On Dec. 7, CGSC Foundation CEO Doug Tystad received a short notice request from the Leavenworth School District chief financial officer to host a “walk and talk” visit of Fort Leavenworth and CGSC for three insurance underwriters who were visiting USD 453.
Vice President Andy Carter and Jessica Gooch from the Marsh & McLennan Agency and Tim Redmond from Aetna were treated to an inside look at the fort and the college led by Tystad. Each of the three has lived most of their lives in the Kansas City area and none have ever visited Fort Leavenworth. Tystad led them through the halls of the Lewis and Clark Center where they had the opportunity to walk through the halls of fame, the art gallery, the International Military Student class hallway and view the historic stained glass windows. During their walk about they also had the chance to visit with a student and see a classroom. In the process they learned about the College, the students, the history, the faculty, and the fort.
Next, Tystad took them to the MacArthur Room to see the collection of furniture that was in General of the Army MacArthur’s final office. A guest officer, the commandant of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General School, was working in the room and graciously took time out of his busy schedule to visit with the group while they each got a photo sitting at the general’s desk.
“This was another example of Americans that had some idea of what took place at Fort Leavenworth but did not know about the College and its impact on our military, the country, and the world,” said Tystad. “They were really impressed with the facility, but more so with the history and the contemporary impact of CGSC.”
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.