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Vietnam War Commemoration Lecture Series Presented by Dr. James H. Willbanks Jan. 31, 2018

  • Reception at 5:30 p.m.
  • • Presentation at 6 p.m. Stove Factory Ballroom
  • • 417 S. 2nd Street
  • • Leavenworth, KS 66048

In this tenth lecture of the series, Dr. James H. Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, will discuss the Tet Offensive of 1968. Fifty years ago on Jan. 30, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam. In many ways, the Tet Offensive proved to be the watershed event of the war, causing a major shift in U.S. policy and ultimately the withdrawal of U.S. military forces.

Dr. James H. Willbanks is the General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History and former Director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has been on the faculty since 1992, when he retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel with 23 years of service as an infantry officer in various assignments, to include a tour as an advisor with a South Vietnamese infantry regiment during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive. Willbanks is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a graduate of the inaugural class of the School of Advanced Military Studies. He holds a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas. He is the author or editor of 14 books on the Vietnam War and other topics in military history. Dr. Willbanks also served as a consultant to Ken Burns in the preparation of a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War to which began airing on PBS television in 2017. His military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” and Oak Leaf Cluster, two Purple Hearts, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two Silver Stars.

Join us Jan. 31 for this tenth lecture in the series.
All lectures are free and open to the public.

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The Command and General Staff College helped celebrate with the Army National Guard on its birthday on Dec. 13, 2017 at the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth, KS. The National Guard’s 381st birthday celebration was honored with remarks by Brig. Gen. Troy Galloway, Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center (CAC) - Army National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Charles Whittington, Jr., 1st Army Deputy Commanding General (Operations). The birthday cake was cut by Command Sgt. Maj. Eli Valenzuela, Army National Guard Nebraska, Senior Enlisted Adviser to the CAC and Spc. Alexandra Feldman, Kansas Army National Guard. (U.S. Army photos, Dan Neal)...Read More
  • Presented by Dr. Jim Willbanks
  • December 7, 2017
  • Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
  • Reception at 5:30 p.m.
  • Stove Factory Ballroom, 417 S. 2nd Street, Leavenworth, KS

Dr, James H. Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, will discuss the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) program. CORDS was a unique hybrid civil-military structure that pulled together all the various U.S. military and civilian agencies involved in the pacification effort, including the State Department, USAID, USIA and the CIA.

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A presentation of the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series, Co-Hosted by CGSC and the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation

The Kansas City Federal Executive Board, Dec. 12, 2017 - Arnold Conf. Room at 1230-1330

Larry A. Hisle, Executive Director, Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board, has served as the executive director of the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board since 2013. Mr. Hisle holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University. He has previously served as a program manager in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Mr. Hisle will lead a discussion on the roles and missions of the Federal Executive Board and how it serves as a catalyst for communication, coordination and collaboration among the various federal agencies with offices in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches into the conference room for the presentation.

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312th Army Band will be giving a holiday concert at Eisenhower Auditorium, Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS on Saturday, December 9th at 7:00pm. Admission is free and open to the public....Read More

To the Army Family,

Today I had the great honor of being sworn in as your 23rd Secretary of the Army. Having served previously in the Regular Army, Guard, and Reserves, I know well that people are the Army's greatest asset. I fully understand and acknowledge the sacrifices our Soldiers and Families have given to our great Army; especially during the previous 16 years of sustained combat operations. Thanks to your service, our Army remains the world's premier ground combat force and the bedrock of our Nation's defense. This is why the readiness and welfare of our Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families will always be foremost in my mind, and why I intend to pursue initiatives that will offer the professional opportunities and quality of life all deserve.

As I return to duty, I want you to know that my first priority is Readiness - ensuring the Total Army is ready to deploy, fight and win across the entire spectrum of conflict, with an immediate focus on preparing for a high-end fight against a near-peer adversary. Improving Readiness is the benchmark for everything we do; it should guide our decision-making.

My second priority is Modernization - building greater capacity and capabilities in the longer term. This means growing our operational force while maintaining quality, reshaping it to be more robust and successful in all domains, and modernizing it with the best weapons and equipment available to guarantee clear overmatch in future conflicts.

My third priority is Reform - improving the way we do business, including how we implement these priorities, to make the Total Army more lethal, capable, and efficient. This means changing the organizations, policies, processes, and tasks that consume time, money, or manpower without delivering real value, and applying the savings to our top priorities.

Lastly, I place great importance on a commitment by all - especially Leaders - to the Army's Values. This includes treating everyone with respect, collaborating broadly, and always doing the right thing. The Army is at its best when it works and fights as one team, and with the challenges we face ahead, a recommitment to these Values will serve us well.

I will be working hard on all of these priorities, and welcome your ideas on how we can best achieve them. To be successful, we must work together and empower people at all levels to lead, innovate, and make smart decisions.

I look forward to meeting with and hearing from many of you in the months ahead, and am excited about the great things we will accomplish together.

Army Strong!
Mark T. Esper

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