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Representatives from the Peace Operations Training Institute recently attended the annual conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) in Sydney, Australia. While there, we were surprised and delighted when Executive Director Harvey Langholtz received the 2009 IAPTC Education and Training Award. The award was presented to Dr. Langholtz by Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, Director of the Nigerian War College and President of the IAPTC.
This award acknowledges “excellence in the field of peacekeeping education and training.” The recipient “must have demonstrated a unique and extremely valuable contribution to peacekeeping education and training and to the preparation of individuals or groups to participate in future or current peace operations.” (Source: IAPTC) The text of the award reads, “In recognition to your achievements in developing key strategic partnerships; development of doctrine, training programs and in providing strong leadership in peacekeeper education.”
In his remarks accepting the award Dr. Langholtz thanked the IAPTC and especially thanked the students and staff at the Peace Operations Training Institute for their dedicated work in serving peace and peacekeepers globally. He also acknowledged the important support of the nations that fund the Institute and expressed his pleasure in working with peacekeeping institutions world-wide in pursuit of the ideals of the UN as stated in the preamble to the UN Charter.
We thank and congratulate all of our students for their hard work and dedication.