Congratulations on your selection to attend one of the many and varied courses offered here at Ft Lee, Virginia the “Sustainment Center of Excellence”. Your selection is indicative of your past achievement and future potential. As you embark on a unique journey, you can experience first class education and a first rate intercultural exchange. Take full advantage of your time at Ft Lee, an opportunity you, and in many cases your family, will grow and benefit from each passing day.
You will train at Ft Lee, but you will study and experience the American lifestyle, visit and become familiar with American businesses and better understand the government of your host country. We realize adjustments are necessary to live here among your American friends, adjustments as simple as converting from a metric system to the U.S. system to learning how to drive on the "right" side of the road. Adjustments may appear difficult at times, particularly in the beginning, but certainly not insurmountable.
The International Military Student Office (IMSO) staff and I will keep in mind that you are making adjustments living in the United States and will make ourselves available to assist you during this transition period. There are many every day "situations" the IMSO staff can help with, we've helped many who preceded you, so please, take advantage of our knowledge and visit our staff that is prepared and more than willing to care for your needs.
Welcome! I hope you have an enjoyable and memorable time while visiting and living in and around Ft lee, Virginia.
RICHARD N. HELFER
COL, USA RETIRED