The CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center hosted an Arter-Rowland National Security Forum (ARNSF) luncheon event on April 12, 2023, at the Mission Hills Country Club in Kansas City.
At the opening of the Forum Simons Center Director Bob Ulin welcomed the ARNSF members and recognized new guests. After lunch Ulin introduced the guest speaker, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter J. Grande, the former chief of staff of the Military Correctional Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In this presentation of the forum, Grande led a discussion on the history of the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) and its role as the “Center of Excellence for Military Corrections.” The USDB was established on 21 May 1874 and is the Department of Defense’s only maximum-security correctional facility. Per Title 10, U.S. Code, the USDB prepares inmates for release as civilians or return to duty with the prospect of being productive individuals by providing education, training, and rehabilitation programs. Grande also discussed infamous inmates, military executions, and how the Soldiers with the unique skill set of corrections support the core competencies of the Army.
After the presentation and a question and answer period, Ulin presented Grande with a new CGSC/Simons Center coffee mug and Simons Center coin in appreciation for his time with the Forum. Ulin closed out the luncheon with a short brief about the schedule for future gatherings of the Forum.
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Lieutenant Colonel (R) Peter J. Grande enlisted in the United States Army Military Police Corps in 1974 as a correctional specialist. He served in the Army for 47 years as a Soldier and civilian retiring in 2021 as the Chief of Staff, Military Correctional Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas including the maximum-security United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) and the medium-security Joint Regional Correctional Facility. He was the commander of military correctional facilities at Fort Knox and at Mannheim, Germany and was the facility commander for enemy prisoners of war during the Kosovo Conflict. He is a Certified Corrections Executive and was a consultant on managing prisons in the Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Iraq, Mexico, Okinawa, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He holds a bachelor’s in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s from Sam Houston State University and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger courses. He was awarded The Order of the Marechaussee (Gold) by the Military Police Regimental Association and authored a book on the USDB by Arcadia Publishing. He currently volunteers as the USDB Historian.
The Arter-Rowland National Security Forum (ARNSF) is led by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center and is an exclusive professional information sharing and networking forum for senior executives.
Members of the Forum and their guests meet periodically at guest speaker events in downtown Kansas City. National and regional guest speakers representing all elements of national power (Diplomatic, Informational, Military and Economic) highlight the meetings. The Forum is nonpartisan, but elected government officials may present from time to time.
The Forum is named after Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Arter, Founding Chairman of the CGSC Foundation, and Mr. Landon Rowland, the Foundation’s first major donor who was well-known in Kansas City for his keen interest in national security issues and his leadership in business and philanthropy.
ARNSF events are only open to ARNSF members and their guests. If you are not a member but are interested in joining, contact Bob Ulin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Forum page on the Simons Center website for more information.
The Arter-Rowland National Security Forum is cohosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center and the Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (KCAUSA).