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Operation International

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Operation International is a program of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce that fosters international understanding and creates rich cultural diversity by providing civilian sponsors for the international military students attending the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Operation International’s goal is the same today as it was in its beginning in 1952: to provide a warm welcome to the international officers and their families on their arrival in the community and to sustain that hospitality throughout their year with us. An all-volunteer effort, providing cultural exchange and the beginning of lifelong world-wide friendships!

This program is truly an unique experience to Leavenworth-Lansing communities and provides our citizens with the opportunity to experience a vast collection of cultures.

In order to ensure the Sponsor Assignment Process is as fair and transparent as possible, we have instituted a "lottery/drawing" system.  This lottery drawing has been (and will continue to be) recorded and shared publicly!

To review this year's Lottery Drawing Video, please follow this link:

2022 Sponsor Drawing Part 1
2022 Sponsor Drawing Part 2

To become involved in Operation International please contact Ann Soby via email at

2023 Schedule:

April 14, 2023: Applications Available
April 28, 2023: Deadline
May 24, 2023: Sponsor Lottery
May 31, 2023: New Sponsor Training


Service on the leadership committee for Operation International, as with all Chamber Councils, Committees, & Programs, is open exclusively to Chamber Members. If you're interested in becoming a Member of the oldest Chamber of Commerce in the State of Kansas, let us know, so you can begin to be involved today!

Events sponsored by Operation International:

  • The American Orientation Course for the spouses and children
  • Welcome coffees for the ladies
  • Craft classes
  • Local day trips and tours

2022 Operation International Sponsor Recognition Dinner

2023 International Officers receiving Honorary Citizen Certificates from City of Leavenworth

2023 Icebreakers

2023 International Spouses American Orientation

Know Your World 2023

2023 Food Fairs

Operation International Hall of Fame

Operation International Thanksgiving Dinner

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