International military officers visited the University of Troy on October 1 to learn about how the US media works.
Stefanie Hicks East, lecturer at the Hall School of Journalism and Communication, former Alabama News Network presenter in Montgomery, hosted 25 students representing 16 nations from Air University’s International Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base.
The school is the preparatory course for preparing international military officers to attend Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School. It delivers the Congress-mandated field studies program, which is built around 11 principles that ensure international officers understand the responsibilities of government, military, and citizens to protect, preserve and respect human rights. individual. Graduates understand the fundamental facets of American life, American society, institutions, and ideals, and how these aspects reflect the United States’ commitment to internationally recognized human rights.
East gave a lecture on media ethics to the class, then brought in students from one of his classes to interview the officers. The day also included a welcome from retired Air Force Major General Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, a lunch on campus, an informal meeting with international students from TROY and a campus tour.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping out with the school and I was delighted to be able to bring this year’s class to campus,” East said. “I think this was a great opportunity for TROY students to gain hands-on interview experience while international officers gain additional understanding of the US media through the interview process.”
The class attended a live newscast from TrojanVision News and were greeted by station director Aaron Taylor and senior vice chancellor Dr. Lance Tatum, academic director of the university.
“These officers often rise to senior leadership positions in their respective countries, and this event helps TROY build a relationship with these officers which can lead to a world of opportunity in the future,” East said.