Norwegian writes most outstanding Master’s thesis at U.S. Command and General Staff College


Ambassador Whitney (left) and Chief of Defense Diesen (right) honored the outstanding master student Daltveit. The chair was a gift from the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation at the Embassy.

Lieutenant Colonel Egil Daltveit of the Norwegian Army, CGSC Class 07-02, was officially presented the Birrer-Brooks Award at the United States Embassy in Oslo on Jan. 27. Daltveit was recognized as having the most outstanding Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) thesis in his CGSC Master’s program graduating class of 36 students.

LTC Daltveit was presented his award by Benson K. Whitney; the U.S. Ambassador to Norway and General Sverre Diesen, Norway’s Chief of Defense.  The ceremony was attended by more than seventy Norwegian and U.S. Embassy officials. The ceremony was highlighted by speeches by both the U.S. Ambassador and General Diesen.

The impact of the professional military education exchange program was specifically addressed by General Diesen. He commented on the importance of the bilateral exchange program with Fort Leavenworth, and emphasized his determination to maintain the “fundamental reliance” on the positive partnership with the United States.

The award winning thesis, “The March 2004 Riots in Kosovo: a Failure of the International Community”, was chosen by the College’s graduate faculty. They evaluated his thesis based on the depth of his research, the substance of his argument, the significance, and the strength of his composition. The award he received is a chair inscribed with the CGSC seal which is provided by the Command and General Staff College Foundation. He was the first recipient of the newly formed award.

Source: US Embassy Oslo

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