a new link on our International Affairs Program (IAP) website to post useful 'hip pocket briefs.'
http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/welcome.aspx 
recent additions include:
1.  FAS/RAS Brief
Unclassified, releasable from PLU.
21 slides.  Covers the guidance, mission, purpose, and capability sets of FAS/RAS Marines.
2.  FAO/RAO Brief
Unclassified, releasable from PLU
32 slides.  Covers the role of FAOs/RAOs, IAP mission, guiding documents, capability sets, applicable T&R's, dual-track career paths, billets, population data, command selection history (2009-2012), and current initiatives.
3.  USMC 101 Brief
Unclassified, releasable from Public Affairs Division.
28 slides, with briefing notes.  Great "cover all" presentation on the history, organization, size, scope, structure, capabilities and priorities of the Marine Corps.
4.  CMC's Current Ops Brief 7Jun12
unclassified, releasable copy of 7Jun12 CMC Current Ops Brief.
13 slides, with accompanying briefing notes in seperate word doc.
For those of you at the edge of the empire, who frequently come into contact with allies, partners, other services & interagency folks, who might be looking for a good hip-pocket brief to offer, this brief covers:
  1.  Role of USMC (from CMC's letter to SecDef)
  2.  USMC Personnel overview
  3.  Marines in Afghanistan
  4.  RC(SW) situational overview
  5.  RC(SW) counterinsurgency
  6.  Global Force Disposition
  7.  MEUs
  8.  11MEU
  9.  24MEU
  10. 31MEU
5.  MEU capability briefs
Unclassified, releasable copies of 5 separate briefs covering 3 separate MEUs + SOTG brief on MEU capabilities
3-18 slides.  Great presentation on what a MAGTF is, how it is outfitted (ships, vehicles, aircraft), size, scope, capability, and what we've done lately.
6.  DLI Brief
Unclassified, releasable from DLI.  Details DLI's progress overview, way ahead, academic results, support to the field, and testing.
27 slides.
7.  MCSCG Ops Summary 4Jun12:
Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) is constantly engaged across all 6 geographic AORs.
Security Cooperation implies contact with foreign allies and partners.
They release a weekly summary of their activities.  See attached.  There are opportunities for win-win engagement, for those interested & available to leverage their LREC skills in support of MCSCG efforts.
To request to be included on the weekly MCSCG distro list, contact:
LtCol Chris Brown, MCSCG S-3  christopher.s.brown@usmc.mil / 757 962-4430 x2262
Maj Walter Maessen, MCSCG S-3A walter.maessen@usmc.mil / 757 962-4430 x2264
e.  Culture articles:
We posted 2 new articles on our IAP website under "FAO Related Articles" relating to anthropology & understanding culture.
1.  "Strategies for Developing and Practicing Cross Cultural Expertise in the Military" by Dr. Rasmussen, PhD, and Dr. Sieck, PhD
2.  "Cultural Relativism and the Convergence of Ethnography and 3C" by Dr. Sands, PhD
A lot of speakers emphasize the importance of language skills, without following-through to elaborate on the value of developing cultural awareness and sensitivity.  It's harder to identify and measure cultural awareness, but no less valuable to all of us as LREC professionals.
Interesting articles, worth a read.
http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/articles.aspx
f.  SecDef comments discussing importance of Security Cooperation & LREC skills:
Who:    SecDef Panetta
What:   "Building Partnership in the 21st Century" speech
        Dean Acheson Lecture
Where:  U.S. Institute of Peace
        Washington, DC
When:   Thu, 28 June, 2012
Why:    Strategic emphasis on building the security capabilities of others (allies and partner nations) to achieve our security goals.
Key points:  Strategy is built on 5 key elements:
             1.  DoD is getting leaner; must remain agile, flexible, quickly deployable, and on cutting edge of technology
             2.  DoD must remain strong enough to defeat more than one enemy at a time.
             3.  DoD must invest in capabilities of the future.
             4.  new strategy prioritizes Asia-Pacific and Middle East.
             5.  DoD will maintain presence elsewhere in the world; must use best skills to build new alliances and partnerships.
- In the past, the U.S. often assumed the primary role of defending others.  We assumed that others were not willing or capabile of defending themselves.  Our new strategy recognizes that this is not the world we live in anymore.
- Department-wide initiative "Building Partnerships in the 21st Century" is to improve security cooperation across 3 broad areas:
             1.  strategic approach to security cooperation; comprehensive and integrated capabilities in key regions
             2.  enhancing skill sets and capabilities needed to build and sustain partnerships
             3.  streamlining DoD and DoS internal processes to improve security cooperation programs
- "We have got to develop a 'partnering culture.'"
- "Security Cooperation capabilities and skill sets once considered the exclusive province of the special operations community will need to be built up and retained across the force.  In particular, it is critical that we invest in language training and in cultural expertise..."
http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1691 
Who:    SecDef Panetta
What:   Shangri-La Dialogue
Where:  Singapore
When:   Sat, 2 June, 2012
Why:    To explain a new U.S. defense strategy, and our "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.
Key points:  U.S. approach to achieving long-term goals in the Asia-Pacific will follow 5 principles:
             1.  international rules and order; peaceful resolution of disputes.
             2.  partnerships; efforts to modernize and strengthen alliances and partnerships.
             3.  presence; enhancing our presence in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.
             4.  China; our effort to renew and intensify our involvement in Asia is fully compatible with the development and growth of China.
             5.  force projection; replace older ships with more capable/advanced ships, increase number/size of exercises, increase port visits, reposture 60% of Navy to Pacific.
Q&A: 
- "This is a world in which we have to engage with other countries to help develop their capabilities so that they can develop their own security and be able to defend themselves in the future.  That means a role where we engage with those countries, where we can develop rotational deployments and exercises where we can provide guidance and assistance, where we can develop their capabilities to provide a partnership in the effort to promote peace and prosperity."
http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=5049 
g.  CJCS comments discussing the value of Security Cooperation, relationships, and understanding culture
Who:   Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), Gen Martin Dempsey
What:  Comments at National Defense University graduation
       Reported in AOL Defense
Where: NDU, Washington, DC
When:  Thu, 7 June, 2012
Comments:
US Must Build Alliances In Asia With 'Science Of Human Relationships'
"Practicing the science of human relationships," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, "is crucial to the survival of civilization."
On a more mundane level, relationship-building is central to the administration's strategic guidance released in January. The new strategy scales down America's massive military presence overseas -- not only in the warzones of Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in Europe -- in favor of what it calls "innovative, low-cost, and small-footprint approaches to achieve our security objectives, relying on exercises, rotational presence, and advisory capabilities."
http://defense.aol.com/2012/06/07/us-must-build-alliances-in-asia-with-science-of-human-relations  
Who:   CJCS + Study on lessons from a decade of combat
What:  "War Study: Troops had bad intel, worse spin"
Where: Wired.com National Security article
When:  11 June, 2012
Comments:
U.S. troops didn¹t understand the basic realities of society, culture and power structures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and couldn¹t explain what they were doing to skeptical populations.
³We were slow to recognize the importance of information and the battle for the narrative in achieving objectives at all levels,² according to a May 23 draft of the study, which InsideDefense obtained, ³[and] we were often ineffective in applying and aligning the narrative to goals and desired end states.²
the military¹s intelligence structure, once in Iraq and Afghanistan, was entirely focused on discovering and locating its enemies, which left it blind to the experiences of the local population, which nourished them.
The future military needs to ³leverage technology and social media² in order to consider ³all relevant actors¹ instruments of power; cultural, religious, and other demographic factors; and employ innovative, non-traditional methods and sources.² In other words, spin harder, and know what you¹re talking about.
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/intel-wars
Semper Fi & happy 4th of July to all!
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
10 updates today:
a.  Nepal High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School opportunity
b.  CMC brief:  State of the Marine Corps
c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Vietnam/SecDef visit
d.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Indonesia/III MEF
e.  Language Training Center panel member solicitation
f.  Language data point
g.  PCS season update request for POC list
h.  I MEF FAO/RAO community PME
i.  Vets helping Vets get jobs
j.  Senegal experience - job opportunity
a.  Nepal High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School opportunity:
Who:    anyone with stamina & endurance (E6 through O4)
What:   Nepal Mountain Warfare Course
Where:  Kesang, Nepal
        High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School
When:   5Aug12-17Sep12
        10Jul = application deadline
Why:    Invitation for U.S. servicemembers to train in Nepal and develop cross-cultural relationships
POC:    Maj Roberto Ibarra, MARFORPAC G-5, roberto.ibarra@usmc.mil / 808 477-8889.
Details: Nepal will fund/provide training, lodging, meals, internal transportation, and local medical care.  Airfare/per diem 100% self-funded.  Male or female eligible.  III MEF/31MEU plans on sending 2 Lt's.  3rd seat possible.  RSVP soonest if interested.  Reference Nepal AAR, USA.JPG, and Financial Terms & Condition (attached). 
b.  CMC brief:  State of the Marine Corps:
CMC and SgtMaj of the Marine Corps (SMMC) are touring every major base & installation to give this brief personally.  We got it in the Pentagon on 30 May.  Many of you are at the edge of the empire, off the GAL, in embassies, schools, deployed, and won't get the opportunity to attend personally.  The attached letter, "State of the Marine Corps" covers the content of CMC's message on the challenges ahead and how we will meet them.
c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Vietnam/SecDef visit:
Who:   Maj Victor Chin (8228: S.E.Asia RAO/Marine Attaché Vietnam)
What:  FAO support for SecDef visit
Where: Hanoi, Vietnam
When:  3 Jun
Why:   1st SecDef level visit to Vietnam in 37 years.
       Reflects efforts by U.S. and Vietnam to deepen partnership, improve mutual understanding, and address growing influence of China.
AAR:   As Marine Attaché (MARA), Maj Chin coordinated the DV visit for the Embassy, and escorted SecDef Panetta aboard USNS Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay; former U.S. Navy base during the Vietnam War.  Maj Chin also participated in 1st ever Land Forces Talks between USARPAC and Vietnamese MND.  This visit, location, and follow-on actions are significant in terms of U.S. strategic pivot to Asia-Pacific.  Cam Ranh Bay provides direct access to the hotly disputed South China Seas, where multiple territorial claims overlap.  This trip followed a Defense Cooperation agreement signed in 2011, and strategy statement by SecDef Panetta to shift 60% of U.S. naval forces into the Pacific by 2020.  AP article:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47662420/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/leon-panetta-arrives-cam-ranh-bay-vietnam/    Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/defense-secretary-leon-panetta-highlights-us-ties-to-vietnam-during-visit/2012/06/03/gJQAOWcLBV_story.html  
d.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Indonesia/III MEF:
Who:    Maj Andres Caceres-Solari (8248:  S.E.Asia/Indonesia FAO)
What:   FAO support to 3d Marines during annual Indonesia MAGTF Tactical Warfare Simulation (MTWS)
Where:  Surabaya, Indonesia
When:   9-18 May
Why:    III MEF led annual Security Cooperation event to develop mil-mil relationship with Indonesia
        FAO engagement opportunity to improve 3d MarDiv planning and execution with Indonesian Marines (TNI, KorMar)
AAR:    1 Indonesia FAO was on hand to facilitate language translation, enhance mil-mil understanding, and improve cultural integration between USMC and Indonesian forces during the 5th iteration of this annual event.  KorMar was able to muster 4 fluent English speakers; USMC FAO was the only American with Indonesian language skills.  The event focused on a HA/DA scenario, employing MCPP principles.
Maj C-S also was published in the Joint Forces Quarterly in April:  "Between Democracy and Chaos: Indonesia at a Crossroads." http://www.ndu.edu/press/indonesia-at-a-crossroads.html
e.  Language Training Center panel member solicitation:
Who:   any FAO/RAO
What:  1-day LTC panel member
       DLNSEO is looking for a FAO to sit on this board, to inform OSD on what services would be useful to, and used by, active duty forces
Where: Washington, DC
When:  1 Aug, time TBD
Why:   Select Universities to receive grants to become Language Training Centers; servicing DoD needs for language sustainment.
Details:  Intent in advertising this to the community is to solicit buy-in, so FAOs/RAOs don't collectively take for granted the language sustainment efforts + services being offered in multiple venues.  See "LTCs" (attached).
f.  Language data point:
Who:    Total Force (active + reserve component + DoD civilians)
What:   7.92% of Total Force is foreign language capable
Reference:  NDAA Report to Congress FY11 (Mar 2012)
Data points:
        1.  Of the 3,269,543 personnel in the Total Force, DoD has identified 258,786 personnel with foreign language capability (tested or self-assessed), representing 7.92% of the Total Force. 
            That includes Spanish.
            This is an upward trend
        2.  Military assignments requiring foreign language proficiency increased from 33,759 (FY10) to 36,983 (FY11).
        3.  11,621 of 36,983 assignments (1 in 3) are filled by contractors
        4.  81% of 37k assignments were filled in FY11.
        5.  28% of 32k assignments were filled by personnel with required proficiency level (2/2) in FY10.
        6.  33% of assignments requiring foreign language are Intelligence Community billets (FY11)
Bottom line:  Language is important; DoD needs more foreign language capable personnel
g.  PCS season update request for POC list:
PCS season is in full swing, and a lot of you are moving around.  Please help me keep our Point of Contact (POC) list current by sending me your updates.  Please advise if location/unit/phone/email has changed.  Missing info = details I don't have yet.
This list is structured geographically & by major unit as best I could, so you'll know who's close by.  The point is to keep the community linked together.  As you scroll down, you'll find names listed alphabetically under the following 27 groups:
  a.  National Capital Region (DC + Quantico)
  b.  East Coast              (Marines not in II MEF, or in NCR)
  c.  West Coast              (Marines not in I MEF)
  d.  I MEF
  e.  II MEF
  f.  III MEF
  g.  MARFORCOM
  h.  PACOM                   (MARFORPAC/USFK/MARFORK)
  i.  EUCOM                   (MARFOREUR/GCMC/NATO/MCESG)
  j.  AFRICOM                 (MARFORAF)
  k.  SOUTHCOM                (MARFORSOUTH)
  l.  NORTHCOM                (MARFORNORTH/MARFORRES)
  m.  CENTCOM                 (MARCENT/MCESG)
  n.  SOCOM                   (MARSOC)
  o.  FAOs on ICT
  p.  FAOs at DLI
  q.  FAOs/RAOs at NPS
  r.  Attaches
  s.  Security Cooperation Officers
  t.  PEPs
  u.  Foreign PME
  v.  Olmsted Scholars
  w.  AFPAK Hands
      - Cohort 1
      - Cohort 2
      - Cohort 3
  x.  FAS/RAS
  y.  Reserve FAS/RAS
  z.  Reserve FAO/RAO
  aa. Civilian FAO/RAO
h.  I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community PME:
Who:   any & all in the area welcome
What:  I MEF FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community social + PME
Where: Pacific Views Event Center
       Camp Pendleton, CA
When:  Fri, 17 Aug  1500-
Why:   opportunity to meet the network of FAOs/RAOs + FAS/RAS Marines in/around San Diego.  Mentoring opportunity.  Opportunity for Marines interested in the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS program to come talk to you all.  Opportunity for one brave soul to step up & put a PME together on their region of expertise, and make everyone collectively smarter.  Friendly audience; setting each other up for success.
