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NPS Students Win Joint Special Ops University Essay Contest
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NPS Students Win Joint Special Ops University Essay Contest

By MC2 Brian H. Abel

U.S. Army Maj. Garrett Searle, middle left, holds the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) Essay Contest award received for his essay titled, "Beyond the Interagency Liaison: Integrated Campaigns Require Cross-Functional Teams." Searle was one of two NPS students recognized in the annual contest.

"I submitted an essay and was chosen as the second-place winner," said Searle. "The contest itself is jointly sponsored by JSOU, which is the Joint Special Operations University, and the National Defense Industrial Association, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Division, or NDIA/SOLIC."

Searle's essay was a narrative covering his time in a friendly West African nation, and how the U.S. cooperated with regional allies, providing assistance to overcome and defeat adversaries in modern political environments.

The theme of the 12th annual JSOU SOLIC essay contest was Special Operations Forces (SOF) requirements for coalition and interagency conflict/ operations. To be eligible for the essay contest, participants must be enrolled or have graduated from a Department of Defense sponsored Professional Military Education (PME) program or course within a year of the contest.

"The essays should be published within the next few months in a JSOU monograph," added Searle.

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