General Gómez Nieto of Colombia Inducted Into the International Fellows Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, December 4, General Ricardo Gómez Nieto, Commander of the Colombian National Army, became the 65th inductee into NDU's International Hall of Fame and the 5th Colombian to receive this distinguished honor.
General Gomez Nieto IHOF Ceremony
General Gomez Nieto IHOF Ceremony
General Gomez Nieto IHOF Ceremony
Gomez Nieto IHOF Ceremony
General Gomez Nieto IHOF Ceremony
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This momentous occasion marked another significant milestone in General Gómez’s 38 years of faithful and devoted service to his country and his notable academic career, both in Colombia and in the United States. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2008 and was selected for duty as the Commander of the Colombian National Army by President Santos on November 30, 2017. General Gómez demonstrated his commitment to professional military education during his tenure as Director of the Escuela Superior de Guerra (Commandant, War College) and is regarded as a leader in the war against organized crime.

The ceremony underscored the high level of honor of General Gómez’s designation as an International Fellows Hall of Fame inductee and was presided over by the National Defense University President (NDU-P), Vice Admiral Fritz Roegge and the NWC Commandant, Brig Gen Chad Manske. General Gómez addressed the crowd of distinguished guests, family, and friends and expressed his joy to be back at NDU where he was "strengthened intellectually and the door to his current rank was opened." He noted NDU's "promotion of important values and the training of leaders in their ability to think and operate at the highest levels in the rapidly changing joint security environment though training and outreach programs. We have always seen with great satisfaction the interest in Colombian military forces and hope to see even more exchange."

The inductee was celebrated by NDU-P, the Senior Vice President, and other leaders at an elegant reception directly following the ceremony. Thank you to all who participated in this memorable day, to recognize the achievements of General Gómez and this honor, a powerful reminder of the strength of the global network that makes up the NDU family.

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