Air Force top IA officer gives glimpse of duties to future PMA strategists

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  • By Maj. Nathaniel Roesler
  • Air University Public Affairs

The assistant deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs briefed Air Command and Staff College political-military affairs strategist students and met with international students and Air University leadership, April 11-12, 2023.

Maj. Gen Julian Cheater’s briefing to ACSC focused on security cooperation and leadership lessons from working with partner nations. The 61 officers from the political-military affairs program will be certified to serve in international affairs-related positions in numerous military, civilian and international organizations.

The Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs Office, advances U.S. national security by cultivating deep, enduring relationships through security cooperation between allies and partners in support of the U.S. Air Force and Space Force.

“It was great for our students to get to meet the lead Air Force security cooperation officer,” said Lt. Col. Joselyn A. Molinari, political-military affairs strategist program director. “General Cheater was able to take the concepts they’ve been learning this past year and give them a preview of how they’ll be using them in coordination between the Air Force and our international partners. He was also able to answer their pressing questions as the senior officer in their area of expertise.”

Cheater also met with international students enrolled in Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.

“Many current and future chiefs of staff of ally and partner air forces have come through our various courses at Air University,” said Col. Alex Ganster, International Officer School commandant and Air University International Affairs director. “Our international graduates, particularly of ACSC and AWC, value their time here and visitors like Major General Cheater are critical in building strong relationships that will bear fruit in future operations and partnerships.”

Additionally, Cheater visited the Air Force Culture and Language Center.