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Lt. Jared M. Wilhelm, a U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar Program student assigned to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Fla., was selected to participate in the 2014 Olmsted Scholar Program, March 2013.
Lt. Jared M. Wilhelm was selected to participate in the 2014 Olmsted Scholar Program.

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall, Naval War College Public Affairs
April 23, 2013

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Lt. Jared M. Wilhelm, a U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar Program student assigned to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Fla., was selected to participate in the 2014 Olmsted Scholar Program, March 2013.
 
The Olmsted Scholar Program, a three-year program which serves as a key to prepare young officers for future leadership roles in an ever-increasing international operating environment, offers a unique opportunity to pursue two years of graduate study using a foreign language while providing oversees cultural and travel opportunities.
 
“I believe that the Olmsted Scholar Program will better prepare me to be a leader in the maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft community, where an in-depth understanding of foreign cultures impacts Sailors on a daily basis,” said Wilhelm.
 
Wilhelm currently serves as the Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer for VP-30 and noted how his experience during previous deployments and assignments reinforced the importance of cultural diversity required of today’s Navy leaders.
 
Wilhelm will complete the NWC Fleet Seminar Program in May and begin language training in the summer or fall of 2013.
 
Following one year of intensive foreign language study stateside, Wilhelm will attend the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina to pursue his political science graduate program studies.
 
“The Olmsted program will be an extension of the Fleet Seminar Program’s ability to expand views beyond our daily work environment,” he said.
 
During his tenure in Argentina, Wilhelm will study and interact with the population using Spanish fluency and emphasize development of language skills and regional cultural.
 
“The opportunity to learn a foreign language in an academic setting during immersion in a foreign culture while pursuing graduate work can’t be achieved from a ship or a base.”
 
For more information on the FY-15 Olmsted Scholar Program view NAVADMIN 101/13 or visit http://www.olmstedfoundation.org/olmsted/web/index.cfm?view=scholarsProgram/vwMain.

For more information on the 2013-2014 Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program view NAVADMIN 071/13 or visit http://www.usnwc.edu/fleetseminar.