Happy Spring Greetings and thank you for visiting us online. I invite you to visit often to see what your Foundation has planned and we are doing to enhance the educational experience and to improve the quality of life for those schooling and their families here at CGSC and Fort Leavenworth.
Since January the Foundation has accomplished much to fulfill our mission by continuing to provide enhancements to the many educational opportunities available here at the College. We have sponsored both curricular and extra-curricular activities for students, faculty, and their family members.
Beginning in January the Foundation hosted several “Walk and Talk” tours during which we welcomed business and community leaders to the fort to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Fort Leavenworth and the Command and General Staff College.
On Jan. 16, we added to the quality of life of our service members and their families by donating money to support Army Community Service programs here at Fort Leavenworth.
The Foundation kicked off February with a quarterly board of trustees meeting and then launched into a very busy month. In February, the Foundation:
• Extended outreach to the public by conducting a reception in Washington, D.C., reconnecting with alumni and supporters in the national capital region.
• Provided support to the annual Eagle Owl exercise, which allows for officers from the United Kingdom to travel here and study and interface with CGSC students and faculty.
• The CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center published another edition of the InterAgency Journal. The Journal is a quarterly refereed national security studies magazine aimed at the interagency practitioner. It not only adds to the professional discourse, but also provides commercial publication opportunities for students and faculty.
• On Feb. 25 we partnered with AAFES to bring the actor, philanthropist, and friend to military families, Gary Sinise to Fort Leavenworth for a meet-and-greet book-signing event.
March was similarly busy. Our partnership with the Command and General Staff School and the Department of Command and Leadership allowed us to once again co-sponsor the College’s annual Ethics Symposium. In March we also hosted another Leaders of Tomorrow leadership symposium with our partners and great supporters at Park University. This year’s symposium was highlighted by remarks from Anthony Melchiorri, host, co-creator and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” series of shows, and former Mayor Kay Barnes. More than 80 business leaders and academicians gathered to hear presentations and discuss various aspects of leadership and management.
Since January the Foundation has co-sponsored with the Department of Military History two General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series presentations allowing the world-class CCGSC faculty to showcase their expertise off post. We have also hosted three monthly lectures in the Interagency Brown-bag Lecture Series, enhancing the interagency curriculum and providing a forum for both military and civilian audiences to learn more about other agencies of the federal government beyond the Department of the Army. Our last lecture for this academic year is set for May 8.
More recently, on April 9-10, we hosted the spring version of our National Security Round Table with the School of advanced Military Studies. Seventeen influential business and community leaders attended and shared in the discussion of our national security challenges and had to the opportunity to spend time with our trustees and the SAMS students and faculty.
Throughout all of the programs and activities, we were pleased to continue to recognize persons and businesses that support our Foundation and its efforts through our partnership of the month spotlight. I urge you to patronize these supporters’ businesses and to let them know that their support of our Foundation is both appreciated and important to you.
As I write this, we are co-sponsoring with AAFES a book signing with Lt. Col. David Oakley, an assistant professor at the National Defense University and author of Subordinating Intelligence: The CIA/DoD Post-Cold War Relationship. Looking ahead, we will be welcoming back Ambassador Eunice Reddick, our 2019 DACOR Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy, and will be co-sponsoring the University of Kansas’ Annual Security Conference focused on cyber later this month. We are also preparing to recognize academic excellence at both the SAMS and CGSC graduations with various awards that the Foundation sponsors.
Thank you for your continued support.
Roderick M. Cox
President/Chief Executive Officer
CGSC Foundation, Inc.