Kansas Government On Display For Int'l Military Officers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Military officers from 64 countries will visit Topeka to gain greater understanding of how the Kansas state government and judicial system works.

"These annual visits gives us an opportunity to explain our military and political systems and provide a better understanding of our processes in Kansas and the U.S.," said Brig. Gen. Scott Dodd. "We also learn from the international officers and their experiences as leaders in their country's military organization."

Their tour will begin at the Curtis State Office Building with an introduction at 8:25 a.m., meeting with a member of the Secretary of State's office. The international group is part of the international officers currently at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff at Ft. Leavenworth.

The International Officers program has produced many world leaders, the Adj. General's office explained. Twenty-six graduates have gone one to lead their nations, while more than 300 have served as ministers, ambassadors, or representatives. About 2,400 have become general officers in the armies - around 300 of whom served as chiefs of staff.

This is the 121st year International Officers have stopped at Fort Leavenworth. In that time more than 7,500 officers from 162 countries have visited.

Posted by Greg Palmer