Funds will support new ‘Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation’ and the ‘Gen. Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics’ at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College – Today, retired Col. Bob Ulin, CEO of the CGSC Foundation, announced a generous gift from Mr. H. Ross Perot to support two new initiatives at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Mr. Perot has pledged $6.1 million to fund the “Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation” and the “Gen. Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics.”Mr. Perot visited the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College on October 20, 2009 to view firsthand the education of military officers and their interagency and international counterparts. He made his decision to support the initiatives shortly thereafter.
“The Lewis and Clark Center was magnificent,” Perot said. “But I really enjoyed my time with the Soldiers in class and at lunch. They’re all heroes everyday for what they do for our country.”
Upon making the decision to support a center for interagency cooperation and the chair in ethics, Perot himself selected the persons to name them for, rather than have them named after himself, which the foundation had planned to do.—He elected to name the center for the study of interagency cooperation after retired Colonel Arthur “Bull” Simons, who led the 1970 Son Tay Raid to free prisoners of war in Vietnam. Simons also led a mission in 1979 (during his retirement) to rescue two of Mr. Perot’s employees from a prison in Teheran. Perot elected to name the chair in ethics after a close personal friend and renowned leader, retired Army General Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“The Col. Arthur D. Simons Center will break new ground in development of improved cooperation and understanding of interagency affairs,” Deputy Commandant of the College, Brig. Gen. Edward Cardon, said. “This is an area of increasing importance to the College and the Army. The Gen. Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics will add significantly to our ability to enhance the College’s focus on ethics.”
Ulin arranged Perot’s visit to CGSC along with Mr. Mark “Ranger” Jones, the foundation’s Vice President for Development. Mr. Perot spent time with students in seminar, toured the Lewis and Clark Center, attended a presentation by retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré in Eisenhower Auditorium and visited the Memorial Chapel on post.
View Kansas Rep. Jerry Moran’s video commending Perot’s donation –