On March 12, the CGSC Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad, Director of Development Joan Cabell and Foundation Ambassador Matt Thrasher hosted Bryan Huff and Veronica Morris from the Huff Group, a Keller Williams Realty Partner, on a walk and talk tour of Fort Leavenworth and the Command and General Staff College.
As the group was touring Fort Leavenworth, they learned how Henry Leavenworth established the fort in 1827 by ignoring orders to build a cantonment on the east side of the river, instead realizing it made more sense to be on the west side high on the bluffs overlooking the river. As their vehicle followed those bluffs they had the opportunity to see the beautiful historic brick homes, including one that served as the home of General MacArthur and is the oldest continually habited home in Kansas. Next they passed by the old disciplinary barracks, which now houses a café and gift shop as well as the simulations lab, and also viewed the monuments for General Grant and the Buffalo Soldiers.
After the post tour, the Foundation reps brought Huff and Morris to the Lewis and Clark Center that houses the classrooms for the Command and General Staff College. They had the opportunity to visit and take photos in the MacArthur room and walk through the Hall of Fame displays in the atrium area of the building.
After the walking tour of the building, Huff and Morris were also invited to visit a classroom by one of the tactics instructors to observe an Eagle Owl planning exercise. Eagle Owl is a combined exercise between CGSC and the British Intermediate Staff College. Each year, the British bring two classes of about 200 officers to CGSC to learn and improve interoperability between the two nations. The first week of the exercise is devoted to tactical planning using the British staff system and the second week using the U.S. Army military decision making process. When Huff and Morris entered the classroom, the staff group was in the midst of course of action development using the British system of decision making. Both guests were impressed by the quiet professionalism of the combined staff groups.
After the classroom visit, Tystad and Cabell brought the group to the hallway where the International Hall of Fame display is located to educate them about the importance of the international officer program at CGSC in building international relationships that benefit foreign policy and national security.
At the conclusion of their visit both Huff and Morris stated that they would love to bring their entire team back for a tour and a team building exercise inside the simulations lab in the Lewis and Clark Center.
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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.