June 27, 2018
Paul Davis, candidate for Congress in the Kansas second district, visited Leavenworth this week for the first meeting of his campaign’s military advisory group.
Its purpose is to provide counsel and expertise on critical issues that impact national security and the United States Armed Forces.
“Keeping America safe is the most important job of the federal government,” said Davis. “As a member of Congress, I will routinely engage experts in decisions that impact our military – including active duty personnel, reserve and guard forces, veterans and retirees. I strongly believe that open lines of communication are essential to our security as a nation and the vitality of our military installations here in Kansas.”
Kevin Benson, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army, retired, chairs the group. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. from The Catholic University of America, an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. During his career, Col. Benson served with the 5th Infantry Division, the 1st Armored Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps and Third U.S. Army. He also served as the director, School of Advanced Military Studies. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army for 30 years.
“Our group is pleased to help Mr. Davis,” said Benson. “We will offer him a range of informed national security advice, based on our experience.“
The group’s first meeting covered a wide variety of issues. Davis received feedback regarding current national security issues, including President Trump’s recent North Korea summit, looming cybersecurity threats, and how Davis can best support Fort Leavenworth through any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) procedures in Washington, if elected.
Additionally, much discussion centered on broader challenges and opportunities facing the United States Armed Forces.
“Fort Leavenworth plays an essential role in training the leaders of our armed forces,” said Davis. “I am grateful for the counsel and expertise of this advisory group, who have already become an important sounding board in my efforts to build relationships and become an advocate for the military community in Congress.”