By Dolly Rairigh Glass
Capt. Steve Nakagawa and FLETC Director Connie Patrick celebrate a 10-year partnership between Team Orlando and FLETC.

Capt. Steve Nakagawa and FLETC Director Connie Patrick celebrate a 10-year partnership between Team Orlando and FLETC.

There was no fooling on April 1, when the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, part of the Department of Homeland Security, celebrated a 10-year anniversary partnership with Team Orlando.
“Today is a spectacular day,” said Capt. Steve Nakagawa, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division. “We, in the training business, have to partner with each other because we all get better through partnerships.”

For FLETC and its mission “to train those who protect our homeland,” it only makes sense they would seek out and find Team Orlando, the key player in what is recognized as the nation’s largest cluster of Modeling, Simulation and Training.

“When I first visited more than ten years ago, I was overwhelmed by the camaraderie and unity of the members of Team Orlando,” said Connie Patrick, FLETC Director. “I can’t tell you what a difference your partnership has made on the quality of law enforcement training,” she said. “It put us on the forefront of law enforcement training in the world.”

Patrick said, “It is all about performing training for events that haven’t happened yet, because if you wait until you need training it’s too late. “Thank you for recognizing our people,” Patrick said. “They are the magic that makes it happen.”

FLETC-Collage

A picture collage documents the ten year anniversary of the FLETC-Team Orlando partnership.