Last I MEF PME discussed the Northern Distribution Network (NDN); supplying forces in Afghanistan from a Eurasia perspective.
Local community intent is to gather quarterly.  No requirement to come; but encouragement to take an interest in the community if you can make it.
POC:  Maj Robyn Mestemacher at I MEF G-1 Ops, (Eurasia/Ukraine FAO) robyn.mestemacher@usmc.mil / 760 725-9218.
i.  Vets helping Vets get jobs:
Who:   U.S. Chamber of Commerce + American Legion + Recruit Military
What:  Hiring event for military vets + spouses
Where: Nationals Park
       1500 S. Capitol St. SE
       Washington, DC 20003
When:  Thu, 28 Jun  1100-1500
Why:   Vets helping Vets get jobs
Details:  2,500 interviews & 1,000 job offers gained over 11 events.
See www.recruitmilitary.com   Flyer - "image003" attached.
j.  Senegal experience - job opportunity
Who:   retired/separated/civilian FAO/RAO with experience in Senegal/West Africa
What:  instructor opportunity
Where: Norwich University
       Northfield, Vermont
When:  when able
Why:   LREC instruction for National Guard and DoD travelling to Senegal in support of U.S. Country Team.  8-week courses given four times/year.
Details:  contact Cesar Nader, cesar@callxcorp.com / 831-917-8581
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
12 updates today about recent accomplishments & contributions in the community: 
a.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  China/II MEF
b.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  India/13MEU
c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Thailand/III MEF
d.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  France/ACMC
e.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Morocco/24MEU
f.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Afghanistan/ v2/6 + v1/8
g.  What has a FAO/RAO done for me lately:  Japan/III MEF
h.  FAO to Johns Hopkins SAIS Inaugural Hertog Summer Study Program
i.  FAO to UCSC Minerva Project
j.  FAOs to Joint FAO Eurasia Course
k.  FAOs to Joint FAO Asia Course
l.  FAO published in Naval War College Review
a.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  China/II MEF:
Who:   Maj Anna Voyne + Maj Chris Johnson (8243: N.E.Asia/China FAOs)
What:  FAO support for China Minister of Defense visit to II MEF
Where: Camp Lejeune, NC
When:  9 May
Why:   OSD-directed support of mil-mil relationship with China
       Secures U.S. SecDef invitation to visit China later this year
       FAO engagement opportunity to improve strategic interaction with foreign delegation
AAR:   2 China FAOs effectively used their language, regional expertise & culture skills to inform II MEF Marines about China, and the significance of the visitors.  They facilitated smoother interaction with the entire Chinese delegation (25 in all + 11), assisted conversation, and presented a tangible image of USMC taking our relationship with China seriously by producing officers who speak Mandarin-Chinese and understand China's culture.  The Chinese delegation included the Minister of National Defense, China's Ambassador to U.S. and 10 x general officers.  See "PRC Delegation to II MEF" AAR (attached above) for details.
b.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  India/13MEU:
Who:   Maj Ryan Crais (8246:  South Asia/India FAO)
What:  FAO support for 13MEU during Exercise SHATRUJEET
Where: Camp Pendleton, CA
When:  4-24 Apr
Why:   FAO engagement opportunity to improve tactical and operational engagement with foreign partner & allied nations.
AAR:   1 India FAO supported the planning (Feb) and execution (Apr) of a Brigade/MEU level amphibious training exercise and Security Cooperation effort between 13MEU and Indian Army 91st Amphibious Brigade.  Serving as Cultural Advisor, Maj Crais informed the MEU/ARG staff about Indian culture and capabilities, facilitated presentations and interaction with Indian officers, and demonstrated that USMC takes our relationship with India seriously, by producing a Hindi-speaking officer.  See "Ex Shatrujeet..." AAR (attached above) for details.
c.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Thailand/III MEF:
Who:   Maj John Baseel (8248:  S.E.Asia/Thai FAO)
What:  FAO support for III MEF during Exercise COBRA GOLD
Where: Korat, Thailand
When:  3-25 Feb
Why:   FAO took advantage of opportunity to improve tactical and operational engagement with foreign partner & allied nation.  Language barriers with foreign partners continue to exist; no matter how long our relationships have been established.  It is just as embarrassing for foreign officers to admit when they don't fully understand, as it is for Americans who struggle with foreign languages.  The opportunity for immediate tactical, operational, and strategic implications is clear.  FAO interaction made immediate and positive impact.
See "Cobra Gold..." AAR (attached) for details.
d.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  France/ACMC:
Who:   Capt Chad Brooks (8247: W.Eur/France FAO)
What:  FAO support for ACMC mission to France
Where: Paris, France
When:  15-30 May
Why:   Support Memorial Day events in remembrance of WWI at Belleau Wood.  Capt Brooks engaged his FAO skills to support 300 Marines from five organizations who converged on Paris, France in support of ACMC for the 94th celebration of victory in WWI.  Organizations included HQMC office of ACMC, FASTEUR Rota, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Barracks USMC Battle Color Detachment, and the U.S. Embassy in France.  Seven high visibility events took place, leading up to Memorial Day with French Joint HQ and the U.S. Ambassador's staff.  Capt Brooks facilitated 300 armed Marines navigating French customs, airport security, public transportation, and a variety of other logistical challenges.  None of the Marines spoke French, or understood French culture well enough to recognize how quickly Murphy's Law could derail plans and events.  See "Paris FAO" AAR (attached) for details.
e.  What has a FAS done for me lately:  Morocco/24MEU:
Who:   GySgt Richard Plummer  (ME/NA Foreign Area SNCO (FAS) executing Beta Test with 24MEU)
What:  FAS support for 24MEU during Exercise AFRICA LION
Where: Morocco
When:  9-17 Apr
Why:   FAS engaged early and often to leverage Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) skills to improve the planning and execution of 24MEU security cooperation events.  GySgt Plummer participated in the White Cell, outside the Command Post Exercise (CPX) in a Humanitarian Civic Assisstance (HCA) event and Peace Support Operation.  He discusses 12 specific topics relating to his engagement of LREC skills in "African Lion" AAR (attached).
f.  What has a FAO done for me lately:  Afghanistan/ v2/6 + v1/8:
Who:    Maj Joe Jackson (8246 South Asia/Afghanistan FAO)
What:   FAO support for RCT-6, II MEF (Fwd) while attached with v2/6 and v1/8 during ICT (FAO training)
Where:  Kajaki District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
When:   Oct11-Apr12
Why:    to complete FAO training by applying skills learned in school environment on the ground in Afghanistan, in support of DoD's #1 mission: success in Afghanistan.  Maj Jackson performed as lead governance and development advisor.  The motivated writer/editor weren't sharp enough to pick up or comment on the FAO education that prepared Maj Jackson to perform so effectively. 
Story:  http://www.dvidshub.net/news/85604/renewed-bazaar-sign-progress-kajaki#.T8ygN2t5mK0
Video:  http://www.dvidshub.net/video/140184/renewal-tangye-bazaar-long-version#.T8ygZGt5mK0
g.  What has a FAO/RAO done for me lately:  Japan/III MEF:
Who:    LtCol Scott McDonald (8243 N.E.Asia/China FAO) currently at III MEF G-5 Regional Engagements Branch
        Maj Tyler Moore (8228 S.E.Asia RAO) currently at III MEF G-5 Regional Engagements Branch
        LtCol Robert Peterson (8247 W.Europe FAO) currently Marine Attaché in Tokyo, Japan
        LtCol Brendan Mulvaney (8243 N.E.Asia/China FAO) currently Director, CMC Red Team
        Maj Jason Murtha (8226 South Asia RAO) currently at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) PACOM CLAT
        Capt Amanda Coleman (8243 N.E.Asia/Japan FAO) currently executing ICT in Tokyo, Japan
        Capt Gary Sampson (8243 N.E.Asia/China FAO)
What:   FAO/RAO support for III MEF during exercise
Where:  Okinawa, Japan
When:   30Apr - 16May
Why:    III MEF requested FAO/RAO support.  The combined LREC insights and regional knowledge directly impacted the III MEF exercise design and execution.  These FAOs/RAOs produced innovative analysis and products which benefited the entire exercise and was briefed to III MEF CG in multiple formats.  III MEF G-5 reports that this FAO/RAO support assisted exercise success and will have a lasting impact on the MEF as it operates across the region.
h.  FAO to Johns Hopkins SAIS Inaugural Hertog Summer Study Program:
Who:   LtCol Ivan Kanapathy (8243: N.E.Asia/China FAO) and Marine Attaché select for Beijing, China
What:  Accepted to Johns Hopkins SAIS inaugural 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:  5-15 Aug
Why:   Current updates on China; supports strategic pivot to Asia; lifelong learning opportunity
i.  FAO to UCSC Minerva Project:
Who:   LtCol Brendan Mulvaney (8243:  N.E.Asia/China FAO)
What:  Accepted to UCSD Minerva Project
       Study of Innovation & Technology in China
Where: San Diego, CA
When:  9-20 July
Why:   The Minerva Research Initiative was announced in 2008 by SecDef Gates.  Minerva looks to tap into the community of area specialists and university researchers.  Minerva is a $50M DoD project which funds academic research on five themes: China, terrorism, Iraq, Islam, and the fifth is open.  The goal is to improve relations between DoD and academia, and develop knowledge that DoD can benefit from in the long term.
j.  FAOs to Joint FAO Eurasia Course:
Who:   LtCol Erich Wagner, (8220: basic RAO) 
       Maj Howard Beasey (8247: W.Eur/Turkey FAO)
       Maj Ben Pipes (8243 N.E.Asia/Korea FAO) and Marine Attaché select for Ankara, Turkey
What:  Accepted to Joint FAO Eurasia Course
Where: Monterey, CA + Brussels, Belgium
When:  10-21 Sep
Why:   Lifelong learning, language and regional sustainment opportunity funded by DLNSEO to keep DoD FAO community sharp.
k.  FAOs to Joint FAO Asia Course:
Who:   LtCol Ivan Kanapathy  (8243:  N.E.Asia/China FAO) and Marine Attaché select for Beijing, China
       Maj(sel) Paul Bartok  (8243:  N.E.Asia/Japan FAO)
       Maj Giuseppe Stavale  (8243:  N.E.Asia/Japan FAO)
What:  Accepted to Joint FAO Asia Pacific Course
Where: Monterey, CA + Tokyo, Japan
When:  20-31 Aug
Why:   Lifelong learning, language and regional sustainment opportunity funded by DLNSEO to keep DoD FAO community sharp.
l.  FAO published in Naval War College Review:
Who:   LtCol Scott McDonald (8243:  N.E.Asia/China FAO)
What:  "Phase Zero: How China Exploits It, Why the United States Does Not"
       Published
Where: Naval War College Review
       http://www.usnwc.edu/getattachment/eef71cb7-abe7-4410-adaf-d78d085d933e/Phase-Zero--How-China-Exploits-It,-Why-the-United
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
6 updates today: 
a.  LREC reference "cheat sheet"
b.  IAP website
c.  2012 Open Source Analysis Symposium
d.  FAO Association on Tap "Happy Hour"
e.  LATAM Policy briefing: The Logic of Violence in Drug Wars - Cartel state conflict in Mex, Bra, and Col
f.  Civ FAO opportunities for separating/retiring Marines
a.  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 (all grades/ranks) aware that these (and many more) exist
    3.  emphasize the importance of our skill sets to the effective accomplishment of DoD missions
17 of 20 pages are simply quotes pulled from 36 references
2  of 20 pages are a narrative (4 paragraphs) to pull some of the quotes together, put them up front, and make the rest seem interesting.
1  of 20 pages is a summary of the 36 references
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.
b.  IAP website:
All community updates are available on our International Affairs Program (IAP) website under the 'community update' link on the left.
http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/welcome.aspx  
Send us photos & a caption of you in action, and we'll post it here.  The effort to communicate how we can bring LREC skills to bear effectively for the Marine Corps never ends.  There's always a need to tell the story, "what has a FAO/RAO or FAS/RAS done for us lately."  Need your help to tell your stories.
c.  2012 Open Source Analysis Symposium:
Who:    anyone interested
What:   Symposium on current issues: 
         Middle East: Democratic transition in Morocco; Algerian Opinion analysis; unemployment in Libya; online activity in Egypt...
         Turkey: Effects of political Islam on the economy + politics; plans to develop domestic fighter jet
         Iran: Iranian opposition; Iran's national internet; discontent among Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
         Afghanistan:  Money laundering and criminal enterprises; impact of conflict on Pashtun adult education
         China:  Grand strategy; reaction to U.S. "Air-Sea Battle" concept; public position on South China Sea; public relations in Zambia
         East Africa:  impact of Chinese economic competition; Somali conceptions of religiosity; Al-Shabab connections, Kenya-Somalia...
         West Africa:  influential Nigerian diaspora; Nigerian response to Boko Haram...
Where:  Georgetown University - Gaston Hall
        Washington, DC
When:   18-19 June
        RSVP this week
Why:    Lifelong learning is always in style.
Details: see PDF attached.  Free to attend.
