By Brig. Gen. James Bonner and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge On July 4, we will celebrate the 244th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Our founders dreamed of a nation where all people are treated equally. Today, the men and women of the Department of Defense strive to make their dreams a reality. Today at Fort Leonard Wood, we train service members to fight and win our … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team: Celebrating independence
Missouri residents can learn more about the outdoors without leaving their homes thanks to a number of virtual nature classes being offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation and staff members with the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center near Joplin, Missouri. The programs are free but require registration. Those wishing to register should click on the links below and must provide … [Read more...] about MDC offering virtual nature classes
By Heather Kline and Amanda Sullivan As the Fort Leonard Wood community gets ready to celebrate the Fourth of July and the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the GUIDON asked nine Fort Leonard Wood children what the day means to them. Grace Quander, age 14 The Fourth of July is important to me because it is the day America declared its independence. To celebrate … [Read more...] about In their own words: What does the Fourth of July mean to you?
After taking command of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence June 26, Brig. Gen. James Bonner spoke with installation senior leaders about his background and philosophy June 29. Bonner began by informing those present of what they should expect from him as their new commanding general. He highlighted the importance of military values and family. While he acknowledged that this is the … [Read more...] about New commanding general talks with Fort Leonard Wood’s senior leaders
The United States will hold a general election Nov. 3 to decide the offices of president and vice president, 33 seats in the U.S. Senate, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, governors in 11 states and two territories, state and local offices and numerous ballot questions and referenda. In an effort to encourage participation in the election by members of the uniformed … [Read more...] about Armed Forces Voters Week is a good time to register to vote
By Chaplain (Maj.) Clark Sneed “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1. These words from the Gospel of John chase away my anxiety, which I confess has been abundant lately. They echo the opening words of the book of Genesis, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” I don’t know exactly why they calm me. Perhaps it is … [Read more...] about “In the beginning…”
This week, military child and Waynesville Middle School student, Chloe Jorgensen, shares a quick and easy chicken spaghetti recipe sure to please the whole family. Replacing ground beef with chicken and substituting spaghetti sauce with a custom mix, Jorgensen puts her unique touch on the traditional dish. “I like making chicken spaghetti because and I enjoy cooking and making something … [Read more...] about What’s for dinner?
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge On June 25, we honor the service and sacrifices of our Korean War Veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. This conflict is known as the “Forgotten War” because of the lack of public attention it received during and after the war, relative to the scale of World War II and the Vietnam War. Nearly six million … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team: Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
By Chaplain (Capt.) Vance Awa Do you ever daydream? It is actually an important practice. Go ahead, take a moment. This thought comes from a break in the day where I took a moment, sat back in my office chair and listened to the yelling of cadences, the booms and pops going on outside. I listened to the hustle and bustle of the staff shops as we all made preparations and put plans into … [Read more...] about Daydreaming as a spiritual act
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge Today, on June 19, we commemorate the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States known in short as “Juneteenth.” On June 19, 1865, Union Soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, to relay the message that formerly enslaved African Americans were now free. The Civil War had ended over one month earlier, on … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team: Commemorating Juneteenth
This week, Capt. Kara Metty, Company B, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment commander, shares her spicy Thai basil chicken recipe. The recipe, her version of what is known as Pad Krapow Gai, was a favorite food-truck dish until the restaurant relocated to Springfield, Missouri – necessity being the mother of invention. “We would always order Thai food from a food truck outside post,” Metty … [Read more...] about What’s for dinner?
By Chaplain (Capt.) David Redden It has been said that the more responsibility you have, the more contingency plans you must make. If you are not careful, your expectations of life can become more about the negative hurdles than the journey toward success. Being joyful in hope speaks to the mental and emotional state of being during trials. If God is a part of our life, and he is, then God is a … [Read more...] about Maintaining a good pace through patience and faith
By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge On Sunday, June 14, we celebrate the 245th Army Birthday and National Flag Day to recognize our history and the banner which has flown through 190 campaigns in defense of the United States of America. The United States Army was founded on June 14, 1775, to fight in the American Revolution which resulted in the foundation of … [Read more...] about MSCoE command team: Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!
On July 1, the Thrift Saving Plan is adding new funds to allow better diversification of retirement savings. At that time, the L 2020 will be retired and six additional lifecycle funds will be added. Target dates are now in five-year increments instead of 10. The new funds are called the L 2025, L 2035, L 2045, L 2055, L 2060 and L 2065. TSP lifecycle funds include a mix of the G, F, C, S, … [Read more...] about New TSP lifecycle funds coming soon
1st Lt. Corey Runion, a platoon leader assigned to the 31st Engineer Battalion, planned and executed a grueling and rigorous combat engineer field training exercise that ultimately ensured preparedness of 147 Soldiers who earned the title of combat engineer by executing urban breaching, wire breaching, detonation of road craters, emplacement of an 11-row and triple standard concertina wire … [Read more...] about Inspirational Heroes of the COVID-19 Battlefield