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US Army Command and General Staff College International Graduate Badge


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Although this is not in my collecting area, I just recently picked up a US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC -- Fort Leavenworth, Kansas) International Student Graduation Badge.  I haven't seen these discussed anywhere on the Forum and rarely see them at shows, etc.  So, I wanted to post it here in the event some Army badge collectors are not familiar with them.

 

CGSC has had international students since 1894.  The college estimates that there have been approximately 7,000 international graduates since then.  

 

Many foreign militaries award badges or other insignia to their personnel who graduate from their national staff or war colleges.  The US has never done this for its own staff and war college graduates that I am aware of. In 1964, international students at CGSC requested that the US present them a graduation badge for CGSC.  That request was appoved and since 1964 CGSC has awarded a graduation badge to international graduates.  I do not know if there have been any retroactive awards to graduates from classes before 1964.

 

The badge is 2 inches in diameter.  The design reportedly is based on either a Kansas Corn Flower or a sunflower.  It has the "Leavenworth Lamp" in the center.  It looks a little similar to the Army Staff Identification Badge. As currently awarded it is presented in a case and includes a matching lapel pin.

 

Here are links to articles on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 awards -- https://www.leavenworthtimes.com/news/20190620/year-marks-125-years-of-international-grads  and  https://www.cgscfoundation.org/119-international-students-receive-honors-from-cgsc/ and  https://www.army.mil/article/189152/cgsc_awards_international_student_badges 

 

Here are a few pictures of the badge I just picked up: obvers, reverse, and close up of the manufacturer's mark.

Dennis

 

 

 

 

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lamarhooten

I recall coming across a box of these, (50 or so maybe!) while I was doing some business in Bell Hall (the old CGSC one, torn down and a parking lot now) back around 1985 or '86. I figured I would ask if I could have one, but never got back to it and/or forgot about them.  It is something you do not see that often!

 

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11 hours ago, lamarhooten said:

I recall coming across a box of these, (50 or so maybe!) while I was doing some business in Bell Hall (the old CGSC one, torn down and a parking lot now) back around 1985 or '86. I figured I would ask if I could have one, but never got back to it and/or forgot about them.  It is something you do not see that often!

 

Now that's something.  I vaguely remember the 2 international officers in my section receiving their badges in 1988 (one Nigerian and one Jordanian).  The example in my post is the first one I've seen outside of the Leavenworth award ceremony.  

Dennis

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3 hours ago, bertmedals said:

Now that's something.  I vaguely remember the 2 international officers in my section receiving their badges in 1988 (one Nigerian and one Jordanian).  The example in my post is the first one I've seen outside of the Leavenworth award ceremony.  

Dennis

I'm losing it.  It was actually 1989.

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