POC:  Ms. Patricia Wood paw43@georgetown.edu  
d.  FAO Association on Tap "Happy Hour":
Who:    any FAO/RAO interested
What:   Happy Hour with Joint FAO community + book signing by Douglas Waller, author of "Wild Bill Donovan"
Where:  Sine Irish Pub, Pentagon City
When:   Thu, 21 June 1700
Why:    cash bar + heavy appetizers provided (compliments of FAOA)
Douglas Waller wrote a historical biography of WWII leader of the Office of Special Services (OSS) and the forerunner of today's CIA and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).  For details see: http://www.douglascwaller.com  
e.  LATAM Policy briefing: The Logic of Violence in Drug Wars - Cartel state conflict in Mex, Bra, and Col:
Who:    anyone interested
What:   LATAM Policy briefing
Where:  University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC)
        UC Washington Center
        1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
        Washington, DC
When:   Tue, 12 Jun 1000-1130
Why:    Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown is a Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings and author of Shooting Up:  Counter-insurgency and the War on Drugs.  She will serve as discussant with Dr. Benjamin Lessing, from UC Berkeley.
RSVP:   Joseph McGhee joseph.mcghee@ucdc.edu / 202 974-6295
Discussion:
Why do drug traffickers fight states? In Mexico, Colombia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, cartel-state conflict has been just as lethal, disruptive, and prolonged as civil war. Yet rebel insurgents fight for and sometimes winformal concessions or outright victory. Why fight the state if, like DTOs, you seek neither to topple nor secede from it? More puzzling, recent militarized state crackdowns on DTOs have led to sharply divergent outcomes: on one hand, the conflagration that has engulfed Mexico since 2006, on the other, the surprising success of Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification strategy. Why do some crackdowns lead to violent blowback, while others successfully curtail cartel-state conflict?  Dr. Lessing arguesthat the logic of violent lobbying—direct pressure on leaders to changede jure policy—has been less central than violent corruption—epitomized by drug lord Pablo Escobar’s phrase “plata o plomo?” (bribe or bullet?). A formal model illustrates how bribe negotiations can turn violent, and highlights a fundamental dilemma: states cannot crack down on traffickers without inadvertently giving corrupt enforcers additional leverage to extract illicit rents. When corruption is rampant and repression is not proportional to DTO’s use of violence, crackdowns give DTOs increased incentive to fight back.Lessing argues that Rio de Janeiro’s focus on violence reduction over eradication has induced DTOs to switch to more peaceful strategies, while Mexico’s insistence on pursuing all cartels without distinction has driven sharp increases in cartel-state violence.
f.  Civ FAO opportunities for separating/retiring Marines:
Who:    civilians, separating or retiring FAOs/RAOs or enlisted Marines with LREC skills & security clearance
What:   DIA jobs for linguists
         Chinese, Arabic, German, Spanish, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Dari, Pashto, Russian, Urdu
Where:  Quantico, VA
When:   July 2012
Why:    DIA is looking for talent.  Full benefits.  Salary range $65k-$85k.
        LREC skills do not cease to be useful when we take the uniform off someday.
POC:    cesar@callxcorp.com  
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
2 updates today: 
a.  MARADMIN 279/12 FAO/RAO Designation
b.  USMOG-W billet openings
a.  MARADMIN 279/12:
MARADMIN 279/12 was released 22May12.
106 Marines were designated as RAOs, including:
    1.  29 Personnel Exchange Program (PEP)
    2.  27 Foreign Professional Military Education (FPME)
    3.  14 Olmsted Scholars
    4.  36 Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands (APH)
I know a few names were overlooked.  Our deepest apologies.
This MARADMIN serves 4 purposes:
    1.  Identify Marines with Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) skills
    2.  Designate those Marines as FAOs/RAOs, per CMC-guidance
    3.  Publish this guidance while the policy is being staffed in the International Affairs Programs (IAP order (1520.11) we are working to update & release this summer.
    4.  Encourage Marines who have attended these programs prior to 24 Mar, 2011 to seek FAO/RAO designation by submitting Experience Track applications.
Marines from PEP, FPME, and Olmsted Scholar Programs with current foreign language DLPT scores (2/2 or better), should submit Experience Track FAO applications; see example in MCO 1520.11E (enclosure 5).  This is our mechanism to ensure we stay in line with DoD Directive 1315.17, which governs Joint FAO requirements.  Those without Masters Degrees require credit waivers, authorized by Assistant SecNav's office.  Our next quarterly Experience Track FAO/RAO board will be held 10 July.
Welcome Aboard letter attached.
b.  USMOG-W billet openings:
1.  Israel
Who:    Any Maj
What:   US Military Observer assigned as "HQ Staff, UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)"
Where:  Jerusalem, Israel
When:   13-27 July: Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        Sep12-May13 deployment
        15 June suspense date for applications
Why:    US Department of Defense Operational/Tactical-Level participation in UNTSO
        Regular contact with government personnel from Israel, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.
2.  South Sudan
Who:    Any Maj
What:   US Military Observer assigned as "Operations Officer, Force Headquarters, UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)"
Where:  Juba, South Sudan
When:   Oct: Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        Nov12-Nov13
        (6 month Nov12-May13 will be considered upon request)
Why:    US Department of Defense Operational/Tactical-Level participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in South Sudan.
See attached SUSMO outbrief for details
3.  Liberia
Who:    Any LtCol
What:   US Military Observer assigned as "Deputy Plans Officer, UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)"
Where:  Monrovia, Liberia
When:   Oct:  Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        Nov12-Nov13
Why:    US DoD Operational/Tactical-level participation in UNMIL
        Support to UN Organization Mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI)
        9 U.S. officers with Pakistan, China, India, Norway officers
Details:
-Major's Billet.  Maj(sel) are invited to apply.
Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment.  Male/Female eligible.  Any MOS.
-No Language requirement. 
-Similar to Ground Operations Officer at the MEF-Level.  National-level
current operations portfolio, Command and Control of third-country troop
contingents and various subordinate UN military liaison offices.
Pre-deployment training assessments of third-country troop contingents at
their respective home stations.
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), frequent travel around African
continent and interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't
officials/UN observers as part of an international staff comprised of
Indian, Danish, Norwegian, and Canadian officers among other.
-Officer will deploy as a member of a 5-12 person US Contingent.  6 to 12-month
unaccompanied TAD includes per diem UN special pays. Officer will be able to
take Annual Leave based on approval of the Commander, US Military Observer
Group - Washington.
-Officer will be rated via the US Chain of Command for all US Officers in
the UN.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System (12 month tour).
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil  or via telephone at 703-432-9177.
-For UN training, deployment, and operational questions contact Maj Bill
Matory, Operations Officer, US Military Observer Group - Washington via
email at william.matory@us.army.mil  or, via telephone at 703 696-7842.
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
8 updates today: 
a.  24MEU FAO+FAS engagement - update
b.  FAO/RAO request in OSC Tripoli, Libya
c.  I MEF FAO/RAO social
d.  Japan FAO Conference
e.  Interagency & Fellows social
f.  George C. Marshall Center brief
g.  USMC Security Cooperation Planners Course
h.  FAO Heritage Display
a.  24MEU FAO+FAS engagement - update:
Who:   Capt Christy Ledridge (ME/NA FAO) + GySgt Richard Plummer (ME/NA FAS)
What:  Support to Exercise AFRICA LION 12
Where: Morocco
When:  April
Why:   Leveraging Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) skills to improve tactical-level MAGTF performance during 24MEU Security Cooperation engagement in Africa. 
Details:  FAO + FAS + linguists + PAO put the attached MEU 101 smart card together, and participated in the exercise ashore.  FAO in the BLT TAC; FAS in the CPX.
Both are prepared to engage again in the next 24MEU TSC event:  Exercise EAGER LION.
b.  FAO/RAO request in OSC Tripoli, Libya:
Who:    ME/NA FAOs
What:   request for 1-2 month TAD in support of establishment of Office of Security Cooperation (OSC)
Where:  Tripoli, Libya
When:   When able.  Possible rotating opportunity.
Why:    To strengthen and increase Libya's current military force by developing, refining, and implementing robust 1206 programs in aiding what will be a successful new political and military structure.  FMS proposals being developed.  Security Cooperation Planners Course and/or DISAM training advised. (see below).
Details: Housing, AT/FP, and Medical requirements being developed by OSC Chief.  TAD funding details TBD.
POC:  LTC Gregory Arndt, USA, OSC Chief, Tripoli gregory.arndt@mail.us.army.mil or Maj Nathan Morehouse, MARFORAF G-5,
nathan.morehouse@mfe.usmc.mil / DSN 314 431-2783.
c.  I MEF FAO/RAO social:
Who:   10 x FAOs/RAOs/FAS Marines from I MEF
What:  1st I MEF social
Where: CamPen
When:  20 Apr 2012
Why:   Strengthening relationships among FAOs/RAOs and FAS Marines assigned in I MEF and west coast bases & stations.
After Action points:
  1.  Community:
There's a lot of motivation for those of us in the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community to take an interest in each other, and get to know one another.  Mutual support becomes a LOT easier that way.  Pic will be hung on our website this week.
  2.  Language Sustainment:
Col Parker & DLNSEO have approved language sustainment funding for RAOs with valid DLPT scores on case-by-case basis.
  3.  Language tutor website:
For those of you needing a reputable/accredited local language tutor for sustainment to fit your busy schedule, a recommendation was offered:  www.wyzant.com 
4.  Next I MEF FAO/RAO social:
Next I MEF FAO/RAO social will probably happen in 3 months (~Jul/Aug)
d.  Japan FAO Conference:
Who:   13 x Japan FAOs
What:  1st Japan FAO Conference
Where: Tokyo, Japan (New Sanno Hotel)
When:  21 Apr 2012
Why:   Strengthening relationships among Japan FAO/RAO Community + language/regional knowledge sustainment
After Action points:
  1.  Community:
As an unfunded effort to get Japan FAOs together to meet & learn from each other, and discus the changing U.S.-Japan environment after Op TOMODACHI last year, this conference remained small by design.  Consensus from participants was that these forums are highly beneficial, informative and refreshing.  The group would like to repeat this again, and expand the audience to all Northeast Asia FAOs/RAOs in the future. 
  2.  FAO/RAO billets & assignments:
The process of assigning FAOs/RAOs to optimum billets is not well understood by many FAOs/RAOs, and requires attention & improvement.  Some Northeast Asia FAOs with Japanese language felt inappropriately assigned to Northeast Asia FAO billets in Korea, for example.  Some billets that would clearly be best filled by Marines with FAO/RAO skills remain coded for any staff officer.  Recommend Billet MOS (BMOS) changes to the "structure owning organization", and keep me informed, if you see billets that should, or should-not be coded for FAOs/RAOs.  The challenge of effective utilization by Commanders remains universal.  It is in all of our interests to have senior leaders better understand how to leverage our LREC skills. 
e.  Inter-agency & Fellows social:
Who:   any interested & available FAOs/RAOs + CMC Fellows + Interagency
What:  National Capitol Region Marine Corps Fellows' Happy Hour
Where: The Dubliner, No. 4 F Street, Washington, D.C. 20001 
When:  Thursday, 10 May, 1730
Why:   Liberty Operations ISO Marine Corps Academic and Congressional Fellows' Professional Relationship Development.
Last event for 2011/12 Fellows as the Fellowships end this summer.  Hosted by 2012 Congressional Fellows on Capitol Hill.
POC:  Capt Brian O'Shea (BRIAN.M.O’SHEA@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV / 347 414-3688) or
      Maj Amy "Krusty" McGrath (amy.mcgrath@usmc.mil / 703 693-9766)
f.  George C. Marshall Center brief
Who:    any available/interested personnel
What:   George C. Marshall Center (GCMC) capabilities brief
Where:  Pentagon, Room 4B337
When:   Mon, 14 May 1000-1130
Why:    CMC Chair at GCMC, Col Philip Lark, will be here to provide a familiarization & capabilities brief.
GCMC provides access to the Partner Language Training Center, NATO schools in Oberammergau, and regional courses at GCMC to include the Eurasian Security Studies Seminar (3 weeks).  GCMC hosts a large number of foreign officers annually in Garmisch, Germany.  PLU is coordinating to base one FAO on ICT there, going forward.
g.  USMC Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC):
Who:    Any interested & available FAOs/RAOs
What:   SCPC 3-12
Where:  Bldg 3094, MCB Quantico, VA
When:   25-29 June
        18 May = registration suspense date
Why:    4 of every 5 FAO/RAO billets engages Security Cooperation principles.  This course is not a requirement to be a FAO/RAO or FAS/RAS, but provides familiarization with strategic level guidance, organizations, and principles to make each of us more effective.
Details: Course requires Secret Clearance.  Send visit request to SMO Code:  200031FN5.
Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) runs three resident courses + one MTT annually.
Students should complete DISAM Security Cooperation Familiarization Course online (HTTP://WWW.DISAM.DSCA.MIL/).  Course takes 60 min.  Bring completion certificate.  Next course will be in Ft. Story, VA
Uniform is desert MARPAT.  Funding by participating commands.
POC:  Maj Andrew Martinez (Andrew.v.martinez@usmc.mil / 757 962-4430 x 2246) and LtCol Jennifer Anthis (Jennifer.anthis@usmc.mil / 703 784-2938)
h.  FAO Heritage Display:
Who:   FAO Association + Defense Language & National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)
What:  Developing a FAO Heritage display & Hall of Fame in the Pentagon
       Request for volunteers on display committee
Where: Pentagon
When:  TBD
Why:   Strategic communications effort for the Joint FAO Community. 
Details: The display is envisioned to include three (3) primary segments:  1) a historical timeline of FAO and FAO-like functions in the U.S. military, replete with photos, stories, and anecdotes; 2) interesting and unique international memorabilia from FAOs, Attachés, and other international specialists; and 3) a FAO Hall of Fame. 
If interested in being on the Committee or contributing photos, stories, paraphernalia, please contact Col Kurt Marisa (president@faoa.org / 703 692-3249).
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
6 updates today: 
a.  MARADMIN 218/12 announced FY14 MARA
b.  FAO Association Journal, Apr 2012
c.  Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) "2012 Senior Leaders Seminar"
d.  U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Security Sector Governance conference
e.  FAO/RAO POC update
f.  Unseen Wound Friend Raiser
a.  MARADMIN 218/12 announced FY14 MARA:
MARADMIN was released yesterday (17Apr) FYI.  http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN218-12.aspx 
b.  FAO Association Journal, Apr 2012:
The most recent FAO Journal was released this month, with articles from each service FAO proponent discussing the merits of single track vs. dual track FAO programs.  USMC perspective is outlined on Pg. 21.
