Officials from 15 nations will attend military education conference, which makes Its first-ever stop In the United States

The eyes of the world’s military trainers will turn to Norwich University this week as the biennial International Association of Military Academies conference arrives.

Participants from 15 nations will tour Montpelier and Burlington, Vermont, over five days as ISOMA comes to the United States for the first time. 

Meetings and conference sessions will cover topics including working with partner nations and meeting civil-military challenges; developing military leaders’ capacity beyond traditional conceptions of land, sea and air; and conquering leadership, ethics and educational challenges.

ISOMA works within the framework of the International Association of Military Academies, which promotes knowledge and competency sharing among member military academies.

Philip “Phil” Breedlove, a retired U.S. Air Force general, former supreme allied commander Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday in Plumley Armory. This event is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed.

ISOMA works within the framework of the International Association of Military Academies, which promotes knowledge and competency sharing among member military academies.

“As military academies, we all share a common vision of developing leaders that are intelligent, resilient, and competent,” Dr. Travis Morris, director of Norwich’s John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center said in a statement. “Our students, faculty and staff will have the unique opportunity to learn from some of the globe’s leaders in military education, which will contribute to Norwich leading into the next 100 years.”

A Corps of Cadets march-down review and retreat will open the conference.

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— WELCOME, FAMILIES: If Homecoming is a social bookend for Norwich University’s community every fall, Family Weekend is its complement. Alumni are to Homecoming as current students’ families are to Family Weekend.

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Joyful reunions will happen all over campus during Family Weekend. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Highlights of the weekend will include investing tactics brown-bag seminars by Chris Moore and Dan Ferris ’98 of First Command Financial Services Inc., meet and greets and a football tailgate party with President Dr. Mark Anarumo, a skills contest for Corps of Cadets rooks and open houses for Norwich’s ROTC and study abroad programs. 

There will also be tours of campus and the Sullivan Museum and History Center and the Legacy Pinning ceremony, in which new students will receive a pin from their relative who also attended Norwich (or a Norwich official if they choose).

— SHARPER STUDIES: The Academic Achievement Center will hold three workshops this week to help students improve their academics. From 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, the workshop, on Kreitzberg Library’s fourth floor, will cover math skills. Learn to better use resources including textbooks, prepare for exams and quizzes and use homework assignments as study aids. 

From 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, workshops will focus on note taking. Learn to organize your thoughts on paper and better determine key conclusions from lectures.

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