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5:23 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Views Preview: Covering gay pride at Fort Leonard Wood

Credit U.S. Army photo

On Monday, the first-ever gay pride event was held on post at Fort Leonard Wood. Command Sgt. Major Teresa King spoke at a luncheon about her journey coming out and living openly as a gay soldier in the U.S. Army.

Some would say that this is news. It's not that long ago that such an event on an military post would have been illegal. Others say there are diversity events held all the time celebrating one group or another, and it deserved no more coverage than those do.

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4:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Fort Leonard Wood to lose 1,000 soldiers


The Fort Leonard Wood Army base in south-central Missouri is expected to lose 1,000 soldiers by October 2015.

Base spokeswoman Tiffany Wood confirmed the cuts to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She says it is part of budget cuts throughout the U.S. military.

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, who oversees Fort Leonard Wood, discussed the cuts Wednesday at a town hall meeting on the base. Wood says Army officials told base leadership two weeks ago about the cutbacks.

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5:17 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Fort Leonard Wood returns to core mission

Fort Leonard Wood is returning to its more traditional ways for training recruits.

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3:06 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Missouri leaders consider the state's military future

Mike Dunbar, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, and Mike DuBois (L to R) speak at a forum in Columbia, MO August 13, 2013
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri Military leaders gathered in Columbia today to discuss the current and future landscape of the armed forces in the state, as the federal government  plans to make cuts to defense spending. One of the main messages from panelists: that different stakeholders in that state must work together toward creating a “military friendly” environment in the state.

“It’s gonna have to be a team effort going forward. It can’t just be a Fort Leonard Word effort, it can’t just be a Whiteman effort, it can’t just be a Rosecran effort, it can’t just be a Jefferson Barracks effort. It has to be a  statewide effort… It’s bigger than any just one location anymore,” said Mike Dunbar with the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement commission. Dunbar was one of the panelists at the forum.

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler hosted the event, which brought together representatives from the military and the communities in Missouri that surround the military bases in the state, to discuss the impact of a possible Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

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4:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

885 positions to be cut at Fort Leonard Wood, reduction not as bad as expected


The U.S. Army announced Tuesday it will eliminate 885 positions at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri as part of its plan to restructure its bases in the U.S.

The Army says it was necessary to reduce its numbers by 80,000 active duty members over the next four years because of sequestration cuts. The plan is to bring its number of active duty personnel down to 490,000 by 2017.

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Business Beat
5:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Rural Kansas tries to entice businesses; Community rallies to stop fort's job cuts

 Photo 3: Members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Army proposal to remove troops from the fort. Under the proposal, the fort could lose as many of 4,000 of its troops.Edit | Remove

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5:13 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Community rallies to stop job cuts at Fort Leonard Wood

Members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Army proposal to remove troops from the fort. Under the proposal, the fort could lose as many of 4,000 of its troops.
Credit Katy Mersmann / KBIA

A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts at forts with more than 8,000 stationed troops could mean removing troops from Fort Leonard Wood in southern Missouri.

Hundreds of members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday night to discuss the proposed cuts and the effect it could have on the economy of the area. The fort currently trains somewhere between 80,ooo and 90,000 soldiers per year, but now that number could be decreased by as many as 4,000 troops.

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1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Army plan would cut as many as 4,000 Ft. Leonard Wood troops

A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts could significantly affect Fort Leonard Wood and the economy in the surrounding area.

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3:53 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Fort Leonard Wood welcomes home 463rd Military Police Company

Soldier Nicholas Hagler meets his three week-old son in person for the first time. Hagler saw his son's birth over Skype while stationed in Afghanistan. Looking on is his wife Martha Hagler.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Sixty army troops returned home to Fort Leonard Wood from their deployment in Afghanistan.

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8:08 am
Thu July 26, 2012

First female Mo. soldier killed in Iraq honored

Fort Leonard Wood is honoring the first female soldier from Missouri who was killed in action in Iraq.

A building at the fort will be dedicated Thursday to Sgt. Amanda Pinson, who died in Iraq in 2006. A memorial plaque will also be unveiled.

The 21-year-old Pinson, of St. Louis, died when a mortar detonated near Tikrit, Iraq. She was a member of the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment of the 101st Airborne Division.

Fort Leonard Wood
8:27 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Fort Leonard Wood building honors female soldier

Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female soldier killed by hostile fire.

The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sergeant Amanda Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26th for the new Training Support Center.

Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Specialist Carlos Gonzalez of Middletown, New York. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.