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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)
FY 14 Community Updates
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the April updates:

 

1.  Language Sustainment

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

3.  OSD Russia Desk Opening

4.  Belleau Wood Translation Support: 23-29 May

5.  FAOs in the News

 

1.  Language Sustainment

- DLNSEO funding is in its final stages of approval

- Applications for Language Sustainment are now being accepted

- Attached is the LOI for your application

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

 

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

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

- Funding is self or unit funded

- Application and course information is attached

- All applications are routed through PLU-8

 

Near East: 6-8 May, Washington, DC

Applications due NLT: 18 Apr

 

Asia Pacific: 17-19 June, Honolulu, HI

Applications due NLT: 23 May

 

Africa: 15-17 July, Washington, DC

Applications due NLT: 27 Jun

 

3.  OSD Russia Desk Opening

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

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

- TS/SCI is required

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

- Reservists may apply

Please contact me if you are interested

 

4.  Belleau Wood Translation Support: 23-29 May

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

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

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

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

 

5.  FAOs in the News

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

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

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

10 March 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the March updates:

 

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

2.  FY16 Marine Attaché MARADMIN released

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

4.  Marine Corps University Lecture Series - 19 Mar

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

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

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

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

9.  Advance FAO Online Language Course

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

 

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

MARADMIN 066/14 was released on 12 Feb

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

               

LTCOL AVILA, M                7562/8241           8248  FAO      SE ASIA

MAJ MAJ BLY, H                0402                       8228  RAO      SE ASIA

MAJ EMERICH, E               4402                       8226  RAO      S ASIA

MAJ HENSARLING, B      7563                       8247  FAO      EUROPE

MAJ THOMAS, S               0202                       8223  RAO      NE ASIA

CAPT ROGERS, M             0180                       8220  RAO      POL-MIL

 

2.  FY16 Marine Attaché MARADMIN released

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

Applications are due to Intel Dept NLT 25 July

 

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

- 13 Mar, 1100

- Ft Myer Officers Club, Arlington, VA

- Coat and Tie or Uniform of the Day

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

- 19 Mar, 1800

- Foster Community Center

- RSVP Ms Gomez

 

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

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

- 21 Mar, 0800-1500

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

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

 

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

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

- 21 Apr to 9 May

- New Delhi, India

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

 

8.  Workshop: Religion and Security in World Affairs

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

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

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

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

 

9. Advance FAO Online Language Course

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

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

Instruction Offered: Russian, Korean, Chinese

 

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

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

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

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

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

Registration and POC is listed in the individual e-mails

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the January updates:

 

1.  FY14 FAO and RAO selection from CCLEB/CPIB

2.  Foreign PME selection

3.  Foreign Area Staff NCO (FAS) Promotion

4.  FY14 Movers - Request due 7 Feb

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

6.  2nd Quarter Experience Track Board

7.  IAP POCs

 

1.  FY14 FAO and RAO selection from CCLEB/CPIB

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

 

FAO Selects:

Maj Kevin Kratzer            0202       ME /Farsi

Capt Tyrel Campbell        1803       NE ASIA /Japanese

Capt Allison Dolby            0180       EURASIA /Russian

Capt Kasey Duddy           0302       NE ASIA /Korean

Capt George Hierro         0202       SE ASIA /Indonesian

Capt Paul Smith                0602       NE ASIA /Japanese

Capt Crystal Sokoff          4402       NE ASIA /Chinese

Capt Levi Porter                0602       SE ASIA /Malaysian

1stLt Franklyn Colorado 6002      LATAM /Portuguese

1stLt Ryan Holland           1302       AFRICA /French

1stLt Joshua Kettenton 0602       SE ASIA /Tagalog

1stLt William Mahone    0402       ME /Arabic

1stLt Calvin Patton           3404       SE ASIA /Vietnamese

 

RAO Selects:

Maj James Beal                 0802       NE ASIA

Maj Zane Crawford         7562       ME

Maj Jonathan Hayes       0302       ME

Maj Ryan King                   0802       LATAM

Maj Rugsithi Meelarp     3002       SE ASIA

Maj Elizabeth Pham        7523       NE ASIA

Maj Amy Roznowski       7565       AFRICA

Capt Kirk Johnson            0402       SE ASIA

 

2.  Foreign PME selection

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

 

FPME Command and Staff College selectees:

Maj Bolivar Pluas              3002       Argentina

Maj Scott Stahl                  3002       Australia

Maj Matthew Roberts   7566       Canada

Maj Andrea Goeman     7208       France

Maj Walker Koury            0302       Japan

Maj Michael Vincent      0402       Korea

Maj Matthew Smith       0202       Norway

Maj David Neely               7509       UK

 

3.  Foreign Area Staff NCO (FAS) Promotions

MARADMIN 674/13 was released on 19 Dec

 

Selected to Master Sergeant:

GySgt Robert Hilton        0372       Arabic FAS           2d MSOB

GySgt Richard Plummer 0629      Arabic FAS           24 MEU

 

4.  FY14 Movers - Request due 7 Feb

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

"FY14 FAO RAO Billet List"

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

"FY14 FAO RAO Utilization Tour Request" 

 

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

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

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

This course is self- or unit-funded.

