International officers visit Topeka

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – One hundred and ten officers from 90 nations visited Topeka today to learn about state government and the state judicial system. The international officers, who are students at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, come to Topeka once during their course to learn about state government.

The officers had their photo taken with Governor Sam Brownback and then went to the Kansas Judicial Center to hear a presentation on the Kansas court system given by Chief Judge Thomas E. Malone. After the tour at the Judicial Center, the officers went to the Kansas Museum of History where they were given a tour after lunch.

Over the years, many of the International Officer students have gone on to key positions in their nation. Twenty-six have become heads of state, more than 300 have become ministers, ambassadors or representatives, approximately 2,400 have become general officers in the armies of the world, while more than 300 have become chiefs of staff of their armed forces. The tradition of International Officers attending the General Staff Officer College began in 1894.

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