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” Culture can be defined as the common way of life for a particular people, especially as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs. To be culturally aware, is to know about and respect the values, beliefs, behaviors, and norms of other cultures. Understanding and respecting cultural differences is but only one of the numerous influences on human behavior.”

As a global service provider, VALOROUS realizes the critical importance of cross-cultural differences and how the misunderstanding of cultural nuances within a specific geographical region can make cooperation impossible which greatly affects mission success. We understand that positive cultural interactions enhance clearer communication, breaks down barriers, builds trust, strengthens relationships, and yields tangible results in terms of mission success – all of which are impacted by culture. Our team of cross-cultural experts will help analyze and identify core training requirements throughout the deployment cycle. VALOROUS offers a comprehensive service, covering a vast range of geographical regions and cultures. We train and familiarize customers with the values, beliefs, behaviors, and norms of a specific region, so they may understand and anticipate societal norms and behaviors of the indigenous population. In doing so, VALOROUS helps increase mission effectiveness of US personnel operating globally by minimizing culture shock and enabling robust cooperation with our foreign hosts.

Upon completion of training, our customers recognize key aspects related to the geography and also key historical events that have shaped the culture of a region. They recognize characteristics related to the people and ethnic groups of and area and are able to identify characteristics related to the languages and dialects spoken by the local population. Our customers are also able to recognize the influences of religion on the local culture and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and etiquette to use in the presence of local men, women and children. Our training has provided for our customers an overall awareness of a culture with respect to the geographical values, beliefs, behaviors and norms within a specific region.

VALOROUS offers the following Cultural Awareness Training for specific geographical regions to enhance our customer’s global mission success:


  • Geography
  • History
  • Peoples and Ethnic Groups
  • Languages
  • Religious Influences
  • Society and Norms
  • Behavior and Etiquette
  • Cultural Summary
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Valorous Director of Language and Intelligence Programs, Mitch Murphy, brings over 30 years of experience and expertise providing cryptologic language and intelligence support to the U.S.  Intelligence Community. Mr. Murphy served 21 years in the U.S. Navy as a Serbo-Croatian and Spanish Cryptologic Language Analyst, retiring in 2006 as  Master Chief Petty Officer following his final assignment as the Senior Military Language Leader at NSA/CSS.

Since his retirement Mr. Murphy has served in many capacities in the contractor community; including Senior Intelligence Analyst, Deputy Program Manager, Program Manager, Director, and Vice President. He holds a BA in Balkan History from the University of Maryland (Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa) and an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.







Tim Hatcher is our Executive Director of Business Development and Intelligence Programs. Mr. Hatcher is an innovative and seasoned business and security professional with over 30 years’ experience supporting National-level, Federal, and Department of Defense clients.

As a combat veteran, Mr. Hatcher served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps spending a considerable amount of time deployed to Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Upon retiring from the military, he was recruited into the Intelligence Community, specifically for his experience within Special Operations. Within the IC, he served as a Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Targeting Officer and Counterterrorism Subject Matter Expert (SME) providing direct support to forward deployed ground assets.



Jackie Asencio is President/CEO of VALOROUS, Inc. With more than 30 years’ experience supporting federal contractors, Ms. Asencio has been a major influence in helping government contractors grow and compete in the federal marketplace. As a seasoned trainer and coach, Ms. Asencio worked with business owners ensuring their human capital management strategies are aligned to their business goals.  Prior to founding VALOROUS, Ms. Asencio provided human capital management support to Department of Defense and various civilian agencies. VALOROUS has successfully provided clients with professional services supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense for five years, and remains keenly focused on the clients’ missions, both CONUS and OCONUS

Ms. Asencio is a firm believer in giving back to the community. Her philanthropic activities have included supporting Operation Homefront, Wounded Warriors, Boulder Crest Retreat, The National Veterans Institute for Procurement, and local families in need. Ms. Asencio has received the Sister Eymard Gallagher Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and was a finalist for The Dr. J.P. London Award for Promoting Ethical Behavior for the Human Resources Leadership Awards (HRLA) of Greater Washington.