• 3 enter International Hall of Fame

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  • Tisha Swart-Entwistle | Staff Writer
    Three more international leaders were inducted into the Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium Oct. 12.
    Lt. Gen. Leo Beulen, commander of the Royal Netherland Army; Maj. Gen. Anthony Anderson, Jamaica’s national security advisor; and Lt. Gen. Dennis Gyllensporre, chief of Defence Staff, Swedish Armed Forces, were inducted during the ceremony.
    Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Commanding General Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy said the IHOF inductions are very important events and having the international officers at CGSC is beneficial.
    “The relationships that we’ve built through time are absolutely critical as we face the challenges that we see today in our world,” Lundy said. “All three of these senior leaders, who have risen to the highest level in their armed forces, have contributed to this partnership we’ve had over the years … (the relationships) have absolutely been essential to us being able to maintain peace and security throughout the world.”
    Lundy and Beulen were in the same CGSC class that graduated in 1998.
    “He may have been in the best CGSC class,” Lundy joked.
    Lundy said Beulen has been on multiple deployments and served in a number of operations roles throughout NATO and on multiple joint staffs through the years.
    “So, I will tell you that we are very honored, you are absolutely deserving of this recognition today,” Lundy said.
    When he came to CGSC in 1997 and looked at the photos of the IHOF inductees hanging in the halls, Beulen said he never thought he would be among the officers honored there. Beulen spoke about the support he received when he was a student at Fort Leavenworth from his sponsors to the other students in his staff group.
    The support he received shows the bond between the U.S. and the Netherlands and that bond is becoming more important as “the world is becoming more complex every year,” Beulen said.
    Anderson, a graduate of the CGSC class of 2000, was appointed chief of Defense Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force in 2010. Anderson is now the national security advisor for his country.
    Lundy said that from looking at Anderson’s career the last few years, “he is really focused from a security perspective, a regional stability perspective.”
    “It is truly an honor to induct you today,” Lundy said to Anderson.
    Anderson said CGSC was part of his training that provided the foundation required for higher leadership. He said when his class arrived in 1999, they realized they were starting the course in the 20th century and were going to finish it in the 21st century.
    Page 2 of 3 - “This created an excitement for new possibilities and opportunities for better technology and new thinking,” Anderson said. “As military people, we also knew there would be new threats and the rate of change of our circumstances would increase.”
    Anderson said the expectations he and his classmates had have been met and exceeded.
    “We have seen rapid shifts on the world stage that have changed our way of life,” Anderson said.
    Anderson said his education at CGSC gave him the tools to better navigate the last 17 years, and equally important were the global connections he made while at Fort Leavenworth.
    Gyllensporre graduated from CGSC in 2001, earning his master of military arts and science degree and receiving the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award as the top international graduate.
    “If you look at his resumé, he’s achieved as much academically as he has in the military,” Lundy said of Gyllenspore.
    Gyllensporre said that just by being back at Fort Leavenworth it should be clear that the inductees have achieved something.
    “It’s not only repeat offenders who return to Leavenworth,” Gyllensporre joked.
    Early in the year of study, Gyllensporre said that he and his classmates were challenged to leave their comfort zone.
    “So, I studied African security, Middle East history… all those things I knew I wouldn’t need on my next assignment as the battalion commander training conscripts in artic warfare.”
    Just two and a half months after he graduated, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks happened. Gyllensporre said his original assignment was cut short and he found himself providing advice to the Swedish prime minister as the nation deployed troops to engage in the War on Terror.
    “Basically, everything I knew at that time came from Fort Leavenworth and the course I attended,” Gyllensporre said.
    During the ceremony, Lundy joined inductese to unveil their official hall of fame photographs and presented each with a framed photo of both Bell Hall and the Lewis and Clark Center. The inductees were also presented with framed certificates designating them as honorary life constituents of the CGSC Foundation by foundation Chairman Michael Hockley. Retired Coast Guard Capt. James Davis presented each inductee with a certificate on behalf of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars signifying their status as an inductee into the IHOF.
    Established in 1973, the IHOF only inducts officers who have graduated from CGSC and attained the position of leader of their home country’s army or defense forces. More than 8,000 international officers have attended CGSC and of those, 274 have now been honored with induction into the IHOF. Fifteen of the 274 inductees have served as either head of state or head of government.
    Page 3 of 3 - International military students have been studying at Fort Leavenworth since Swiss Lt. Henri Le Comte in 1894. Since then, international students from 165 countries have attended school at Fort Leavenworth.
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