FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 28, 2020) — The following Fort Leonard Wood announcements are for the week of Mar. 2- Mar. 6.
Missouri will conduct its annual statewide tornado drill, and Fort Leonard Wood will participate, starting at 10 a.m. March 3. At that time, a mass warning system will notify the post’s population that the drill has begun. The drill is part of Severe Weather Week, which includes a preparedness day on Monday, flash-flood safety on Wednesday, a severe thunderstorm day March 5 and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio day March 6 — all to increase awareness of Missouri’s tornado season, which occurs March to July each year. The ready.gov website has several tips on making emergency plans for severe weather. Click the “make-a-plan” link for free online documents detailing plans for a range of natural disasters and emergencies.
The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center will be unavailable for walk-ins March 3-6 due to working an out-of-town blood drive. Normal blood collections will resume March 8. For more information, call 573.596.5385.
The Ozark Chapter of the Chemical Corps Regimental Association will hold a free chili-cooking competition March 4 on Fort Leonard Wood. The Ozark CCRA Chili Cook-Off is scheduled from 11:30 to 13:30 at Shea Gym, located on West 6th Street, just west of the 3rd Chemical Brigade headquarters. There is no cost to enter the contest, which will present awards for Best Flavor, Spiciest and Most Unique. Participating individuals or teams must prepare a two-quart minimum of chili in a slow cooker. Ingredients must be printed and submitted on a standard 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper. The registration deadline is Feb. 28. To register, or for more information about the cook-off, contact an Ozark CCRA officer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6 in the Bloodmobile at the Main Post Exchange. To schedule an appointment, call 800.733.2767.
A Big Bass Tournament is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mar. 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area. Cost is $40 per team and an additional $10 for big bass per boat. Each boat must have a DoD authorized ID card holder. For more information, call 573.346.5640.
The next General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital town hall is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 9 in the GLWACH Army Community classroom. This is your opportunity to be heard and affect change.
Fort Leonard Wood Child and Youth Services and the FLW United post soccer team will hold a soccer skills clinic for players ages 5 to 15 starting at 9 a.m. March 14 at the Youth Soccer Game Fields. Participants can learn fundamental soccer skills they can use during the upcoming soccer season. The clinic is free. Registration will be held on site the day of the clinic. For more information, call 573.596.2611.
The next New Employee Onboarding Course is scheduled for March 16 to 19. The course provides head starts for civilian employees new to Fort Leonard Wood on mandatory trainings, personal and professional development – to include the Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program – as well as a chance to network with other new people. For more information, call 573.563.4005.
March 30-April 2
The U.S. Army Engineer School Regimental Week is March 30 through April 1 and there are many events planned to celebrate the week. The Best Sapper Competition is March 30 through April 1. The USAES Commandant’s Address is at 9:30 a.m. April 2 at the Main Post Chapel. A memorial for fallen Sappers is at 6 p.m. April 2 at Sapper Grove. The annual Engineer Regimental Run begins at 5:30 a.m. April 3 at Gammon Field. The Chief of Engineers Address is at 8 a.m. at the Main Post Chapel. The Chief of Engineers Tree Dedication is at 2:30 p.m. April 3 at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza.
Register for lifeguard classes through March 4 for classes scheduled for March 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Davidson Fitness Center indoor pool. Class participants must pass a pre-course session scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 6. The cost is $225 per person for military and $275 per person for civilians ages 15 and up. A $115 deposit is due at sign up. All classes will be conducted based off the American Red Cross Standards. For more information, call 573.596.2810.
Chapel Watch Care applications are now being accepted. The Religious Support Office is looking to fill positions to help with child care at the chapels on Sunday and Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. For details, call the RSO at 573.596.2127.
Year-round youth coaches are needed at Fort Leonard Wood. You can help make a difference in the life of a child. Coaches receive a discount that allows their children to participate at no cost in the sport they coach. Volunteers must be 18 or older, have background checks, fingerprints, and undergo training in youth related topics. For more information, contact Child and Youth Services Youth Sports and Fitness at 573.596.2611.
The Fort Leonard Wood Office of the Staff Judge Advocate offers free tax preparation services for active duty, family members and retirees. All volunteers are qualified at the advanced level on the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The tax center is located on the first floor of Bldg. 315. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with an 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch break) Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 573.563.5853.
Fort Leonard Wood’s Directorate of Public Works is currently hiring temporary laborers and tractor operators for the 2020 mowing season (March 2 through Nov. 15). Anyone interested can apply online at www.usajobs.gov (search for “laborer or “tractor operator” in the 65473 area code).
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 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.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission.