USAARL Officer Meets Prince Charles
Posted July 18th, 2017
Story & Photo by: Catherine Davis, USAARL Public Affairs Officer
A U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory exchange officer, Lt. Col. Dan Porter, Military Personnel Exchange Program participant stationed at the Army Air Corps Medical Centre, Middle Wallop, United Kingdom met Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, June 6.
Porter, along with serving soldiers, veterans, and their families, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Army Air Corps at Salisbury Cathedral.
“I was shocked when Prince Charles walked over to speak to me and shake my hand,” said Porter.
Porter further explains that Prince Charles asked what Porter was doing in the United Kingdom. Porter explained that he was an exchange officer serving at Middle Wallop. The Prince of Wales then asked if Porter was enjoying his time in the United Kingdom. Porter responded with “My family and I are having a marvelous time in the UK, and it is an honor to be serving alongside our British Army allies.” Prince Charles wished Porter well before exiting the cathedral.The MPEP, a Department of the Army program, was implemented through a memorandum of agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States in 1962 by the Foreign Science and Technology Center, a predecessor to the National Ground Intelligence Center. The program provides unique opportunities for British and American officers to strengthen alliances and build coalition partnerships.