More than 330 Army majors, international military students and interagency students are scheduled to graduate Dec. 13 from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, the military base's public affairs office reported in a news release.
The graduating class will include mid-career officers from all American armed forces, as well as 46 international officers and one civilian from a non-defense U.S. government agency.
The graduation ceremony is set for 9 a.m. at the Eisenhower Auditorium, inside the Lewis and Clark Center.
Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, and commandant of the Command and General Staff College, will host the ceremony and address the graduates.
The 10-month Command and General Staff Officers Course is a graduate-level course designed to develop "war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in unified land operations," the news release states.
The 46 international military students, representing 43 counties, will receive Command and General Staff College International Officer Graduate badges during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday inside the Eisenhower Auditorium.
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 college," according to the release.
Other military colleges around the world have such emblems.
International military student participation in cooperative military studies in the U.S. originated at Fort Leavenworth in 1894.
Since then, international military students have become an integral part of the college, and more than 7,500 international officers have studied alongside U.S. military and government civilian counterparts at the fort.
SAMS graduating winter class
The U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies is scheduled to celebrate its winter graduation at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth reported.
The school will graduate 31 officers, including three international officers from three countries.
Graduates are completing the Advanced Military Studies Program, a 10-month course that develops innovative and adaptive leaders "who excel at operational art and are willing to experiment and accept risk," according to the fort's news release.
"Program graduates anticipate the future operational environment, apply critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems, and demonstrate mastery of joint and Army doctrine," the release states. "They synthesize the elements of U.S. national power in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multi-national operations and demonstrate effective communications."
Graduates receive a master's of military art and science degree. The degree is granted for completing the course, passing an oral comprehensive exam and successfully completing an extensive monograph, based on original research.
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Lt. Gen. Terry A. Wolff, director of strategic plans and policies at the Pentagon, is slated to be the graduation speaker. Wolff is a 1991 graduate of the Advanced Military Studies Program and has served combat tours as a cavalry regiment commander, commanding general of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team and as commanding general of the First Armored Division.
The graduation event is open to the public.