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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Army vice chief of staff to address CGSC graduates

  • More than 1,000 military officers, 69 of them from countries outside the United States, will graduate Friday from Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College.

     


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  • More than 1,000 military officers, 69 of them from countries outside the United States, will graduate Friday from Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College.
    The ceremony for the Intermediate Level Education course, which also includes 16 students from other government agencies and began August 2011, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Sumner Parade Field at Kearney and Grant avenues on post. Eisenhower Auditorium in the Lewis and Clark Center will be the alternate site in the case of inclement weather.
    The class will be addressed by Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the vice chief of staff for the Army. Austin became the 33rd vice chief of staff of the Army in January. His previous assignment was commanding U.S. Forces in Iraq.
    Austin, originally of Mobile, Ala., joined the Army in 1975 following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. During the course of his career, he commanded the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. He commanded the division in combat in Afghanistan in 2003. He later commanded the Multi-National Force-Iraq, the 152,000 joint and coalition forces in all sectors of Iraq, before becoming the senior commander in Iraq.
    Preceding the ILE ceremony Friday, the 69 international military students attending the ILE course will receive CGSC International Officer Graduate badges during a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Eisenhower Auditorium in the Lewis and Clark Center.
    The tradition of presenting international military students with a badge began in 1964 in response to interest by international military students who wanted a distinctive emblem to indicate they were graduates of the CGSC. Many other military colleges around the world have such emblems.
    The 10-month ILE course is designed to develop war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in full-spectrum operations.

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