A University of Northern Iowa student is in Lexington, Virginia, consulting with the nation’s top security leaders. Sheldon Klein is a senior and an R-O-T-C cadet, chosen for the national security seminar because Lieutenant Colonel Robert Stavnes, the head of UNI’s Department of Military Science and Klein’s advisor, says he’s simply the best cadet at UNI this year. Klein’s major is Manufacturing Technology, a meat-and-potatoes kind of Iowa kid who’s been an aviation crewman on a helicopter in the Army Reserve and wants to stay in military aviation once he gets commissioned as an officer. The focus of this year’s seminar is the transformation of the international security environment, and the role of the U.S. military in it — they’ll spend time exploring the implication of events in the Middle East, Far East, Israel, and Africa, and look at methods of countering global terrorism and increasing homeland security. Stavnes says Klein has served as cadet battalion commander for the Army ROTC unit, and has been named to the dean’s list at UNI. Klein has a lot of great choices ahead of him, enrolled in a program that lets him be both a fulltime student and member of Iowa’s Army national Guard. The senior from Dysart is in historic Lexington, Virginia, meeting with key government leaders and talking about national-security issues with the other star cadets from universities around the nation.
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