• Sustainers gather for annual spring formal

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  • Maj. Cynthia Holuta and Maj. Rich Foote | Command and General Staff College
    More than 400 military officers, faculty, retirees and guests of the Command and General Staff College gathered for its 18th annual Sustainment Spring Formal April 13 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City Airport Hotel.
    The event, hosted by Col. Charles Blumenfeld, director for the Department of Logistics and Resource Operations, featured guest speaker Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, deputy chief of staff, G-4 for U.S. Army Forces Command.
    “If we stumble, stumble forward, learn from our mistakes and move forward,” Ryan said during his address.
    Ryan encouraged the audience to be thankful, reflective and ready — to be thankful for each other and the relationships they have; reflective of their personal values and beliefs, and the values the U.S. Army institution holds so valuable; and ready for the future as it is unknown and unknowable.
    A display by Leavenworth historian John Reichley’s included uniforms and artifacts from nearly two centuries. The Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC color guard conducted the posting and retiring of the colors.
    The annual formal represents all the sustainment branches and symbolizes the unity within the sustainment community. It is a time to celebrate the past and look forward to the future.
    The DLRO, which educates, trains and develops officers in the art and science of sustainment, force management and operational contract support for military operations across unified land operations, formally thanks all of the volunteers who made the event possible.
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