Pioneer Services leadership spends day at Fort Leavenworth

Pioneer Services leadership spends day at Fort Leavenworth

PS-exec-tm-wOn April 25, leadership from Pioneer Services, a major supporter of the CGSC Foundation’s Soldier and Family Programs, spent a day at Fort Leavenworth.

Pioneer Services has provided financial services and lending to the military community for more than 30 years, helping 1.4 million military families along the way. As the military division of MidCountry Bank, a federal savings bank, Pioneer Services provides access to short-term personal loans, VA home loans, and online financial education information and tools.

Pioneer executives started the day with an offsite planning meeting. After their meeting, the CGSC Foundation staff and Pioneer Services ate lunch at the Frontier Conference Center (FCC) and discussed the role of the Foundation and the results achieved in the Foundation’s Soldier and Family Programs due to their support.

After lunch, Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad and Director of Development Joan Cabell led the group across the street from the FCC to begin their tour at the National Cemetery where both Henry Leavenworth and Tom Custer are buried. Then they headed to 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. Next they passed by the old disciplinary barracks, which now houses a café and gift shop as well as the simulations lab, and the monuments of General Grant and the Buffalo Soldiers. The final stop on their tour of the fort was at the Landing/Trails West wagon wheel cuts at the Santa Fe Trail route.

At the Lewis and Clark Center, the group toured the Hall of Fame display, Eisenhower Hall, viewed the art that the international officers give as gifts, and the beautiful paintings that each graduating CGSC class commissions and presents to the College. Next they toured the International Hall of Fame display and learned about the importance of the international military student program in building international relationships that benefit foreign policy and national security.

The last stop on the tour, and one the group said was the most fun, was a trip to the simulations lab. They were divided into two teams and experienced two separate simulations/games to work on their teamwork as senior managers. The first was a strategic planning board game followed by a more tactically focused simulation. The group went away with a new appreciation for how to use different tools to hone and refine leadership skills.

At the end of the day, Scott Cahill, the Pioneer Services corporate communications officer, said, “Thank you both so much for helping arrange such a unique location for Pioneer’s offsite planning meeting yesterday. The post tour and the Lewis and Clark building, along with the simulations, was a big hit for our executive team. It was also very informative to hear about the great work that CGSC Foundation is doing in the community and for military families.”

For more information about Pioneer Services visit

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. –

In the photo above, The Pioneer Services leadership team takes a moment for a group photo in the atrium of the Lewis and Clark Center during their tour April 25, 2018.
Back Row (from left):
Brian Schulte, Chief Credit Officer
Scott Cahill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Rich Brown, Chief Lending Officer
Vince Knowlton, VP Finance/Treasury
Graham Moyer, Chief Strategy Officer

Front Row (from left):
Jodi Vickery, President
John Lewis, Human Resources Director
Stan Gomez, Chief Collections Officer
Randy Freese, Chief Marketing Officer

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