Flag Ceremony:
Monday August 5, 2019

The Flag Ceremony for international military student class starts at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 5th. The ceremony honors the new class of international officers, and officially opens new year at CGSC. This event is open to the general public, however, visitors must comply with the Fort's current base access policies. Their will likely be a shuttle bus to help people shuttle from Bell Hall parking lot to (and from) the Lewis & Clark Center. Ask at the gate about shuttle services for the ceremony. Seating for IMS sponsors and IMS families is available on the left side section in front. When that section fills you will need to go to the balcony on the 4th floor to get a seat.

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The Command and General Staff College opened Academic Year 2020 with the International Flag Ceremony for Command and General Staff Officer’s Course 2020 on Aug. 5 at 9:30. The ceremony features posting of the national colors of 89 nations that make up this year's International Military Student cohort.

This year’s 114 International Military Students, some countries have multiple participants, include the first officer from Fiji to attend the course. The Republic of Fiji is in the South Pacific. It is an archipelago of more than 300 islands famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population of more than 900,000. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva.

International military education at Fort Leavenworth began in 1894. Since then, more than 8,000 International Military Students from 166 countries have attended classes alongside their United States counterparts. CGSC’s international graduates have been extremely successful in their military careers. Nearly half achieve general officer rank.

The Class of 2020 International Military Students join nearly 1,000 United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard officers for the 10-month class that graduates in June 2018. In addition, 21 senior civilian employees from Army commands and other U.S. government agencies will attend the class.

The Army Command and General Staff Officers Course is a rigorous 10-month program of masters-level study that educates mid-career officers to be agile, innovative, and adaptive leaders within increasingly complex and uncertain environments. The Command and General Staff College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award a master’s degree.