A record number of international students posted their colors Monday during the International Flag Ceremony at the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth.

The annual ceremony marked the beginning of the academic year at the Command and General Staff College Officer’s Course.

The 119-member class of international officers is the largest to attend the class for mid-career officers.

They are part of the 1,143 students this year at the CGSC, which formally opened the 2017-2018 academic year Monday.

This year’s international students represent 91 nations.

Lt. Gen. Mike Lundy welcomed the international officers before each of them were invited on stage to post their country’s flag.

International military education began at Fort Leavenworth in 1894. Since then, more than 8,000 international officers from 164 countries have attended classes at the CGSC alongside their counterparts from the United States.

The international officers join members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard for the 10-month course that graduates in June 2018.

There are also 12 civilians from U.S. government agencies and departments and 12 Army civilians attending this year’s class.

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