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Historic vehicles rolling onto Fort Leonard Wood Wednesday Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
By Martha Yoshida
Public Affairs Office

A caravan of more than 50 historic military vehicles traveling across the country will make a stop at Fort Leonard Wood.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association will display military Jeeps and trucks dating from World War II to the present day from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Daugherty Bowling Center parking lot. MVPA drivers will be available to talk about the importance of their vehicles during their military service.

The visit is part of the association’s 30-day, cross-country convoy from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, along Historic Route 66.

“Route 66 is a major attraction in the area, and Fort Leonard Wood was a perfect fit for this group,” said Karen Hood, certified travel industry specialist with the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, which brought the tour to Fort Leonard Wood’s attention.

“We know that our community and the participants of the convoy will enjoy the visit,” Hood said.

Following the static display, the MVPA plans to enjoy a private dinner banquet at the John B. Mahaffey Museum to fuel up for the remaining 25 days of their journey.

Brad Nelson, a nine-year MVPA member, who helped to coordinate this year’s 2,300-mile convoy, said to be part of the MVPA, one only needs to have an “interest in preserving military vehicles.”

“You do not need to be a veteran to be in the MVPA, but there are many veterans who are members,” he said.

Nelson said MVPA members participate in the convoy, which is held every two to three years, because “it is a good excuse to drive their vehicles and see the country at 35 miles per hour.”

“You don’t get to see America on the interstate,” he said. “I don’t know who gets a bigger kick from the event — the drivers or the people who come out to see us. It’s fun to see the responses.”

Honoring veterans is an important goal of the event.

“The convoy participants use this event as an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all military Veterans, active-duty armed forces personnel and their Families for their service to our country,” Nelson said.

The public is invited and encouraged to meet and greet the vehicle owners and take photos.

“The visit represents a  joint effort between Pulaski County Tourism, the city of  St. Robert, the MVPA, Fort Leonard Wood, and the surrounding community,” Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander, said. “Fort Leonard Wood looks forward to a great event and everyone is invited to come out to enjoy this historic visit.”

In addition to meeting with MVPA drivers, the public may also tour the indoor and outdoor museum displays, which will be open after hours that day. The 399th Army Band Jazz Combo is slated to perform to welcome the MVPA and guests.

To gain access to Fort  Leonard Wood, visitors should be prepared to provide a current driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. Visitors are not required to have a pass to attend this event.

Daugherty Bowling Center and the John B. Mahaffey Museum are located on South Dakota Avenue. Additional parking will be available across the street at Davidson Fitness Center.

For more information, call the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 573.336.6355 or the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office at 573.563.5034/4145.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )
Dixon rounds up fun for Cow Days Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
GUIDON staff

The 33rd annual Cow Days Fall Festival takes place Friday and Saturday in downtown Dixon.

As it has every year since the current festival started in 1983, Cow Days will include food, live music, pageants, a car show, a parade and its signature event — a cow giveaway, a tradition that dates back much earlier than the festival.

During the Great Depression, business owners started holding a drawing for a cow as a way to attract more customers to downtown Dixon. When the first Cow Days festival was organized in 1983, the citizens of Dixon decided to bring back the tradition, making the cow giveaway a centerpiece of the event.

Events begin at 11 a.m. Friday with live music. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by a Youth Fall Festival Pageant, a karaoke contest, music by ChristiAna, Special 20 and more.
Events continue Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with the Cow Days Fall Festival Pageant, the festival parade at 2 p.m., a car show, dancers, live music, the cow giveaway and more.

For more information, visit the Dixon Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 September 2017 )
Flag-football teams kick off 2018 intramural season Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
GUIDON staff

Fort Leonard Wood flag-football teams have kicked off intramural competition for the 2018 fiscal year, completing the first two weeks of the season with games played on Field 1 and at Gerlach Field.

In games played Sept. 6:

— The 58th Transportation Battalion earned its first win of the season with an 8-6 victory over Company A, 84th Chemical Battalion;

— The 14th Military Police Brigade beat Staff Judge Advocate, 19-0;

— The Noncommissioned Officer Academy defeated the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, 18-8;

— The 14th MP Bde. beat the 554th Engineer Battalion, 42-8;

— The Medical Department Activity defeated the Navy Detachment, 22-10;

— The 252nd Military Police Company picked up a forfeit win.

In games played Aug. 30:

— The 14th MP Bde. beat the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 6-0;

— Co. A, 84th Chem. Bn. beat the Navy Det., 30-20;

— The 554th Engr. Bn. defeated SJA, 31-25;

— NCOA and the Marine Det. both picked up forfeit wins.

With 11 weeks remaining in the season, the 14th MP Bde., at 3-0, and NCOA, at 2-0, currently lead the standings.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )
Commander's Scramble Friday at PVGC Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
GUIDON staff
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The September Commander's Scramble has been re-scheduled for Friday at Piney Valley Golf course.
The event will begin with a shotgun start at noon.
Advance registration is $40 per person. Same-day registration is $45 per person. Advance Green Fees patrons receive a $10 discount.
For more information, call Piney Valley Golf Course at 573.329.4770.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 September 2017 )
Suicide prevention Be there Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 September 2017
By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON

September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time when we emphasize resilience, trust, awareness and mental well-being among our teammates at Fort Leonard Wood.

It is everyone’s responsibility to foster an environment where we can all thrive.

We all depend on one another during stressful times in life. This year, the Department of Defense’s suicide prevention theme, “Be There,” reminds us that establishing bonds and taking action to support one another can make all the difference.

We ask that you be cognizant of behaviors that are out of the ordinary, such as substance abuse, withdrawal, angry outbursts or loss of interest in daily activities.

As a team and a Family, we must continue to exemplify the skills that build resiliency in our culture  and be there to A.C.E. — Ask, Care and Escort — at the earliest signs of trouble.

Suicide is a tragedy. The loss of a loved one is devastating to Families, units and military readiness. Leaders must maintain a climate where individuals can act without fear of stigma and are willing to step forward for help.

There are several services and resources on post that can potentially  change the course of someone’s life, such as the Installation’s Chaplains Office, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Army Community Service.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can also provide help at 800.273.8255. If you or someone that you know is in need, please take action for assistance.  

As a Team of Teams, we stand shoulder to shoulder and find hope and strength together. We are grateful for each of you and your service to our nation, and we count on you to sustain our force. Be there!

Victory starts here, victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )
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