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Class 50 visits Marine Corps University, Museum

By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe, U.S. Air Force
FORT MCNAIR – WASHINGTON, D.C. Students from the Inter-American Defense College here visited the Marine Corps University (MCU) and U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, V.A., April 14 to gain a better understanding of the MCU and Marine history.
The mission of the MCU is to develop, deliver and evaluate professional military education and training through resident and nonresident programs.
By doing so they prepare leaders to meet the challenges of the national security environment.  The museum, which falls under the MCU preserves, promotes and displays the history and heritage of the Marine Corps.
Upon arrival at the university, IADC Vice Director, Maj. Gen. Ivan Rosas (Brazil), and IADC Chief of Studies, Brig. Gen. Roberto Rodriguez (Guatemala), were greeted by MCU Chief of Staff,  Col. Paul Damren.  Damren is a 2005 graduate of the IADC.
After some refreshments, the students filtered into the MCU auditorium where they received presentations on topics including the future of the Marines, village stability operations (VSOs), and Marine strategic challenges.
Following the presentations, the students engaged in a brief question and answer period with the speakers. The group then loaded back on the buses enroute to the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center.
There the students were treated to a guided tour of the 100,000 square-foot museum that chronicles the history of the Marine Corps through a variety of exhibits, including the display of the two American flags raised on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima in World War II.
The IADC, located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, is a unique, international institute of higher-learning for senior-level military, police, and diplomatic officials with a professional interest in Western Hemisphere security and defense. An entity of the Organization of American States, the IADC offers an unparalleled educational and research experience to approximately 60 students a year from member and observer nations of the OAS. Former IADC students include two presidents, 31 ministers, 539 generals or admirals and many other high-ranking officials.