Edwin L. Kennedy, Jr
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (ret)
LTC (ret) Kennedy enlisted in the Army in 1971. He was accepted to, and graduated from, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and commissioned as an infantry officer. He has served in a number of assignments in the U.S. and overseas to include Germany, Israel, and Korea. LTC (ret) Kennedy is a 1981graduate of the Israeli Army Armored Corps Commanders Course. He holds two advanced degrees: a masters in administration and one in history. He is a certified military historian (5X), an Army recognized career field. He has taught at the Army’s staff college for seventeen years (10 in tactics department/ 3 in history department / 4 in leadership department). He transferred from Fort Leavenworth in 2011 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Command and Leadership at the US Army Command and General Staff College Redstone Arsenal campus.
LTC Kennedy’s first tour at the Army staff college was as a tactics instructor. A second tour prior to retirement was as an instructor in military history. His primary duty specialty was conducting “staff rides” to battlefields to train numerous middle and high-level military officers in leadership and decision-making techniques and procedures (“staff rides” are educational exercises that combine history scenarios and visits to actual battlefields to teach tactics, logistical considerations, leadership and decision making). He has performed a number of “staff rides” in the United States to include: the campaigns for Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), Vicksburg (Mississippi), Chickamauga (Georgia), Westport (Kansas City), Mine Creek (Kansas), Wilson’s Creek (Missouri), Elkhorn Tavern (Arkansas), and the Sioux Wars (Wyoming and Montana). In Korea he has led the staff ride for the battle at Osan (“Task Force Smith”) and in Germany he has conducted the staff ride for the rescue of Patton’s son-in-law, “Task Force Baum”, to Hammelburg.
LTC (ret) Kennedy has had a number of articles published in professional journals on tactics, history, leadership, and horsemanship. After retiring from the Army, he taught secondary school Army JROTC as a Senior Army Instructor. He has done a number of presentations on historical subjects. LTC (ret) Kennedy is an avid horseman and has taught equitation and horsemanship for a number of years. LTC Kennedy is married to the former Christine Darbe and they have two sons who are U.S. military veterans. The oldest served in the U.S. Navy and now works for the National Security Agency. The other serving son served as an active duty armor officer in Iraq; commanded both a Ranger Training Company, and cavalry reconnaissance troop at Fort Benning, Georgia. The youngest son is a graduate of Kansas State and Georgia Southern Universities. He now works at the University of Georgia.