Peace & Stability Journal Volume 7, Issue 1 - Page 37

PKSOI visits the Socialist Republic of Vietnam's Ministry of National Defense Peacekeeping Center in support of their efforts to deploy units to UN Peacekeeping Missions Since August 2015, Dr. Karen Finkenbinder has served as the U.S.Professor of Peackeeping to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam's Ministry of National Defense Peacekeeping Cen- ter to support PACOM, GPOI and Vietnam Country Team efforts. In residence for a year, she now conducts quarter- ly visits. In December 2016, PKSOI's Director, Colonel Gregory Dewitt visited the center to see how much has been accomplished and to further reassure the Center that PK- SOI will continue to provide advice and support. The Office for Defense Cooperation (ODC) Vietnam Chief, LTC Thang (Jacky) Ly accompanied them. COL Dewitt presented Sr. Colonel Canh a peacepipe and COL Canh presented PKSOI a plaque in honor of the Center to Center relationship. Also while in Vietnam, COL Dewitt, Dr. Finkenbinder, COL Ton (Defense Attache) and LTC Ly visited the new Peacekeeping Center Campus and saw the progress of the GPOI-funded Training and Auditorium, scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017. 35