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  International Military Flag Ceremony
February 9, 2009
    International students from 45 countries posted their Nations’ flag during opening day ceremonies for Intermediate Level Education Class 09-02, Command and General Staff College, Feb. 9 at the Lewis and Clark Center. 

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback  addressed the class , serving  as the first speaker outside the College’s military leadership who has delivered remarks at an opening day ceremony.  “I’m very honored to be here, after 100 years of doing this, to be the first to give these remarks,”

Brownback said. “Better soldiers, better leaders, better relationships, that’s what we’re about.” Nearly 400 U.S. and international officers will begin their training at the 10-month ILE course, designed to develop warfighting and leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in full spectrum operations.  They join the nearly 1,000 officers currently in the course that started in August 2008.

Brownback’s remarks focused on the importance of the international student program to the military as a whole.  “It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the relationships built here,” he said.  “More likely than not future operations will be defined by close coordination between international partnerships.”

Key facts about the International Military Student  program:
    Historically, approximately 50 percent will attain flag rank or high level political position
    More than 7,000 IMS representing 153 countries have attended CGSC since 1894
    More than 28 participants have become Heads of State/Government (4 sitting)
    More than 300 have become Cabinet ministers, Ambassadors or Representatives
    More than 300 have become Chiefs of Staff (Armed Forces or Services)
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