Here are the Archived entries for 11 2017

E-Cycling event set for Friday at Nutter Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 November 2017
GUIDON staff

A free Household E-Cycling Event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the southwest corner of the Nutter Field House parking lot.

Officials will be on hand to collect old computers, printers, fax machines, televisions, audio equipment, cell phones, microwaves and household batteries. All government and business electronics are prohibited, and appliances, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, will not be allowed.

For more information, call 573.596.3843 or visit
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 November 2017 )
Friday is ‘Trivia Night’ at BlackJack Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
GUIDON staff

Today is the advance-registration deadline for Trivia Night, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at BlackJack Bar and Grill, located inside Pershing Community Center.

During Trivia Night, teams of up to six people will compete against each other for a chance to win cash prizes.

The tournament is limited to 10 teams, and players must be ages 21 and older.

ImageAdvance registration is $20 per person if completed by 3 p.m. today at the Installation Wide Events Office, which is also located inside the Pershing center. Same-day registration is $30 at the door.

For more information about Trivia Night, call 573.596.6913 or visit

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 November 2017 )
Mark your calendar: Central Missouri communities plan festivals now through 2018 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
GUIDON staff

Fort Leonard Wood and its surrounding communities are home to several festivals and public celebrations throughout the year.

Courtesy photo
The following list includes many of the major events happening in the area. While most festivals are free and open to the public, some have admission charges or require tickets for special events and contests. Also, most festivals are outdoors, so keep in mind — especially with Missouri weather — schedules are subject to change.

— Dec. 5: The Fort Leonard Wood Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the installation. This annual event, which is free and open to the public, is centered around the lighting of the official Installation Christmas Tree, and features live music, appearances by Santa and other additional holiday characters, children’s games, activities and a display of “Cards to the Community” — giant-sized Christmas cards decorated by military units and area organizations. For more information, call the Installation Wide Events office at 573.596.6913 or visit the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website at

— Dec. 7: Christmas on the Square is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Waynesville Square. The Family-friendly event includes pony rides, a live nativity, photos with Santa and the The Grinch, free chili and hot chocolate, warming stations and more. For more information visit the Waynesville Downtown Business Association page on Facebook or call 573.774.6910.

— Jan. 6 and 7, 2018: Eagle Days at Lake of the Ozarks is set to take place at the Osage National Golf Resort in Lake Ozark, Missouri, with programs presented at School of the Osage Heritage Elementary. Although there are several Eagle Days events held throughout the state, this is one of the largest and closest to Fort Leonard Wood. Events include live eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis and activities for kids, coloring contests, vendors and opportunities to view wild eagles at Willmore Lodge and below Bagnell Dam. For more information, visit

— March 6 through 17, 2018: The 109th Annual Best Ever St. Pat’s Celebration
takes place throughout Rolla. Organized and run by a student board from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, events include games and contests throughout the event, a 5k run, the annual St. Pat’s Parade and a free concert on March 17. More details and a complete schedule of events are available at

— March 24, 2018: The Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest welcomes visitors to downtown Waynesville with a variety of games, kids’ activities, live music, numerous vendors and more. Part of the Route 66 Fest on the Square series of events, more information about this festival will be made available on the Route 66 Fest page on Facebook.

— June 1 through 3, 2018: Route 66 Summerfest
takes place throughout downtown Rolla with a festival pageant, games, contests, children’s activities, food vendors, a classic car cruise, a car show, a downhill derby, burnout contest and much more. More details, event registrations and schedules will be made available at

— June 3 through 5, 2018: The Extremicon Vol. 2 comic, sci-fi and martial arts festival is scheduled at the St. Robert Community Center. This will be the second year for this convention-style event, which features games, vendors, artists, authors, panels, celebrity guests, cosplayers and martial-arts demonstrations. For more information, call Gary Rogers at 573.528.6649 or visit

— June 16, 2018: The Lebanon Route 66 Festival celebrates Laclede County’s history along the famous highway known as “The Mother Road.” The festival features several events and activities, including a classic car show, cruise-in, music, games, food, crafts and Route 66 memorabilia. Events typically take place at Boswell Park, the site of the society’s Route 66-themed murals, and Route 66 historic sites, such as the Munger Moss Motel. Get updates at

— June 23, 2018 is the tentative date for Freedom Fest,
which annually rocks the historic Waynesville downtown square with live music, vendors, kids’ games and more. Held in conjunction with the annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show in nearby Waynesville City Park, the festival gives visitors a chance to see hundreds of classic vehicles during the celebration. Check the Route 66 Fest Facebook Page for updates.

— July 4, 2018: Fort Leonard Wood’s Independence Day Celebration provides the central-Missouri area with the largest fireworks display in the region, as well as live music, games, food, special guest performances, a car show and more. The celebration is free and open to the public. Festivities typically begin around 3 p.m. and last until after dark. Call the Installation Wide Events office at 573.596.6913 or visit online for updates closer to festival time.

