Here are the Archived entries for 7 2017

Post Army Wellness Center to host health, wellness classes next week Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 July 2017
By Derek Gean
Assistant editor
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Fort Leonard Wood’s Army Wellness Center is scheduled to offer six classes next week designed to help people live a healthier lifestyle.

“Health and fitness education raises an individual’s mindfulness level and their awareness gives them a sense of control over one’s life, which in turn contributes to adopting healthier lifestyles,” said Kelly Scarbrough, health promotion technician at the AWC.

“Health education gives people empowerment over their health and wellness.  We teach knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes.  We hope to motivate Soldiers and their Families on ways to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.”

Class schedule:

July 18
11 a.m. to noon – Healthy Sleep Habits: Learn about the science of sleep and how to achieve better quality of sleep. Each class contains a sleep quality index evaluation.

11 a.m. to noon — Stress Management: Learn tips to manage your stress as well as improve your resiliency. Each class contains group mindfulness practice.

July 19
11 a.m. to noon — Fueling for Health: Discuss obesity trends and implications to have a better understanding of dietary guidelines and food labels as well as learn the basic components of nutrition.

11 a.m. to noon — Staying Fit: Learn ways to stay fit within the comforts of your own home by discussing the components of exercise and barriers to activity and developing an action plan for home use.

July 20
11 a.m. to noon — Upping Your  Metabolism: Learn eight tips to improve your body composition and ways to increase your metabolism. Each class will provide an exercise to help participants review goal setting.

11 a.m. to noon — Meals in Minutes: Learn how to create quick and healthy meals to help improve your nutrition each day. Each class contains recipe ideas and meal prep techniques.

All AWC classes are open to active-duty military members, military retirees, active-duty and retiree Family members and Department of Defense civilians.

Scarbrough said she encourages everyone to consider taking part because research shows that better health education has a direct correlation with lower heart disease and diabetes risk.

“Often when we have education and knowledge about healthy eating or good exercise habits, we tend to be more inclined to want to exercise and eat healthy,” Scarbrough said.

To register, or for more information about classes and services at the AWC, call 573.329.1900 or visit the center at 199 East 4th Street, Building 2081.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 July 2017 )
First Soldiers join new BCT battalion Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 July 2017
The newly activated 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, welcomes their first company of Soldiers to Fort Leonard Wood to begin their 10-week transformation from civilian to Soldier during Basic Combat Training Monday. The more than 100 new Soldiers were welcomed into Company A by 30 drill sergeants who motivated the Soldiers at every opportunity. Photo by Stephen Standifird
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 July 2017 )
Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Farewell Interview: Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen, commandant Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 July 2017
How has being the U.S. Army Military Police School commandant enriched your career?
This has been an extremely rewarding assignment. This is a significant time of change for our Army. To be in this position allows you to have significant and crucial impact in the ability to shape change in the MP Corps that will help the corps as it provides professional policing capability for the Army across the range of military operations whether at home or abroad.
What will you miss most about the post and area?
I will miss the people here on Fort Leonard Wood as well as members of our local communities: St. Robert, Waynesville, and surrounding areas.

These communities have tremendous admiration for our military, and I am amazed, even though small in number (population-wise), they are very large in their support.

What does taking care of Soldiers mean from the regimental and school commandant perspective?
Our Army exists because of people, and at the center of the Army, as well as the MP Corps, are our Soldiers.

Soldiers really just want good leaders — they want leaders who will lead them effectively and ensure they know that they are vital to the team.

We have an obligation to ensure that Soldiers know their leaders are there and will be there to support them.

When Soldiers know their leaders have genuine interest in them, they will do amazing things.

Photo by Mike Curtis, Visual Information Center
What experience, personal or professional, affected you the most during your commandancy?
The experience with the greatest impact has been the opportunity to travel across the United States and overseas to visit with our units who are stationed at these various installations.

Coupled with that, during each visit I get to meet with our Army senior leaders who talk about the tremendous support provided by our MP Soldiers and leaders for their respective installations.

What we do in preserving the force is real; we help commanders ensure readiness within their formations.

Photo by Mike Curtis, Visual Information Center

What advice would you impart to military police Soldiers as you depart?
Our Army has placed a tremendous amount of trust in the MP Corps and its Soldiers to do what is right all the time.

Our actions as we conduct policing operations and enforcing the laws (essentially the Rule of Law) get so much attention that we cannot afford to take short cuts or compromise our authority — we are better than that.

If we are expected to enforce the law, we are obligated to abide by the law ourselves.

I want our MP Soldiers to execute each and every mission with pride and promoting the ‘Profession of Arms’ in a positive nature. The Army expects nothing less.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 July 2017 )
Heartbreak fridge: ‘Odd’ parting gifts Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 July 2017
By Lisa Smith Molinari
Special to GUIDON

The summer military moving season is upon us, which means it’s probably time to say goodbye to friends. There will be farewell fire pits, hugs and even tears.

But moving requires cleaning out the kitchen, so this otherwise sad occasion may also come with parting gifts.

Admit it, you have a bottle of mustard, a can of cooking spray or some other food item in your kitchen you did not purchase. We know you didn’t pay for that jar of Spanish olives, did you?

