Lieutenant Gregory Soberanis of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) graduated from the United States Naval War College on the 16th June, 2017, after successfully completing the Naval Staff Course in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Soberanis, who is the first Belizean to attend the one-year version of the course, was elected class president during his time at the Naval Staff College and won the International Leadership Award for being the most outstanding overseas student. The Naval War College is a one–year resident program that graduates about 600 resident students and about 1,000 distance learning students. Its primary mission is to educate and develop future leaders. Lieutenant Gregory Soberanis is the substantive Fleet Commander for the BCG. He is also presently the Acting Vice Commander (XO) of the BCG, pending the return of Lieutenant Commander Bennett who is presently on the Advance Command and Staff Course in the United Kingdom.