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  BG Edward C. Cardon, Deputy Commandant
Command and General Staff College

Thursday, January 15, 2009
    “Leadership Matters” Cardon Tells Community Members
by Joseph Smallwood, CGSC Public Affairs

BG Ed Cardon, deputy commandant at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, addressed a large crowd of community members on the subject of leader development in challenging times, Jan. 15 at the Kansas City Public Library.  The presentation was part of a larger Kansas City Public Library series entitled, “The General Knowledge Series,” hosted in the Helzberg Auditorium of the Library’s central branch and started in cooperation with the CGSC Foundation and its Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ulin. 
  Prior to the formal presentation, Mr. Henry Fortunato, director of public affairs for the KC Public Library, hosted a reception where the general and seven current CGSC students with previous deployments to Iraq interacted with community members and shared stories of their experiences in Iraq, education at CGSC, and the complex challenges of stability and peace operations.

Mr. Crosby Kemper, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library, introduced the general as keynote speaker for the evening series. Following in the footsteps of BG. Mark O’Neill’s kickoff speech for the series last year, BG Cardon captured an audience of reporters, board members and professionals, young and old, and various other community members, describing for them where we’ve been and progress in Iraq over the past seven years.  He highlighted where we are now and the role CGSC plays in today’s training and development, specifically where the school is going and how Fort Leavenworth, the Combined Arms Center and CGSC are at the vanguard of those comprehensive efforts forward.

From the agrarian community of his days before the Army to desert plains of Baghdad, Cardon revisited his own educational journey and illustrated for the audience how those experiences shaped his initial thoughts on leadership.  “Leadership matters,” he began, “and as I look back, it’s difficult to separate what I believe from what I’ve seen.  But don’t worry, you won’t have to listen to my life story,” he humored.

 After sharing with the audience his varied experiences in Iraq, both in 2003 at the beginning of the war and again most recently in 2007 and 2008, BG Cardon connected these experiences with his current responsibilities as deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College.  In his remarks he highlighted the high level of experience and training of our current Army, more experienced than any before it, and the subsequent increasing need for education.

“To keep our Army capable for all operational environments and prepare for the evolving conflicts of tomorrow, CGSC educates its leaders on how to think, giving them the tools to be effective leaders in the center of uncertainty,” he said. 
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