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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Officers graduate from SAMS

  • Even though they just received their diplomas, the work of the graduates of the School of Advanced Military Studies is just beginning.
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  • Even though they just received their diplomas, the work of the graduates of the School of Advanced Military Studies is just beginning.
    That's according Col. Thomas C. Graves, director of SAMS. His comments came Thursday during a graduation ceremony for the school, which is part of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
    Graves said the graduating soldiers are about to enter some of the most demanding jobs in the military.
    More than 100 people were graduated during Thursday's ceremony. Most of the SAMS students were Army officers, but other branches of the U.S. military also were represented in the class. Also among the graduates were 13 international officers from nine countries. And there were six graduates from civilian agencies in the federal government.
    Fifteen of the graduates competed the two-year Advanced Operation Art Studies Fellowship. Completing this SAMS program is said to be the equivalent to graduating from one of the country's war colleges.
    The other graduates completed the 10-month Advanced Military Studies Program.
    All of the graduates received received Master of Military Art and Science degrees.
    Graves congratulated the students for obtaining their degrees and, more importantly, the moniker of SAMS graduates.
    Maj. Gen. William Grimsley, who was the guest speaker during the ceremony, said the SAMS graduates' skills and talents are highly sought after.
    "Your lives are about to become very busy again," he said.
    Grimsley is the chief of staff for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He's also a SAMS graduate.
    He said the students graduating Thursday had been provided with the best education and training to lead the military now and into the future.
    Three of the graduates were presented awards during the ceremony.
    Maj. David Oakley received the Simons Center Interagency Writing Award. Supervisory Special Agent Daniel Mehochko of the FBI was recognized as having written the best monograph in the AOASF program. Lt. Col. Mark Olsen was recognized for writing the best monograph in the AMSP.
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