PALIKIR, Pohnpei-A memorandum of understanding signed by the College of Micronesia-FSM Upward Bound Program at Pohnpei Campus and the U.S. Army Cadet Command began a three-week training of Upward Bound students by U.S. Army ROTC cadets.
Eight U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets began instructing students at the Pohnpei Island Central School in English, math, science, and physical training from June 26 to July 13, 2012. This cooperation is the first-ever U.S. Army Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program in the Federated States of Micronesia. The cadets are under the command of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Feret, CULP program coordinator to the FSM.
COM-FSM president Joseph M. Daisy, Ed.D., Upward Bound staff Steven Yarofalig on behalf of director Diaz Joseph, and acting Pohnpei Campus dean Maria Dison signed the MOU on June 25 with Feret, welcoming the CULP Visit Summer 2012 program to begin its mission in Pohnpei.
The eight ROTC Cadets providing the training for the Upward Bound students are currently working towards their bachelor degrees.
The cadets and university they are attending are: Melissa Fellrath, Columbus State University; Zhe Pan, Temple University; Samuel Watts, Minnesota State University; Andrew Munger, Wake Forest University; Daniel McRoy, Western Kentucky University; Maychee Zah, University of Georgia; Stephen Cherry, Stephen F. Austin University; and Jack Wood, Lewis University.
The CULP Program is designed to prepare newly commissioned U.S. Army lieutenants to lead with confidence and competence in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment. Cadets are deployed in some 80 countries during the summer immersion program. (COM-FSM)