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By Steve Leon
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorodo Region

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - On Oct. 23, 46 naval officers from as many nations visited Hoover Dam for an extensive tour and Colorado River briefing.  

The officers are all participants in a one-year training program with the U.S. Navy's Naval Command College (NCC) Field Studies Program. Listed among their curriculum requirements are visits to various sites and facilities to educate the international officers on U.S. business practices, natural resources issues, history, and culture.

Destinations include military bases, major cities, infrastructure facilities such as Hoover Dam, factories, major cities, national parks, prisons, and even a homeless shelter.

The Command College has previously visited Hoover Dam as part of its annual program, and the tour has been and remains a highlight of the group’s visits, say NCC officials.

Escorting the students, in addition to External Affairs Officer Bob Walsh and Customer Service Manager Bill Schermerhorn, were active duty and retired U.S. Navy personnel including Captain Stephen Senteio, Commander Michael Pietryka, Elaine Desa, Nathaniel Graham, John Kurtz, and Vincent Mocini.

Several of the officers were accompanied by their families; a separate tour was provided for the family members. Following their stop at Hoover Dam, the group proceeded to the Grand Canyon and then returned to the school in Rhode Island.

The countries represented by the students included Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Yemen.


An officer (center, left) asks a question about Colorodo River operations. (Photo by Steve Leon)


Customer Service Manager Bill Schermerhorn, top left with white hardhat, explains about the diversion of Colorado River water through Hoover Dam turbines and finally back into the river. (Photo by Steve Leon) 
Source: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorodo Region