Maj. Raimonds Garais, Latvia and Daniel Brabec, Czech Republic (kneeling); the Marshall Center's U.S. Deputy Director Dr. James MacDougall; Capt. Drazo Bozovic, Kosovo; Vladan Lukic, Serbia; and Lt. Lulzim Rama, Kosovo (standing) all pose together after a ceremonial tree planting in front of bldg. 101 at the Marshall Center.(DOD Photo/Karlheinz Wedhorn/RELEASED)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Participants in the Marshall Center's pilot English for Security Professionals course were pleased to have the opportunity to plant their own symbol of the growing cooperation in international security fostered by the Marshall Center. On Sept. 20, the group of five specialists in counter illicit trafficking and narcotics trade donated and helped plant a Japanese Acer tree near bldg. 101 on Sheridan Kaserne, where the center is located. Capt. Drazo Bosovic, the group's spokesman, said he hopes the tree will flourish as a reminder of how the ESP course nurtured cooperation in keeping the world more secure.
The course, which ran from Aug. 24 – Sept. 20, helped sharpen the participants' English in preparation for attending the center's Program in Advanced Security Studies. Participants spent an intensive six hours per day in class building their oral and written communication skills as well as focusing on reading strategies and listening comprehension.
The ESP, run by the Partner Language Training Center Europe, is not the only language class offered to participants of Marshall Center programs. The Combating Terrorism Language Program prepares students for the PASS and Program in Terrorism and Security Studies courses, focusing on counterterrorism terminology, and enhances their skills related to participating in group discussions, preparing and giving presentations, and performing analytic listening and reading. From Aug. 17 to Sept. 20, 18 counterterrorism professionals from 13 countries participated in this program and are also participating in the ongoing PASS.