Eight graduate students from the College of Humanities and Public Affairs’ Global Studies and Public Administration Programs from Missouri State University (Springfield), along with faculty advisor Dr. David Johnson, traveled to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College April 20. The excursion was an outreach effort on the part of the College’s Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations and sponsored by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation.
During the visit, students received an overview of the Army’s professional military education system and the Command and General Staff College’s curriculum. The students toured the main instructional building, the Lewis and Clark Center, and sat in on classes within their disciplines. Some of the students attended a class on global economics and currency movement while others observed a table top exercise involving disaster response activities related to a rupture of the New Madrid fault.
The Missouri State students also participated in a round table discussion with resident faculty regarding current national security issues. The students also received a brief tour of historic Fort Leavenworth guided by Dr. Mark Gerges of the Department of Military History.
The students completed their trip to Fort Leavenworth with a stop at the Simons Center, where they received an overview of the Simons Center and its support to the College. Several students commented that they wished that had an additional day to learn more about the College and Fort Leavenworth, including the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library and the Frontier Army Museum. Dr. Johnson will be coordinating with Department Director of Political Science Dr. George Connor on future opportunities.
Students from Missouri State University (Springfield) visited the Simons Center on April 20, 2015. They were joined by Dr. David Johnson, MSU faculty advisor (far left, back row) and Herbert Merrick, Assistant Professor, Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations, CGSC (far left, front row). While visiting Fort Leavenworth, the students also toured the historic post and sat in on classes at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
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Missouri State University Student Visit.