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Press Release | Sept. 16, 2013

National Defense University to Induct Six International Alumni into Hall of Fame

Contact: Daniel Magalotti
Acting Public Affairs Officer
National Defense University

(Washington DC) National Defense University (NDU) President Major General Gregg F. Martin, United States Army, will formally induct six international alumni into the International Fellows Hall of Fame on Tuesday 17 September at 1800. The six inductees hail from Colombia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Senegal, and Slovenia. The International Fellows Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to provide a prestigious and visible means to honor National Defense University graduates who have attained through military merit the highest positions in their nations’ Armed Forces or who have held equivalent positions in a multinational military organization. All of the honorees are a part of the broader International Fellows alumni program, which reaches over 1,500 NDU graduates from more than 120 countries.

Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Amdan bin Kurish of Malaysia currently serves as Director General Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, a position he has held since 2008. ADM Datuk Mohd Amdan previously served as RMN Fleet Operations Commander. He has attended training in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College and Defence College. ADM Datuk Mohd Amdan received a master’s degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF, now called The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy) in 2002.

Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik (Ret.) is the current Pakistani Secretary of Defense, a post he has held for the past year. Before retiring from military service in 2011, LTG Malik’s positions included Commander of 11 Corps and Director General Joint Intelligence and Information Operations in The Joint Staff Headquarters. LTG Malik is a graduate of the Pakistan Army Command and Staff College and received his master’s degree from ICAF in 2003.

Major General Sergio Mantilla Sanmiguel assumed his position as Defense Attaché for Colombia in Washington, D.C. in October 2013. MG Mantilla had served as Commander of the Colombian Army from September 2011 – August 2013, a tour of duty that included Campaign Sword of Honor. In addition to holding a Master’s in National Security and Defense from the Colombian War College, MG Mantilla graduated with a master’s degree from ICAF in 2004.

Major General Saliou Ndiaye is currently senior defense advisor to the President of Senegal. Prior to this position, MG Ndiaye served as Army Chief of Staff of the Senegalese Armed Forces from 2008 to 2011. This inductee has received training in Tunisia, France, and NDU’s National War College, from which he received a master’s degree in 2007. MG Ndiaye has also served as an instructor in the Non-Commissioned Officers and Senegal’s Officers and Cadets School.
Brigadier General Dobran Božič of the Slovenian Armed Forces currently serves as Chief of the General Staff. Before assuming this position in February 2012, BG Božič was Commander of the Slovenian Contingent International Security Assistance Force 15 in Afghanistan. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Ljublana, as well as a master’s degree from the National War College, which he received in 2009.

Rear Admiral Mohamed Sane, also of Senegal, is the Deputy to the Senegalese Chief of Defense Staff.
Previously, RADM Sane served as Chief of the Staff of the Senegalese Navy. RADM Sane has served in
a number of United Nations missions and has received education in the United States and France. He
received a master’s degree from the National War College in 2011.

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