The American people are banking on the leadership of the newest graduates of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a general said.

The American people are banking on the leadership of the newest graduates of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a general said.

“Wherever you are headed next, know that your leadership matters,” Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams said.

He spoke to the graduating students of the Command and General Staff Officer Course. The graduation ceremony took place Friday at Fort Leavenworth.

Abrams is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command.

About 1,200 military officers were in the graduating class. The 10-month course is said to help officers develop war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills.

Most of Friday’s graduates are Army officers, but other branches of the U.S. armed forces also were represented in the class. The class also included 108 international military officers representing 88 countries. Fifteen civilian employees of the federal government also completed the course.

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, said the graduating students are members of a remarkable class.

“I have great optimism for the future of all of you,” said Lundy, who also serves as the commandant of the CGSC.

Abrams, who is a 1994 CGSC graduate, told graduates they need to be ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

He said the consequences of not being ready now will be paid for in the blood and treasure of the nation. He also said the graduates will need to adapt and change to face potential adversaries of the future.

The class included about 140 students who were awarded the Master of Military Art and Science Degree from the CGSC. These students were recognized Friday by crossing the stage during the ceremony, which took place on the fort’s Main Parade Field.

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