Mike Meyer, a member of the CGSC Foundation Board of Trustees, hosted Gary Kelley, a retired executive from Garmin, on a walk and talk tour of Fort Leavenworth and the Command and General Staff College on March 13. They were accompanied by CGSC Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad accompanied Meyer and Kelley during the tour.
Meyer and Tystad led Kelley on the tour explaining the post’s rich history and showing him the historic homes including the Rookery, which is the oldest continually inhabited home in the state of Kansas. They also took a look at the former home of Ike and Mamie Eisenhower located across the street from the National Simulations Lab. They drove inside the old disciplinary barracks, viewed the original wagon ruts from the westward expansion of the pioneers and took in the vast National Cemetery. In the Lewis and Clark Center, Kelley toured both the Fort Leavenworth and International Halls of Fame, Eisenhower Hall, the various displays of historical artwork and stained glass windows, and visited one of the 96 classrooms to see how CGSC employs technology and teaches in small group settings.
Kelley remarked how impressed he was with the beauty and stature of the Lewis and Clark Center and hoped to bring others to visit the post.
Kelley retired from Garmin in December 2011 after a 19-year career. In his last position he served as the vice president of marketing, where he led the aviation, marine, outdoor, fitness and automotive segments. Kelley started his career in the avionics industry in 1972, where he worked for the general aviation avionics division of Allied Signal/BendixKing. He joined Garmin in 1992 as the director of marketing and went on to serve as director of Garmin Europe from 1993-2004. Under Kelley’s leadership within Garmin’s aviation segment, aviation navigation and integration products such as the ever-popular GNS 430/530 and the G1000 Integrated Flight Deck were introduced.
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.