Much will be expected from more than 330 military officers who graduated Friday from the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth's commanding general said.
Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins said the graduates were leaving as well prepared field grade officers.
"So, the expectations, quite honestly, are really high," he said.
The graduates completed the 10-month Command and General Staff Officers Course.
The graduate level course is said to be designed to develop warfighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for officers to be proficient in unified land operations.
The graduating class included mid-career officers from the Army and other U. S. armed forces, as well as 46 international officers. There al so was a ci vi l i an student from a U. S. government agency.
Perkins told the graduating class the CGSC gave the graduates "a year to get ready for the rest of your life."
During his remarks, Perkins recounted something a sergeant said to him as the general was preparing to come to Fort Leavenworth.
The sergeant asked Perkins to make sure the majors who study at CGSC know what they're doing when they leave.
"That sort of stuck with me," Perkins said.
He said the expectation is that majors know what they're doing.
Perkins said this doesn't mean officers know everything — it means they know what to do.
"You go out and find out what you have to know," he said.
He acknowledged that speakers may have talked about budget cuts to the military.
"Knowing what you're doing and being a leader has nothing to do with that," he said.
Perkins asked the graduates to remember what the sergeant told him.
He asked the graduates to know what they're doing, care about what they're doing and make it obvious to the people working for them.
Numerous awards were presented during Friday's graduation ceremony.
Air Force Maj. Jason W. Earley received three awards, including the Gen. George C.
Marshall Award, which honors a distinguished graduate of each class.
"It's an honor, " Earley said of the recognition.
He said international officers and other members of the class are phenomenal people,
and he was blessed to learn from them.
Although he's an officer in the Air Force, he said coming to Fort Leavenworth was his
first choice for this level of military education.
Earley previously served as a liaison to the Army's 4th Infantry Division, and that whet his appetite for working with the Army.
Page 2 of 2 - Early will be staying at Fort Leavenworth to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies.