FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Three Logistics Corps warrant officers graduated with more than 930 Army, sister service, international and interagency students from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Intermediate Level Education course at a ceremony held at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on June 12.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Percy Alexander, quartermaster; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard “Rick” Myers, ordnance; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert W. Russell, ordnance; joined Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy Feathers, aviation; and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Nathaniel Jones, Air Defense Artillery, as the first members of a pilot program for warrants in the Army’s 10-month ILE course. Historically designed for field grade officers, the CGSC ILE course educates and trains officers to be adaptive leaders, capable of critical thinking, and prepared to operate in full-spectrum Army, joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environments.
This year, for the first time, warrant officers have been represented both in the class and on the faculty at CGSC. Chief Warrant Officers 4 Brian Edwards, quartermaster; Darren Lester, ordnance; Ronnie Patrick, quartermaster; and Anthony Williams, ordnance, are currently assigned to the College’s Department of Logistics and Resource Operations.
Alexander credits CGSC with giving him a field grade officer’s review of doctrine and tactics, better preparing him for deployment to Afghanistan.
“It [CGSC] has renewed my sense of leadership and given me new insight on how to think versus what to think. I have a greater understanding of how my future commanders arrive at their intents and choose their courses of actions,” he said. “I have benefited from world class guest speakers, personal relationships with international officers, and team teaching from my classmates who happen to have the rank of major.”
This year’s ILE class also marked several notable “firsts” in addition to warrant officer participation in the course:
• The first officer from Montenegro attended the course, raising participant countries to 155 at the college.
• The first interagency representative took home the “Outstanding Interagency Student” award .
• The first six students graduated from a new University of Kansas/CGSC master’s program in supply chain management .
Warrant officers interested in attending the Command and General Staff College ILE course should contact their assignment manager at Human Resources Command for details.