The Kansas City Chiefs took a group of players and front office personnel to visit Ft. Leavenworth, KS, home of the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi.
One of the Chiefs stops while at the Ft. Leavenworth campus was a look inside the recently constructed Lewis and Clark Center. This massive building houses the Command and General Staff College, which produces and educates not only our future brigade commanders and generals, but houses an international program consisting of the world’s most elite military leaders as well.
Leadership was the common theme of the day, both from the standpoint of the men and women in uniform and from the men wearing red and gold.
“This is an honor for us,” Pioli told a group of soldiers and their families. “The team (in Ft. Leavenworth) does much more than this (football) team. I don’t mean that disrespectfully for our guys or what we do in our profession, but this team and the things that you accomplish – without you all we can’t do our jobs.
“Without you taking care of our country, we don’t have the right or the ability to do what we do,” Pioli continued. “Thank you very much.”
Tuesday’s visit to Ft. Leavenworth was made possible through the Chiefs partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars – the nation’s largest organization of war veterans. The VFW is headquartered in Kansas City at the corner of 34th and Broadway and the service group is not only instrumental in supporting war veterans, but is also one of the largest aiding services to current military members and their families.
The Chiefs and the VFW will be teaming up for a series of patriotic events, including the Veterans Day themed game at The New Arrowhead (October 31st vs. Buffalo). In addition to supporting troops and their families through a series of events, the Chiefs will also provide care packages to military families overseas.
Another great job by the Chiefs getting out in the community. As a franchise they never miss an opportunity to give back and I can’t think of a better group to visit than the bravest folks in the area.
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