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The Foundation sponsors three different Awards at each year’s Graduation Ceremonies, one at the Expeditionary Warfare School and two at the Command and Staff College. These Awards are:

The International Military Student Award for Excellence recognizes the International Officer who has most contributed to the Profession of Arms at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS). The faculty chooses the award winner based on leadership, academics, professional development, and overall superior performance.


Captain Matthew Rolls, RCR The Royal Canadian Regiment

Capt Matthew Rolls, RCR, BGen Tom Draude, USMC (Ret) presenting

The Streusand-Cooper Award, endowed by Douglas E. Streusand, presented in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Streusand and Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. L. “Gus” Cooper, to a Command and Staff (CSC) student for the best paper on information operations or information as an instrument of national power.

Recipient Major Chad E. Craven, USMC

“MISO Aspects of Operations in Support of the U.S. Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific”

The Colonel F. Brooke Nihart Writing Award, endowed by Colonel and Mrs. F. Brooke Nihart, USMC (Ret), and presented in honor of the late Colonel Nihart to the Marine Infantry Officer at CSC whose Master of Military Studies paper demonstrates the greatest depth of scholarship, clarity, and originality. Colonel Nihart was a prolific writer for the Marine Corps Gazette; his first article appeared in the August 1946 edition and his last in August 2006.

Recipient Major Brendan P. Sullivan, USMC “Bridging the Gap: The 2024 MAGTF in the Pacific” Maj Chad E. Craven, USMC, BGen Tom Draude, USMC (Ret) presenting

Maj Brendan P. Sullivan, USMC, Maj Rick Spooner, USMC (Ret) presenting


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