Students and faculty with the U.S. Army Knowledge Management Qualification Course celebrated a unique milestone April 12 by graduating the 1,000th student in the 50th class at Fort Leavenworth. Leaders for the course chose to honor the entire class with a commemorative coin to mark the event.

The three-week course is designed for Soldiers and civilians designated as their organization's knowledge management lead. Completion awards KM professionals the additional skill identifier 1E.

"This is a big deal for us," said Maj. Matthew Potts, KMQC senior instructor. "Today marks an important milestone for both the Mission Command Center of Excellence and the Army Knowledge Management Proponent Office. This group of skilled leaders will return to their units and facilitate organizational improvement through enhancing shared understanding, learning, and decision-making in support of mission command."

Students attending the Army Knowledge Management Qualification Course come from organizations and units across the Department of Defense in all cohorts, as well as from other federal organizations. The course focuses on teaching students to use the KM process to assess, design, develop, pilot, and implement solutions to fix knowledge and performance gaps within their units.

Joseph Koskey, director, Army Knowledge Management Proponent and graduation guest speaker, thanked the class for their hard work, motivation, and exceptional products. "During these past three weeks you've learned the basic 'blocking and tackling' of sound knowledge management practices and created some usable products for your respective organizations. Regardless of your previous experience in KM, you now have the skills to affect real change. Don't hesitate to leverage your classmates, the AKM Proponent and the larger KM community," he said.

KMQC Course Chief Martin Fries summed up the experience. "We now have 1,000 KM professionals out in the field who are solving problems and improving processes for their commanders and leaders. That's something to be proud of," he said. "We can't wait to get started on the next 1,000."

For more information on the Knowledge Management Qualification Course, course criteria, and schedules visit https://usacac.army.mil/organizations/mccoe/akm