Here are the Archived entries for 4 2017

Annual ‘Sip ‘n Savor’ May 6 in St. James Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
GUIDON staff

More than 35 wineries and craft breweries will offer samples during the annual Sip ‘n Savor event, scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. May 6 in St. James.

ImageSt. James will offer a day full of activities, including a 5k at 9 a.m., a craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., wine and beer tasting and an after party from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

To order advance tickets online, or for more information about the events, contact the St. James Chamber of Commerece at
Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 May 2017 )
Post welcomes IMCOM CG Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Three-star tours training areas, support  facilities, meets with garrison directorates

By Tiffany Wood

Public Affairs Office

The commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command visited Fort Leonard Wood April 11 through 12 to get a firsthand look at Missouri’s largest military installation.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, accompanied by IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Melissa Judkins, spent his time at Fort Leonard Wood meeting with Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and garrison leaders and touring the sprawling post.

“Fort Leonard Wood is truly a Center of Excellence, which has state-of-the-art training to enable readiness across the joint force,” Dahl said.

He added that the professional IMCOM workforce and their counterparts at the tenant commands on the fort “make it all work.”

“These are people with a firm understanding and ability to deliver the training and skills Soldiers need to be ready to win in a complex world,” he said. “I am inspired by the dedication and pride our Soldiers, Families and civilians demonstrate on a daily basis here at Fort Leonard Wood.”

During his visit, Dahl also held a working lunch with garrison directors and members of the Junior Executive Development Initiative team, where he spoke about the importance of IMCOM’s recent transformation and his priorities.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, IMCOM commander, left, tours STEM Village with Col. Bryan O'Barr, U.S. Army Military Police School director of Training and Education.
“My No. 1 priority is infrastructure, that is to address the urgent infrastructure  challenges brought on by a decade of underinvestment to provide facilities that enable speed of assembly and deployment,” Dahl said. “Simply put, we can’t be a ready Army if our training and deploying infrastructure is inadequate.”

His other priorities include emergency services, support to training, Soldier programs and Family programs. He said supporting these priorities with the resources available is a “delicate act.”  

“I am confident Fort Leonard Wood leaders have a firm understanding of these priorities and work together to make tough decisions to balance available resources to provide installation services at a level we can afford,”  he said.

JEDI team member Gabe Medina, who is the Information and Referral program manager for Army Community Service, attended the working lunch. Medina said he was impressed with Dahl’s knowledge of Fort Leonard Wood and the  programs offered here.

“ACS is all about Family programs, and I’m excited to know that taking care of Families is part of his top five priorities,” Medina said.

Dahl explained to the team that IMCOM is a supporting command that integrates and delivers base support to enable readiness for a globally-responsive Army. He said knowing the Service Culture Initiative at all levels is important to the success of IMCOM’s mission.

“IMCOM is a customer-focused organization,” he said. “Understanding and employing our Service Culture Initiative in all aspects of daily business will help with the efficient delivery of base support.  I encourage leaders to support Operation Excellence training at all levels within our garrisons.”

According to IMCOM Public Affairs, the Service Culture Initiative is used to mitigate the effects of reduced resources on both IMCOM professionals and their customers. The initiative is built upon the fundamental premise that excellence in customer service is a by-product of how the command treats IMCOM professionals. If they are happy, enthusiastic and well cared for, they will pass on and convey this positive attitude toward their customers.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 May 2017 )
Chem team finishes 6th at 2017 Best Ranger Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Photo courtesy of Fort Benning Public Affairs
Teammates 1st Lt. Andy Harvey, left, and Capt. Tim Cox emerge from a lake during the 2017 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. The chemical officers placed sixth overall out of 54 teams. Look for the full article in next week's GUIDON.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 April 2017 )
Engineer Regimental Week time for honor, celebrations Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
By Dawn Arden
Public Affairs Office

Sappers, mappers, builders, divers and firefighters from around the Engineer Regiment will come together April 24 through 28 on Fort Leonard Wood for Engineer Regimental Week 2017.

The week is scheduled to kick-off with the Best Sapper Competition where 50 two-man teams from across the regiment will compete for the title of 2017 Best Sapper in events that officials say will not disappoint.

“Spectators will have an opportunity to see the Engineer Regiment’s finest combat engineers completing a wide range of mobility, counter mobility, and survivability tasks under physically strenuous and mentally challenging conditions,” said Capt. Robert Zimmerman, Sapper Leader Course chief of training.
Although spectators are welcome, events will only be released on a daily basis with maps of approved events and locations available every morning at 1st Engineer Brigade.

All are invited to attend the awards ceremony beginning at noon April 27 at Sapper Memorial Grove.

Beginning Monday and running through Wednesday, the Army Engineer Association is hosting the Industry Vendor Exhibit at Nutter Field House in which service members and civilians can find the latest trends, solutions, products, services and developments in the industry.

For more information on this event, contact the AEA by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Special events have also been planned for Tuesday, when engineer spouses are scheduled to experience a little of what their Soldier does as an Army engineer.

“The purpose of this event is to promote Family wellness, esprit-de-corps, and give the engineer spouses a better understanding of the daily occurrences within a trainee and drill sergeants’ life,” said Capt. Christopher Leslie, 35th Engineer Battalion operations officer.

