Thursday, June 09, 2011

Lebanese Cadets Appointed to U.S. Military Academies.

June 9, 2011
Two Lebanese cadets have received appointments to study at U.S. military academies. Cadet Rami Kanaan, who graduated from Jedeideh Official High School, will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and Midshipman Roland al Ahmar, who graduated from Sagesse High School, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly met with the General Kahwaji and the two cadets in General Kahwaji’s office at the LAF headquarters to congratulate them on their appointments.

Rami and Roland will depart in the summer of 2011 to begin their studies, and will spend four years studying with their American counterparts. After graduation, they will return to Lebanon where they will be commissioned as lieutenants in the Lebanese Armed Forces. Both cadets were selected from the top students at Lebanese military academies by the LAF. There are currently six Lebanese cadets attending military academies in the U.S.: three at the U.S. Naval Academy, two at West Point, and one at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The U.S. has provided over $720 million in support to the LAF since 2006 for equipment and training. The U.S. continues to offer training, engagements and exercises to the LAF in all fields. The United States is committed to helping the LAF develop its capabilities and will continue to support the LAF as they continue their efforts to safeguard the stability, unity and sovereignty of Lebanon.