To the editor:
I want to thank all individuals and organizations assisting our state-wide efforts to support Fort Leavenworth during the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment process.
By taking time to send in a public comment, you demonstrated to the Army the importance of Fort Leavenworth not only to the state and the Leavenworth-Lansing and Kansas City areas, but also to the Army itself and its ability to cost effectively accomplish its important national security mission.
The next step in the process will be a “Listening Session” conducted by Army officials at 30 different installations to include Fort Leavenworth.  We have not received notification of the date of the Fort Leavenworth session, but when the date is announced, I urge each of you to attend the session and once again demonstrate the everyday support you provide to men and women in uniform and Army civilians in Kansas and in particular those assigned to Fort Leavenworth.
It will be many months before the Army makes a final decision about how and where it will downsize. In the meantime, it is important each of us strengthen the partnerships we have with Fort Leavenworth. 

John Armbrust
Executive director, Governor’s Military Council (Kansas)