LEARNING DIPLOMACY IN A FORMER SOVIET REPUBLIC

Norwich cadets at the historical city of Uplistsikhe with their host, Maj Karl Wethe, USMC ’02, a foreign-area officer at the U.S. Embassy, Georgia (far right). Pictured (l-r) Ryan Voutour, Dylan Gregg, Clara Leister, Braidon Benjamin, Alyssa Pinard, Arthittiya Mongkolsombat, and Allie Polacek. (Photo courtesy of Eugene Sevi.)

Norwich cadets at the historical city of Uplistsikhe with their host, Maj Karl Wethe, USMC ’02, a foreign-area officer at the U.S. Embassy, Georgia (far right). Pictured (l-r) Ryan Voutour, Dylan Gregg, Clara Leister, Braidon Benjamin, Alyssa Pinard, Arthittiya Mongkolsombat, and Allie Polacek. (Photo courtesy of Eugene Sevi.)

This past May, Professor Emeritus Eugene Sevi escorted seven Norwich University cadets on an Olmsted Foundation–sponsored cultural-immersion trip to the Republic of Georgia, a former Soviet state that bridges Europe and Asia. The ROTC cadets spent the first day at the U.S. Embassy, touring the facility, getting an overview of its function and operation, and receiving briefings. From there, they visited the Georgian National Defense Academy in Gori, as well as the Sachkhere Mountain Training School. They also explored Uplistsikhe, Gori, Kutaisi, and Batumi on the Black Sea. The Olmsted cultural-immersion trips are designed to introduce future officers to the politics, histories, economies, cultures, and militaries of nations across the globe. To learn more, visit OlmstedFoundation.org.

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