by Sarah Garner
HQ SDDC Public Affairs
4/3/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Students
at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville got to hear firsthand what
it's like to be, and what it takes to become, a globetrotting Foreign
Service Officer working for the U.S. Department of State Thursday as
part of the campus' annual Global Awareness Week.
"Global Awareness Week presents SIUE students with a unique opportunity
to engage various organizations with a strong international component,
including the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the
International Trade Administration, Monsanto Corporation, the Peace
Corps, as well as our own SIUE faculty who have received Fulbright
awards," said Ronald Schaefer, director of the Center for International
Programs, and Distinguished Research professor, SIUE.
Four POLADS and three other foreign affairs experts representing U.S.
Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command and Military Surface
Deployment and Distribution Command, all headquartered at Scott AFB,
participated in Thursday's events.
Richard W. Nelson, foreign policy advisor to Gen. William Fraser,
commander of USTRANSCOM, explained his current role, his previous jobs
at locations all over the world, his background before joining the
Foreign Service and what the requirements are to become a foreign
service officer or specialist.
"My role is to provide information and guidance to the commander on
foreign policy and diplomatic implications of the command's global
missions, including the commander's overseas engagements and visits to
the command by foreign dignitaries," said Nelson.
Other POLADS who participated included Kwang Kim of USTRANSCOM, Paul
Harrison of AMC and Dr. Phil Seitz of SDDC. They were also joined by
other foreign affairs experts from Scott, including U.S. Air Force Col.
W.W. "Zeb" Pischnotte, deputy staff judge advocate at AMC; Mike Brogan,
International Affairs, USTRANSCOM; and Lt. Col. Jimwook Lee, who is the
liaison officer to USTRANSCOM from the Republic of Korea.
"SIUE was extremely pleased to have a team of Foreign Policy Advisors
from Scott Air Force Base on campus for Global Awareness Week. Faculty
and students alike benefited from their informative presentations.
Perhaps most important, however, was the satisfaction shown by students
when they had an opportunity for one-on-one discussion with a team
member. I am confident our students will not forget this day," said