Link via FAOweb: 
http://www.faoa.org/Resources/Documents/International%20Affairs%20Journal%20-%20Apr%2012%20-%20Online.pdf?bcsi_scan_E804B318397B4D5A=k44btCTAaFVx/j0Pc7OXYwJnJtsCAAAAZle0Ag==:1&bcsi_scan_8D0E087B2ACD4119=h+r60ko9Bigcdhk4Y+6k9m9c11VzAAAArPimkw==&bcsi_scan_filename=International%20Affairs%20Journal%20-%20Apr%2012%20-%20Online.pdf
If anyone needs help getting to the article, let me know; i'll send another link or the 4MB PDF.
c.  Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) "2012 Senior Leaders Seminar":
Who:    Africa FAOs/RAOs & interested personnel
What:   2-week seminar
Where:  Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
When:   17-29 June
        11 May = registration deadline
Why:    Senior Leaders Seminar will provide a forum for a broad cross-section of senior military officers and civilian officials from Africa, the United States, Europe, and the international community to review and analyze the evolving African security environment,  and to discuss strategies for addressing challenges and for enhancing Africa’s security.
This seminar will bring together approximately 60 senior-level participants, including military and civilian representatives from participating African countries.
Details:  Draft program/schedule attached.  No cost to attend.  No funding provided for TAD/Per Diem.
POC:  Mr. Kareem I. Oweiss, Director of Operations (oweissk@ndu.edu / 202 685-2792 or Ms. Dana Mascali, ACSS Registrar (MascaliD@ndu.edu) / 202 685-7351.
d.  U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Security Sector Governance conference:
Who:    any interested personnel
What:   1-day conference on security sector reform in North Africa and the Middle East
Where:  2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC
When:   Thu, 10 May, 0830-1700
Why:    Much has changed in the last year.  Libya and Yemen joined Tunisia and Egypt on the path toward democratic reform.  Syria hangs in the balance.   The security challenges and needed reforms vary by country, from establishing street-level security and controlling warlordism to transitional justice and ministerial reform.   Across the region, transforming the mandate and institutions of the security forces and their oversight bodies will be a vital step toward establishing peace and democratic rule.
The morning session will be open to the public.  It will feature two panel discussions with former U.S. Ambassadors to the region.  Afternoon session will be closed-door roundtable with speakers and reps from U.S. and foreign governments, academia and international organizations.  Reception to follow.  Draft agenda + after action report on last year's conference attached.
POC for RSVP:  Ms. Alison Laporte-Oshiro (alaporte-oshiro@usip.org) / 202 457-1700
e.  FAO/RAO POC update:
I refer to this tracking tool all the time to remember where you are, what languages you speak, PMOS, contact info, etc.  I hope it's useful to you all as well.  If you see details that need to be corrected (promotions, PCS moves, new contact info...) please advise & I'll update. 
To improve upon this tool, I have added 3 columns on the right to keep track of FAO/RAO assignments.  I don't have time or access to your OMPF to build this, but I think the data will be useful.  When able, please indicate International Affairs assignments held.  Those who were Olmsted Scholars, Foreign PME, PEPs, AFPAK Hands, Attachés, Security Cooperation Officers (SCO's), etc, please indicate so in Column P.  Any follow-on FAO/RAO assignments in column Q, R, & S.
Recommend using the "find" function to locate your name, if having difficulty.
Appreciate your help updating this tool!
f.  Unseen Wound Friend Raiser:
Who:     Supporters of combat veterans
What:    Fund & Friend Raiser
Where:   Liberty Station, 2400 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA
When:    Sat, 19 May, 1500-2000
Why:     introduction to The Unseen Wound program for young combat veterans
Details: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=tmnknojab&v=0014VpJP4e0eJRFlEk1s-8wYX_kT3mmyS8-3H74ChqTyW15FeqpEh6mPpC4HxfyuF8C70u8YyYSOHep1VDuun2hjBx4EqGUwD-tXT403fcf1Qg_RaBGbTlHFg%3D%3D Music, celebs, civic leaders, veterans (young and old), awesome food and world class local beer. Introduce your kids to the military and San Diego Youth Rugby. Bring your beach chairs, appetites, wallets of course, and learn how we are going to support our young combat veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life.
POC:  Event manager (info@theunseenwound.org) / 877 650-7873
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
5 updates today: 
a.  China FAO opportunity to support MoD visit
b.  French-speaking FAO opportunity to support ACMC
c.  Korea FAO impact on FMS case
d.  Spanish language, cultural and area studies
e.  Diplomatic Language Services (DLS) critical language program
a.  China FAO opportunity to support MoD visit:
Who:     Any China FAOs
What:    potential support for PRC Minister of Defense + 10 PRC General officers + 13 staff visit
Where:   Camp Lejeune, NC
When:    9 May 2012
Why:     Primary objective of this mil-mil engagement is to demonstrate the professionalism of our Marines & capabilities, without demonstrating "how" we attain/maintain those capabilities.
Details: More details to come.  TBD if Camp Lejeune can support.  Looking to identify available China FAOs.  PLU is working to identify funding to support FAO participation.  Expect FOS response early next week. 
POC:  Worf
b.  French-speaking FAO opportunity to support ACMC:
Who:     French-speaking officer (Capt-Col)
What:    Coordinator for ACMC mission to France
Where:   Paris + Aisne-Marne cemetery + Belleau Wood, France
When:    15-30 May 2012
Why:     In order to ensure success of ACMC’s mission to France, which includes the Memorial Day Ceremony at Belleau Wood and engagements with French Army leadership. 
Billet description: Coordinator for ACMC’s visit to France. Officer will augment the US Defense Attaché Office (DAO) in support of the Marine Corps Attaché. Duties will include ensuring the logistic support for units arriving in support of ACMC, 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 ACMC. 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 ACMC 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. Working level of French highly desirable; although many French personnel speak English, not all do. Officer will have access to DAO vehicles / drivers for official use. Officer will be in a high-visibility position; will be seen by ACMC, 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.   
POC:  LtCol Chris Pollard, MARA, France (PollardCR@state.gov)
c.  Korea FAO impact on FMS case:
Who:     Maj Lou Simon (Korea FAO / UH-1Y Pilot) currently serving as OPSO, HMLA-267
What:    Republic of Korea (ROK) visit to MAG-39 for AH-1Z display + flight demonstration
Where:   Camp Pendleton, CA
When:    11 Apr 2012
Why:     As ROK weighs the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) purchase decision of USMC AH-1Z Cobra vs. USA AH-64D Apache helicopters, a Marine FAO made a difference with Korean media.  After action attached.
d.  Spanish language, cultural and area studies:
Who:     Spanish-speaking FAOs & interested personnel
What:    intensive 1-day seminar
         Recognizing Spanish Dialects, Regionalisms and Colloquialisms: Practical Applications for Today's Spanish Linguist
Where:   University of California, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC
         Metro accessible; near DuPont Circle, Farragut West, or Farragut North
When:    11 May 2012
Why:     Spanish dialect variation in Latin America.
Details: Training will be conducted in Spanish and geared for students with DLPT 2+ or 3. 
Training provided by MultiLingual Solutions (MLS), a comprehensive foreign language services firm that provides language, cultural and area studies training for the U.S. Government. Since 2002, MLS's Professional Education and Training Division has focused on the development of instructional programs and materials in critical and less commonly taught languages for various agencies and Navy, Marine, Army and Air Force groups.
POC:  Ms. Abbe Goldstein, AGoldstein@MLSolutions.com / (240) 406-1362
e.  Diplomatic Language Services (DLS) critical language program:
Who:     FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community
What:    10-week foreign language program
Where:   Rosslyn, VA
When:    7May-17Jul 2012
         26Apr = enrollment deadline
Why:     Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is funding 10-week introductory language acquisition courses at no charge to parent organizations.  Less than 8% of all DoD and National Security civilians have foreign language capability.
Details: The program consists of 10 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Sindhi, and Urdu. In addition, a pilot “blended learning” course in Pashto is offered that requires just six hours of in-class training at DLS each week.  Registration and marketing forms are attached. 
POC:  Mr. Rusty Shughart, PhD, Manager, Foreign Language Education and Training Programs (ODNI) rusty.e.shughart@dni.gov / (703) 874-8387.  Alternate POC:  Ms. Celia Durall celia.c.durall@dni.gov / (703) 874-8402.
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
5 updates today: 
a.  FY12 2nd Quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO board results
b.  FY14 Marine Attaché preview
c.  language sustainment update
d.  MCO 1550.25A  Marine Corps Foreign Language Program
e.  Latin America Joint FAO Course report
a.  FY12 2nd Quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO board results:
MARADMIN 206/12 was released yesterday.
5 FAOs + 5 RAOs were designated.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:
Name                      PMOS / AMOS   Region          Note: 
Maj Richard Allain       (7523 / 8227)  W. Europe RAO   [UK PEP]
1stLt Kristen Colley     (0204 / 8224)  ME/NA RAO       [Oxford]
                                 8227   W. Euroep RAO  
Maj Christopher Grasso   (0802 / 8228)  S.E. Asia RAO   [MARFORPAC + New Zealand FPME]
Maj Carrie Howe          (7562 / 8225)  S.S. Africa RAO [AFRICOM + South Sudan]
Maj Anthony Krockel      (7532 / 8221)  LATAM RAO       [foreign born]
Col Philippe Rogers      (8042 / 8247)  W. Europe FAO   [French FPME + EUCOM J5 + 4 Masters]
LtCol David Stohs        (7525 / 8242)  Eurasia FAO     [Russia MARA]
Capt Yuriy Tymoshenko    (0203 / 8242)  Eurasia FAO     [foreign born]
1stLt Callon Nichols     (0602 / 8240)  In Training     [study abroad + MCSCG]
1stLt Joon Lee           (3404 / 8240)  In Training     [foreign born + III MEF]
This increases our total active duty FAO population to 314; RAO population to 107
b.  FY14 Marine Attaché preview:
Release of the MARADMIN soliciting MARA applications has been delayed.  We are inside the 60-day window to submit applications.  With Intel Dept permission, I've attached the final draft announcement for 13 billets.  Application due date is listed as 15 May.  Applications will be accepted until mid June.  Recommend interested Marines begin the application process early.
    O-4 BILLETS:
NCB  AUSTRALIA (JAN 2014/36 MOS/A/AUG 2013/NOT REQUIRED)
NCR  MEXICO (JUL 2014/24 MOS/A/JUL 2013/SPANISH)
NE9  MEXICO (DEC 2014/24 MOS/A/JULY 2012/SPANISH)
NCU  PHILIPPINES (JAN 2015/36 MOS/A/AUG 2013/TAGALOG)
XXX  LIBYA (JAN 2013/12 MOS/U/AUG 2012/NOT REQUIRED)
P43  KENYA (JUL 2014/24 MOS/A/AUG 2012/NOT REQUIRED)
    O-5 BILLETS:
NHY  IRAQ (JAN 2015/12 MOS/U/JAN 2013/ARABIC)
NCW  SENEGAL (JAN 2015/36 MOS/A/JAN 2014/FRENCH)
NCY  RUSSIA (JUN 2014/24 MOS/A/JAN 2013/RUSSIAN)
NGA  SINGAPORE (JUN 2014/36 MOS/A/JAN 2014/NOT REQUIRED)
NHZ  PAKISTAN (MAY 2015/18 MOS/U/JAN 2014/URDU/PUNJABI)
NG2  AZERBIAJAN (JUL 2014/24 MOS/A/JAN 2013/RUSSIAN)
NFA  LIBERIA (DEC 2014/24 MOS/A/JUN 2013/NOT REQUIRED)
MCC COUNTRY(FILL DATE/TOUR LENGTH/ACCOMPANIED OR
UNACCOMPANIED/TRAINING START DATE WITH FULL LANGUAGE TRAINING IF
APPLICABLE/FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT)
c.  language sustainment update:
14 language sustainment requests have been approved to date, totaling $63,804. 
All funds have now been successfully transferred from DLNSEO + Intel Dept to all 3 MEFs. 
We have 5 1/2 months + $386k available to us for language sustainment in FY12.
We're identifying the measles as the planning makes contact with execution.  Appreciate the patience, pro-active use of the SF-182 forms & GTCC to ensure we can get you paid as efficiently as possible!
d.  MCO 1550.25A  Marine Corps Foreign Language Program:
The latest MCO on the Marine Corps Foreign Language Program has been signed and posted on marines.mil at the below web address.  FYSA:  http://www.marines.mil/news/publications/Pages/MCO%201550.25.aspx
e.  Latin America Joint FAO Course report:
LtCol Wittkoff and LtCol Orellana provided the attached LATAM Joint FAO Course report.  For SA.
Applications for the Eurasia course are due Mon (16 Apr)
Applications for the Asia course are due Mon (7 May)
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
4 updates today: 
a.  FY13 Aviation & Ground PEP
b.  Photo call
c.  New look of FAOweb
d.  “Religion & Security in World Affairs” 3-day conference in DC
a.  FY13 Aviation & Ground PEP:
MARADMIN 204/12 was released today, soliciting 9 Marines (officer & enlisted) for personnel exchange program (PEP) tours abroad with foreign services from 6 partner nations, and 4 Marines for inter-service exchange (ISE) tours with the U.S. Air Force.  Application deadline to M&RA is 8 June.  Marines selected for PEP tours will become designated FAOs/RAOs as enlisted FASs.
b.  Photo call:
3 organizations are interested in using your photos + captions to project the value & tell the story of the FAO/RAO & FAS community.
   1.  Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) is looking for a few pictures that depict FAOs working in their AORs in their “building partnerships” roles.  Hopefully we can get some photos of FAOs working with high level senior military counterparts.  These photos will be used in the DLNSEO Program Review product that we are preparing for our leadership and folks on the Hill to let them know what we do as an organization, and more importantly, to highlight the importance of our programs.  Include caption & details in correspondence to the Joint FAO Program Manager, Col Humberto Rodriguez Humberto.rodriguez@wso.whs.mil
   2.  The Joint FAO Program is looking for photos of FAOs/RAOs/FASs on the job around the world. Photos will be featured in upcoming issues of the program's new professional journal, the Joint FAO Proceedings, and on FAOweb.  Please consider submitting photos that highlight FAOs/RAOs/FASs in action. Submitted photos should be accompanied by a Photo Release Form (attached), indicating that you are the copyright holder for each submitted photo. You should also send us a line or two for each photo that provides the names of those featured in the photo, the date/location when and where the photo was taken and a brief description of what is depicted. We look forward to your submissions and thank you in advance for helping us tell the FAO story.
