Security enterprise members reach out in Saudi Arabia

By Public AffairsFebruary 15, 2023


Staff Sgt. Gabriela Benitez talks with female students from the Education and Skills International School
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Members of the U.S. Army Military Assistance Group had the opportunity to present to students at the Education and Skills International School located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

USAMAG employees shared their military and civilian life experiences and provided answers to students’ questions for the school’s Inspirational Workshop Program. The presenters’ discussions included how they enjoy and spend their time in the Kingdom.

The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia invited Soldiers and veterans to visit the school. It was a first visit for the unit, but both the students and the USAMAG employees enjoyed their time together and hope to make this a regular event. The school is mostly Saudi Arabian students, with only 20% international students. The school is fifth through 11th grades.

Members of USAMAG received a certificate of appreciation from the school CEO Abdullah Alghamdi, and the Director of Academics Miray Akkad. Alghamdi and the support staff also had lunch with the USAMAG representatives. A big takeaway for the Saudi hosts was having Staff Sgt. Gabriela Benitez present as a female Soldier. Other presenters included Joe Willoughby, Capt. Elijah Timmons and Master Sgt. Matthew Dishaw.

USAMAG is a subcommand to the Security Assistance Command. The mission is to train and advise the Saudi Ministry of Interior and State Security Presidential as a values security cooperation partner. They set the standard that delivers unique security assistance solutions in a lasting partnership.