Fort Leonard Wood

2020 Soldier of the Year: Meet the Army trombonist whose family has served the country since the Civil War

Sam Campbell FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 7, 2020) — Spc. Joseph Murrell, a trombonist with the 399th Army Band, was named U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Soldier of the Year at the 2020 Best Warrior Competition in July, but that accolade does little to explain the totality of his – and his…

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Fort Leonard Wood Soldier is Army’s Drill Sergeant of the Year

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 5, 2020) — In a virtual ceremony today, the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training named Staff Sgt. Erik Rostamo, a drill sergeant with Fort Leonard Wood’s 14th Military Police Brigade, the 2020 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year. Rostamo, who is from St. Michael, Minnesota, competed against…

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102nd Training Division-Maneuver Support bids farewell to Baker, welcomes Kokaska

Maj. David Dunn FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 4, 2020) — 102nd Training Division-Maneuver Support said farewell to Brig. Gen. Matthew Baker and welcomed Brig. Gen. James Kokaska during a change-of-command ceremony Aug. 1 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium. Kokaska took command of a U.S. Army Reserve organization that includes skill sets such as engineers, military…

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USAMPS bids farewell to Bisacre, welcomes Knell

Brian Hill FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 3, 2020) — The U.S. Army Military Police School said farewell to Brig. Gen. Brian Bisacre and welcomed Col. Niave Knell during a change-of-commandant ceremony today at the MP Regimental Room in the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex. Knell is the 51st commandant and chief of the MP…

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