Commander of the Belize Defence Force, Brigadier General David Jones was quite excited today when he spoke with the media on his upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame in Kansas, USA. He explained how this honor came about and what it means for him.
“I have received correspondence already that there is intent for me to be inducted in the Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This honor is bestowed on officers who have been outstanding in their career and officers who have attended the Commandant General College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and have risen all the way to the rank of the Commander of their armed forces. So being that I was a graduate of that college and my performance while I was there and being that I have risen to the rank commander of the Belize Defence Force, I’ve been invited to go be inducted in the Hall of Fame which means I will also address the graduating class at Fort Leavenworth when I go there. It will be a great honor. This service if it does come happen, if it does come through, it is expected to be in March so I would fly over to Kansas and be a part of that ceremony.”
“You keep on saying if it does happen. It hasn’t been confirmed?”
“Well I’ve gotten the invitation already asking me if I will be available. I’ve said yes so more than likely it will happen. “
More than 7,000 international students have graduated from the Command and General Staff College with 253 officers from 69 countries inducted to the International Hall of Fame so far. The Hall of Fame was established in 1969 as a way to recognize its military alumni for obtaining positions of the highest importance in their country’s armed forces. In 2010, former Brigadier General Dario Tapia was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.