• Willbanks next to lecture in Vietnam series

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    The ninth lecture in the Vietnam War Commemoration Lecture Series is at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Stove Factory Ballroom, 417 S. 2nd Street, in downtown Leavenworth. A reception sponsored by the CGSC Foundation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
    In the ninth 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 Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support program. CORDS was a unique hybrid civil-military structure that pulled together all of the various U.S. military and civilian agencies involved in the pacification effort, including the State Department, USAID, the USIA and the CIA.
    Willbanks is the former director of the Department of Military History at CGSC. 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 CGSC and a graduate of the inaugural class of the School of Advanced Military Studies. He has a bachelor of arts in history from Texas A&M University, and master’s and doctoral degrees 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. Willbanks also served as a consultant to Ken Burns in the preparation of a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War, which aired on PBS this year.
    His military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” and oak leaf cluster, two Purple Hearts, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two silver stars.
    All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. This lecture series is presented by CGSC’s Department of Military History, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth and supported by the CGSC Foundation and the Henry Leavenworth Chapter of AUSA.
    The CGSC Foundation has received additional support for the Vietnam lectures in academic year 2018 from the national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Mo., First Command Financial Services and Vietnam Veterans of America.
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