— July 28 and 29, 2018: Old Settlers Day celebrates the history of the area at Waynesville City Park. Events include Civil War reenactor camps and battle reenactments, while the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders’ campsite lets visitors experience the era of the mountain men in the early 1800s. The festival also includes food, live music, vendors, rides, children’s games, tours of the Pulaski County Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop, as well as the annual Great Pulaski County Duck Race, featuring decorated decoys floating down the Roubidoux Creek. For more information, visit

— Sept. 1, 2018: The Railroad Days Festival
celebrates the history of the Frisco Railroad in Crocker, located 17 miles north of Fort Leonard Wood on Highway 17. The celebration typically features food and craft vendors, games, contests, shows and a parade. The festival draws up to 5,000 visitors annually. Check the event calendar at for contact information and links to events.

— Sept. 15 and 16, 2018: The Dixon Cow Days festival takes place in downtown Dixon. First held in the 1930s to attract business to town, the festival remains one of the most unique with its annual giveaways of two cows. Festival events also include a festival queen pageant, live music,  a parade, contests and more. Follow the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for updates and information.

— Oct. 13, 2018: Rolla’s 40th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
is scheduled in downtown Rolla. Artists and crafters from throughout the region will display their works, including jewelry, handmade furniture, clothing, pottery, wooden crafts, paintings and more. Visit the Rolla Downtown Business Association website at for schedules and updates.

— Oct. 20, 2018: The Route 66 Oktoberfest takes place with live music, vendors, games and more in downtown Waynesville. Check the Route 66 Fest Facebook Page for updates.

These are just a few of the events and activities happening in and around Fort Leonard Wood.

For more information on attractions and events in the central Missouri area, visit the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau website at or check out the Missouri Division of Tourism homepage at
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 November 2017 )
New volleyball season begins Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
EBOLC players Matthew Flynn and Arnold Powell, center, attempt to block a shot by GLWACH Vet Clinic player William Vidal during the first game of their match Nov. 1 at DFC.
Story and photos by Matt Decker
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The nets are back up at Davidson Fitness Center, where military-unit teams began a new season of intramural volleyball action Nov. 1, and Recreation League teams were set to start play on Monday.

“This year we have a total of 10 intramural teams,” explained Rob Steinmacher with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department.

Brian Palmer, EBOLC, prepares to serve during the second game of his team’s match with the GLWACH Vet Clinic Nov. 1 at DFC.
“We have a full slate with games at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., with about eight weeks making up the season,” Steinmacher said. “We will play Rec League matches on Monday nights. This (intramurals) will be played on Tuesday nights, although we played on Wednesday this week because we didn’t want to overlap with Halloween.”

Students with the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course attached to Company B, 554th Engineer Battalion, won the first game of the intramural season, defeating the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Veterinary Services team, 25-15, 25-24.

“We definitely have a lot of potential,” said EBOLC team captain Jessica Soto, who led from the service line with five aces, including three in the second game.

It was not only the first match, but the team’s first time playing together.

“We just met in October. Really, none of us have played too much. I played in high school,” Soto said. “We looked a little sloppy tonight, because we don’t really understand the game yet. But once we get a few practices in, I think we’ll be the team to beat.”

Intramural teams play each match to the best-of-three games, with the winning team being the first to score 25 points. The matches use rally scoring, which means every play results in a point.

In other intramural matches played Nov. 1:

— The Medical Department Activity defeated the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 2 games to 1;

— Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Engineer Brigade beat Staff Judge advocate, 2-0;

— The 14th Military Police Brigade defeated the 554th Engineer Battalion, 2-1;

— The 1-48th Inf. Bn. and the Dental Activity each picked up a forfeit win.

Each team that completes the season will earn points for their unit toward the yearlong Intramural Trophy for the 2018 fiscal year.

While the EBOLC students will have graduated and moved on to other assignments long before that award is presented, Soto said it “felt amazing” being able to earn points for their unit playing a sport they enjoy.

“We’re going to be leaving here in a few months, so being able to make that contribution to the company is great,” she said.

Seven weeks remain in the intramural volleyball season.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 November 2017 )
Flag-football teams down to final three weeks of season Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
GUIDON staff

Fort Leonard Wood’s intramural flag-football season for the 2018 fiscal year is down to the final three weeks, as teams completed Week 10 with some big wins at Gerlach Field.

In games played Nov. 1:

— The 252nd Military Police Detachment defeated the Navy Detachment, 38-12;

— The 14th Military Police Brigade beat the 58th Transportation Battalion, 30-8;

— The Medical Department Activity defeated the 5th Engineer Battalion, 14-12;

— The 554th Engineer Battalion and Staff Judge Advocate each picked up a forfeit win.

The 554th Engr. Bn. and 14th MP Bde., both at 8-1, and MEDDAC, at 7-1, remain at the top of the standings, followed by the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment at 6-2, the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at 5-2, the 5th Engr. Bn. at 5-6, SJA at 4-5, 58th Trans. Bn. at 3-5, the Company A, 84th Chemical Battalion team at 2-9, and the Navy Det. at 1-9.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 November 2017 )
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