Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis spoke to the 2017 CGSC class in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center on Dec. 6 as the lecturer for the Colin L. Powell Lecture series.
Stavridis, who was also the Powell Lecturer for the 2016 class, opened with his trademark self-deprecating humor before diving into his presentation on the challenges to U.S. national security around the globe. He engaged in a lively question and answer session at the end of his presentation and then spent time with two small groups of students afterward. The Foundation also sponsored a luncheon for him and other invited guests at the Frontier Conference Center on Fort Leavenworth.
During his military career Stavridis served as NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe and 15th Commander of the U.S. European Command (2009-2013) and commanding general of U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009). He is currently Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
The Colin L. Powell Lecture Series was established by CGSC and the CGSC Foundation in 2008 in honor of the legacy of Gen. Powell at Fort Leavenworth. Powell, a former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, served at Fort Leavenworth as a Brigadier General, and was the driving force behind the development of the Buffalo Soldier Monument that honors the service of the 9th and 10th Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers.”
The intent of the Powell Lecture Series is to invite national and international distinguished personalities to provide lectures on contemporary issues to the faculty, student body, community and business leaders in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Lecturers in the series range from heads of state, heads of government, senior diplomats, and other distinguished persons who could bring their unique perspectives to help educate the audience about historical or contemporary issues of importance to the nation or the international community.
For more information contact the CGSC Foundation.
The CGSC Foundation sponsors the Colin L. Powell lecture series through
an endowment from the TriWest Healthcare Alliance.