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  11-01 Graduation Ceremony
Friday, June 10th, 8:30 am
Guest Speaker
  Guest Speaker:
Gen. Martin Dempsey
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army


Fort Leavenworth, Kan., -- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey spoke 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 here Friday, June 10. 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 took place at 8:30 a.m. on the Sumner Parade Field at Kearney and Grant avenues. The 69 international military students attending the ILE course will receive their CGSC International Officer Graduate badges during a ceremony Thursday at 9:30 a.m. 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. Many other military colleges around the world have such emblems.


International military student participation in cooperative military studies in the United States originated at Fort Leavenworth with the arrival of Swiss Lieutenant Henri LeComte in 1894. Since then, international military students have become an integral part of the"Fort Leavenworth Experience" and to date more than 7,000 international officers have studied alongside U.S. military and U.S. interagency counterparts.

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