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April 4, 2006
Contact: Robert Berlin, (913) 684-3365; or Ted Wilson, (785) 864-9460.

Ft. Leavenworth officers, students to lead discussion on Afghanistan at Hall Center

LAWRENCE — Officers and students at Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College will lead a discussion on Afghanistan during a seminar at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

The Peace, War and Global Change Seminar panel discussion on “Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future” is slated for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Hall Center Conference Hall.

The panelists are:

— Brig. Gen. Volney Warner, deputy commandant. He was assistant division commander (operations), 10th Mountain Division, 2002.

— Robert Baumann, director of graduate degree programs. He is the author of Russian-Soviet Unconventional Wars in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan, Leavenworth Paper No. 20.

— Les Grau, Foreign Military Studies Office and editor of The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost, published by the University Press of Kansas; The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan; and other books on Afghanistan.

— Chaplain (Maj.) Bob Owen, a Command and General Staff College faculty member. Owen served recently as chaplain in Afghanistan.

— Maj. Rebecca Ann Capps, a Command and General Staff College student who served in Afghanistan for six months in 2004.

— Maj. Deitra Korando, a Command and General Staff College student who served in Afghanistan March 2004-March 2005.

— Maj. Robert Levin Jr., U.S. Air Force, a Command and General Staff College student who served in Afghanistan three times, most recently as chief of air plans for the Office of Military Cooperation.

In fall 2005, KU entered into an exchange agreement with U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth to strengthen both institutions’ ability to train future military and civilian leaders, particularly in international relations and national security.

Fort Leavenworth is the senior education institution for teaching tactics, leader development, battle command and staff procedures for the U.S. Army. Within the three schools of its Command and General Staff College and other programs, it trains approximately 12,000 resident and nonresident officers annually, including Army active and reserve components, civilian leaders, international officers and officers from the other service branches. Founded in 1881 by Gen. William T. Sherman, its graduates include President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gens. Omar N. Bradley and George S. Patton.

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