 

6.  2nd Quarter Experience Track panel 

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

The board will meet on 5 February

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

 

7.  IAP POCs

The PLU-8 Team

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Mr Clay Fisher 703-614-0322

Ms Brittany Patterson 703-692-4365

MGySgt Raymon Reyes (FAS) 703-692-4366

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for the December updates:

 

1.  FY15 LtCol selection results: 25

2.  FY14 Joint FAO Phase II Course Dates

3.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

4.  FY14 Language Sustainment - Delay

 

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

ALNAV 081/13 was released on 6 Dec

 

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

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

Promotion rate service average:  64.2%

Promotion rate for FAOs: 72.2%

Promotion rate for RAOs: 60%

 

Please congratulate our newly selected LtCols:

               

Name                                                    MOS                      Study/Experience Track

Maj Anderson, Joshua                   0402/8247           ET

Maj Black, John                                 0302/8228           ET

Maj Bortnem, Mark                        7523/8220           ET

Maj Broekhuizen, Mark                0302/8248           ST

Maj Caceressolari, Andres           0402/8247/8       ST

Maj Campbell, Jade                        7566/8220           ET                          

Maj Cheng, Siu                                  0302/8220           ET

Maj Cook Jr, Warren                       0302/8220           ET                          

Maj Gregory, Leo                             0202/8223           ST                          

Maj Hickey Jr, James                      0602/8220           ET                          

Maj Howe, Carrie                             7562/8225           ET

Maj Johnson, Greg                          3404/8241           ET

Maj Jones, Quintin                          0302/8220           ET

Maj Kagen, Allen                              0202/8220           ET                          

Maj Kaskovich Jr, Dennis              5803/8242           ET

Maj Krockel, Anthony                    7532/8221           ET

Maj Middleton, Brian                     0302/8243           ET

Maj Murphy, Michael                    7509/8247           ET

Maj Nelson, Patrick                         3002/8248           ST

Maj Readinger, Charles                 0302/8246           ST

Maj Shell, Jude                                 0202/8246           ST

Maj Siler, Christopher                    0402/8220           ET

Maj Silva, Edward                            6602/8241           ST

Maj Smith, Jason                              7202/8242           ST

Maj Smolenski, Thomas                7523/8240           ET

 

2.  FY14 Joint FAO Phase II Course Dates

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

 

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

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

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

- Africa: 15-17 Jul, Washington, DC

- Eurasia: 16-18 Sep, Stuttgart, DE

 

3.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

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

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

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

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

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

 

4.  FY14 Language Sustainment - Delay

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

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

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

                Please see below for current updates:

 

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

2.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

3.  FY14 Language Sustainment Funding

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

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

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

 

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

MARADMIN 588/13 was released today

 

Please welcome to the FAO/RAO community:

               

COL        NAGLE, W           8041       8225  RAO            AFRICA

LTCOL    GERACI, E            0202       8247  FAO            EUROPE

LTCOL    GONZALEZ, A    0402       8241  FAO            LATAM

LTCOL    SCHULZ, D           0202       8247  FAO            EUROPE *

MAJ       BAKION S            1302       8241  RAO            LATAM *

MAJ       LAWRENCE, D    7509       8247  FAO            EUROPE

MAJ       MCCORMACK, J 0302     8241  FAO            LATAM

MAJ       STARACE, G        0202       8247  FAO            EUROPE

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

CAPT     SHORES, D           7523       8247  FAO            EUROPE

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

* pending constructive credit waiver

 

2.  FY14 Movers - Slate Delay

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

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

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

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

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

 

3.  FY14 Language Sustainment Funding

-  Major revisions of this program are underway: 

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

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

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

- Please stand-by for further information via Community Update

 

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

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

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

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

- Contact; now - Dec

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

Mr. David Rababy - retired USMC Middle East FAO.

 

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

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

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

 

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

- 21 Nov: 1600, Tin Barn

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

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

 

V/R,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

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

 

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

2.  Foreign Language Translation & Interpretation Workshops

 

1. UN Military Observer Course

10-22 Nov, Kathmandu, Nepal

Cost:      Transportation, all other logistics covered

Rank:     O-3/4/5

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

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

 

2.  Foreign Language Translation & Interpretation Workshops

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

                    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

What:        FBI Language Services Translation & Interpretation workshops

Where:     The Woodies Bldg

                     1025 F St. NW  Room WB-603

                     Washington, DC 20005

When:       General translation:  8-10 Oct

                     General Consecutive Interpretation:  22-24 Oct

                     General Korean Translation:  5-7 Nov

                     Intermediate Russian Consecutive Interpretation:  19-21 Nov

                     Intermediate Spanish Translation:  3-5 Dec

Why:          Opportunity to develop + improve specific language skills.

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

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

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

 

V/R,

LtCol Ali Nielsen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

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

 

1.  FY15 Marine Attaché Selection

2.  FY14 Naval Academy Slating

3.  III MEF IA PME - 4 Oct

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

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

6.  Coalition Interoperability Summit Breakfast - 10 Oct  

 

1.  FY15 Marine Attaché Selection - MARADMIN 444/13

Congratulations to 4 FAOs that were selected.

LtCol Connor      0202       8223       Georgia

LtCol Crais           0802       8246       Mexico

LtCol Hobbs        0302       8243       Japan

LtCol Waters      0202       8241       Brazil    

 

2.  FY14 Naval Academy Slating - MARADMIN 454/13    

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

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

Contact PMOS monitor NLT 15 Nov

 

3.  III MEF IA PME

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

- Friday 25 Oct: SE Asia by Maj Bair

POC: Maj Chris Grubb

 

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

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

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

- No TAD funds are available

- Contact: LtCol Nielsen  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why:     Augment 3D MEB with LREC skills.

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

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

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

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

 

6.  Coalition Interoperability Summit Breakfast

When:                  10 October 2013, 0730-0930

Where:                 Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.

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

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

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

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

Cost:                      $30 (Military and Government)

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

  

V/R,

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/t