The Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth is scheduled to open its 2014-15 academic year with an International Flag Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lewis and Clark Center.
The ceremony features posting of the colors of the 64 nations represented by the 69 international students attending the Command and General
Staff Officer's Class 2015.
The beginning of Class 2015 marks a change in the college's schedule from two courses per year to one. CGSC began conducting two officer classes per year in fiscal 2006 to allow the Army's Human Resources Command to have officers in units to meet the heavy rotation schedule that was in place
at the time.
The college's School of Advanced Military Studies has also changed its schedule to one-start per year.
Brig. Gen. Chris Hughes, deputy commandant of the CGSC, said the single start gives students the best opportunity to succeed in the college and allows the college faculty and staff to prepare and deliver outstanding educational experiences for the students.
The scheduling change will not eliminate any educational opportunities for mid-grade officers. Students who would have started classes in January
(SAMS) or February (CGSOC) will instead be in the classes starting next summer.
Since international military education began at the fort in 1894, more than 7,700 international officers have attended classes alongside their U.S. counterparts.
International students from CGSC have been extremely successful. The college's International Hall of Fame includes the portraits of 252 international officers who have achieved the position of chief of their nation's Army or higher. Twenty-seven course graduates have become heads of state.
The international students in the upcoming class will join nearly 1,000 U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard officers and 12 civilians from other U.S. government agencies for the 10-month class that graduates in June 2015. The course is designed to develop war-fighting
and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in Unified Land Operations.
CGSC strives to be an educational center of excellence that is renowned in the study of leadership, the conduct of joint and combined land warfare, and the application of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational
organizations to synchronize all elements of power to achieve national objectives.
The college supports field commanders with well-trained and well-educated leaders, in-depth research in operational-level studies, and reach-back planning in support of ongoing operations.