Submit photos and responses to the Joint FAO Program Course Director, Bob Lucius, at relucius@nps.edu.  
   3.  PLU will add new pics to our webpage as well, using YOU as our best resource to explain the value of our community to the Marine Corps.  http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/welcome.aspx.  Please keep me & Mr. Nimish Verma cc’d on all e-mails.  Nimish.verma.ctr@usmc.mil.  Thanks.    
c.  New look of FAOweb:
Interactive map interface + content categorized by country + family resources page + expanded language sustainment modules + access to Economist, STRATFOR, FAO Journal.  As secure as your bank account; as accessible as your iPhone.  http://fao.nps.edu.   If you need help establishing an account or re-discovering your password, contact Mr. Brian Boulware or Mr. James Howard at faowebhelp@nps.edu.  
For those about to go overseas with nervous spouses or kids at home, I recommend this link:  https://myfao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/family 
d.  “Religion & Security in World Affairs” 3-day conference in DC:
Who:   anyone interested
What:  “Religion & Security in World Affairs” conference
Where: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
When:  23-25 May
       Application period ends 1 May.
Why:   Free workshop, interesting participants, lifelong learning.
Details:  no cost to participate; no funding provided.
POC:  Mr. Nick Tomb ntomb@nps.edu / 831 656-1829; Ms. Erin Coleman erinkcoleman.berkley@gmail.com / 202 687-5183.  To register, visit:
http://www.csrs-nps.org/logistica/public/conference_register.cfm 
Religion and security considerations intersect in multiple, complex ways across the globe and thus are consequential for government policy, strategy, and engagement.  Workshop participants will explore the multi-dimensional context of religion on the world stage, including its role in the phases of conflict, terrorism, peace operations, and development.  An enhanced perspective on these factors will inform what has largely been a neglected area in U.S.national security policy:  how stakeholders can understand and address urgent contemporary security challenges with religious implications.  The speakers, largely drawn from the Washington, DC policy community, will include academics, specialists, and individuals with a wide range of government andsecurity expertise.  In sum, this workshop is an opportunity to better understand religion as a set of factors that cannot be ignored in international security and to overcome resistance to engaging this sensitive topic in foreign policy conversations.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the Collaboration and Adaptive Security Initiative, and the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, both of which are located at the US Naval Postgraduate School.  
4 objectives:
1.     Explore religious factors in conflict-affected societies.
2.     Identify patterns of reciprocal influence that religion and security have on one another, and how these patterns may influence development, governance, and peace-building.
3.     Develop tools and capacities for designing and implementing effective, religiously sensitive stabilization initiatives.
4.     Expand professional networks among the other practitioner communities that operate in highly religious contexts.
Approximately 60-70 participants (from the United States and abroad) from government civilian agencies, the armed forces, non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations will attend.  The co-sponsors will attempt to obtain equal number of representatives from each community.  Participants should be mid- to senior-level representatives from their communities with policy-making and/or field experience.
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
3 updates today
a.  FY12 Language Sustainment funding
b.  iPod issue for FAOs/FASs
c.  Global Master of Arts Program II (GMAP II)
a.  FY12 Language Sustainment funding:
Who:   FAOs/FASs
What:  language sustainment funding opportunity
Where: CONUS or OCONUS
When:  now until 30Sep12
Why:   sustain & improve language skills
Details:  see info paper, sample request, and sample trip report (attached)
b.  iPod issue for FAOs/FASs
Who:   FAOs/FASs
What:  iPod issue
Where: Monterey + shipment to FAOs in the fleet
When:  summer 2012
Why:   help sustain & improve language skills and performance
Details: Intel Dept/IOP will be providing iPods specifically loaded with DLI language material for FAOs/FASs.
Distribution will begin at DLI.  IOP will fund shipment to FAOs upon request & provision of mailing address. 
Policy outlining distribution & return upon completion of service/retirement is being finalized now.  details to be released soon. 
POC:  Capt Mark Powers  mark.powers@usmc.mil (703) 614-3938
c.  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
When:   15 Sep 2012 (applications due)
        Mar 2013 (next GMAP course begins)
Why:    opportunity to make Marines smarter about international affairs
Details: 12-month distance learning graduate degree program with 3 two-week sessions in residence (Boston & overseas).  Tuition funded by Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), to include meals and housing for three residency periods.  Transportation to/from must be funded by individual's command or at own expense.  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. 
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
9 updates today:  [2 gouge for all; 3 DC opportunities; 3 CA opportunities; 1 WI opportunity]
a.  FY12 Language sustainment funding
b.  CO’s primer
c.  CMC Fellows & Inter-Agency social - DC
d.  National Military Intel Association (NMIA) spring symposium - DC
e.  FAO Association Annual Black Tie Banquet - DC
f.  Minerva Project Study of Innovation & Technology in China - CA
g.  unseen wound volunteer opportunities - CA
h.  Center for Stabilization & Reconstruction Studies (SCRS) workshop - CA
i.  Guest speaker opportunity at Marquette University - WI
a.  FY12 Language sustainment funding:
HQMC Intel Dept + Defense Language & National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) are making a substantial chunk of language sustainment funds available to the FAO community to help keep our language skills sharp.  Our community represents the Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) professionals in DoD and USMC.  The average % of FAOs with 3/3 DLPT scores across the 4 services is currently 40%.  With some effort, and funding, we can improve.  I am cleaning up 1 detail before releasing instruction on how to apply for language tuition, regional TAD, tutoring, and/or local language school funding.  There are only 6 months left in FY12; start putting plans together for improving language proficiency.  Instruction release when fund transfer locked on.
b.  CO’s primer:
Who:    all Marines
What:   career guidance & lessons learned for officers aspiring to command
Where:  e-mail inbox
When:   never too early in a career to review advice
Why:    successful careers allow opportunity to leave on your own terms & make a difference along the way.  Many successful Marines have jotted down notes & lessons learned; this “primer” consolidated a few of them for everyone’s benefit.
POC:  Col Philippe Rogers  Philippe.rogers@usmc.mil 703 692-4327
c.  CMC Fellows & Inter-Agency social:
Who:    any FAO/RAO (open invite)
What:   informal meet & greet among Inter-agency & International Affairs community
Where:  Sine Irish Pub, Pentagon Row, 1301 S. Joyce St. Arlington, VA 22202
When:   Thu, 22 Mar 1630- happy hour ends
Why:    opportunity to drink a beer, socialize & meet Marines serving in inter-agency exchange billets, think tanks, universities, Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG), MCIA, Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Civil-Military Integration Team (CMIT), PL, etc.  attached docs depict where several USMC fellowships/inter-agency billets are.
POC:  Maj Amy "Krusty" McGrath (Interagency Policy Coordinator/PLU-7) amy.mcgrath@usmc.mil 703-693-9766
d.  National Military Intel Association (NMIA) spring symposium
Who:    any FAO/RAO
What:   opportunity to help at FAO Association booth and/or attend symposium
Where:  Fairfax, VA
When:   Wed-Thu, 21-22 Mar 2012
Why:    interesting opportunity to learn from Intel inter-agency community heavyweights.  Volunteers wanted.  Volunteers at FAOA booth get in free & man the booth only during breaks + lunch. 
Details:  http://www.nmia.org/?page=2012SpringSymposium 
POC:  Mr. Michael M. Ferguson, colmferguson@msn.com  (571) 235 5313
e.  FAO Association Annual Black Tie Banquet:
Who:    LtGen James Clapper, USAF(ret), 4th Director of National Intelligence
What:   FAOA Annual Black Tie Banquet
Where:  Army/Navy Club, Washington DC
When:   19 Apr 2012
Why:    opportunity to socialize with Joint FAO community & develop perspectives on why FAO/RAO skill sets are increasingly important & relevant across DoD & inter-agency.
Junior FAO from each service gets in free.  Let me know who's interested in coming.
Details: any FAOs/RAOs welcome.  Ticket price TBD.  To register, please visit www.faoa.org  
f.  Minerva Project Study of Innovation & Technology in China:
Who:    any interested FAOs/RAOs
What:   Summer training workshop on relationship between National Security & Technology in China
Where:  UCSD, La Jolla, CA
When:   9-20 July 2012
        30 Mar = application deadline
Why:    to better understand how China is mobilizing and applying economic, political, strategic, corporate, financial, intellectual, and scientific capabilities in conjunction with external resources to catch up technologically
Application details:  http://igcc.ucsd.edu/SITC  6-8 slots reserved for DoD participation; 6 with tuition waiver.
POC:  Ms. Kathy Perry (project manager) igcc-temp2@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8602
g.  unseen wound volunteer opportunities:
Who:    Marines
What:   opportunity to support wounded warriors
Where:  San Diego, CA
When:   anytime
Why:    young Marine veterans need help
How:    volunteer time, support, networks, material, etc.
Contact: Mr. Rick Collins at info@theunseenwound.org  877 650-7873
h.  Center for Stabilization & Reconstruction Studies (SCRS) workshop
Who:    mid-senior level officers
What:   3-day workshop “Models of Defense Governance”
Where:  Monterey, CA  (NPS)
When:   5-7 Jun
        30 Apr application deadline
Why:    brings together up to 45 defense & gov’t officials from broad mix of countries to compare defense governance models, identify challenges with defense structures, and facilitate networking.  Discus design & role of MoD, military HQ and legislative oversight.  Warsaw Initiative Fund (WIF) countries subsidized. 
Application details:  http://www.csrs-nps.org/logistica/public/conference_register.cfm
POC:  Nick Tomb ntomb@nps.edu  831-656-1829
i.  Guest speaker opportunity at Marquette University:
Who:    any FAO/RAO
What:   Marquette University NROTC guest speaker
Where:  Milwaukee, WI
When:   TBD
Why:    Opportunity to encourage NROTC midshipmen to participate in Project Global Officer (Project GO), which develops FAO/RAO skills through funded Study Abroad programs, and provides context to help future officers understand why these skills are becoming more important in Marine Corps operations.
Details: Marquette University NROTC funding TBD.
Website: http://www.rotcprojectgo.org/  
POC:
LtCol Albert Lagore
Executive Officer / Associate Professor
Marquette University NROTC
1532 W. Clybourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
albert.lagore@marquette.edu  
o-414-288-5131
c-262-442-3520
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
4 updates today
a.  Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies (APCSS) course
b.  FAOweb redesign + update
c.  Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)
d.  5 billet openings in the Embassy in Iraq
a.  Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies (APCSS) course:
Who:     Asia FAOs/RAOs + anyone interested in the region
What:    Asia Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)
Where:   Ballston, VA
When:    17-19 Apr 2012
Why:     Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and APCSS are partnering to bring a tailored 3-day APOC to DC for Asia region specialists.  
Details: No cost for course attendance.  Approximately 45 seats available, first come first served.  See attachment.
POC:  Maj Doug Krugman  krugmand@apcss.org  808 971-4072.
b.  FAOweb redesign + update:
On Thursday, 8 March, FAOweb will start a new look and feel, designed to streamline navigation.  The new FAOweb landing page will include an interactive word map that will take users to links specific to their region of interest.  A country-specific page includes every available FAOweb resource for that country including: language material, videos, FAOforum posts, FAOfiles, and CRS reports.
FAOweb will continue to add new resources and material as it becomes available.  Please forward any suggestions and recommendations.
Finally, you will no longer see "JFSSPP" on any FAOweb material.  The program is now officially called the Joint FAO Program.  The previous jfsspp@nps.edu  and faoprogram@nps.edu e-mail addresses are being forwarded to the new www.fao@nps.edu address.  FAOweb will continue to use faowebhelp@nps.edu for technical issues.
James L. Howard
LTC(Ret), 48G
FAOweb Director
Joint FAO Program
Naval Postgraduate School
(831) 656-1067
jlhoward@nps.edu 
c.  Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO):
The entity within the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) responsible for the Joint FAO community & the DoD Directive that outlines the requirements has recently been redesignated.  This little tidbit may not mean much to those of you who don't read our annual FAO report, but I want you to know where $300K of language sustainment funding is about to come from when I announce it in my next community update.  Heads up.
d.  5 billet openings in the Embassy in Iraq:
1.  Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I)
Who:    any FAO/RAO / 7597 Rotary Wing pilot
What:   Ground Attack Liaison
Where:  Baghdad, Iraq
When:   01May12 - 01Jun12 Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        15Jun12 - 15Jun13 based in Baghdad
Why:    US Forces Iraq training mission
Details:
-Capt Billet.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment in Iraq.  Male/Female eligible. 
-No Language requirement.  Iraqi dialect Arabic spoken regionally. 
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), frequent travel around Iraq,
interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't
officials/ UN observers as part of an international staff.
-12-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem and hazardous duty pay.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System.
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil   703-432-9177.
2.  Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I)
Who:    any FAO/RAO / 3404 Comptroller-finance officer
What:   Comptroller-Finance Trainer
Where:  Baghdad, Iraq
When:   01Jun12 - 01Jul12 Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        15Jul12 - 15Jul13 based in Baghdad
Why:    US Forces Iraq training mission
Details:
-Maj Billet.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment in Iraq.  Male/Female eligible. 
-No Language requirement.  Iraqi dialect Arabic spoken regionally. 
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), interaction with local citizens/
coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/ UN observers as part of an international staff.
-12-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem and hazardous duty pay.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System.
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil   703-432-9177.
3.  Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I)
Who:    any FAO/RAO / 0602 CommO
What:   Communications Trainer
Where:  Baghdad, Iraq
When:   01May12 - 01Jun12 Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        15Jun12 - 15Jun13 based in Baghdad
Why:    US Forces Iraq training mission
Details:
-Maj Billet.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment in Iraq.  Male/Female eligible. 
-No Language requirement.  Iraqi dialect Arabic spoken regionally. 
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), frequent travel around Iraq,
interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't
officials/ UN observers as part of an international staff.
-12-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem and hazardous duty pay.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System.
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil   703-432-9177.
4.  Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I)
Who:    any FAO/RAO / 8007 ground combat arms
What:   SF Training Officer
Where:  Baghdad, Iraq
When:   01May12 - 01Jun12 Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        08Jun12 - 08Jun13 based in Baghdad
Why:    US Forces Iraq training mission
Details:
-Maj Billet.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment in Iraq. 
-No Language requirement.  Iraqi dialect Arabic spoken regionally. 
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), frequent travel around Iraq,
interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't
officials/ UN observers as part of an international staff.
