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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Two inducted into International Hall of Fame

  • Of the more than 7,500 international officers who've graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, about 250 have been inducted into the International Hall of Fame.
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  • Of the more than 7,500 international officers who've graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, about 250 have been inducted into the International Hall of Fame.
    And two more inductees joined the ranks Thursday. Lt. Gen. Joseph Kasaon, commander of the Kenyan army, and Gen. Tom Middendorp, chief of defence for the Netherlands, were honored during a ceremony.
    The induction ceremony included the unveiling of the photographs of the two men that will hang in the International Hall of Fame, which is located at the Lewis and Clark Center on post.
    "This is a very elite and select group," Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins said of the International Hall of Fame.
    Perkins is the commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and commandant of the CGSC.
    While about half of the international students who graduate from the CGSC go on to achieve the rank of general officer, less than 4 percent are inducted into the International Fall of Fame, Perkins said.
    Kasaon graduated from the CGSC in 1990. He is the second member of that class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is the fourth officer from Kenya to be inducted.
    "We are very proud to call you a member of our alumni," Perkins said.
    Looking back over the last 23 years, Kasaon said he's reminded of how great of an impact his studies at the CGSC have had.
    "This course prepared me well," he said.
    Middendorp is a member of the CGSC class of 1997. He's the third inductee from that class. He's the fifth inductee from the Netherlands.
    Perkins said Middendorp has had a long and distinguished career.
    Middendorp said it was great to be back at Fort Leavenworth after 16 years.
    "It feels like a trip down memory lane," he said.
    Middendorp said he believes international military cooperation is not a choice but a necessity. He said the foundation for future cooperation is laid at the CGSC.
     

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