The Command and General Staff College Foundation conducted a grand opening ceremony for the “Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation” April 21, on Fort Leavenworth.
Located at 655 Biddle Boulevard on the Fort Leavenworth installation, the “Col. Arthur Simons Center” is a research, analysis, studies and publication center focused on interagency issues at the tactical and operational levels of war. The center is funded through the Command and General Staff College Foundation and was made possible with a generous gift of $3.2 million by Mr. Ross Perot in November 2009. The center will provide direct support to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in fulfilling its mission of educating and developing leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency and multinational operations.
“It’s my honor to be with all of you today and it’s certainly my honor to be here representing Col. Simons and all that he did in his military career,” said Mr. Perot during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “And for all of you [gathered here today] and all the great things you continue to do today, thank you so much.”
According to Chief Operating Officer Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Raymond D. Barrett, Jr., the center’s mission is to foster and develop an interagency body of knowledge to enhance education at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College while facilitating broader and more effective cooperation within the United States Government at the operational and tactical levels through study, research, analysis, publication and outreach. The center will also promote awareness of and engagement with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; sponsor discourse; inform doctrine; educate; and promote development of leaders.
“This is a great day for the Command and General Staff College,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., Commander of the Combined Arms Center and Commandant of CGSC. “This new center represents a significant enhancement to the college’s mission of educating and developing leaders by providing a medium for our faculty and students to engage the interagency community.”
Upon making the decision to provide a financial gift to support the center, Perot elected to name the center after his good friend, retired Col. 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.
The Col. Arthur D. Simons Center is operational now, but is continuing to organize and hire personnel to assist in its operation.
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