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Fort Leavenworth, KS

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027  |  Post Operator: DSN: 552-4021, (913) 684-4021

Fort Leavenworth: Overview

Fort Leavenworth is probably most famous as the only military installation that conducts the mission of serving as a maximum security prison for service members from all branches of the Armed Forces. The tenant that conducts this mission is the United States Disciplinary Barracks, which reports to the United States Army Corrections Command. However, Fort Leavenworth serves many other important roles, such as supporting the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), which is part of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The CAC places focus on developing the leadership skills, conducting collective training, Army doctrine, and battle command. The other entities that are located on Fort Leavenworth and fall under the jurisdiction of the CAC include the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Center for Army Lessons Learned, the Combined Arms Doctrine, Directorate, The Combined Arms Center-Training, and the TRADOC Program Integration Office-Battle Command.

This post has a long and storied tradition, and has the distinction of being the oldest active Army installation that lies to the west of the Mississippi River. It supported the western expansion of the United States, serving as an outpost for both the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail. It was also involved in a number of campaigns, including the Indian Removal Act, the Mexican-American War, and the Utah War.

Fort Leavenworth: Education

Considering that Fort Leavenworth is a TRADOC post focusing on developing leadership skills, it is a great place to continue that development by earning a college degree. Attending an online school makes a great deal of sense, since you can easily fit your coursework into your schedule. In addition, being transferred to another installation does not mean you have to delay your degree progress. The school will accomodate you no matter where you are. Learn more by requesting information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Fort Leavenworth: Location

Fort Leavenworth is located on the bank of the Missouri River in Leavenworth County, Kansas. The post is actually right on the Missouri border in the northeastern part of the state and just north of the city of Leavenworth. Leavenworth is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Other communities nearby include Lansing, KS, Atchison, KS, Gladstone, MO, Shawnee, KS, Merriam, KS, Kansas City, MO, Mission, KS, Overland Park, KS, Lenexa, KS, Prairie Village, KS, Liberty, MO, Lawrence, KS, Leawood, KS, and Olathe, KS.

Fort Leavenworth: Interesting Facts

  • All of the Army's five-star generals, including George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry "Hap" Arnold, and Omar Bradley, passed through the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
  • Fort Leavenworth was established by the 3rd Infantry Regiment in 1827 in an effort to defend the Santa Fe Trail. This unit was commanded by Colonel Henry Leavenworth.
  • General William T. Sherman started the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry in 1881. It is now known as the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
  • Fort Leavenworth began its mission of serving as a maximum-security prison back in 1875.
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