By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
Our country observes Armed Forces Day each year on the third Saturday in May. The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20th, 1950, and was championed by President Harry S. Truman as a day for citizens to unite and honor our military members for their patriotic service. On Saturday, we will honor those Americans who presently wear our nation’s uniform — the men and women on their way to the battlefield, returning home or working important missions stateside.
On this day, take a moment to thank those men and women who stand ready to defend and exemplify the strength of our nation. To our military members, be proud of your service, and we thank you for your courage and steadfast commitment.
Here on Fort Leonard Wood, we have several quality of life programs offered by USO; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Army Community Service that provide support to our service members and their families. Even a visit to our on-post historical memorials, museum and parks is a wonderful way to reflect upon the spirit of patriotism.
We are proud of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who serve and train here at Fort Leonard Wood, and we greatly appreciate the support our team of teams receives from the local communities that make the area a great place to live and work every day.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)