Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams, DLA director; with the CGSOC Class 19-001 top graduates Maj. Joshua Hargarten, left; and Maj. Nathaniel Bastain.

One hundred-twenty students graduated, April 25 from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff School at Belvoir’s Barden Education Center. Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams, DLA director, spoke at the ceremony. 

Williams addressed the graduates on their future service as field-grade officers, being transformational leaders and developing leaders of character. Borrowing a hiring quote from financier Warren Buffett, Williams spoke to the students and staff about the importance of integrity, intelligence and energy. 

During the course, students get instruction in leadership; force management; joint operations; joint and unified operational art; ethics; military history; and Army doctrine and planning. The course educates and trains field-grade officers to be agile, innovative and adaptive leaders. 

In addition to the common core instruction, the Belvoir campus offers four electives: Military Leadership Lessons of George Washington, taught at the George Washington Leadership Institute at Mount Vernon; Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C.; U.S. Agency for International Development, taught at Fort Belvoir and the USAID headquarters in D.C., and Logistics for Battalion Executive Officers at Barden. 

Maj. Nathaniel Bastain and Maj. Joshua Hargarten were the top graduates.