Army researcher receives special recognition from Command and General Staff College

August 01, 2016

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College educates and develops leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency and multinational operations
  • At a recent Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, ceremony, the college gave special recognition to Diane Ungvarsky, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, for supporting Operation International
  • Operation International is a program of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 26, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College educates and develops leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency and multinational operations.

At a recent Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, ceremony, the college gave special recognition to Diane Ungvarsky, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Ungvarsky and her husband, retired Lt. Col. Brooks Lyles, have supported the international military student sponsorship program for 20 academic classes. Throughout the years, they have sponsored 22 international military students from 20 countries – to include Canada, Lithuania, Thailand, Republic of Georgia, Slovenia, Moldova, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovak Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Egypt and Poland.

Ungvarsky is a member of the Operation International Committee, one of three groups that manage sponsorship. As noted on the organization's website, Operation International is a program of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce that fosters international understanding and creates rich cultural diversity by providing civilian sponsors for the international military students attending CGSC at Fort Leavenworth.

Operation International's goal is the same today as it was in its beginning in 1952: to provide a warm welcome to the international officers and their families on their arrival in the community and to sustain that hospitality throughout their year with them. It is an all-volunteer effort, providing cultural exchange and the beginning of lifelong world-wide friendships.

Ungvarsky works at ARL's Human Research and Engineering Directorate Fort Leavenworth field element. She is also a member of a social organization that hosts events such as a Halloween party for the international kids and line dancing for the international ladies.

"The international sponsorship program provides a unique and rewarding opportunity at Fort Leavenworth. You get to meet and interact with military officers and their families from more than 100 countries every year," Ungvarsky said. "We have stayed in touch with many of the internationals we have sponsored – tracking their careers and watching their children grow."


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: August 1, 2016