Here are the Archived entries for 3 2017

Library leads the way in 2017 World War I commemoration Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017
By Amanda Williams
 Special to GUIDON

The Remember World War I Project began with the realization that WWI is often neglected or seen as one of the less interesting wars in history.

  In response, Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation libraries decided to host a book club to encourage discussion about WWI among its patrons, staff members, and the military community. Although it was initially an Army libraries’ event, it has since grown into a joint effort to include the Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force MWR libraries, as well as other participating Army school libraries. Bruce C. Clarke Library will be participating in the project.

 The goal is to get all branches of the military interested and discuss how the advancements and breakthroughs made during the war have shaped society and military life today.

 The website,, is MWR Libraries’ home for information about the project, as well as an invitation for further discussion. It hosts an interactive blog  that opens dialogue  and encourages  participation.

 MWR libraries will be contributing new topics on the blog several times monthly. The blog also provides videos and other resources for readers to conduct further research.   

 The blog topics on the website for this month are “Life in 1917” and “War Dogs.”

 On April 6, 1917, the United States decided to join its allies on the battlefields of France. During WWI, more than 2-million U.S. Soldiers fought under the command of Maj. Gen. John Pershing.

 To commemorate the momentous occasion when the U.S. joined the WWI effort, Bruce C. Clarke Library will be hosting the official kickoff for the book club at noon April 6 and again at 5 p.m. that day.

 The book for April’s meeting is “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914” by Christopher Clarke. This is a nonfiction book that explores the pivotal moments in history leading up to WWI.

 Clarke attempts to answer the question of how we ended up in the war rather than asking why.

  The Clarke Library will also host movie nights beginning in April and running through December 2018.

 The WWI Movie Night for April is  scheduled for 6 p.m. April 13 in the Bruce  C. Clarke Community Room. For more  information about the book club or the movie, visit the library or contact  Amanda Williams at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 (Editor’s note: Williams is a library technician at the Bruce C. Clarke Library.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 April 2017 )
April is Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017
GUIDON staff

 April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the Fort Leonard Wood Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Office has several events to help increase awareness.

 “It’s a month for us to just be aware of sexual assault, sexual violence and rape,” said Robert Lewis, SHARP Program manager. “(A time to) support victims of those crimes and try and prevent future crimes.”

 Key events begin Wednesday with an awareness booth from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Post Exchange, with an additional booth scheduled for April 19 for the same time and location.
 Representatives will also be on hand for the Army Community Service open house scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 at ACS, Building 486 on Replacement Avenue, in classrooms B and C.

 Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s first Family 5k Fun Run and Mini Health Fair of the season will kick off at 8 a.m. April 8 at Davidson Fitness Center with a SAAPM theme where participants are encouraged to wear teal.

 A Senior Leader Luncheon for all battalion command teams and above with guest speaker Col. Geoffrey Catlett, SHARP Academy director is scheduled for April 13.

 “Col. Catlett will discuss how commands have influenced the SHARP, where the Army has gone with the SHARP Program and where they are going,” Lewis said.

 Rounding out the month will be the second annual SHARP Golf Scramble scheduled for noon April 28 at the Piney Valley Golf Course.

 Several units throughout the installation are also hosting unique, unit-specific activities such as cake cuttings, scavenger hunts, “Turn it Teal” events, “Denim Day Awareness” observations, trivia-type games and more.

 Service members should contact their unit SHARP representatives  for the dates and times of planned activities.

 For more information on SAAPM and how you can participate, call 573.596.0131, ext. 60600.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 April 2017 )
ACS to host Awareness Open House next week Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017
GUIDON staff

 Looking for solutions to different life issues?

 Army Community Service might be able to provide answers. The organization is scheduled to host an ACS Awareness Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 at the ACS Center in Building 486.

 The goal of the open house is to provide resources for when issues such as alcohol, domestic violence or financial problems  arise so people know where to seek assistance, said Billy Hallmark, Army Substance Abuse Program specialist.

 “When someone is experiencing  problems in one area (alcohol, finance, domestic violence, etc.), they are more likely to start having problems in other areas.  Early identification could prevent someone from falling prey to multiple issues, if they know where to go and who to talk too,” Hallmark said.

 Subject-matter experts and information will be available from organizations such as: American Red Cross, ASAP, Army Volunteer Corps, the Employee Assistance Program, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital public health, ACS Financial Readiness and more.

 For more information, contact ACS at 573.596.0131, ext. 60212.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 April 2017 )
The girl and the judge Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Jeffrey Crispin
 Special to GUIDON

 There’s a story I heard years ago I want to share with you.

