FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan.—The Command and General Staff College will induct three international graduates into its International Hall of Fame Oct. 6 at the Lewis and Clark Center. This event will bring the number of International Hall of Fame inductees to 266, out of nearly 8,000 international officers who have graduated from the college.
Gen. Volker Wieker of Germany, Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan of Moldova, and Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips of Guyana will be honored during the ceremony. The International Hall of Fame recognizes international officer graduates of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, who, through military merit, have attained one of the highest positions of importance in their respective countries’ armed forces, or who have held an equivalent position by rank or responsibility in a multinational military organization.
Wieker started his career in the German Army in 1974. He completed a number of armored artillery assignments commanding at the battery and battalion levels. He also commanded a German Armored Brigade and the Multinational Brigade South in Kosovo. As a general, he commanded the 1st German/Netherlands Corps. Wieker participated in international operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Iraq. Today, Wieker continues to serve as the 15th Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr, the German military. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command General Staff Officer’s Course in 1992 and is the eighth German officer to be inducted. Wieker is not able to attend the ceremony. The German Army Liaison Officer to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center will accept the honor on his behalf.
Gorgan was selected as the Chief of the General Staff of the National Army of Moldova and Commander of the National Army in 2013 and continued in that role until his retirement in June. He previously commanded a Motorized Battalion, commanded the 1st and 2nd Motorized Infantry Brigades, and served as Chief of the J-7 Training Directorate of the National Army General Staff. The 2002 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer’s Course has also served overseas deployments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Iraq. Gorgan is the third Moldovan officer to be inducted.
Phillips has held a number of command and staff appointments. He has commanded at every level. He was the Inspector General for Guyana beginning in 2011. Earlier, he was Guyana’s Delegate to Inter-American Defense Board in 2009 and Guyana’s non-resident military attaché to Venezuela in 2010. Phillips was appointed as the Chief of the Staff of the Guyana Defense Force in September 2013 and has served in that position until his retirement this month. Brigadier General Phillips is the third U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officers Course graduate from Guyana to attain the rank of general and the second to be inducted into the hall of fame.
The CGSC International Hall of Fame was established in 1973 jointly between CGSC, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and the CGSC Foundation, In addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, inductees are presented a CGSC certificate of honor by the Military Order of the World Wars and a Life Constituent Certificate by the Foundation.
International military student participation in cooperative military studies in the United States originated at Fort Leavenworth with the arrival of Swiss Lieutenant Henri Le Comte in 1894. Since then, international students, representing 164 countries to date, have become an integral part of the Fort Leavenworth experience. These talented military officers contribute to a rich professional and cultural exchange environment. Approximately half of the international officers that attend CGSC go on to become generals.
Pictured above: Gen. Volker Wieker of Germany, Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan of Moldova, and Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips of Guyana will be honored during the International Hall of Fame ceremony Oct. 6 at the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.