• CGSOC graduation set for Friday

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  • Army University Public Affairs
    More than 1,100 officers will graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course at 9 a.m. June 15 on Main Parade. The graduating class includes mid-career officers from all U.S. military services as well as 119 international officers representing 91 countries and 24 federal government civilian employees.
    The 10-month course develops war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in unified land operations. The Command and General Staff College is an educational center of excellence renowned in the study of leadership, the conduct of joint and combined land warfare, and the application of joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational organizations to synchronize all elements of power to achieve national objectives.
    International military students will receive the CGSC International Officer Graduate Badge during a ceremony at 9 a.m. June 14 in Eisenhower Auditorium at the Lewis and Clark Center. International military student participation in cooperative military studies in the United States originated at Fort Leavenworth in 1894. Since then, international students have become an integral part of CGSOC. More than 8,000 international officers have studied alongside U.S. military and government civilian counter- parts at Fort Leavenworth.
    In addition to completing the graduate-level course, approximately 135 students will be awarded the master of military art and science degree. Students earn the master’s degree by successful completion of CGSOC, successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam, and writing and orally defending a thesis based on original research. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award the master’s degree.
    In addition, individual honors will be presented at the graduation ceremony.
    The General George C. Marshall Award is presented to the distinguished graduate in each regular CGSOC class. The winner of the Marshall Award will be announced at the graduation ceremony.
    The General Dwight D. Eisenhower Award recognizes the distinguished international officer graduate of each class. The winner of the Eisenhower Award will be announced at the the badge ceremony today.
    The General Colin L. Powell Interagency Award recognizes the distinguished interagency graduate of each class. The winner of the Powell Interagency Award will be announced at the graduation ceremony.
    The General George S. Patton Jr. Master Tactician Award recognizes that the intricacies of modern warfare have reinforced the Army’s need for exceptional tacticians at all levels. The winner of the Patton Master Tactician Award is Maj. William T. Freakley.
    The Major General James M. Wright Master Logistician Award recognizes that the intricacies of modern warfare have reinforced the Army’s need for exceptionally competent logisticians at all levels. The winner of the Wright Master Logistician Award is Maj. Brandon Weiss.
    The General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Award recognizes scholarship and professional writing on leadership. The winner of the MacArthur Award is Maj. Jamie Richard Schwandt.
    Page 2 of 3 - The General John J. Pershing Award recognizes the top graduate in each CGSOC Distance Learning class. The winner of the Pershing Award is Maj. Oscar Torres.
    The Major General Hans Schlup Award recognizes and promotes the significance and importance of international relations developed through the network of friends and professional acquaintances at CGSC in the international military student community. The winner of the Major General Hans Schlup Award will be announced at the badge ceremony today.
    The Excellence in Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Writing Award recognizes the student who excels in research and writing on the subjects of JC4I. The winner of the Excellence in JC4I Writing Award is Maj. Nicholas J. Kane.
    The Birrer-Brookes Award for Outstanding Master of Military Arts and Science Thesis is presented to the author of the most outstanding MMAS thesis in each CGSOC graduating class. The winner of the Birrer-Brookes Award is Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Prickitt.
    The Homeland Security Studies Award recognizes excellence in homeland security research. The winner of the Homeland Security Studies Award is Maj. Thomas T. Butler.
    The Iron Major Award was established in 2005 to recognize exceptional physical fitness. The award is presented to the U.S. and international students who finish first in a grueling series of events designed to test endurance and strength. The winners of the Iron Major Awards are Maj. Jonathan Nielson and Maj. Haley E. Mercer.
    The Lieutenant Colonel Boyd “Mac” Harris Leadership Award goes to the student who excels academically and demonstrates superior leadership in class. The winner of the Lieutenant Colonel Boyd “Mac” Harris Leadership Award is Maj. Ryan L. Boeka.
    The Lieutenant Colonel Ronald C. Ward Distinguished SOF Student Award recognizes the distinguished Special Operations Forces graduate. The winner of the Lieutenant Colonel Ronald C. Ward Distinguished SOF Student Award is Maj. William J. Doyle.
    The Arter-Darby Military History Writing Award enhances professional scholarship by research and writing about the evolution of American tactical doctrine. The winner of the Arter-Darby Award is Maj. Richard W. B. Hutton.
    The Simons Center Interagency Writing Award recognizes insight and fresh thinking in advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of interagency coordination, cooperation, and collaboration at the tactical or operational level. The winner of the Simons Center Award is Dylan J. Brandt, Army Civilian Corps.
    The Brigadier General Benjamin H. Grierson Award for Excellence in Strategic Studies recognizes excellence in strategic studies by students enrolled in the Strategist Program. The winner of the Grierson Award is Maj. Wenxian Hong of Singapore.
    The Father Donald Smythe Military History Award was created in 1989 to present to the best military history student. The winner of the Smythe Award is Lt. Col. Enrique Rebolr-Soler of Chile.
    Page 3 of 3 - The Excellence in Joint Service Warfare Award is presented to the student who contributes most significantly to the study, implementation and spirit of joint service warfare. The recipient of the Joint Service Warfare Award is Maj. Phillip Neri.
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