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  International Military Student Badge Ceremony CGSOC Class 08-02
Thursday, December 11th, 10 a.m.
  "Celebrating a Century of Worldwide Leaders and Learning"

Students from 41 countries around the world, ranging from Afghanistan to Switzerland, received badges signifying completion of the Command and General Staff College Dec. 11 in a ceremony held at Fort Leavenworth. 
LTG William Caldwell, IV, commander Combined Arms Center and CGSC commandant, presented the badges at a ceremony held in Eisenhower Hall of the Lewis and Clark Center.   
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LTG Caldwell as the keynote speaker for the ceremony recognized numerous students for their outstanding achievements.  He placed special emphasis on 11 international students, who not only completed the course, but simultaneously earned a Master’s Degree while attending.  The general stressed the importance of the education of international students and discussed their responsibilities once they return to their countries.  “Some of your countries are in peace; a peace that is the cost of vigilance.  Some of you live in countries in the midst of conflict, where hopes of peace will literally rest on your shoulders,” he said.

This year represents the 100th Anniversary of the Command and General Staff College International Military Student Program.  The program can trace its inception back to 1894; and officially recognized the first international graduate in 1908.  During that time frame, the graduates have represented the best and brightest that each country has to offer.  Over the past one hundred years, 26 graduates have become Heads of State, three-hundred have attained their military’s highest position, and over two-thousand have become General Officers. 

Badge History   |   IMS Centennial Fact Sheet   |   IMSD Website
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