Welcome and congratulations on your selection for assignment to the United States Military Training Mission (USMTM) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You will soon be embarking on a challenging, instructive, and professionally-rewarding tour of duty in the Kingdom. USMTM plays a pivotal role in our national engagement efforts in the Kingdom and region. You will be joining a diverse group of professionals whom work daily with our Saudi counterparts to further the strategic partnership enjoyed between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
USMTM is the largest Security Assistance Organization in the world. Established by the 1977 Accords, the organization traces its roots to the historic 1945 meeting of President Roosevelt and King AbdulAziz aboard the Cruiser USS Quincy. You are arriving at a critical period in our history and will help build on the tradition established by King AbdulAziz and President Roosevelt more than 60 years ago.
Our mission is to train, advise, and assist the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces to become a more ready, capable, interoperable and joint force in order to support the common interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. During your time here, you will be viewed as an "ambassador" of the United States. Focus on our priorities-mission, force protection, and quality of life and live our motto "ENDURING PARTNERSHIP...BUILDING CAPACITY!" in all you do.
The mission provides an opportunity for you to make a difference in a region critical to our national interests. By building capacity and improving readiness you will enhance regional security. Our force protection procedures are strong and mitigate risk, but stay alert. You will find the Kingdom as a relatively safe, modern and growing country with an opportunity for you to experience Saudi customs and culture. The quality of life on Eskan Village is good and provides a wide range of facilities and activities. Additionally, our Family Readiness Group is vibrant and supports our Families worldwide. Overall, this will be a challenging and rewarding assignment with time to have fun and experience a country too few people understand.
Again, welcome and I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip. If you need any assistance before your arrival, please feel free to contact me at any time.
PETER D. UTLEY
Major General, USA
ENDURING PARTNERSHIP...BUILDING CAPACITY!