Brig. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes said he had a pretty interesting first couple of weeks on the job at Fort Leavenworth.
Hughes didn't officially assume his new duties until Monday, but he arrived at the post a couple of weeks early. And during those first two weeks, there was a bomb threat as well as a furlough of civilian employees.
But despite the obstacles, Hughes said he has been impressed by what he's seen at the fort.
"I cannot tell you how impressed I've been so far," he said.
Hughes is the new deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center for leader development and education. He's also the deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
He spoke Monday during his assumption of responsibility ceremony at Fort Leavenworth.
Hughes is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the CGSC. His leadership also extends to the Combat Studies Institute, the Army Management Staff College, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Studies, the Defense Language Institute and Military Review.
He came to Fort Leavenworth after serving as deputy commanding general for maneuver of the 3rd Infantry Division.
Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of CAC and Fort Leavenworth, said Hughes will be an example for the students at the CGSC.
Perkins said the final grade sometimes comes after a student has graduated as the Army and nation look back on a soldier's life of service.
Perkins said he's sure Hughes, a graduate of the CGSC, previously left Fort Leavenworth with some kind of grade.
"But we've continued to keep score," Perkins said.
He said Hughes is at the top of the class in terms of service to the nation.
After being presented a copy of his orders, Hughes said, "I promise I will not let you down."
Hughes said during his first day on the job, he spent time waiting in a cafeteria because of a bomb threat. He said he'd just left Afghanistan and was familiar with that type environment.
During his second week on the job, civilians employees were furloughed because of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government. He said this meant the CGSC lost about 60 percent of its faculty. But the deputy commandant said he saw "what fine officers" the CGSC has as the uniformed members of the faculty continued to teach classes.
"I saw adaptive leaders," he said. "I saw agile leaders."
And he saw a lot of innovation.
Civilian faculty members were back on the job Monday at Fort Leavenworth after the Department of Defense announced Friday that most of the military's civilian employees would return to work even though the shutdown has not ended.