Successful programs, generous sponsors



Successful programs, generous sponsors

The CGSC Foundation just completed three very successful programs in support of our mission in the past two weeks: our Women’s Conference on March 2-3; the National Security Round Table (NSRT) cohosted with the School of Advanced Military Studies on March 8-9; and the General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series on March 9. And just as importantly, I’d like to tell you about the sponsorship of those programs from corporate and individual donors, as well as dedicated volunteers.

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Retired Colonels Harry Lesser, Jr., left, and Chris Yuknis, right, from Lockheed Martin Corporation present a donation to Foundation Chairman Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Miller in support of the General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series.

We were especially pleased to receive a donation from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, specifically from their Army and SOF programs office in Washington D.C., to support the Pershing Lecture Series during my presentation at the NSRT. Retired Colonels Harry Lesser, Jr., and Chris Yuknis made the presentation to support the Foundation’s sponsorship of the Pershing Lecture Series. Lockheed Martin has been a consistent sponsor of programs over the past four years. The “General of the Armies John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series” is a lecture series hosted by the Department of Military History, which provides most of the guest lecturers who speak about the important lessons we need to learn from the Great War. The Foundation supports the lecture series by providing advertising to students, the installation and the local community. We will also soon begin an email blast with information for those interested. In addition, the Foundation provides a short reception before the lectures so that attendees can discuss the lecture and enjoy a casual and relaxed setting. The Pershing lectures were started in 2014 and will go through 2018 as we focus on specific parts of the Great War and what we can still learn today.

When I was the dean of academics at CGSC, I believed that after-hours lectures such as the Pershing lectures are important in the life of any college, especially CGSC. They provide our students, faculty and public the opportunity for more in-depth learning about topics of personal interest. The people that attended the Pershing lecture on March 9 learned about the significant lessons of the Battle of Verdun. Dr. Shawn Faulkner’s lecture on the battle entitled “The Bleeding of Nations,” was a very insightful presentation. I personally learned a number of things that I didn’t know about the battle and the war and how those still apply in military decision making today. We are really proud of our support to the Pershing lecture series and our sponsor Lockheed Martin. I hope you will attend the next lecture on May 11, “The Great War in the Air,” by Dr. John Curatola.

Our Women’s Conference was likewise supported by dedicated sponsors, three of which made major contributions: Reilly and Sons Insurance, Armed Forces Insurance and Northrop Grumman Technical Services. In addition, we had a number of other sponsors. You can see them on the page with the Women’s Conference report, as well as on our Corporate Giving page. Just as importantly, we had a number of individual volunteers that helped our Director of Operations, Ann Soby, pull the conference together. We are honoring our five primary volunteers as our Persons of the Month. – We couldn’t have done it without their help, so I’d like to thank them again. Our board chairman, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Miller, told Ann, the volunteers, the vendors, and the sponsors: “You are changing hearts and lives and giving courage to women who carry tremendous responsibilities for their families, their soldier, our Army and our Nation. Thank You!!”

Corporate and individual sponsorships are critical for the Foundation to have the means to fulfill our important missions. We can’t do it without the generosity of our donors and I wish to personally thank each and every one that supports the CGSC Foundation.

Finally, we completed a very successful NSRT in co-sponsorship with the School of Advanced Military Studies. The NSRT was established based on a suggestion from the CGSC Deputy Commandant back in 2008 and to date, we have graduated more than 200 participants from business, academia and civic leadership roles. We believe this is an important aspect of our outreach mission to help tell the Army and the CGSC story to the American people. These leaders leave here with a deeper understanding of CGSC and are impressed by the students they meet and get to know. We were recently notified that the Raytheon Corporation will be the presenting sponsor for the fall NSRT that we normally conduct in early December with the CGSC Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations (DJIMO) as our cohosts.  In addition, we have received a partial NSRT sponsorship from the Geiger Ready-Mix Corporation here in Leavenworth.

Corporate and individual sponsorships are critical for the Foundation to have the means to fulfill our important missions. We can’t do it without the generosity of our donors and I wish to personally thank each and every one that supports the CGSC Foundation.

Doug Tystad
Chief Executive Officer
CGSC Foundation, Inc.

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