Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Hank Drewfs, a member of the CGSC Class of 1972, recently presented a gift to the King of Bahrain, his Majesty Hamid Bin Isa Al Khalifa, a 1972 graduate of CGSC and a member of the CGSC International Hall of Fame (IHOF), on behalf of the CGSC Foundation.
King Khalifa was inducted into the IHOF one year after graduation in the first class of inductees shortly after the hall of fame was established and dedicated. The King was not able to attend that induction in person.
“Recently the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain reached out to the Foundation and told us that the King has always felt a special bond with Fort Leavenworth and the college and he speaks of it often,” said Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad. “Since he is a member of the IHOF and the Foundation now presents a gift at the IHOF, we got a special gift for the king.”
Brig. Gen. Drewfs presented the gift to the king on April 30 at a reception at the King’s palace in the capitol of Bahrain. Drewfs had initially been invited to the gathering since he was a CGSC classmate of the king and was the most appropriate presenter for the gift the Foundation provided to the U.S. Embassy. The gift is a pen and ink drawing of iconic places and images that make Fort Leavenworth the unique community that it is. These prints are available in the Foundation gift shop. The Foundation’s preferred framing provider, DorMail, Inc., framed the print with two special Foundation coins. The plaque recognized the King’s distinction as an honored member of the IHOF.