The Defense Information School welcomes students for its inaugural Public Affairs Course for International Students (PACIS).

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- The Defense Information School is scheduled to begin the first class for the Public Affairs Course for International Students on Monday.

The course is for international military and civilian personnel selected by governments of U.S. partner nations to perform public relations, media relations and community-relation functions.

"This course was created to accommodate increased requests for public affairs training from our partner nations," said Stefo Lehman, an instructor for the course. "The course is designed to meet DoD priorities by giving U.S. personnel the opportunity to train with our foreign counterparts."

DINFOS, the Department of Defense's center for public affairs and visual information training, is responsible for training members from all branches of the U.S. military, DoD civilians and international military personnel in public affairs, print journalism, photojournalism, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography, equipment maintenance and various forms of media.

In addition to being offered solely to international students, the five-week course will also compare and contrast U.S., NATO and U.N. approaches to military public affairs through the use of lectures, performance exercises, case studies, assigned readings, field trips and guest speakers.

The goal is to provide skills that will be transferable to the requirements of individual nations in coalition and peacekeeping operations.

Personnel from 11 countries are scheduled to attend the January course. They are: Nepal, Taiwan, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Slovenia and Thailand.

"This new course is a natural step in our continual pursuit of providing high-quality education and serving as DoD's premier center for public affairs and visual information," Lehman said.

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