International military officers visited Troy University on Oct. 1 to get more familiar with the workings of the American media.
Hall School of Journalism and Communication lecturer Stefanie Hicks East, a former news anchor for Alabama News Network in Montgomery, hosted 25 students representing 16 nations from Air University’sInternational Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base.
The school is the lead-up course to prepare international military officers for attending Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School. It executes the congressionally mandated Field Studies Program, which is formed around 11 principles that ensure international officers understand government, military and citizen responsibilities to protect, preserve and respect individual rights. Graduates understand foundational facets of American life, U.S. society, institutions, and ideals, and how these aspects reflect the United States’ commitment to internationally recognized human rights.
East provided a lecture on media ethics to the class, and then brought in students from one of her classes to interview the officers. The day also included a welcome from retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, lunch on campus, an informal mixer with TROY international students and a campus tour.
“I have always enjoyed helping with the school and was thrilled to be able to bring this year’s class to campus,” East said. “I think it was a great chance for TROY students to get practical interviewing experience while the international officers gain an extra understanding of American media through the interview process.”
The class sat in on a live newscast of TrojanVision News, and were welcomed by station manager Aaron Taylor, and Senior Vice Chancellor Dr. Lance Tatum, the University’s chief academic officer.
“These officers often go on to high leadership positions in their respective countries, and this event helps TROY establish a relationship with these officers that can lead to a world of opportunities in the future,” East said.