FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 17, 2019) — The following Fort Leonard Wood announcements are for the week of May 20-24.

May 20-24
The east parking lot of the Main Post Exchange is scheduled to be paved from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. next week, May 20 through 24. This section of the parking lot will be closed, and individuals are asked to watch for moving equipment and trucks. The west parking lot is scheduled to be paved from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28 through 31. The north side, or main entrance and entrance/exit lanes from the building to Replacement Avenue, is scheduled to be paved beginning at 6 p.m. June 2 through 5. Please proceed through this area with caution and thank you for your patience during this time. Dates are subject to change based on weather.

May 20
Bundles of Joy – Session 3 will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 20 at Army Community Service, Building 486. This 6-week course for expecting parents will cover bonding with baby, safe sleep, budgeting for baby, car seat safety, and more. The course is free to attend to eligible ACS patrons. For more information, call 573.596.0212.

May 21
A Homeschooling Group will meet from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. May 21 in the Middle School/Teen Center on post. Fort Leonard Wood School Support Services provides educational support and information for homeschool parents. This months’ theme is Summer Bash/Curriculum Swap. Child & Youth Services conducts monthly sessions for both children and parents. All youth must be registered with Child & Youth Services. For more information call 573.596.0357.

May 22
A Fun Golf Scramble is scheduled each Wednesday through September 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the Piney Valley Golf Course on Fort Leonard Wood. This is a 4-person, 9-hole scramble. Cost is $15 for Advance Green Fees members and $20 for non-AGF members. Open to ages 18 & older. For more information call 573.329.4770.

May 25
A first-ever MWR Float Fest is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 at Happy Hollow Recreation Area. This Strong B.A.N.D.S. event includes a 2-hour float trip followed by an afternoon of food, fun, and games. Pick up and drop off will be provided. Floating not your thing? No worries, guests are welcome for the food and festivities. There will be a volleyball tournament, tug-o-war competition, bounce houses, corn hole, horseshoes, and other fun family activities. Cost is $50 per canoe (fits up to 3 individuals). Canoes are limited, so register in advance. Bringing your own personal floatation devices for kids ages 4 and under is recommended. Register in person at Outdoor Adventure Center by May 23. For more information, call 573.596.4223 or visit

May 30 – Aug. 29
The annual Book Brigade at the Bruce C. Clarke Library will be held from May 30 – Aug 29. Book Brigade is a reading program designed to allow patrons to choose their own book titles, while getting out and having fun. Book Brigade is open to the public, all ages. Must be 13 or older to attend without an adult. For more information call 573.563.4113. Book Brigade schedule follows:

  • May 30: a book with an unreliable narrator;
  • June 27: a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature;
  • July 25: a book you think should be turned into a movie; and
  • Aug. 29: a book set in space.

June 1
The annual Springfield Cardinals Military Appreciation Night at Hammons Field is set for June 1 when the Cardinals host the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The event presented by Infuze Credit Union and Fort Leonard Wood, includes a Saturday night fireworks celebration. Game time is 6:10 p.m. and gates open at 5:10. Tickets may be picked up between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Infuze Credit Union located on post at 5000 Illinois Avenue, Building 494. A voucher for a free hot dog and Cardinals baseball hat is slated to accompany each ticket. A military ID must be presented at the time of pick-up.

There is still time to register for the 20th annual Volkslauf 10K Fun Run. After May 15, fees will increase slightly. The “extreme 10K event,” hosted annually by the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, is scheduled for June 1 on Fort Leonard Wood. Register in person at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters Building 1704, or get more information @2019VolkalufMudRace on Facebook.

June 4
The 368th Training Squadron, U.S. Air Force Detachment, is planning to host a rare opportunity to hear from a World War II Veteran, from 1 to 2 p.m., June 4 at Baker Theater. The Veteran is Ralph Goldsticker, who served as an Army Air Corps Bombardier and completed 35 missions, with two of those missions on D-Day. This event is free to attend and open to the public. We hope to have a great turnout to show our support and honor Mr. Goldsticker for his service and sacrifice.

June 8
A Kid’s Catfish Derby will be held June 8 at Fort Leonard Wood, Pond 228 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Catfish Derby is free and open to the public, ages 2-15. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. There will be great prizes for tagged catfish. Limit of 4 catfish per angler. Registration will be on-site from 9:30 am – 10:30 am on June 8. For more information call 573.596.4223.

July 12
Soldiers with over 16 years of service who want to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill to a dependent must do so before July 12, or risk losing the ability to transfer education benefits. For more information, contact a Fort Leonard Wood education specialist at the Truman Education Center by calling 573.596.0172.

July 22-26
Fort Leonard Wood summer Vacation Bible School, is set to take place 9 a.m. to noon, July 22-26, at the Main Post Chapel. VBS is geared toward children age 3 through those who are entering the 6th grade. The theme is “The Incredible Race” where children will learn about our world through songs, crafts, games, goodies and more. For more information, call 573.596.0089.