FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (April 12) - At the Command and General Staff College's Intermediate Level Education graduation ceremony June 12, several members of the class of 2009-01 were singled out for honors and awards.

The General George C. Marshall Award was created in 1960 in honor of Marshall to be presented to the distinguished graduate in each regular ILE class. The award recognizes scholarship, pays homage to one of America's most honored Soldiers and serves as a lasting incentive to officers attending the college.

The winner of the General George C. Marshall Award is Maj. Brian M. Ducote.

The General Dwight D. Eisenhower Award was established in 1969 by the Henry Leavenworth Chapter of the Association of the United States Army as the "International Award," recognizing the distinguished international officer graduate of each year's class. Later that year, with the consent of Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the International Award was renamed for the former general and U.S. president. The award honors military scholarship and is held in the highest esteem by the winners and the nations from which they come.

The winner of the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Award is Maj. Luis Cepeda of Spain.

CGSC prepares students to develop comprehensive solutions for the security and defense of the nation. This requires understanding and working with interagency, joint, and multinational partners. Interagency faculty and students bring unique perspectives to the CGSC classrooms, enhancing the educational experience for all by educating their military colleagues about how their organizations help win the peace. The interagency contribution is a critical component of achieving the educational goals of CGSC. With this class, the CGSC commandant established the Outstanding Interagency Student Award to recognize the distinguished interagency student in each class. This award recognizes excellence in scholarship and overall contributions to interagency education in the college. The award is sponsored by the CGSC Foundation and is an engraved crystal plaque.

The winner of the first Outstanding Interagency Student Award is Kenneth C. Ferris of the National Geospacial Intelligence Agency.

The General George S. Patton Jr. Master Tactician Award recognizes that the intricacies of modern warfare have reinforced the Army's need for exceptionally competent tacticians at all levels. To provide a challenging academic forum for students demonstrating a special aptitude for tactics, the college inaugurated the Master Tactician Program with the 1982/83 class. This demanding extracurricular activity requires nominees to prepare a detailed tactical concept of operation predicated upon a corps-level scenario, and submit to a rigorous oral defense of their plan before a panel of experts.

The winner of the General George S. Patton Jr. Master Tactician Award is Maj. Keith A. Kramer.

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. To provide a challenging academic forum for students demonstrating a special aptitude for logistics, the college inaugurated the Master Logistician Program with the 1982/83 class. This demanding extracurricular activity requires nominees to prepare a detailed logistical plan predicated upon a corps-level scenario, and submit to a rigorous oral defense of their plan before a panel of experts.

The winner of the Major General James M. Wright Master Logistician Award is Maj. Jason S. Davis.

The General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Award was established in 1985 to encourage and recognize scholarship and professional writing on leadership. The Douglas MacArthur Foundation in Norfolk, Va., sponsors this award and the Center for Army Leadership administers it.

The winner of the General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Award is Maj. Douglas A. Pryer.

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 ILE graduating class. To compete, students must be nominated by the chair of their thesis committee and submit a complete copy of their thesis. A panel from CGSC's graduate faculty evaluates the thesis on depth of research, substance of argument and strength of composition. The award, a CGSC chair provided by the CGSC Foundation, is named for the architects of the MMAS program, Dr. Ivan Birrer and Dr. Philip Brookes.

The winner of the Birrer-Brookes Award for Outstanding Master of Military Arts and Science Thesis is Maj. Douglas A. Pryer.

The Arter-Darby Military History Writing Award, established in 1980, enhances professional scholarship by research and writing about the evolution of American tactical doctrine. Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Arter, a former deputy commandant, and former U.S. Sen. Harry Darby of Kansas City endow this award. This award for military scholarship is open to all members of the ILE. Interested students write a well-documented, historical Master of Military Arts and Science thesis or a thesis-length monograph for submission to an editorial board.

The winner of the Arter-Darby Military History Writing Award is Maj. Douglas A. Pryer.

The Major General Hans Schlup Award was established in 1997 to recognize and promote the significance and importance of international relations developed through the network of friends and professional acquaintances at CGSC in the international military student community at ILE. The international student must be a current resident student at ILE and must be recommended for the award by another resident student. The selection board considers the student's overall performance, the submitted nomination form for content quality, and participation in the DoD Informational Program.

The winner of Major General Hans Schlup Award is Maj. Paul Foura of Australia.

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. This competition is open to both ILE and SAMS students. The Kansas City Chapter of Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association awards a plaque for the best essay at graduation.

The winner of the Excellence in JC4I Writing Award is Air Force Maj. Roy V. Rockwell.

The Homeland Security Studies Award recognizes excellence in homeland security research. Resident ILE and SAMS students compete by submitting MMAS theses, monographs, written works comparable to a thesis or nontraditional works, such as computer simulations. The award, sponsored by the CGSC Foundation, recognizes the best thought or contribution to homeland security, homeland defense or defense support of civil authorities topics.

The winner of the Homeland Security Studies Award is Maj. Jeffrey K. Blackwell.

The Iron Major Award was established in 2005 to recognize exception physical fitness. The award is presented to the students who finish first in a grueling series of events designed to test endurance and strength The Iron Major Award is an M7 bayonet mounted on a plaque and is presented by the CGSC commandant.

The winners of the Iron Major Awards are Maj. Allen Leth and Maj. Dave Abboud of Canada.

The Donald Smythe Military History Award was created in 1989 to present to the best ILE history student. C610 instructors invite candidates to write a thesis-length paper on a historical topic, and to take at least two Combat Studies Institute electives. The winner is selected based on course performance, recommendations and the quality of the written work. This award, by recognizing excellence in the study of history, honors the memory of an esteemed scholar, Father Donald W. Smythe, who served as the John F. Morrison Professor of History from 1985-1986.

The winner of the Donald Smythe Military History Award is Maj. Andrew J. Watson.

The Brigadier General Benjamin H. Grierson Award for Excellence in Strategic Studies recognizes excellence in strategic studies by students enrolled in the Strategist Program. Award selection includes recommendations from college staff and faculty, reviews of all grades, performance in the Strategist Program courses, a specific writing requirement and an oral comprehension examination. The Buffalo Soldier Educational and Historical Committee awards a plaque at graduation.

The winner of the Brigadier General Benjamin H. Grierson Award for Excellence in Strategic Studies is Air Force Maj. David Lyle.

The Excellence in Joint Service Warfare Award is presented to the student who contributes the most significantly to the study, implementation and spirit of joint service warfare. Additionally, the student must demonstrate proficiency in joint core courses, Joint Advanced Warfare Studies, attainment of an additional skill identifier in joint service warfare, participation in joint special operations areas of concentration, joint service warfare electives, publication of joint service warfare articles and completion of a Military Master of Art and Science degree with a focus on joint service warfare or a comparable degree from another institution. The award is open to all members of the regular class. The award is endowed by the Military Officers Association of America.

The recipient of the Excellence in Joint Service Warfare Award is Air Force Maj. Sean Slaughter.

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