I’m not accusing anyone of being a thief. To the contrary, I’m merely pointing out a unique aspect of military spouse culture: It’s all about giving.

You make friends at each duty station, and even if friendships are brief, each friend bequeaths to you fond memories of afternoons chatting on the patio during deployments, or of the night you brought her wine and chocolate because she was crying over her husband’s new orders.

But her final gift to you is something that, even though it will last for many months to come, seems so thoughtless and random: that bottle of cocktail sauce that was on the door of her refrigerator.

What gives?

Receiving a bag of turkey meatballs may seem like an insult, but this simple gesture between spouses is actually quite poignant.

You certainly don’t need her half-used tub of margarine, but it’s a lasting symbol of her friendship. She gave these things to you because that’s what we do — we share travel tips and power tools, hairdressers and babysitters, laughter and tears, the challenges and rewards of military life.

Your friend didn’t mean to offend you with that jar of capers. In fact, she tried very hard to salvage the food in her kitchen by concocting strange casseroles and feeding them to her Family.

She layered them with melted cheese and cracker crumbs to disguise the can of French-style green beans, that pack of hot dogs with freezer burn, and that bag of stiffened mini-marshmallows.

But her Family, eventually got fed up with her magical mystery meals, and that’s when she thought of you.

Funnily enough, I can’t remember the countless duds and delights I gave to friends before our last 11 military moves. The stress of each move has a way of blurring those details.

Ironically, I have an uncanny memory of the many kitchen items given to me over the years.

I never did find a use for them, but I was grateful for the cocktail onions my friend, Natalie, gave me. I was touched by the frozen chicken tenders from Eileen and the maple syrup from Michelle.

Useful or not, I recognized each item given and received for what it was: A tiny memento of our friendship.

So, when you see that bottle of Catalina dressing on your refrigerator door that no one in your Family likes, don’t be annoyed.

Instead, remember that in our military community, when you give understanding, camaraderie, and support, that is exactly what you will get back.

Well, that, and a jar of horseradish.

But think of it like this: She may have given you a lousy bottle of ketchup, but the unspoken understanding and support your fellow military spouse offered when you were in need was nothing short of priceless.

(Editor’s note: Molinari writes a column covering different aspects of military life. You can find her articles at
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 July 2017 )
CBRN School gets new commandant Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 July 2017
Col. Andy Munera receives the CBRN regimental flag from Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, signifying his assumption of responsibility as commandant of the CBRN School as well as the chief of chemical. Photo by Mike Curtis, Visual Information Center
By Dawn Arden
Public Affairs Office

Fort Leonard Wood’s Chemical, Biological,  Radiological and Nuclear School said farewell to Brig. Gen. James Bonner and welcomed Col. Andy Munera in a change-of-commandancy ceremony held June 29 on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza.

Bonner said the work done by the chemical school is especially important and that over the past year they have made great strides in closing the gap between training and readiness.

“Like the foundation of a sturdy house, what the CBRN School contributes is essential to the countering WMD mission in addition to strengthening the warfighting and combat readiness mission worldwide,” Bonner said. “Today I came to the stark reality that after 29 years, this is the last day that I will serve in this corps, culminating as the 29th chief of chemical and commandant of the CBRN School, and I’m OK with that because you have given me an unforgettable experience.”

Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, spoke of the critical role played by the Chemical Corps dating back to the battlefields of World War I.

“Because of their brave efforts, unique skills and tools developed through multiple conflicts to mitigate a broad range of hazards, the CBRN legacy was born, and the legacy continues today with the passing of the Chemical Corps colors from Brig. Gen. Jim Bonner to Col. Andy Munera,” Savre said.

Savre listed a few of Bonner's many  accomplishments during his time as commandant.

Those accomplishments highlighted included his interaction with several major Army commands and multiple nations, which in turn strengthened our relationships with international allies and built a better CBRN defense, and his work with various academic institutions of excellence to create the first fellowships for CBRN officers.

“Although Brig. Gen. Bonner has done an exceptional job engaging with key leaders across the world, he’s always remained equally focused on developing his team right here at Fort Leonard Wood,” Savre said. “From permanent party, Soldiers in training, to Family members and civilians, his unique ability to leverage his great sense of humor and his personal approach toward mentorship has left a positive influence on the CBRN and MSCoE teams.”
Brig. Gen. James Bonner is rendered one final cannon salute after relinquishing commandancy of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School June 29. Photo by Mike Curtis, Visual Information Center

Savre then congratulated Munera on his appointment as 30th chief of chemical and as commandant, saying the chemical school will continue the mission of creating agile and adaptive leaders of character with unique skills and tools to achieve mission success.

“Col. Munera has a remarkable resume,” Savre said. “He’s been an integral part of the Chemical Corps and has served in a variety of high op-tempo units like the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions, and the Big Red One. He commanded the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and is now coming to us from the Pentagon as a senior military adviser to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

Munera said it was an honor to be selected and that he and his Family are excited to be back in Missouri.

He said he looks forward to being part of the Maneuver Support team of teams.

“Like my predecessors, I will remain focused on increasing CBRN readiness, developing fundamentally sound and technically proficient leaders, and enhancing CBRN force posture to meet today and tomorrow’s national CBRN defense,” Munera said.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 July 2017 )
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