U.S. Navy School Launches Student Sponsorship Program

Story Number: NNS111203-02Release Date: 12/3/2011 5:53:00 PM
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By Darian Wilson, Naval Special Warfare Group 4 Public Affairs

JOHN C. STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- A group of 26 international military students from 19 countries were the first to take part in a new Student Sponsorship Program at Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS).

"The NAVSCIATTS Student Sponsorship Program is designed to augment both curriculum and a formal Field Study Program by providing international military students with an opportunity to meet and interact with Americans citizens and families," said Cmdr. Bill Mahoney, commanding officer, NAVSCIATTS. "Sponsors enhance the student's time in America by sharing culture and other experiences. The program also provides a great opportunity for sponsors and their families to learn more about the world through the students as well."

A total of six sponsors and their families participated in the new program, with many sponsors also attending a graduation and sponsor recognition ceremony Nov. 30. Students and their sponsors participated in various activities as part of the program, to include sporting events, community and civic events, and Thanksgiving dinner.

International military students are commissioned officers, enlisted military, police and civilian personnel from countries across the globe. The United States has dozens of schools across the country like NAVSCIATTS that provide classroom theory, hands-on training and senior level education designed to build partner nation capacity; develop personal and professional relationships; and, increase Department of Defense interoperability with partner nation security forces.

NAVSCIATTS is a Department of Navy Security Cooperation enabling schoolhouse which operates under the United States Special Operations Command. NAVSCIATTS trains and educates exclusively international military students on small craft operations. More than 7,000 students from 70 partner nations have trained at the school to date.

For more news from Naval Special Warfare Group 4, visit www.navy.mil/local/nswg4/.

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