On Nov. 9, CGSC Foundation trustee Bill Eckhardt (third from left in the photo above) invited a group from his church to tour Fort Leavenworth and the Command and General Staff College. Rod Cox, program director of the Foundation’s Simons Center, along with the CGSC Foundation founding trustee Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rich Keller (far left in the photo above), guided the group during the tour, providing them with history of the post, its demographics, and explaining the post’s economic impact of $5.4 billion on the greater Kansas City community.
Cox and Keller led the group on a driving tour of the fort stopping at three places: the Buffalo Soldier Monument, the Main Parade field (which included the original camp site by Colonel Leavenworth), and the Rookery which was the home of General MacArthur and his mother Pinky during their stay in 1907-1908. The final stop on the fort tour was at the Landing/Trails West wagon wheel cuts at the Santa Fe Trail route.
The tour then moved to the Lewis and Clark Center which houses the Command and General Staff College and the group perused the Hall of Fame, the MacArthur room, the Eisenhower Auditorium and the Commander-in-Chief hallway. After that Cox handed the group over to Foundation CEO Doug Tystad who led them into a class to observe the interaction between students and the professor that became an absolute highlight of the tour. Tystad then introduced them to the College Chief of Staff Jeff LaMoe who provided them with a briefing that underscored the complexity and professionalism of CGSC, the military officer corps, and the value of Fort Leavenworth to the Army and the nation.
Trustee Bill Eckhardt was ecstatic after the tour. “This was a learning experience for me,” he said. “I saw longtime friends who knew nothing about the College, the Army or the military in general ‘come to life’ with understanding and enthusiasm.”
Contact Joan Cabell, the CGSC Foundation director of development, to schedule your own group’s “Walk and Talk” tour of CGSC and Fort Leavenworth and learn about the education of leaders for the nation. – firstname.lastname@example.org.