A total of eight events are scheduled for the spouses, and include participation in Basic Tactical Training Course, Warrior Tower, a paintball shoot and manual breaching.

Senior leaders from across the regiment will meet later in the week for the Senior Engineer Leadership Council, where plans for the future will be discussed.

The theme of this year’s council is “Ready Today, Capabilities Tomorrow.” This is a closed event.

Engineers are encouraged to gather in Lincoln Hall Auditorium from 10 to 11 a.m. April 27 for the Commandant’s Address to the  Regiment.

Those unable to attend will be able to view the event by logging in with their email common access card credentials to

Also scheduled for April 27 is the Fallen Sapper Wreath Laying Ceremony, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Sapper Memorial Grove.

“(Each year) the Engineer Regiment celebrates the lives and service of fallen Engineer Soldiers with the Fallen Sapper Memorial Ceremony,” said Capt. Kimberly Crosby, 554th Engineer Battalion assistant operations  officer.

Crosby adds the ceremony will include remarks from Brig. Gen. James Raymer, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant.

Several events are planned for April 28 starting with the Engineer Regimental Run set to begin at 5:30 a.m. on Gammon Field.

Following the run, engineers will be invited back to Lincoln Hall Auditorium to hear guest speaker Col. Frederic Drummond Jr., FEMA Region V defense coordinating officer, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; celebrate the Counter Explosive Hazards Center anniversary from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; and hear the Chief of Engineers Address  beginning at 6 p.m.

Those unable to attend will once again be able to view the events by logging in with their email CAC credentials to

The week will culminate with the Regimental Ball April 28 at Nutter Field House.
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 April 2017 )
Symposium shapes education, relationships, research Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Acute Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium members toured several training areas on Fort Leonard Wood during their visit to the installation in conjunction with the TBI symposium April 12.
Story and photos by John Brooks

General Leonard Wood Army  Community Hospital Soldiers, leaders and community members learned about the effects of TBI during the annual Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium April 13 at Fort Leonard Wood.

The annual symposium focused on acute symptoms of TBI and featured topics ranging from prevention to treatment with a primary focus on headaches this year.

Three specialists from Missouri were on hand to provide information about TBIs from a neurology perspective.

Dr. Bassam Hadi, a neurosurgery  specialist at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, spoke on the effects of neurological injury. Dr. Mignon Makos, a neurology specialist at PCRMC, spoke on the pressures involved with continuing with the fight and completing the mission when TBIs are involved, and Dr. Eric Hart, a psychologist from the University of Missouri, spoke on the neuropsychological consequences of TBI.

As a result of the ongoing education, relationships and research, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital is able to better treat Soldiers affected by TBI.

Instructors at the grenade range demonstrate what happens when a Soldier fails to throw the grenade down range over the concrete wall. When this happens, the instructor ensures that the Soldier exits the grenade pit quickly and then gets on top of the Soldier against the short wall to avoid injury from shrapnel.

Relationships are essential to recognizing and evaluating concussed Soldiers, said John Ingersoll, GLWACH’s chief of Clinical Operations, who is also GLWACH’s AENC liaison officer.

Four years ago, TBI experts from across the country were invited to tour the installation and share their particular area of TBI expertise with Soldiers, leaders and the community during the first symposium.

Since then, scientists, physicians, and other TBI professionals have toured Fort Leonard Wood’s training areas each year to experience firsthand what Soldiers go through.

They climb into bunkers, experience simulated vehicle rollovers and feel the effects of throwing live hand grenades.

During visits, they talk to each other about their current research projects, such as the placement of various sensors on Soldiers in different training situations to measure the effects of explosive impact on the human body.


Possibly the most significant development for TBI research here was the official establishment of a regional group of researchers known as the Acute Effects of Neurotrauma  Consortium, Ingersoll said.

“The mission of the AENC is to better understand TBI through research and to move forward with better treatment and prevention techniques in the future,” Ingersoll said.

The AENC is centered around a new framework for facilitating new TBI research requests at Fort Leonard Wood, known as the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.

“The fact that researchers can knock on the door is a big deal,” Ingersoll said. “We have created a mechanism to allow high value TBI research to  occur on Fort Leonard Wood.”

Research done on Fort Leonard Wood has already impacted the safety of Soldiers.

“We have changed policy across the Army with research done here at Fort Leonard Wood,” said Maj. Michelle Whitlock, GLWACH’s TBI Program director, referring to Army-wide changes made in Army Engineer explosives safety training.

Creating a culture

It’s all about creating a culture, Ingersoll said.

“We want to create a culture where leaders, Soldiers and battle buddies are able to recognize that a TBI may have occurred and then proactively engage,” Ingersoll said.

“Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury is about relationships, knowing when TBIs happen, and shaping an environment that is supportive to those who encounter TBI,” Ingersoll said.

The hope is to create a culture that will mitigate effects of TBI and keep our Soldiers in the fight. And the annual  symposium, the AENC, and the CRADA work together to help scientists, physicians, Soldiers and leaders understand,  prevent, report, and treat TBI.

(Editor’s note: John Brooks is the marketing specialist at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.)
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 May 2017 )
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