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LTC David Laws Speaks to Civics Classes

CHS Civics and Economics students were honored to hear guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel David Laws

Students in Civics and Economics classes were visited by Lieutenant Colonel David Laws on November 26, 2012. LTC Laws is a parent at CHS with a BA from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University, and a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University. He came to share his military knowledge with the Cavs as part of his coursework earning a Master of Strategic Studies degree at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania. He previously served six months in Iraq, and served as the acting Staff Judge Advocate for the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) in Charlotte, North Carolina which is responsible for Army Reserve Initial Entry Training.

Civics and Economics teacher Joel Allen said, “LTC Laws contacted me about a speaking engagement. I knew he would have topics useful to Civics and US history.”

“Rank is an important thing in the military,” LTC Laws said. He explained the branches of the U.S. military and went on to describe the ranks and the responsibilities of each as well as the military chain of command. LTC Laws told the students about civil military relations and the complex relationship between military personnel and civilians. He compared civilian law to military law and discussed the role of the recession and the role of the Defense department in the country’s economy.

“It was interesting to hear how the military looked at the recession versus how an American consumer looks at it. He reinforced much of what the students have been learning this year, from a military standpoint,” said Allen.

The students and staff of CHS wish to thank Lieutenant Colonel Laws for sharing his time and expertise with us.

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Nov 27, 2012 by Paula White

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