US Navy Undersecretary on two-day visit to PNG
26 September, 2018, 4:30 pm
PORT MORESBY,26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – The US Undersecretary of the Navy, Thomas B Modly, arrived in Port Moresby on Monday on a two-day visit in support of APEC 2018 and to underscore the importance of the United States’ long term relationship with Papua New Guinea.
During his visit, he will meet with high-level Papua New Guinea government officials and military personnel from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force to reaffirm US commitment to the defence and security of PNG within the Indo-Pacific region.
He will also encourage the PNG government to nominate strong candidates for US Military Academy scholarships.
PNG is eligible to submit up to six nominees to compete for a spot at the US Military Academy or the US Naval Academy. Modly called on young Papua New Guineans who meet the rigorous admission standards to consider applying to study at one of these prestigious institutions so that, upon graduation, they can return to help PNG develop its defence force. Modly is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, in Political Science in 1983.
Upon graduation he joined the United States Navy and served as an UH-1N pilot until 1990, when he departed active duty for business school and the private sector.
Before being sworn in as the 33 Undersecretary of the Navy on December 4, 2017, Mr Modly was the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Financial Management from 2004 to 2007.
He also served as Co-Founder and Vice President, Corporate Development of Iconixx from 1998 to 2002; Vice President of Oxford Associates from 1996 to 1998; and Director Corporate Development of UNC Incorporated from 1992-1996. While serving in the Navy,Modly attended Georgetown University where he earned a Master of Arts in Government/International Relations in 1983.
He also attended Harvard Business School from 1990 to 1992 where he earned a Master’s in Business Administration with Honors in Business, Government and Strategy.