-12-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem and hazardous duty pay.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System.
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil   703-432-9177.
5.  Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I)
Who:    any FAO/RAO / 0402
What:   Essential Unit Messing (EUM)
Where:  Baghdad, Iraq
When:   01Apr12 - 01May12 Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        05May12 - 05May13 based in Baghdad
Why:    US Forces Iraq training mission
Details:
-Maj Billet.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment in Iraq.  Male/Female eligible. 
-No Language requirement.  Iraqi dialect Arabic spoken regionally. 
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), interaction with local citizens/
coalition forces/NGOs/gov't officials/ UN observers as part of an international staff.
-12-month unaccompanied TAD includes per diem and hazardous duty pay.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System.
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil   703-432-9177.
Semper Fi
Worf
Solicitation for volunteer
More opportunities to follow.
1.  South Sudan
Who:    Any FAO/RAO
What:   US Military Observer assigned as "Operations Officer, Force Headquarters,
        UN Mission in South Sudan"
Where:  UN Mission in Juba, South Sudan
When:   10Apr12 - 01May12 Pre-Deployment Training in Quantico, VA
        02May12 - 15May13 based in Juba, South Sudan
        o/a 15May13 RTB
Why:    US DoD Operational/Tactical-Level participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in South Sudan.
Details:
-Major's Billet.  Lieutenant Colonels may receive UN Approval on a case by
case basis.  Active Duty preferred; Reservists eligible who can complete 1
year assignment in South Sudan.  Male/Female eligible.  Any MOS.
-No Language requirement.  At this time, English is the official language of
South Sudan.  Arabic spoken regionally.  Swahili also spoken and may become
the official language as the nation works to reassert African heritage.
-Work is similar to Operations Officer at the MEF-Level.  National-level
current operations portfolio, Command and Control of third-country troop
contingents and various subordinate UN military liaison offices.
Pre-deployment training assessments of third-country troop contingents at
their respective home stations.
-Austere living conditions, deployment-style working hours (duty day varies
based on travel and contingency operations), frequent travel around African
continent and interaction with local citizens/coalition forces/NGOs/gov't
officials/UN observers as part of an international staff comprised of
Indian, Danish, Norwegian, and Canadian officers among other.
-Officer will deploy as a member of a 5-person US Contingent.  12-month
unaccompanied TAD includes per diem UN special pays. Officer will be able to
take Annual Leave based on approval of the Commander, US Military Observer
Group - Washington.
-Officer will be rated (FITREP) via the US Chain of Command for all US Officers in
the UN.
-Officer will rate 36 points of Joint Credit through self-nomination in the
Joint Qualification System.
Contact:
-To volunteer for this billet contact Maj Ben Peryam, Joint IA Manager,
Manpower Management Force Augmentation (MMFA) via email at
benjamin.peryam@usmc.mil  703-432-9177.
-For UN training, deployment, and operational questions contact Maj Bill
Matory, Operations Officer, US Military Observer Group - Washington via
email at william.matory@us.army.mil  703 696-7842.
-Keep PLU on the cc line.
It goes without saying that Marines in UN Missions must be "solid" officers.
This billet and others is about as "independent" as it gets in a deployed
setting.  Our Marines cannot be the ones wearing cut-off cammies, a t-shirt,
and a beard when greeting Senior US Officers out in the bush.  (Yes, this
has happened with the other services.)  This is especially true in South
Sudan where American officers are held in high regard and serve as a
very visible presence in the capital city.
Semper Fi!
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
4 updates today
a.  FY12 experience track FAOs/RAOs:
b.  International Career Advancement Program (ICAP)
c.  FAS Beta Test update
d.  FAO Association
a.  FY12 experience track FAOs/RAOs:
MARADMIN 096/12 was released 24Feb12.
22 Marines applied.  10 FAOs + 7 RAOs were identified & designated by the FY12 1st Quarter Experience Track FAO/RAO Board.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO Community:
                            PMOS/FMOS Region
LtCol Sam Carrasco          0302/8241 LATAM FAO
Maj   Andres Caceres-Solari 0402/8247 Western Europe FAO
LtCol Douglas Cochran       0302/8228 Southeast Asia RAO
Capt  Naomi Dorren          4302/8241 LATAM FAO*^
Capt  Alexei Doudarev       0602/8242 Eurasia FAO *
Maj   Lina Downing          3404/8241 LATAM FAO
Maj   Ethan Harding         1802/8224 ME/NA RAO
Maj   Vincent Koopmann      0202/8228 Southeast Asia RAO
Maj   Oscar Marin           3404/8241 LATAM FAO
LtCol Keven Matthews        0302/8228 Southeast Asia RAO
LtCol Kenneth McRostie      0802/8245 Sub Saharan Africa FAO *^
                                 8247 Western Europe FAO *^
Maj   Thomas Merritt        4402/8247 Western Europe FAO
BGen  Michael Rocco         8003/8227 Western Europe RAO
Capt  Gary Sampson          0206/8243 Northeast Asia FAO
Maj   Wade Stanton          0202/8229 Eastern Europe RAO ^
Maj   Jeffrey Tennen        0302/8228 Southeast Asia RAO
Maj   Eric Wolf             0402/8241 LATAM FAO
* pending constructive credit waiver
^ Reserve Component
b.  International Career Advancement Program (ICAP):
Who:    mid-career professionals who work in International Affairs
What:   intensive, 1-week seminar/discussion & networking opportunity for future
        leaders in international affairs
Where:  Aspen, CO
When:   22-30 Sep 2012
        Applications due 30Apr.  selected candidates notified in July.
Why:    Career mentorship and international seminar/discussion opportunity
Details: http://www.icapaspen.org/?q=node/1
Two letters of recommendation required.  Only 20 slots are made available nationwide to public + private sector.
All expenses in Aspen are funded by ICAP except airfare + $200 registration fee. 
5 issues on the discussion agenda include:
   • Major international issues to be faced over the next decade
   • Credentials and experiences normally sought for senior appointments
   • Common career patterns of those achieving senior positions
   • Particular obstacles faced by minorities seeking advancement and how to overcome them
   • Programs or policies designed to increase diversity at senior levels
5 organizations sponsoring this event include:
   The Fetzer Institute <http://www.fetzer.org/>  
   The Ford Foundation <http://www.fordfoundation.org/>  
   United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation <http://www.uncfsp.org/>  
   University of Denver <http://www.du.edu/>  
   The Aspen Institute <http://www.aspeninstitute.org/>  
c.  FAS Beta Test update:
9 FAS Marines currently attending Foreign Service Institute (FSI) courses in DC.
  Info Paper to SMMC (1Mar12)
  TAB A:  Info Paper (26May11)
  TAB B:  Memo for the Record (12Aug11)
  TAB C:  FAS Beta Test Training Calendar Attached for SA
Attached above
d.  FAO Association (FAOA):
Letter from FAOA President
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Dear Fellow FAOs,
      As President of the FAO Association (FAOA), I’d like to invite you to become a member of the FAOA, so you don’t miss out on the outstanding new-format FAO Journal and our exciting social, educational, and professional activities.  FAOA is your professional association and advocate for the FAO and international affairs community.
      Membership in the FAOA is open to all active duty, reserve, retired, and in-training FAOs, Attachés, security cooperation professionals, and political-military staff personnel, as well as all other individuals interested in the three pillars of the FAO world:   political-military affairs, security cooperation, and intelligence.  
      FAOA membership benefits include receipt of the quarterly FAO Journal “International Affairs”; access to a members-only section of the FAOA website with a journal archive, FAO-targeted job classifieds, and a FAO blog; and discounts to all member events.  FAOA also has exciting plans for 2012:  continuing to develop the FAO Journal into a world class publication, initiating writing awards at the War Colleges and other national defense institutes, and launching a FAOA Scholarship Program.
      We are also looking forward to continuing to host the traditional FAOA speaker luncheons at Ft. McNair and our new “FAOs on Tap” Happy Hours, as well as our premier annual event—the FAOA Black Tie Dinner, which will be held on 19 April 2012 featuring the Director of National Intelligence, Lt Gen James R. Clapper, Jr., USAF (ret.), as the planned special guest speaker.  
      Membership sign up is easy at the FAOA website: www.faoa.org. We have also added a less expensive membership level for those who desire to receive the FAO Journal electronically only.  This E-Journal membership option for only $25 annually may be optimal for those who live overseas or prefer to read documents online.  All other membership categories include both the print and electronic copies of the Journal.   
      Complimentary copy of the December 2011 edition of “International Affairs” is available on request [3MB file] to see what you may be missing in the Joint FAO world!   We look forward to having you back as a member.  Please contact me at president@faoa.org, or our Secretary/Webmaster, LT Graham Plaster, USN, at webmaster@faoa.org for any questions on membership.  We’d also love to help you become a published writer in the FAO Journal.  Contact our Senior Editor, Coyt Hargus, at editor@faoa.org for any questions on publishing.
Sincerely,
Kurt M. Marisa, Colonel, USAF
President, FAO Association (www.faoa.org)
     
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
10 updates today
a.  Joint FAO Asia Course
b.  Joint FAO Near East Course
c.  Joing FAO Eurasia Course
d.  Speed Reading tool
e.  Colombia PEP hotfill (potential)
f.  III MEF FAO support request
g.  FAO Association Annual Black Tie Banquet
h.  Arabic instructor request
i.  Israeli-Palestinian Conflict panel discussion
j.  post career opportunities
a.  Joint FAO Asia Course:
Who:    Asia FAOs
What:   Asia Course
Where:  Monterey (19-24 Aug)
        Tokyo (27-31 Aug)
When:   19-31 Aug 2012
Why:    Advanced FAO sustainment education & language training
Details:  Fully funded by OSD.  Application deadline, Mon, 7 May.
Attached:  concept paper + application.  Reply to PLU if interested.
b.  Joint FAO Near East Course:
Who:    Middle East/North Africa (ME/NA) FAOs
What:   Near East Course
Where:  Washington, DC
When:   18-29 Jun 2012
Why:    Advanced FAO sustainment education & language training
Details:  Fully funded by OSD.  Application deadline, Mon 9 Apr.
Attached:  concept paper + application.  Reply to PLU if interested.
c.  Joing FAO Eurasia Course
Who:    Eurasia FAOs
What:   Eurasia Course
Where:  Monterey (16-21 Jul)
        Brussels (22-27 Jul)
When:   16-27 Jul 2012
Why:    Advanced FAO sustainment education & language training
Details:  Fully funded by OSD.  Application deadline, Mon 16 Apr.
Attached:  concept paper + application.  Reply to PLU if interested.
d.  Speed Reading tool
For those of you gearing up for NPS or looking for a leg up on the volume of reading that comes with being a life-long learner, this website is geared to help us read faster.  Useful tool:  http://www.spreeder.com/app.php?intro=1 
d.  Colombia PEP hotfill (potential):
Who:    solicitation for volunteer (active or reserve:  2/2 Spanish speaker)
        Capt-Maj
What:   Colombia Personnel Exchange Program (PEP)
Where:  Covenas, Colombia
        (3.5 hour drive to Cartagena; 400 miles from Bogota)
When:   Summer 2012
Hotfill details:  2-year, unaccompanied tour as a combat arms instructor at Colombia's version of Infantry Officer Course (IOC).  Billet opportunity pending arrival of Colombian exchange officer at TBS.
Previous instructor experience and/or Afghanistan/Iraq COIN experience desired. 
Volunteer must be FY12 PCS mover; not CPIB/CCLEB designee.  If reservist, PLU will help coordinate mobilization details with MOBCOM and MARFORRES.
e.  III MEF FAO support request
Who:    Asia FAOs/RAOs
What:   Support III MEF Exercise
Where:  Okinawa, Camp Courtney
When:   6-16 May 2012
Why:    To provide knowledge & advice to III MEF planners based on understanding of the region.
Details: III MEF to provide travel to Okinawa & back.  Field orders to cover billeting/chow. 
POC:    LtCol Scott McDonald (scott.d.mcdonald@usmc.mil) DSN 315 622-7722 and Maj Tyler Moore (tyler.moore1@usmc.mil) DSN 315 622-7047; III MEF G-5
f.  FAO Association Annual Black Tie Banquet:
Who:    LtGen James Clapper, USAF(ret), 4th Director of National Intelligence
What:   FAOA Annual Black Tie Banquet
Where:  Army/Navy Club, Washington DC
When:   19 Apr 2012
Details: any FAOs/RAOs welcome.  Ticket price TBD.  To register, please visit www.faoa.org 
g.  Arabic instructor request:
Who:    3/3 Arabic speaker
What:   Arabic instructor with Henley-Putnam University
Where:  San Jose, CA (or online instruction)
When:   now-June
Requirements:  fluency in Arabic, experience teaching or using Arabic in strategic security setting, BS or MS degree and 2+ years of language in national security/diplomatic/intel capacity.
POC:  Ms. Amanda Morrow-Jensen (AMorrow-Jensen@henley-putnam.edu) 408 453-9900 x9960, Dean, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Program
h.  Israeli-Palestinian Conflict panel discussion:
Who:    ME/NA community
What:   Preventing Incitement and Promoting Peace:
        Obstacles and Opportunities for Religious Peacemaking in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Where:  United States Institute of Peace
        2301 Constitution Ave, NW
        Washington, DC 20037
When:   28Feb, 1230-1430
RSVP:   <http://click.newsletters.usip.org/?qs=850fd61a4d22bb564264b947e2c3b9bfc326beb92a49818541b8781e889eef11
i.  post-career job opportunity announcements:
job opportunities keyed towards FAO/RAO skill sets for consideration
  1. 
Who:    Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW) program
What:   hiring for temporary civilians positions in Afghanistan
Where:  Afghanistan
When:   2012 (6 or 12 month tours)
Details: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/expeditionary
POC:    contact me if interested.  I’ll pass OSD-P&R contact info as requested.
  2.
Who:    X-Corp
What:   hiring ME/NA FAOs (and RAOs) to support role player contract to MCSCG   
        (1st contract looking for Jordanian experience)
Where:  Ft Story, VA
When:   3 times per year (Spring/Summer/Fall) for 10 days
Why:    To make training relevant and realistic for Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) teams who will work with Jordanian military counterparts.
