Mike Hockley, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for eastern Kansas, and chair of the CGSC Foundation, received a demonstration of the CGSC’s simulations center on Sept. 4, 2018 at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth.
Hockley was encouraged to gain an understanding of the use of simulations in Army education and training by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard F. Keller who also serves on the board of the CGSC Foundation. CGSC has a simulations support team that uses simulations ranging from decision support games, board games, networked first person shooter simulations, large scale games and simulations, to even a simulation based on Star Trek. The team gives a short overview of the use of simulations in the College and the theory behind using them to educate and train and then they get participants into the spirit with a number of games/simulations they can experience firsthand.
A number of Foundation trustees and staff participated with Hockley in the simulations demonstration to provide him and all of them with a more robust experience. The participants were:
- Mike Hockley, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for eastern Kansas; Chair of the CGSC Foundation
- John H. Robinson, CGSC Foundation 1st Vice Chair
- Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard F. Keller, CGSC Foundation Vice Chair for Military Affairs
- Douglass J. Adair, CGSC Foundation Treasurer
- Col. (Ret.) Roderick M. Cox, Program Director for the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation
- Ann Soby, CGSC Foundation Director of Operations
- Joan Cabell, CGSC Foundation Director of Development
- Carolyn Klemp, Foundation accountant from DeMaranville & Associates
- Brig. Gen. (USA Ret.) Stanley F. Cherrie, Foundation Trustee
- Col. (Ret.) William Eckhardt, Foundation Trustee
- Benny Lee, Foundation Trustee
- Terry Lillis, Foundation Trustee, and wife Joyce Lillis
- Michael V. Meyer, Foundation Trustee
- Wesley H. Westmoreland, Foundation Trustee
- Frank Ovji, Foundation Ambassador
Dr. James Sterret, Sims Team leader, provided Hockley and the group with a short lecture before leading them through the simulations exercises.
Prior to the simulations experience, Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad hosted the group for lunch at the Frontier Conference Center, led them on a short driving tour of the post to learn about its rich history, and provided them with a walking tour of the Lewis and Clark Center, home of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.