National Defense University

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International Fellows Hall of Fame

The International Fellows Program at the National Defense University exists to provide professional military education to senior military officers and defense officials from allied and friendly nations. In May 2000, NDU instituted and dedicated an International Fellows Hall of Fame to honor graduates of the Program, who, after completing their studies at NDU, achieved particular distinction in the armed forces and governments of their own countries, or in multinational forces and organizations.

Eligibility for installation in the International Hall of Fame is based on the Fellows having attained the highest levels of service in their countries' equivalent of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a member of the cabinet equating to Secretary of Defense or State, or the Secretary of a military service, in the United States . Another qualifying achievement is service at a comparable level of responsibility in a multinational force or organization. A key standard in assessing achievement is indication of enduring military, diplomatic, or humanitarian contribution to international peace and stability.

Current Members of the International Hall of Fame:

  • Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Amdan bin Kurish, Director General of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2002
  • Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik (Ret.), Pakistani Secretary of Defense, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2003
  • Major General Sergio Mantilla Sanmiguel, Defense Attaché for Colombia, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2004
  • Major General Saliou Ndiaye, Senior Defense Advisor to the President of Senegal, National War College Class of 2007
  • Brigadier General Dobran Božič, Chief of the General Staff, Slovenian Armed Forces, National War College Class of 2009
  • Rear Admiral Mohamed Sane, Deputy to the Senegalese Chief of Defense Staff, National War College Class of 2011
  • Vice Admiral Tomasz Mathea, Commander of the Polish Navy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2003
  • Lieutenant General Lech Majewski, Commander of the Polish Air Force. National War College Class of 2005
  • Major General Edvardas Mažeikis, Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2003
  • Lieutenant General Drago Lovrić, Chief of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2004
  • General Mieczysław Cieniuch, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2000
  • Division General Juan José Ruíz Morales, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Guatemala, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2004
  • His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2000
  • General Dato’ Sri Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin, Chief of the Malaysian Army, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2001
  • Major General Gordon Cacic, former State Secretary of the Croatian Ministry of Defense (posthumously), Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2001
  • Lieutenant Genereral Werner Freers, Chief of Staff of the German Army, National War College Class of 2001
  • Colonel Mouhamadou Diawara, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force of Senegal, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2002
  • Vice Admiral Wolfram H. Kühn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces and Chief of Staff of the Joint Support Service, Germany, National War College Class of 1998
  • General Lojas Fodor, Commander, Hungarian Defense Forces and Chief of Defense Staff, Hungary, National War College Class of 1996
  • Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Mahfoudh Al-Ardi, Commander, Royal Air Force Oman, National War College Class of 1992
  • General Dato' Seri Ismail bin Hassan, Chief of Army , Malaysia , 1997, National War College Class of 1987
  • General Carlos Maria Zabala, Chief of Armed Forces, Joint Staff, Argentina, National War College Class of 1987
  • Lieutenant General Czeslaw Piatas, Chief of the General Staff, of the Polish Armed Forces, National War College Class of 1999
  • Admiral Christopher Barrie, Chief of Defense Forces, Australia , National War College Class of 1987
  • Lieutenant General Edward Pietrzyk, Commander-in-chief of the Polish Land Forces, National War College Class of 1998
  • General Carlos Alberto Ospina Ovalle, Commander, Colombian Army, National War College Class of 1994
  • Lieutenant General Ryszard Olszewski, Chief of Air and Air Defense Forces Poland, National War College class of 2001
  • Lieutenant General Svein Ivar Hansen, Chief of Defense Staff, Deputy Chief of Defense, Norwegian Armed Forces, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 1997
  • Lieutenant General Daniel Opande, United Nations Forces Commander, United Nations Operation Ivory Coast, National Defense University Class of 1987
  • Lieutenant General Gheorghe Catrina, Chief of Staff, Romanian Air Force, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2001
  • Major General Michael Atherly, Chief of Staff, Guyana Defence Force Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 1999
  • General (Retired) Lamin Cisse, Representative to the United Nations Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office in Central Africa Republic, National Defense University Class of 1993
  • Lieutenant General Pavel Stefka, Chief of the General Staff, Armed Forces of Czech Republic, National War College Class of 1999
  • Brigadier General (Retired) Wilson Boinett, Director of Kenya's National Intelligence Service, National Defense University Class of 1991
  • Major General Olli-Matti Multamäki, Chief of the Finnish Army, National War College Class of 1994
  • Lieutenant General Martin Agwai, Chief of the Army Staff, Nigeria, Industrial College of the Armed Forces Class of 2000
  • General Franciszek Gagor, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, National War College Class of 2002
  • Brigadier General Roberto Efrain Rodriguez Giron, Commander of the Guatemalan Air Force, ICAF Class of 2002
  • Major General Benjamin Gantz, Chief of the Ground Forces Command, Israeli Defence Forces General Staff, ICAF Class of 1998

The education for International Fellows is a three-part program, composed of summer indoctrination, academics and field studies. During the field studies component, the International Fellows visit more than twenty states to better learn and understand the United States and its culture.