Event brings world flavor to Fort Leonard Wood Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Samihya Carman-Mincey, center, learns how to use chop sticks from Taiwan Army Capt. Hao-ling Chen, left, as her grandmother, Margie Thomas, right, looks onat the Know Your World Reception Friday at Nutter Field House. Students from more than 80 countries were represented at the event.
Story and photo by Dawn Arden
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Without having the hassle of dealing with airlines and customs, the Fort Leonard Wood community was able to visit with 87 international students from 37 different countries, all at Nutter Field House for the “Know Your World” reception  Friday.

From Albania to the Ukraine and almost everywhere in between, the students gathered  to help share their cultures and for some even a little taste of home.

Colorful displays, artifacts, and rich smelling foods from far away lands, filled the tables.

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, thanked all of the students for sharing and the military Families that sponsored them.

“The relationships that you (international students) establish while you’re here with our Soldiers and their Families are life-long. Make sure you understand what that means and what makes it special to us; special to America and special to your nation,” Smith said.

Some brought their Families out to learn more about the places they have visited during their military career.

“I came out so that my daughter and grandmother could experience ‘Know Your World’ and see the different personnel from the International Detachment,” said Master Sgt. Brian Mincey, MSCoE Equal Opportunity office. “I’m up to seven (countries) myself, some I’ve been deployed to and others I’ve just visited.”

The reception was presented by the International Military Student Office and is in its 13th year.

Visitors were asked to pick up a passport at the door to log in information such as language, weather, food, and something interesting, for each country they visited with.

The IMSO offers an International Military Student Friendship Program in which American military Families can sponsor international students. This program is a chance for host Families to help the students learn about American Family life and activities.

To find out more information on the Student Friendship Program or to become a sponsor, contact Kay Lowder at 563.0068 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it




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