SAMS 14-01 Graduation
School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) 14-01

The U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies conducted graduation on May 22 at 9 a.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center. The school graduated 132 officers, including 12 international officers from eight countries.

Most of the graduates were completing the Advanced Military Studies Program. This 10-month long course is a graduate level education program to develop innovative and adaptive leaders who excel at operational art and are willing to experiment and accept risk. Program graduates apply critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems, demonstrate mastery of joint and Army doctrine, and anticipate the future operational environment. They synthesize the elements of U.S. national power in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operations, and demonstrate effective communications.

Sixteen graduates were completing the Advanced Strategic Leader Studies Program. This Senior Service College program focuses on planning and executing the full spectrum of unified land operations with government and nongovernmental agencies and international partners. Its students comprise senior lieutenant colonels, colonels, and their civilian equivalents. Military class members have typically commanded a battalion-sized unit in the armed services. The course is equivalent to the U.S. Army War College.

All graduates received the Master of Military Art and Science Degree. The MMAS is awarded by the Command and General Staff College based on students successfully completing the School of Advanced Military Studies curriculum, passing an oral comprehensive exam, and successfully completing an extensive monograph based on original research. Completed monographs are published electronically by the Combined Arms Research Library.

The graduation speaker was Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, Commanding General, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McCord. Prior to his current assignment he was the Commander, 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McCord. Lanza commanded the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, in Iraq and has served multiple operational deployments. He is a 1994 graduate of the Advanced Military Studies Program.

Individual award recipients were:

Advanced Strategic Leader Studies Program Best Monograph:
Col. (Army) James MacGregor's monograph, "In Pursuit of the Grand Idea."

Advanced Military Studies Program Best Monograph:
Maj. (the Netherlands) Rene van den Berg's monograph, "Unchained Interests:
American-British-Dutch-Australian Command 1942."

Simon Center Interagency Writing Award:
Mr. Anthony L. Volino's monograph, "Leveraging the Trinity:
A 'Clausewitzian' Framework for Genocide Prevention." Mr. Volino is a Defense Department civilian employee.

Col. Thomas Felts Leadership Award:
Maj. (Army) Todd Tompkins

Iron Planner (highest Army Physical Fitness Test score):
Maj. (Army) James Stultz
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