Details: Paycheck & funding comes with consultant (1099) benefits with X-Corp; an independent company founded & operated by retired USMC FAOs.  Work at Ft Story lasts approximately 10 days up to 3 times a year.  Lodging provided by X-Corp at JFTR rates.  X-Corp CEO will interview applicants.  See www.callXCorp.com
POC:  Mr. Cesar Nader cesar@callxcorp.com  831 917-8581
  3.
Who:    Military Virtual Career Fair
What:   Match retiring and separating military with civilian jobs
Where:  on-line:  http://www.veteranscareerfair.com/
When:   anytime
     
Semper Fi
Worf
FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS Community,
5 updates today
a.  FY12 selected study track FAOs
b.  FY12 selected study track RAOs
c.  FY12 selected Foreign PME
d.  FY12 Olmsted Scholar candidates
e.  FAO/RAO + FAS community POC list update
a.  FY12 selected study track FAOs:
MARADMIN 039/12 was released 20Jan12.
3 FAOs + 8 RAOs were slated from the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-level Education Board (CPIB).  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO Community:
    (1) FORIGEN AREA OFFICER
Capt Brian Briscoe     (7208)  LATAM/Portuguese
Maj  Saleh Dagher      (3404)  ME/NA/Persian-Farsi
Maj  Joseph Parker     (7557)  S.E. Asia/Indonesian
    (2) REGIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Maj  Carlos Barela     (0302)  E. Europe
Maj  Armando Budomo    (3002)  Eurasia
Maj  Luke Fabiunke     (0602)  S.S. Africa
Maj  Leo Gregory       (0202)  N.E. Asia
Maj  Jonathan Heskett  (3002)  E. Europe
Maj  Timothy Mayer     (7565)  ME/NA
Maj  Daniel O’Reilly   (0802)  S.S. Africa
Maj  Jake Urban        (1302)  ME/NA
b.  FY12 selected study track RAOs:
MARADMIN 078/12 was released 16Feb12.
15 FAOs were slated from the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB).  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO Community:
    (1) FORIGEN AREA OFFICER
1stLt Milad Afkhami       (0602)  ME/NA/Arabic
1stLt Daniel Beck         (0802)  N.E. Asia/Chinese
Capt  Richard Behrmann    (7523)  N.E. Asia/Chinese
Capt  Daniel Benson       (0602)  N.E. Asia/Japanese
Capt  Todd Boese II       (0602)  N.E. Asia/Korean
Capt  Kevin Canning       (0180)  Eurasia/Russian
Capt  Jeffrey Castiglione*(1302)  S.E. Asia/Tagalog
Capt  Robert Gibson       (4402)  S. Asia/Hindi
Capt  Marykitt Haugen     (0402)  S.S. Africa/French
Capt  Sasha Kuhlow        (0202)  ME/NA/Arabic
Capt  John Mahler         (0207)  LATAM/Spanish
Capt  Eric Moffit         (0203)  N.E. Asia/Chinese
Capt  Benjamin Neff       (0602)  S.E. Asia/Vietnamese
Capt  Adrian Rankine-Galloway  (4302)  S.S. Africa/French
1stLt Nicholas Smart      (0602)  S.E. Asia/Tagalog
Capt  Karl Wethe          (7563)  E. Europe/Serbo-Croatian
* 1 selected on FY11 study track board, deferred to FY12 for career designation
c.  FY12 selected Foreign PME:
MARADMIN 039/12 was released 20Jan12.
9 Marines were slated from the CPIB for Foreign Professional Military Education.  Please welcome to the FAO/RAO Community:
Capt  Catalina Kesler     (0402)  Argentina Command & Staff (C&S)
Maj   Warren Cook Jr.     (0302)  Australia C&S
Capt  Roger Holliday      (7565)  Canadian C&S
Maj   James Doyle         (7525)  French C&S
Maj   Lester Thompson     (7202)  Korean C&S
Maj   Christopher Grasso  (0802)  New Zealand C&S
Capt  Randall Nickel      (0402)  Norwegian C&S
Maj   Lance Langfeldt     (1802)  UK C&S
Maj   Roberto Falcon      (0602)  Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)
d.  FY12 Olmsted Scholar candidates:
MARADMIN 078/12 was released 16Feb12.
9 Marines from the CCLEB will screen for Olmsted Scholarships.  USMC gets a maximum of 5 spots, as determined by the Olmsted Scholarship Board.  Selected Marines will study overseas 2 years and join the FAO/RAO Community:
Capt  Erin Berard         (0402)
Capt  Paul Brashier       (0302)
1stLt Christopher Devries (0302)
Capt  Edward Holton       (0302)
Capt  Kyle May            (0302)
Capt  Christopher Reardon (0202)
Capt  Carly Towers        (3002)
1stLt Christopher Woods   (0207)
Capt  Adam Yang           (0602)
  
e.  FAO/RAO + FAS community POC list update:
Updated point of contact list attached.
This is a tool to keep our small community engaged with each other.  If anyone sees a detail missing or not quite right, let me know.  I use outlook to find your contact details, and update as you e-mail me.  I have included the 17 FAO/RAO selects from our last Experience Track Board.  MARADMIN to be released shortly.
This list is structured geographically, so you'll know who's close by.  As you scroll down, you'll find names listed alphabetically under the following 28 groups:
  a.  National Capital Region (DC + Quantico):  87
  b.  East Coast:  16
  c.  West Coast:  10
  d.  I MEF:       54
  e.  II MEF:      22
  f.  III MEF:     31
  g.  MARFORCOM:   17
  h.  PACOM:       22
  i.  EUCOM:       16
  j.  AFRICOM:     10
  k.  SOUTHCOM:    5
  l.  CENTCOM:     8
  m.  NORTHCOM:    7
  n.  SOCOM:       8
  o.  FAOs on ICT: 25
  p.  FAOs at DLI: 22
  q.  FAOs/RAOs at NPS:  26
  r.  FY12 FAOs/RAOs:    27
  s.  Attaches:          41
  t.  Security Cooperation Officers: 7
  u.  PEPs:              32
  v.  Foreign PME:       30
  w.  Olmsted Scholars:  11+ prospective Olmsted
  x.  AFPAK Hands:       48
      - cohort 1:  12
      - cohort 2:  18
      - cohort 3:  18
  y.  FAS Marines:       9
  z.  FAS/RAS Reserves:  6
  aa. Reserve FAOs:      57
  bb. Civilian FAOs:     28
Enjoy the long weekend!
Semper Fi
Worf
Ladies, gents,
9 updates today
a.  FAO/RAO population + FLPP update
b.  Language sustainment: Language Training Centers (LTCs)
c.  FBI language courses in 2012
d.  Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) courses
e.  Monterey FAO Culture Ambassador Program (CAP)
f.  FAOweb portfolio update
g.  FAO Association policy lunch:  Senator Chuck Hagel, 16Feb
h.  Photo exhibition on overseas service
i.  post-career job opportunity announcements
a.  FAO/RAO population + FLPP update:
The USMC FAO/RAO population is quickly approaching 500.  Among 412 active duty are 310 FAOs + 102 RAOs.  Among 81 reservists are 66 FAOs + 15 RAOs. 
The latest Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) chart is posted, with a breakdown of language categories.  Details in the attached brief.
I’ll welcome newest members from the latest Experience Track board & FY12 mega boards when all results are released by MARADMIN.
b.  Language Training Centers (LTCs):
There are 5 LTCs making language sustainment opportunities available to Marines (active + reserve).  Two are geographically located near concentrations of East & West coast Marines, and can welcome FAOs/RAOs as in-residence students on campus.  All can provide on-line access to language classes, like Skype with an instructor.  All programs fully funded; see details attached.
For interested FAOs/RAOs, please provide feedback on desired language, times & type courses desired.  Points of contact include:
San Diego State University: 
      Mr. Chris Brown – cbrown@projects.sdsu.edu  619 594-7131
      Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager – mlymanhager@gmail.com  619 594-5480
North Carolina State University:
      Dr. Dwight Stephens – dstephens@ncsu.edu 919 805-1100
University of Montana:
      Ms. Julie Brown – Julie.brown@umontana.edu 406 243-3602
Please keep me cc’d so I can track USMC FAO/RAO interest & participation. 
c.  FBI language courses in 2012:
Application for remaining FBI language courses in FY12 attached.
Who:     FAOs/RAOs
What:    Translation (T) and Consecutive Interpretation (CI) workshops
   -     Arabic
   -     Russian
   -     Farsi
   -     Chinese
   -     Spanish
Where:   Washington, DC  FBI building
When:    schedule attached
Why:     Develop advanced language techniques
Notes:   Courses are free to attend.  No TAD funding provided by PLU.
         3/3 DLPT is language requirement for entry
         To register/attend, contact MSgt Ahmed – wael.ahmed@usmc.mil 703 614-1161
d.  Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) courses
language sustainment “skype with language instructor” opportunities for FAOs from DLI Continuing Education
    1.  Korean II:   Wednesdays, 15Feb – 23May  1400-1600 PST
    2.  Hebrew I:    Wednesdays, 28Mar – 27Jun  1000-1200 PST
    3.  Chinese II:  Thursdays,  12Jul – 18Oct  1400-1600 PST
    4.  French I:    TBD
    5.  Korean II:   Wednesdays, 1Aug – 1Nov    1400-1600 PST
    6.  Russian III: Thursdays,  9Aug – 15Nov   1400-1600 PST
    7.  Arabic II:   Wednesdays, 5Sep – 12Dec   1000-1200 PST
Notes:  2/2 DLPT is language requirement for entry.
Course I topics include: Piracy, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, border security, peacekeeping, energy & health.
Course II topics include: Security issues, multilateral organizations, aviation, environment, popular culture, foreign aid and investments.
For details/registration:  http://www.dliflc.edu/blts.html 
POC:  Ms. Annette Stewart  Annette.stewart@us.army.mil 831 242-5363
e.  Monterey FAO Culture Ambassador Program (CAP):
Who:    FAOs/RAOs in training
What:   opportunity to volunteer & support foreign officers at NPS + Presidio of Monterey
Where:  Monterey, CA
When:   TBD.  Meet & Greet 13Feb 1700-1800
POC:    Ms. Charlie Orsburn (clorsbur@nps.edu) 831 656-2215
        Maj Hector Lopez (hglopez@nps.edu) 571 431-8335
Details attached.  Good opportunity to establish friendships with foreign officers in your region.
f.  FAOweb portfolio update:
The Walmart of language sustainment + regional study tools designed & built for the Joint FAO/RAO community is FAOweb.  Access as secure as on-line banking, availability as convenient as your iPad, smart phone, or home internet, and as responsive as we make it.  Reference MARADMIN 215/11 to create an account; contact faowebhelp@nps.edu  831 656-7576 if you lost/forgot login details.  Details attached.
g.  FAO Association policy lunch:  Senator Chuck Hagel
Who:    any FAOs/RAOs
What:   “Political Military Affairs Implications of U.S. Defense Strategy 2012”
Where:  Washington, DC; Fort McNair Officer’s Club
When:   Thu, 16 Feb  1130-1300
Notes:  $25 for FAOA Members.  $30 for non-members.
Register: http://www.faoa.org/ViewEvent.ashx?eventId=434192  
h.  Photo exhibition on overseas service:
Who:    any Marine
What:   Photo Exhibition on overseas service
Where:  State Department
When:   photo submission deadline:  20Feb 2012
        VIP opening celebration:  Nov 2012
Details: http://art.state.gov/anniversary.aspx 
Note:   PLU is always interested in your “photos from the front”, showing FAOs/RAOs in action.  We’ll update our website with your photos & captions to better tell your stories & answer the question, “what has a FAO/RAO done for you lately?”  http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/planspolicies/PL/PLU/Pages/welcome.aspx     
i.  post-career job opportunity announcements:
We all take the uniform off someday.  I’ll advertise job opportunities keyed towards FAO/RAO skill sets for your consideration as they percolate up.  Our network of language, regional & culture professionals is growing, and I keep our “civilian FAOs” on the point of contact list.
  1.  Intel Ops Specialist/GS-14:  http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/306958200  
IG slot at Dept of State.  Eligible candidates include all government employees and veterans.  Frankly, the downside of the job is the travel.   Expect to travel every inspection cycle (quarter), except summer.    The actual TDY time per cycle averages 4-5 weeks, but can last up to 7 weeks.   For example the upcoming Paris inspection is scheduled to last seven weeks, but our portfolio should be completed in about four weeks.   The good news is that we leave when we finish.  The best fit is a former FAO, with embassy tours and controlled collection experience.  
      If I can answer any questions, send me a note or call.    I am here through the end of February, which coincides with the announcement's closing date.
             
            Chuck Rowcliffe
            rowcliffec@state.gov
            703-284-1873
Semper Fi
v/r
Worf
Ladies, gents,
Updates today:
a.  FBI Korean course
b.  National Language Service Corps
c.  SOFTS language courses
d.  Hotspots: you might deploy here next
e.  Notes from the Edge
a.  FBI Korean course:
Who:    Korean FAOs
What:   Korean translation (T) workshop
        Korean consecutive interpretation (CI) workshop
Where:  FBI building, Washington, DC
When:   27-29 Feb 2012 (T)
        29Feb-2Mar 2012 (CI)
        Registration DEADLINE:  Fri, 13 Jan.
Why:    practical training in translation or consecutive interpretation skill sets.
Details: course is free.  no PLU funding available for TAD.
Contact MSgt Ahmed (wael.ahmed@usmc.mil 703 614-1161) for a seat, or Ms. JoAnn Cooper (joann.cooper@ic.fbi.gov).
b.  National Language Service Corps (NLSC):
Who:    language-capable Marines
What:   opportunity to support Federal agencies during crisis response & relief efforts with language skills
        - interaction with diverse communities within U.S. borders
        - assistance to friendly/allied nations during crisis/emergency response
Where:  volunteer in place. 
When:   as coordinated
Details:  3/3/3 DLPT proficiency required.  National Security Education Program (NSEP) is the DoD sponsor for NLSC.
          Great opportunity to contribute after taking off the uniform; from the Reserves; or on-line.
Website:  http://www.nlscorps.org/Default.aspx
c.  SOFTS language courses:
Who:    all FAOs/RAOs + FASs/RASs
What:   free language courses with Special Operations Forces Teletraining System (SOFTS)
        Following languages have classes beginning in the next 45 days:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Farsi, Polish, Dari, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili...
Where:  on-line
When:   see website
Details: Free, real-time language & culture training anywhere in the world via broadband internet.  Classes open to all; SOF personnel have priority.  Establish an account & sign up for classes anytime.
