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Warrior Banquets honor tradition

 
Story and photos by Derek Gean
Assistant editor
dgean@gannett.com

Fort Leonard Wood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is providing opportunities for new Soldiers, their leaders and Families to celebrate all-things Army right after graduation.

Several companies of new Soldiers participate in FMWR Warrior Banquets during their Family or graduation days. Harking back to the days of Unit Regimental Messes, Soldiers gather to share a celebratory meal with drill sergeants and commanders.

“This is the way many units celebrate on their Family days,” said Lois Matos, Pershing Community Center catering manager. “Sometimes they start off with breakfast, a lunch or sometimes end with dinner. This is when they release the Soldiers to go spend the day with their Families.”

According to Megan O’Donoghue, Services and Support Division director, the banquets provide Soldiers and their Families and early opportunity to meet with other Soldiers and…     Read More...