 There was a woman who had been summoned before the judge to answer for a crime she was charged with. The hearing starts and the charge is read. The judge asks, “how do you plead?”

 The woman responds meekly, and somewhat embarrassed, “guilty your honor.”  

 The judge raps his gavel and decrees, “the fine is set at $500, case closed.” But something remarkable happens. The judge gets up, takes off his robe, then goes to the bailiff and pulls out his wallet. He pays the penalty himself. Then, he returns to the bench, puts on his robe and calls for the next case.  
Courtesy photo

 What just happened?  

 The judge was the girl’s father. She was unable to pay the penalty for her wrong-doing herself and could not deny the wrong that she had done. The judge had a job to do. To be a just judge, he had to uphold the law and could not let anyone escape the penalties of violating the law. But, because of his love for his child, the judge was willing to pay the penalty himself.  

 God is like the judge. He is just and righteous in all that he does. He has revealed himself and what he requires of us in the scriptures. He also makes a way for us to be in right standing because of his great love.  

 The prophet Micah says it this way, “He has told you, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you; but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.”

 (Editor’s note Crispin is the 5th Engineer Battalion chaplain.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 April 2017 )
Units take first shots at new soccer season Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
From left, 14th MP Bde. midfielder Sergio Villanueva, 554th Engr. Bn. players Andrew Blankenship and Frank Babinski, and 554th Engr. Bn. player Alijah Springer compete for control of the ball March 21, the first night of competition in Fort Leonard Wood’s 2017 intramural soccer season on Field 2.
Story and photos by Matt Decker
Assistant editor
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Fort Leonard Wood’s 2017 intramural soccer season got off to a soggy start, as the 14th Military Police Brigade earned a 1-0 win over the 554th Engineer Battalion March 21 on Field 2 amid bouts of rain.

Garren Montes, 14th MP Bde., drives the ball toward the 554th Engr. Bn. goal in the first half of their game March 21 on Field 2.
“MPs lead the way!” Jared Weiler, 14th MP Bde. player/coach said as his team prepared to kick off the contest.

The 14th MPs held a practice the day before to prepare for their season debut, according to Weiler, who said his team had a mix of experience levels.

“We have a few people who know how to play, (and) we have some who just want to come out and play. We’re just out here to have fun, be competitive at the same time and, hopefully, win some games,” Weiler said.

Pre-game preparations also went well for the 554th Engr. Bn. team, which also got a chance to hold a practice session prior to the start of the season. Coach Derrick Simon indicated that the team had some work to do.

“We’re going to have to focus on our defense,” Simon said.

The 554th Engr. Bn. started off strong, with the offense keeping the ball in 14th MP Bde. territory and forward Andres Herrera taking two shots on goal within the first 15 minutes of the first half.

Leeah Bidwell, 14th MP Bde., attempts to dribble the ball between 554th Engr. Bn. players Drexel Martin, left, and Eric Ross during the second half.
However, at the 20-minute mark, the MPs scored the lone goal of the game on a long-range kick from Garren Montes, who was just across the midfield line about 30 yards out from the 554th Engr. Bn. goal.

From that point, as rain began to fall on the field, the teams traded possessions over the final five minutes of the first half.

The downpour intensified over the course of the second half, with both teams pushing their offenses into more aggressive modes of play. Herrera took two more shots on goal early in the second half for the 554th Engr. Bn., while Weiler led the 14th MPs in taking four shots over a seven-minute span.

The 554th’s Eric Ross dribbled the ball to the edge of the goal and later took a shot on goal in the final minute, but the 14th MP Bde. goalkeeper, Melvin Scottborgh, stopped the momentum both times.

With a win under their belts, the 14th MP Bde. is a step closer to Weiler’s goal for the season.

“What I would like to happen is for us to win the entire thing,” he said. “At this point, my goal is for us to make the playoffs and win at least one game in the playoffs.”

Also earning wins on the first night of competition were the Medical Department Activity, which earned a 4-0 win over Staff Judge Advocate, and the 5th Engineer Battalion, which took home a 6-1 victory over the 1st Engineer Brigade.

Four weeks remain in the intramural soccer season.

FLW United is seeking players

The Fort Leonard Wood United Soccer Club is activitly recruiting players from the post’s intramural soccer program as it seeks players to represent the post at a number of tournaments this year.

Open to active-duty service members, their Family members ages 18 and older, and civilians associated with Fort Leonard Wood, FLW United holds practices at 6 p.m. Thursdays on Soccer Field No. 2 on post. Jeff Cornuet, FLW United assistant coach, said anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Cornuet by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Capt. Zachary Weigelt at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Staff Sgt. Archie  Ngwayah at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 April 2017 )
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