Website: https://www.softsonline.org/Pages/Home.aspx
d.  Hotspots: you might deploy here next:
Marine Corps Times article worth a read.
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2011/12/marine-hotspots-you-might-deploy-here-next-120511w 
e.  Notes from the Edge:
For your information...
The Strategic Vision Group (SVG) analyzes long-range alternative future security environments and reports future force implications in order to assist CMC and senior leadership to posture the Marine Corps for future success.  As part of this process SVG analysts cover broad portfolios ranging from conventional sources (think tanks, academia, national and international forums) to more unusual fora (World Future Society, TED etc). 
We are chartered as a "deep" futures group (10 years past the FYDP) and work with alternative analysis and alternative futures. The intent of the group is not to be predictive in nature but rather to highlight plausible alternatives to the accepted baseline future and associated thinking. Our goal is to "widen the aperture" and ideally improve decision processes and risk management.
"Notes From The Edge" is a small sampling of SVG scanning that we hope will provoke discussion and expand your current paradigm of the future.  We seek to avoid "group think" (the collective paradigm of the Washington centric military industrial community)and properly contain "programmatic/political think" (where the future is the necessary depiction required to justify programs of record). We hope to broaden your perspective concerning both the detail and general nature of "alternative futures"; and not necessarily to change current understanding of the most probable future.
We know that the leaders who will prepare our Corps for the challenges of the emerging future are today's Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels.  Their advice to senior leadership will be critical in determining how ready and resilient our Corps emerges from today's challenges.  As such, you are our principal customers and the target of our insight.  Colonels as the Senate of the Corps are the best hope for melding solutions that get us through the crisis of the moment while preparing us for the challenges of our possible futures.
We look forward to your comments, thoughts, and ideas concerning the form and future of this product. 
With best intent.....
SVG
Mr. James R. Trahan
Deputy Director, Strategic Vision Group Bldg 3300, MCCDC, Quantico Va 22134
Work: 703-432-8126
Cell: 540-446-9414
EM: james.trahan@usmc.mil
SIPR: trahanjr@mccdc.usmc.smil.mil
Semper Fi all,
Worf
Community,
Updates today:
a.  JFSSPP LATAM + Africa Course
b.  Chinese + Russian + Korean BLTS courses
c.  TLS selects
d.  FY13 promotions
e.  FAO billet description database
f.  ICT funding update
g.  FAS Beta Test orders update
h.  POC list update
a.  JFSSPP LATAM + Africa Course:
The following Marines were accepted to the Africa Course (6-17Feb12: Monterey/DC)
    1.  Maj Joe Lee (8245)
    2.  Maj Blas Avila (8245)
    3.  Maj James Kimber (8245)
The following Marines were accepted to the LATAM Course (19-30Mar12:  Monterey/Brazil)
    1.  LtCol Rene Orellana (8241)
    2.  LtCol Eugene Wittkoff (8241)
    3.  Maj Anthony Waters (8241)
Near East Course (11-22Jun12:  Monterey/TBD) info paper + application coming soon.
Eurasia Course (16-27Jul12:  Monterey/Belgium) info paper + application coming soon.
Asia Course (20-31Aug12:  Monterey/Japan) info paper + application coming soon.
New Course Operations Manager:  LtCol(ret) Bob Lucius (relucius@nps.edu 831 656-1810  Glasgow Hall Rm 347)
b.  Chinese + Russian + Korean BLTS courses:
Who:   FAOs
What:  Advanced language classes / skype with DLI instructors on Broadband Language Training System
Where: any internet connection
When:  Chinese course (17Jan - 24Apr) Tuesdays 1400-1600 (PST)
       Russian course (19Jan - 26Apr) Thursdays 1400-1600 (PST)
       Korean  course (15Feb - 23May) Wednesdays 1400-1600 (PST)
Why:   language sustainment
Details:  it's free. 5 student limit per instructor.  2/2 DLPT or better pre-requisite.
Register: www.dliflc.edu/blts.html
Contact Ms. Annette Stewart (Annette.stewart@us.army.mil 831 242-5363)
c.  TLS selects:
MARADMIN 739/11 was released 20Dec11.
6 FAOs + 1 RAO were selected for Top Level School (TLS)
Congratulations:
LtCol Edward Jeep       (8247) Air War College
LtCol Michael Samarov   (8240) Air War College
LtCol Ian Clark         (8228) Naval War College
LtCol Ivan Monclova     (8241) Naval War College
LtCol Seth Folsom       (8246) Marine Corps War College
LtCol Jon Duke          (8244) National Intelligence Fellowship, DC
LtCol John Christopher  (8242) Security Studies Program, MIT
d.  FY13 promotions:
ALNAV 076/11 was released 2Dec11.
1 FAO was selected for promotion to Col on the FY13 Active Reserve list.
Congratulations:
LtCol Agileo Ylanan Jr.  (8248)
1 FAO was missed on my announcement for promotion to Maj.
Congratulations:
Capt Chad Brooks  (8247)
e.  FAO billet description database:
Those of you in FAO/RAO billets, I need your help to develop an updated database of billet descriptions.
I know where the assignments are, but need straight facts in describing the jobs.  Please include information that you wish you had when first assigned to that billet, to set the next Marine up for success.  Include billet details, unit address, point of contact email/phone, and tips for the next guy.  I'll assemble the digital library here & distribute as Marines get assigned to FAO/RAO billets.  If your billet is not currently coded FAO/RAO and there is a compelling case for making it so, let me know.  Thanks!
f.  ICT funding update:
Word is trickling down the budget analyst chain that we should get our next chunk of funding to reimburse ICT travel/tuition claims in about a week.  Hang in there!
Also need you to start talking to your monitor about next duty assignments in the operating forces/PMOS & let us know.
g.  FAS Beta Test orders update:
MMEA-85 got funding today for your orders to NPS.  Expect to see weborders by COB tomorrow or Monday.
GySgt Hodges, yours will be direct to 15MEU.  GySgt Plummer, your PCA will be direct to 24MEU. 
GySgt Morales, yours will be to NPS to execute the full Beta Test; then to 15MEU in 2013.
h.  POC list update:
updated list attached.  As always- let me know if you see missing/incorrect info.
Semper Fi!  Happy 2012
Worf
FAO/RAO Community,
updates today:
a.  Critical Language Program training in DC
b.  Africa culture awareness courses in Paris
c.  NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) in Rome
d.  CSRS seminar in Geneva
e.  Bangladesh courses
f.  FSI courses
g.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies courses in DC
h.  Asia Pacific Center courses in Hawaii
a.  Critical Language Program training in DC
Who:    any FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS
What:   10-week training opportunity sponsored by ODNI for introductory language training
Where:  DC metro area
When:   06Feb-16Apr 2012
        07May-17Jul 2012
        18Jun-27Aug 2012
Why:    opportunity from Office of Director National Intelligence (ODNI) & extended to the FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS community
Details: 10 languages include  Arabic / Bengali / Chinese / Dari / Hindi / Pashto / Persian Farsi / Punjabi / Sindhi / Urdu
See attached "Marketing Flyer-ODNI..."
Contact Mr. Rusty Shughart (rusty.e.shughart@dni.gov) 703 874-8387 or Ms. Celia Durall (celia.c.durall@dni.gov).
b.  Africa culture awareness courses in Paris:
Who:    French-speaking FAOs/RAOs
What:   Africa culture awareness courses
Where:  Rueil-Malmaison, France  (suburb of Paris)
When:   Spring 2012
        Courses 1 to 3 days
Why:    Opportunity to learn from extensive French experience in Africa
Details: no PLU funding available (except ICT FAOs)
-       Regional courses include: West Africa / Central Africa / East Africa
-       Country courses include: Djibouti / UAE / Gabon / Senegal / Morocco / Tunisia / Leganon / Qatar
Contact Maj Howard Beasey (PLU-5) if interested:  howard.beasey@usmc.mil 703 692-4367
c.  NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC):
Who:    senior officers (LtCol +)
        company grade opportunity to attend as course assistant/intern
What:   NATO REGIONAL COOPERATION COURSE (NRCC)
Where:  Rome, Italy
When:   05Mar-11May 2012 or
        01Oct-08Dec 2012
        10-weeks
Why:    study & participate in high level security challenge discussions, network & represent USMC in NRCC.  Certificate awarded by PhD faculty.
Details: no PLU funding available
-     Course fee ($200) + apartment lodging ($5,000) + meals ($5,000) + travel ($2,000 est.) = $12,200
-     Simultaneous 3-way interpretation into English, French, and Arabic
-     Class trip to JFC Naples or NATO HQ
-     Eligibility:  any MOS
-     Limited to 4 seats
-     Suspense date for Mar class:  25Jan2012
-     Fact sheet + point paper + calling msg attached.  NATO Defense College brochure available on request.
Contact Ms. Mary Lou Farah (course assistant): m.farah@ndc.nato.int 
d.  CSRS seminar in Geneva:
Who:    any FAO/RAO
What:   Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS) seminar: MANAGING NATURAL RESOURCES DURING POST-CONFLICT REINTEGRATION AND RECOVERY
Where:  Geneva, Switzerland
When:   27Feb-2Mar2012
        Application deadline: 15Jan
Why:    opportunity to learn about post-conflict issues from leading security/governance communities. 
Details: no PLU funding available
-       Details attached (NRMDDR Workshop announcement)
-       Applications are accepted via the CSRS online system: www.csrs-nps.org
Contact Ms. Graseilah Coolidge, gcoolidg@nps.edu, +1.831.656.3359 or Mr. Nick Tomb, ntomb@nsp.edu, +1.831.656.1829
e.  Bangladesh courses:
Who:     any FAO/RAO
What:    course offerings from Bangladesh Army/Navy
Where:   Bangladesh
When:    see below
         Suspense: 6 Jan 2012
Details: no PLU funding available
         Associated costs include transportation + food
Courses include:
  - Platoon Commander Course 41 (08Apr-03May) Capt/Maj
                                (07Oct-01Nov) Capt/Maj
  - Mid Career Course 1         (12Feb-05Apr) Capt/Maj
                                (05Feb-28Mar) Capt/Maj
  - Bomb/IED Disposal course 14 (29Jul-18Oct) Capt/Maj
  - UN Military Observer course (08Apr-17May) Capt/Maj
  - UN Logistic Officer course  (02Sep-20Sep) Capt/Maj
Contact LtCol Bill DeLorenzo/PLU-2 (william.delerenzo@usmc.mil) and Maj Rob Ibarra/MARFORPAC (roberto.ibarra@usmc.mil) (808) 477-8889 to RSVP & coordinate seats.
f.  FSI courses:
Who:    any FAO/RAO + FAS/RAS
What:   Intensive Regional Area Studies courses  (listings attached)
Where:  Arlington, VA
When:   see attached listings
Details: no PLU funding available (except FAOs + FASs)
Courses include:
        - France (1 week)
        - Mexico Border Issues (1 week)
        - European Union (1 week)
        - Iraq: Society, Religion, Politics (1 week)
        - Islam: Formation, Institutions, Modernity, and Reform (1 week)
        - Oil, Resources and Geopolitics in Eurasia (1 day)
        - Islam: the rise of religion in Eurasia (1 day)
        - regional courses (2 weeks)
Contact Worf or Mr. Nimish Verma to coordinate seats.
g.  Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies courses in DC:
Who:    Spanish-speaking FAOs/RAOs
What:   Strategy and Defense Policy Course
Where:  Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
When:   12-30Mar 2012
Why:    3-week survey course designed to help participants develop/expand competence in analyzing, planning and resource management in security/defense sector.  Must have completed command and staff course or equivalent. 
Details: no PLU funding available
-       Applications accepted until 13 Jan
Contact Mr. Van Beall (Registrar) at Beallv@ndu.edu (202) 685-4586 or (866) 294-6374
Who:    Spanish-speaking FAOs/RAOs
What:   Perspectives on Homeland Security and Defense Course
Where:  Ft. McNair, Washington, DC (week 1)
        Colorado Springs, CO       (week 2)
When:   16-27Apr 2012
Why:    2-week course designed to analyze and compare the nature, scope, and perspectives on homeland security and defense, and visualize ways to increase regional cooperation in order to respond to natural and man-made threats throughout the Western Hemisphere.  This course will be in Spanish, is designed for a multi-country audience and will use a comparative approach, where the US approach/doctrine is presented as "one" approach.
Details: no PLU funding available
-       Applications accepted until 30 Jan
Contact Mr. Van Beall (Registrar) at Beallv@ndu.edu (202) 685-4586 or (866) 294-6374
Who:    LATAM FAOs/RAOs
What:   Caribbean Defense and Security Course
Where:  Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
When:   16-27Jul 2012
Why:    2-week course designed to highlight issues and challenges confronting small nations in the Caribbean region.
Details: no PLU funding available
-       Applications accepted until 10 Feb
Contact Mr. Van Beall (Registrar) at Beallv@ndu.edu (202) 685-4586 or (866) 294-6374
h.  Asia Pacific Center courses in Hawaii:
Who:    any FAO/RAO
What:   Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC)
Where:  Honolulu, Hawaii
When:   23Jan-27Jan 2012
        30Jul-03Aug 2012
Why:    highlight issues in the region
Who:    any FAO/RAO
What:   Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism course
Where:  Honolulu
When:   23Feb-23Mar 2012
Who:    any FAO/RAO
What:   Advanced Security Cooperation course
Where:  Honolulu
When:   02May-05Jun 2012
        27Sep-31Oct 2012
Who:   any FAO/RAO
What:  Comprehensive Crisis Management course
Where: Honolulu
When:  16Aug-18Sep 2012
Details:
Admissions info for all is on our website at http://www.apcss.org/calendar/.  There is also more detail on each course available there.  Anyone who hits a "register now" button will be asked to provide some basic information and our registrar will contact them with information.
They all run about 4 weeks and are 90% international.  Target audience is Major-Colonel.  With travel and per-diem here, usual cost is $10-15k per person.
3 FAOs/RAOs on the island have volunteered a guestroom to fellow FAOs/RAOs to offset lodging costs.
Contact Capt Doug Krugman (krugmand@apcss.org) 808-971-4072 or LtCol Mike Mollohan (mollohanm@apcss.org). 
Happy New Years!  May we all finish 2012 a little bit wiser & better looking; or at least wiser.
Semper Fi
Worf