Our Advanced Security Cooperation course (ASC12-1) Fellows hosted “A Taste of Asia-Pacific” at the Center Saturday evening June 2nd. What fun! Of course it is fun with a purpose – to expand regional understanding and cement the bonds of friendship built by the Fellows, faculty and staff over the past month.
The food prepared by the Fellows was fantastic beyond compare, with all the diversity you’d expect from 38 countries. They shared their music, laughter, dancing and singing. What really came through, however, was the serious progress this class has made, their passion for everything they do, and the willingness to embrace different cultures and views. “You had to be there” is an appropriate cliché in this case.
As I watched, and joined, the fun, I was especially struck by the quality of our Fellows. They were already accomplished leaders when they arrived and have made the most of this growth opportunity. I believe they will leave APCSS better practioners, and I know they will leave their positive impact on us, and on the Center.
The ASC 12-1 Fellows are ready to change the world, individually and collectively. We wish them well, and look forward to maintaining close contact. Aloha nui loa – A hui hou!