Congratulations to Gunnery Sergeant Courtney A. Yountz, USMC, on his selection from 40 finalists as one of 10 Fellows for the 24th class of Mansfield Fellows, sponsored by The Mansfield Fellowship Program. The Mansfield Fellowship Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to build a corps of U.S. federal government employees with proficiency in the Japanese language and practical, firsthand knowledge about Japan and its government. GySgt Yountz, currently assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is the first enlisted Marine to be chosen for this prestigious program.
In addition to providing a unique professional development opportunity, the Mansfield Fellowship will enhance GySgt Yountz’s understanding of Japan’s radio frequency (RF) spectrum allocation process and how it relates to USMC spectrum support requirements within this host nation. Understanding host nation spectrum management processes and procedures promotes a more effective working relationship and facilitates cooperation between USMC spectrum forces and their counterparts in OCONUS countries.
On July 1, 2019, GySgt Yountz will start the one-year program in Japan. There, he will participate in eight weeks of language and cultural training (homestay), followed by 10 months of fellowship within an element of the Japanese Government that focuses on communications. Once the fellowship ends, he will receive follow-on orders that provide an opportunity to apply his keen understanding of how the Japanese spectrum allocation process works.
This unique professional development and international exchange program for federal employees is named after Mike Mansfield, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, U.S. Senate majority leader, and U.S. congressman from Montana. The Mansfield Fellowship Program is administered by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as grantor. The program receives significant in-kind support from the governments of Japan and Ishikawa Prefecture.