|Lt. Gen. Robert Arter (U.S. Army, Ret.), chairman of the board of trustees of the Command and General Staff College Foundation (CGSCF) announced the creation of an academic chair and lecture series at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in the name of retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell. Arter made the announcement during a reception at the college August 12.“Gen. Powell has an extraordinary and indelible service record to the Nation,” said Arter. “And the CGSC Foundation is extremely proud to have the opportunity to establish these programs at the College in his name.”
Details are still being determined, but according to Arter and Bob Ulin, the CGSCF chief executive officer, Powell has agreed to allow the foundation to establish an endowment to fund an academic chair in his name as well as establish a Colin L. Powell Lecture Series. The intent is to provide a forum for the discussion of national security issues by prominent national and international leaders for the benefit of the military students at the College. Business and community leaders from around the nation will be invited to participate as well.
During the reception hosted by the foundation, Arter and the commander of Fort Leavenworth, Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, unveiled a bronze plaque commemorating the foundation’s incorporating members. After the unveiling Arter reaffirmed his and every foundation trustee’s unflagging support for the College.
The Sunday evening reception was conducted to welcome guests to Fort Leavenworth in preparation for the dedication of the new CGSC facility, the Lewis and Clark Center, on Monday morning. Approximately 300 guests attended, including several former commandants and deputy commandants of the college and many of the members of the foundation board of trustees. Retired Army Chief of Staff and former commandant of CGSC Gen. Carl E. Vuono was the guest speaker at the reception and spoke of how fitting it is to name the new building after the historical figures Lewis and Clark.
“Dedication of this new building as the Lewis and Clark Center is far more than a nod to history,” said Vuono, who is also a CGSC Foundation trustee. “It is a recognition that the qualities of those two soldier-explorers provide every student who walks through these doors with a character roadmap into the years ahead. It is indeed clear that the Lewis and Clarks of today—those officers who pass through these doors—must recognize and honor our past, are responsible for the present, and shape the future of our nation for generations to come.”
After the brief remarks by Vuono and Arter’s announcement of the Powell chair, guests mingled and had opportunities to view classroom technology demonstrations and tour the rest of the facility.
The CGSC Foundation was established December 28, 2005 as a tax-exempt, non-profit private corporation. Programs supported by the Foundation include awards for the students and faculty, support for symposia, conferences, lectures, and community outreach activities that help connect the American people to their Army. For more information about the Foundation and how to become involved, visit www.cgscf.org.
Lt. Gen. Robert Arter (U.S. Army, Ret.), chairman of the Command and General Staff College Foundation, left, and Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., unveil the bronze plaque commemorating the CGSC Foundation’s incorporation December 22, 2005.