Kevin Benson (Courtesy Univ. of Kansas, Creative Commons License).
Quick Bio (2-3 sentences): I was raised in Wisconsin and left after high school to go to West Point, 1973-1977. I served on active duty in the U.S. Army for thirty years during which my wife and daughter endured eighteen moves, including overseas to Germany. I recently completed a PhD in American History and am teaching at Fort Leavenworth, KS. I work for AECOM.
What is the most interesting project you are currently working on?
The most interesting project I am working on is the development of a three-day course on critical thinking for the U.S. Army School of Command Preparation. The three-day program is a part of a ten-day course for colonels who are selected for brigade command. The men and women who are selected to command brigades in our army form the pool from which most of the general officers that form the senior leadership of the army are chosen. The project I am a part of is designed to enhance the abilities of these men and women to think critically, accept alternative perspectives, and develop more nuanced concepts for operations.
What got you started in your career?
When I was a young lad I read about soldiers in American history. One of my grandfathers fought in World War I and my uncle and my father fought in World War II. While they were not professional soldiers, their service inspired me. When I read about West Point the idea of being an army officer and commanding soldiers really took hold. I’ve never had a “mid-life crisis” because I had the privilege of serving something larger than myself as well as jumping from perfectly functioning airplanes, shooting tanks, and commanding American soldiers. The responsibility of command is like no other responsibility. Leading and training soldiers is very satisfying. Read more »