LETTER: A giant of our time

April 29, 2016

Via Leavenworthtimes.com

To the editor:

At the invitation of Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and the commandant of the Command and General Staff College, I was privileged to participate in the program structured for the April 22 visit of Sen. Jerry Moran. One is ever inspired by the extraordinary synergism projected by the leadership, staff, faculty and students which generates an ever-increasingly effective educational system that challenges, encourages, inspires and prepares officer leaders from the Army, sister services, the international community and other governmental agencies to meet challenges extant and ever emerging.

Both Sen. Moran and Gen. Brown, unequivocally, acknowledged and commended the essential measured, thoughtful support the Leavenworth and Lansing communities project to ensure Fort Leavenworth’s mission success. Business, community and civic leader Jerry Reilly, Leavenworth Mayor Larry Dedeke, Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer and Veteran’s Administration Interim Assistant Director Kevin Arnhold and Kirby Brown, deputy to the commander of the Combined Arms Center, all who participated in Sen. Moran’s visit, were commended for having been and remain leaders central to this unique partnership success.

This privileged experience generated this citizen’s observations. Sen. Moran, a man for all seasons, projects the assessment of a giant of our nation’s founding, John Adams, who said, “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography and natural history … in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music and architecture.”

Sen. Moran’s every action is based on his understanding of our life in this country, our history in this country and the lives that have been given to this country. He is a fierce guardian of the 400 years of America’s hard-earned accounts – the principles we established, the battles we fought and the morals we have upheld for century after century.

We are fortunate, indeed, that the military, community, state and nation are served by a giant of our time, Sen. Jerry Moran.

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