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Special Message from the USTTI
December 27, 2004

A Message to the Citizens of the Indian Ocean Region
USTTI Chairman Ambassador Gardner and the entire staff of the USTTI wish to extend our condolences to you and your countrymen for the terrible losses suffered as a result of the tsunami. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this challenging time.

2005 Course Curriculum Now Online
The USTTI is pleased to announce that our 2005 course curriculum is now available online, and we are currently accepting applications. 73 tuition-free courses are offered, with new and expanded training in wireless broadband technology and IT security and policy. Due to the length of time required to secure a United States entry visa, we encourage all those interested to apply as soon as possible. Review the curriculum and apply today!

2004 Training Year Concludes
In 2004, the USTTI received a record-breaking 11,325 applications from individuals in 131 countries - a 30% increase in applications over the previous record. We would like to thank each individual who expressed an interest in our curriculum by applying in 2004, and applaud the Class of 2004's 288 exceptional officials in 94 countries. If you were unable to attend training in 2004, we strongly urge you to apply again in 2005, as many of our alumni applied numerous times before participating in training.

USTTI Alumni Contact Information Updates
It is important for USTTI to be able to update alumni on USTTI news, events, and any special initiatives. In order to ensure that all USTTI alumni remain informed, we request that you let us know of any job, address, or e-mail changes that may have taken place after your USTTI training experience. Send any changes, along with your full name and graduation year, to: train@ustti.org

USTTI Students Show Special Interest in Amateur Radio
From October 18 - 22, 2004, seven USTTI participants took part in the American Radio Relay League's course, "Amateur Radio Administration for Regulators." Please click here for details on their experience. Special thanks to Mr. Walt Ireland, Ms. Lisa Kustosik, and all the outstanding volunteer trainers at ARRL who made the course possible.

A USTTI Wedding
Congratulations to Ms. Reenu Mool and Mr. Simon Shretha, who were married on December 4 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Reenu is a 2003 graduate of Voice of America's "New Technologies in Broadcasting" course, and Simon received training in 2002 from Boeing, Intelsat, and PanAmSat in the USTTI's satellite technology sequence. While the USTTI cannot take credit for the love connection (Reenu and Simon both work for the Space Time Network in Nepal), we like to think that the similar training experiences they shared played some small part in their coming together. We wish them happiness, health, and prosperity in their marriage!

USTTI Chat Room
Aboubacar Kourouma, a Technical Manger with AFRIPA Telecom Guinea and a 2004 USTTI graduate of the satellite technology course sequence, has started an online discussion group to keep in touch with fellow participants and to exchange ideas and opinions. Special thanks go to Mr. Kourouma for his efforts to continue to share the knowledge and experiences of training with officials from around the world.


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