Greetings from Fort Leavenworth! This time of the year is always very busy and exciting here on the fort as we say goodbye to the CGSC Class of 2019 and welcome the students and families of the Class of 2020. And a special welcome to the international officers and their families as they begin “the best year of their life.” As we farewelled and wished the Class of 2019 continued future success, our Foundation provided some two dozen awards to deserving students and faculty that recognized their scholarship and professional excellence. The impact these patriotic public servants will have on our national security will be felt for many years to come.
It is also a time to welcome new leaders to our community. I want to wish a hearty Foundation welcome to the new Deputy Commandant, Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Steve Maranian, as well as to the new director of the Command and General Staff School (CGSS) Col. Scott Green and new director of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Col. Brian Payne. I look forward to strengthening our Foundation’s relationship with these key College leaders. I also want to welcome three new trustees to our Foundation Board: Ms. Leslie Schweitzer from Washington D.C., Mr. Christopher Nixon Cox from New York City, and Mr. Frank Ovji from Kansas City. We are thrilled to welcome their leadership and look forward to the positive impact they will make on the shaping of our Foundation and Nation’s future leaders. I extend my personal thanks to all our trustees who graciously volunteer their time, talents, and treasure to make our Foundation work. The contributions they make, not only to our organization, but to their communities across the country are awe inspiring – it is a pleasure to serve with them in this endeavor.
Operationally, we continue to support the College in those areas where appropriated funding is either not available or is not authorized by providing programs and services that enhance the educational experience, enrich the quality of life, or facilitate outreach to connect the citizenry with their military. I am very proud of the more than $9 million and 125,000 hours our Foundation has provided to support CGSC over the years. Your support to our 501(C)(3) tax-exempt non-profit educational foundation continues to allow us to do good things for good people. As we look to the future we are in the process of reshaping our operations to continue to conduct our various programs and services while ensuring our fiscal position is sound. We are formulating a new development plan that has short-term, mid-term, and long-term objectives that will ensure our fiscal health for years to come. We are embarking on new efforts to connect with CGSC alumni and to broaden our support base across the country. We have events planned for Iowa, Washington D.C., and New York and are exploring other metropolitan areas across the country, in addition to those locally here in the greater Kansas City area. This fall you’ll see a new edition of the Foundation News magazine, receive various mailings, and be invited to participate in events, all designed to better connect with you – our alumni, supporters and friends – and the work our Foundation does in support of these fine young leaders who serve our Nation and defend our way of life. I welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we might execute our mission in your area.
Our fall calendar highlights some exciting events and I urge you to sign up to receive our weekly update messages. A few upcoming events of note: Board of Trustees meeting here at Fort Leavenworth, August 6-7; AY20 Colin L. Powell Lecture Series featuring General (Ret.) Carter Ham, former Commander USAFRICOM, as the presenter, August 13; and the fall edition of our National Security Round Table (NSRT) with the Command and General Staff School, October 1-2.
And sadly, but with great respect, on behalf of our Foundation I offer sincere condolences to the Perot family on the passing of a great American patriot, Mr. H. Ross Perot, Sr. In addition to his many contributions to our country, he was instrumental in our Foundation’s life and work. Please read the article penned by our founding CEO Bob Ulin on Mr. Perot’s importance to our Foundation. We will continue to honor Mr. Perot through the various programs he believed were important.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to hearing from you.
Roderick M. Cox
President/Chief Executive Officer
CGSC Foundation, Inc.