2015-09-03 / Naval Community

African Alumni Return for Regional Symposium


Commodore Frederick F. Ogu. (Photo by Ezra Bolender) Commodore Frederick F. Ogu. (Photo by Ezra Bolender) Last week, 82 representatives from 25 nations and the African Union, many graduates of U.S. Naval War College (NWC), attended the 12th Regional Alumni Symposium at the NWC, as part of the school’s continuing education program. Over three days, the group discussed defense, maritime domain, migration, humanitarian assistance and other topics important to the African continent.

“This is an effort to continue the professional military education long after they leave here,” said Thomas Mangold, dean of international programs at the school and organizer of the event. “This was a way to reach out to make sure our international alumni are getting current information. The second thing the symposium does is help network and build relationships. And not just with the U.S., although that is very important, but also with each other so they can work together and start building relationships, friendships and eventually trust between their countries.”

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