The CGSC Foundation presented the latest addition to the “Commander in Chief Gallery” at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College during a short ceremony Aug. 1, 2018.
Mr. Kirby Brown, deputy to the commanding general of Fort Leavenworth, and Tom Sciacca, the portrait artist from Kansas City, unveiled the portrait of President Donald Trump as Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad introduced it to the audience.
“This portrait and the Commander in Chief Gallery are reminders that in this country, the military remains under civilian control,” said Brown.
The CGSC Foundation commissioned the portrait through the Todd Wiener Gallery of Kansas City. It will be displayed in the gallery along with portraits of every U.S. president/commander in chief. The gallery is located in the Lewis and Clark Center, home of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Mrs. Alice Slaysman of Phonenix, Ariz. donated the Commander in Chief collection to the College in 1981. The portraits of President Washington through President George H.W. Bush were painted by renowned portrait artist Lawrence Williams. Mr. Steve Bonham of Kansas City, Mo., painted the portrait of President Clinton; Ms. Betty Wilson of Leavenworth, Kan. painted the portrait of President George W. Bush; and Mary Keller of Leavenworth, Kan. painted the President Obama portrait.
The CGSC Foundation assumed stewardship of the Commander in Chief Gallery in 2008 in order to keep the collection current and well maintained.
The portrait presentation was conducted during the quarterly Business-Military social of the Leavenworth/Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce. The CGSC Foundation was the host for nearly 100 attendees in the atrium of the Lewis and Clark Center.