By Melissa Buckley, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 9, 2024) — Fort Leonard Wood’s Army Community Service team has scheduled an open house event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at ACS, Bldg. 486 on Replacement Avenue, in celebration of National Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

“Military Spouse Appreciation Day is an occasion to acknowledge the critical role played by military spouses in supporting their partners’ service, often making significant sacrifices themselves,” said Gabe Medina, ACS’s Relocation Readiness Program manager and the event organizer. “They are the backbone of military families, providing unwavering love and support in the face of frequent relocations, deployments and other challenges.”

According to Medina, the event will include refreshments, a cake cutting and informational booths.

“This event will showcase all the various programs ACS offers to our community members. Information tables will consist of Army Emergency Relief, Relocation Lending Closet, Financial Planning, Fatherhood Initiative, summer safety for kids and Exceptional Family Member Program,” Medina said.

This would be a good time to stop in for information about ACS’s programs, according to Medina, because, “ACS subject matter experts will be on-hand to answer questions on how to enroll in EFMP, child wellness, parenting tips, summer primary change of station moves, emergency preparedness and financial wellbeing.”

Medina said attendees will also be able to fill out a Military Spouse Appreciation Day support leaf and place it on the ACS appreciation tree, which will be displayed throughout May in the ACS lobby.

For more information, visit Fort Leonard Wood’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program calendar at, call ACS at 573.596.0212, or visit Bldg. 486 on Replacement Avenue. ACS is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Carol Oberwager, talks with military spouses about self-defense basics at the 2023 Army Community Service Military Spouse Appreciation Day event. This year’s event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at ACS, in Bldg. 486 on Replacement Avenue. (Photo by Melissa Buckley, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office)












About Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 80 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains nearly 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

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