The first ever Community Salute to Service is scheduled to take place May 1 at 6 p.m. in the Waynesville High School gymnasium in recognition of South Central Missouri high school seniors who are joining the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Maj. Gen. Donna Martin will be featured as the event’s … [Read more...] about Community to salute military-bound high school students
Capt. John Baer and 1st Lt. Terence Hughes, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, defeated 47 other contending teams to take home 1st place in the 2019 Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood.“We fight where we’re told, and we win where we fight, and this week it was Fort Leonard Wood,” Hughes said of the competition. “Mission accomplished.”This mission’s … [Read more...] about Five-time competitor wins Best Sapper Competition
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“We keep our house at about 65 (degrees) in the winter, and in the summer we keep it at about 72 (degrees). We (keep) all the lights off, and all the doors are closed to the rooms we (aren’t using).”“I built (my home) with two-by-six construction, so I could have added insulation. From there, I installed heat pumps, which make use of heat transfer, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: How do you conserve energy at home?
Soldiers competing in Fort Leonard Wood's Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition await arrival to their destination at the Lake of the Ozarks. Winners of this year's competition will be announced during a ceremony scheduled from 7:20 to 8:30 a.m. today at Gammon Field. The ceremony is scheduled to be live-streamed on the Best Sapper Competition Facebook page at … [Read more...] about Engineer Regimental Week in full swing
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“To be a part of the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers means that we get to be in an essential position in risk management. Anytime they are to go down range, our job is not to blow anything up. Our job is to protect those who are protecting us.We want to give them as much support as they give us — and (that applies) even beyond the engineers. When you’re … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What does being an engineer mean to you?
The Retiree Survivor Support Group completed “Project Thank You,” a multi-week effort to show appreciation to emergency services personnel, after presenting gift bags to Fort Leonard Wood first responders at an appreciation luncheon March 28.The luncheon was the culmination of over a month of work, with members meeting back in mid-February for the initial assembly of the bags.“We started … [Read more...] about Retiree Survivor Support Group gives back to FLW first responders
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“Ensuring the safety of everybody on Fort Leonard Wood, working with the Soldiers, and still being part of the Army — that’s probably the most rewarding part. I used to live on Fort Leonard Wood and I’m retired Army, so I’ve worked (here) too.”“I think the most rewarding part of my job is the people we come in contact with on a daily basis and also the … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is the most rewarding part of your job at the gate?
Fort Leonard Wood welcomed Marie-Christine Williams, author of “The Dark Side of Human Nature” and survivor of the Rwandan Massacre, at the Pershing Community Center Friday.The event, themed “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence,” was held in observance of Women's History Month and featured a performance from the Waynesville Women’s Choir.Williams, who now lives in St. … [Read more...] about Rwandan Massacre survivor speaks at Fort Leonard Wood ‘Champions of Peace’ event
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“The one that comes to mind for myself is our home got hit by a tornado here in Missouri. In between losing the home, we had to relocate.Of course, we had insurance but there are still additional costs that come with losing everything. So, because we lived below our means, we had emergency savings already established. It came in handy because otherwise … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What significant life event tested your financial readiness?
Noncommissioned officers with the White House Transportation Agency participated in the Anti-terrorism Evasive Driving Course March 7 and 8 at Training Area 210.The training, which is unique to Fort Leonard Wood, teaches basic motorcade operations, protection of VIPs and high-speed extraction from mobile aggressors.WHTA Commander Maj. Brian Fiddermon, whose agency coordinates transport of … [Read more...] about White House agency attends DoD-unique training
The 24th annual Month of the Military Child Community Fun Fair is set to take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at the Child Development Center, Bldg. 615, and the School Age Services Center, Bldg. 616, both located on Replacement Avenue.The theme of this year’s event is “Down on the Farm,” paying homage to the installation’s rural proximity.“We have people willing to bring animals in,” Fun … [Read more...] about 24th annual Fun Fair to bring ‘Down on the Farm’ festivities
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“In reference to a flood, we actually have analysis that we can do (where) we can look at a prediction from the weather as to how much rain an area will get or how much is coming from upstream, and then fairly accurately predict those areas that need to be evacuated.That’s the key thing about the geospatial capability — it’s a capability that saves … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What are you doing to better understand the changes happening on Earth’s surface?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“During AIT, I had this spiritual experience. I was always a Christian, always a little more religious than my friends. There’s no greater parish in the world. You get to live with your parish, which is pretty neat. You literally go to the field, you’re sleeping next to the people that the next day, you’re going to get up and go to church service for them. … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: Why did you become a chaplain?
As part of an ongoing Army-wide effort to resolve unsatisfactory conditions in Army family housing, Fort Leonard Wood’s leadership held a town hall to provide information and gain feedback Feb. 27 at Pershing Community Center.Brig. Gen. Robert Whittle Jr., U.S. Army Engineer School commandant, Col. Eric Towns, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, and Shawna Swanson, Balfour Beatty … [Read more...] about Fort Leonard Wood town hall addresses housing concerns