The Colin L. Powell Lecture for the CGSC class of 2019 is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Aug. 21, in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center. The 12th commander of U.S. Central Command, retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, will present this year’s lecture.
Gen. (Ret.) Austin commanded U.S. Central Command from March 2013 to March 2016. Prior to that assignment he served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff
of the Army. During his nearly 41 years of military service, he commanded units at every echelon, with duty in Germany, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and
the United States. He commanded the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 10th Mountain Division and also served as the commanding general of U.S. Forces – Iraq, a theater-level command. Since retiring from active military service on May 1, 2016, Gen. Austin founded and is the owner and president of Austin Strategy Group, LLC.
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With his vast amount of leadership experience at every level of the Army and in joint assignments, Gen. Austin is eminently qualified to address national security and defense issues as this year’s Powell Lecturer.
The Colin L. Powell Lecture Series was established by CGSC and the CGSC Foundation in 2008 in honor of the legacy of Gen. Powell at Fort Leavenworth. Powell, a former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, served at Fort Leavenworth as a Brigadier General, and was the driving force behind the development of the Buffalo Soldier Monument that honors the service of the 9th and 10th Cavalry “Buffalo Soldiers.”
The intent of the Powell Lecture Series is to invite national and international distinguished personalities to provide lectures on contemporary issues to the faculty, student body, community and business leaders in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Lecturers in the series range from heads of state, heads of government, senior diplomats, and other distinguished persons who could bring their unique perspectives to help educate the audience about historical or contemporary issues of importance to the nation or the international community.
The lecture series is sponsored by the CGSC Foundation through an endowment from TriWest Healthcare Alliance.
For more information contact the CGSC Foundation.