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Maldives officer joining next Army command class

Aug. 8, 2013 - 09:29AM   |  
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FORT LEAVENWORTH, KAN. — An officer from the Maldives will make history this fall by becoming the first member of his nationís military to attend the Armyís Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

The officer from the Indian Ocean island republic will be among 70 foreign students presenting their flags Monday during a ceremony to open the 2013-14 academic session.

More than 7,500 international officers have studied military tactics and strategy alongside U.S. counterparts at Fort Leavenworth. The officer from the Maldives brings to 161 the number of countries represented at the college since 1894.

The international officers will be joined this year by nearly 1,000 U.S. military officers and government civilians studying at the Army post in northeast Kansas.

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