Chamber honors retired general
Lansing resident named Citizen of the Year
Lansing resident Robert Arter is recipient of this year's Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.
Arter, a retired lieutenant general and former deputy commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, received the chamber's top award Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the group's annual meeting at the Riverfront Community Center.
Ian Tracy, a Leavenworth High School senior, was named recipient of the Junior Citizen of the Year Award.
Leavenworth County Commissioner Clyde Graeber nominated Arter.
"General Arter has contributed as much to the Leavenworth-Lansing community and Leavenworth County as any other single person I know," Graeber wrote in a letter nominating Arter. "He has done so in a very unassuming way, characteristically quiet and low-key, and has never sought any spotlight or recognition. Yet his quiet assistance to local government entities and a wide variety of community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, has been invaluable."
Graeber touched on many of Arter's contributions to the community:
¢ He plays an ongoing major role in forging relationships with Missouri and Platte County officials for the construction of a new bridge and highway improvements between Leavenworth and Kansas City International Airport.
¢ As a member of the Governor's Strategic Military Planning Commission working on the Base Realignment and Closure Project, Arter "was instrumental in developing the data and access to information needed to demonstrate the impact of Fort Leavenworth on the local community and the close relationships that exist between the post and the civilian community today."
¢ He was a "staunch ally" in efforts to gain federal funding assistance for the 20th Street Extension Project to the west gate of Fort Leavenworth.
Graeber said Arter is always willing to help out the chamber and local governments.
"His response to any request from the Chamber of Commerce or any local unit of government has always been totally positive, supportive and substantive," Graeber wrote.
Arter and his wife, Lois, retired to Lansing after a 35-year military career that included combat tours in Korea and Vietnam.
During his Army service, Arter received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal (18 Awards with "V" Device), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Korean Service Medal (two campaigns), the Vietnam Service Medal (six campaigns) and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He also was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (with Star), the Parachutist Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
He currently serves on the Governor's Military Council, representing the Leavenworth-Lansing-Fort Leavenworth area. In 2006, he began a two-year term as Kansas Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
Ian Tracy, recipient of the Junior Citizen of the Year Award, is first in his class at Leavenworth Senior High School.
The son of Tommy and Christine Tracy, Ian is president of the school's National Honor Society Chapter, was school winner of the American Mathematics Competition 12, was selected as a Furman University Scholar, was a recipient of the Rensselaer Medal, awarded to promising secondary school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science, is a two-time Cadet of the Year in the school's Junior ROTC program, among other honors.
In addition to his classroom prowess, he is a letterman in soccer, swimming and track and field and is a two-time state track qualifier.
"Ian has a superb academic record and has demonstrated outstanding leadership and athletic abilities through his participation in a number of school and community-related activities," wrote Col. Robert W. Mackay, director of the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations at the Army Command and General Staff College.
"He is a team player and a model example of commitment," Leavenworth High guidance counselor Patricia Klima wrote in nominating Tracy.
The chamber named two other finalists for the Junior Citizen of the Year Award, Natalie Hall, a Lansing High School senior, and Lauren Ford, a senior at Immaculata High School.