May 2013 Photo Essay: Vietnam International Staff Ride

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Another sneak peek at our upcoming May issue! Since 2000, the Strategic Studies department has held staff rides around the world so that students can witness historical sites, museums, and military operations in person. Students also gain leadership and decision-making skills that are valuable both inside and outside the field of strategic studies. The 2013 International Staff Ride, “The Tet Offensive,” took place in several cities in Vietnam. The following photos, compiled by editor Jack Bianchi, are courtesy of Eric Lindsey and Steve Farole.

(You can read more about the staff ride at http://isr2013.com.)

Eric Lindsey

Ha Long Bay (Eric Lindsey)

Eric Lindsey

Bobby Strauss, Kelly Johnson, Annie Seibert, Marisa Sullivan, and others relax during a chartered cruise of Ha Long Bay. (Eric Lindsey)

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Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Annibale, a Marine officer and MIPP student, describes the Marines’ brutal fight to retake the ancient Vietnamese city of Hue. (Eric Lindsey)

Steve Farole

The International Staff Ride group listens to a presentation at Khe Sanh. (Steve Farole)

Eric Lindsey

Khe Sanh, site of a Marine Combat Base that was besieged by the North Vietnamese for seventy-seven days. (Eric Lindsey)

Steve Farole

A poster commemorating the Tet Offensive, across the street from the entrance gate to the U.S. consulate in Saigon. (Steve Farole)

Eric Lindsey

Bobby Strauss and Yaniv Barzilai struggle to cross a busy street in Saigon. (Eric Lindsey)

Steve Farole

The International Staff Ride group at Imperial City, Huế. (Steve Farole)