Marine Corps Element

Colonel’s Welcome Aboard Letter


Congratulations on your selection to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College's Command and General Staff Officers' Course (CGSOC) course 14-01. This course has a superb reputation and I am confident that you will find it both interesting and challenging. As former graduates, both the XO and I can attest to the quality of the faculty and curriculum.

Once the gateway to the frontier for westward travelers, Fort Leavenworth sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, on the border between Kansas and Missouri. The historic character of the post is enhanced by its campus setting, wide open spaces, and especially its small hometown atmosphere.

Fort Leavenworth is considered the "Intellectual Center of the Army," and among the Army's most important installations outside of the Pentagon. It is home to the Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), which is a major subordinate headquarters of the Army Training and Doctrine Command. The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) is part of one of CAC's major organizations — Leader Development and Education. CGSC educates and develops leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency and multinational operations; acts as lead agent for the Army’s leader development program; and advances the art and science of the profession of arms in support of Army operational requirements.

Your major areas of concentration this next year will be tactics and logistics; war fighting; operational art and strategy; history; leadership; and joint and multinational operations. Additionally, you will receive approximately 400 hours of joint plans and operations instruction that will enable you to achieve joint professional military education (JPME) Phase I certification. The Marine Corps has been assigning students to CGSC since 1911. As a naval service officer, you will often find yourself tagged as the staff group "duty expert" in anything and everything related to the Navy/Marine Corps team. Use every opportunity that you have in your present assignment to enhance your existing knowledge of naval and Marine Corps doctrine, operational capabilities, limitations, plans and policies.

For those interested in pursuing a master's degree, several options are available. The Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) program is based on the course's curriculum. There are also several civilian colleges that offer advanced degrees in business, management, adult education and general administration. Their schedules are designed to accommodate the CGSOC course. Although not a requirement for graduation, consider getting a masters degree while you are here. For additional questions regarding CGSOC feel free to contact us.


Once again, congratulations on your selection to attend the CGSC 14-01 course. The knowledge of the joint arena and the close personal associations which you will establish with foreign students and sister service members while here are sure to be one of the highlights of your career!


Semper Fidelis,
Daniel E. Longwell
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

MCELM Contact Information:
Marine Corps Detachment, 100 Stimson Ave., Rm 3519, Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone: Commercial: 913-684-4673, DSN: 552-4673
E-mail: The Marine Corps Element


Last Reviewed: January 15, 2013

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