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Army chief of staff to be speaker at Fort Leavenworth graduation

June 7, 2011

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will speak to more than 1,000 students — including 69 international officers and 10 from other government agencies — graduating from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Intermediate Level Education Course on Friday at Fort Leavenworth. Most of the students are Army officers or sister service officers. The class started the course in August 2010.

The 10-month ILE course is designed to develop war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in full-spectrum operations.

Dempsey, who became Army Chief of Staff in April, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He formerly commanded the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.

The ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Sumner Parade Field at Kearney and Grant avenues. In case of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be at the Lewis and Clark Center.

The 69 international military students attending the ILE course will receive their Command and General Staff College International Officer Graduate badges during a ceremony 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center.

The tradition of presenting international military students with a badge began in 1964 in response to interest by international military students who wanted a distinctive emblem to indicate they were graduates of the CGSC.

International military student participation in cooperative military studies in the United States originated at Fort Leavenworth with the arrival of Swiss Lt. Henri LeComte in 1894.

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