• Local sponsors sought for international students

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  • International Military Student Division, Command and General Staff College
    The International Military Student Division at the Command and General Staff College is recruiting Fort Leavenworth sponsors for the incoming class of 120 student officers from 91 countries who will arrive in the middle of June this year. Sponsors must be in the rank of captain, GS-09 or above. Contractors who work on Fort Leavenworth are also eligible to sponsor.
    There are three sets of sponsors for each officer — one from Fort Leavenworth, one from the Leavenworth-Lansing community and one from the Kansas City Area. The Fort Leavenworth sponsor has the main responsibility to get the officer settled, including helping him or her open a bank account, find housing, rent furniture, get a driver’s license, find a car to buy and anything else to get them settled. IMSD asks all sponsors to greet the officer at the airport if possible.
    The busiest period begins when they arrive June 13-15 and continues through the completion of in-processing.
    After the officer is settled, IMSD asks all sponsors to meet with them at least once a quarter and check on them monthly by phone, e-mail or meeting to see if they need any assistance.
    International military students and their families are carefully selected to represent their countries at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course. More than half will rise to the general officer ranks. During the year, they become part of the extended Army family on Fort Leavenworth through their interaction in the community.
    The officers will rate sponsors as excellent, good, fair or poor sponsors after they start CGSOC, at mid-year and just before graduation.
    For a list of remaining countries or more information about the sponsorship program, contact Jim Fain at james.f.fain.civ@mail.mil or call 684-7317.
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