And the Olmsted Adventure Begins!

Last weekend, Bobby and I started our Olmsted experience by attending the annual Olmsted Scholar Reunion and Orientation, held in Washington D.C. We flew in from Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon in preparation for the kick-off event on Friday evening.  We had the pleasure of meeting the other scholars of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2012, with representatives from each branch of the United States military.  On Saturday, we attended information sessions about the Olmsted experience – language training, the expectation of culture immersion, the ins-and-outs of moving, and fostering relationships with fellow Olmsted Scholars.  The culmination event on Saturday evening included a gala at the Anderson House, the home of The Society of the Cincinnati.  Here, we met scholars from years past (from the 1960s – present), some of whom include retired Generals of the Armed Forces, active duty leaders in today’s military, successful businessmen, and community leaders.  It was amazing to listen to the stories of their travels during the Olmsted Scholar program and how their lives were changed afterwards.  Bobby and I came away from the weekend incredibly excited to move to Florence, Italy and start our own adventure.

Bobby and I before dinner

Olmsted Scholar Class of 2012



Name Rank Spec Overseas Location
USN Ahlstrom, Jon LCDR Submariner Aix-en Provence, France
USN Anderson, Mark LT EOD/Salvage Sofia, Bulgaria
USA Avichal, Sonny CPT EN Lima, Peru
USN Blanton, William LT Pilot EA-6B Valparaiso, Chile
USAF Bowman, Geoffrey Capt Flt Test Engr Osaka, Japan
USAF Flammia, Roberto Capt F-16 Pilot Florence, Italy
USA Franklin, Nicholas CPT AR Mendoza, Argentina
USMC Henry, Claire Capt Comm Timisoara, Romania
USN Kirwan, Brett LT Intell Kaohsiung, Taiwan
USA Martyn, Ari CPT IN Beijing, China
USAF Muehl, Maureen Capt KC-10 EP Yaounde, Cameroon
USA Reed, Walter Capt AR Cadiz, Spain
USAF Senkowski, Neil Capt C-17 EAC Berlin, Germany
USMC Shores, Douglas Capt Pilot F/A-18 Gdansk, Poland
USAF Steeves, Geoffrey Maj B-2 IP Florinopolis, Brazil
USN Thomas, Sarah LCDR SWO-NUC Ankara, Turkey
USA Wainwright, Kenneth CPT SF Jerusalem, Israel
USMC Walker, Daniel 1 Lt Logistics Guangzhou, China
USAF Wall, Joseph Maj KC-10 IP Freiburg, Germany
USA Williams, Dennis CPT AR Istanbul, Turkey