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Old Dominion University Model United Nations Society students participated in a complex contingency exercise titled "Purple Lightning" May 24 at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk.

In the exercise, conducted by the National Defense University, 10 ODU students -- who have taken the Political Science 320 (Introduction to Model United Nations) class -- acted as United Nations representatives, adding a level of realism and complexity to the scenario. In the exercise, insurgents, terrorists and flooding besieged the African nation of Nigeria and a U.S.-led coalition was formed to help the Nigerian government with a growing humanitarian disaster.

Two of the ODU students, Terry Jones, a sophomore political science major from Hampton, and Bridgette Silano, a sophomore undecided major from Chesapeake, were commended for their particular outstanding contributions to the exercise.

"Their participation provided valuable current political perspectives during the numerous seminar discussions and emphasized many of the critical aspects joint officers must appreciate to effectively plan with other interagency players," said Capt. Brooks O. Boatwright, dean of the NDU Joint and Combined Warfighting School.

This article was posted on: July 13, 2005

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