FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 24, 2019) — The following Fort Leonard Wood announcements are for the week of May 27-31.

May 20 through August 19
A project to repair and upgrade the Engineer Trail kicked off May 20 and will continue through August 19. The lower half of the trail will be closed to runners and walkers Mondays through Fridays now through mid-July, as crews install new culverts, clean existing culverts, clean and install new drainage ditches and reshape and resurface the trail with fresh gravel to correct drainage issues. The upper half of the trail will be closed in a similar fashion from mid-July through August 19. Runners and walkers are asked to respect safety signage on and in the construction area for their own safety as there will be heavy equipment moving along the trail and space is limited.

May 25
Pool season is finally here and Wallace Pool, located at the MWR Rec Plex, is now open for the summer. Beginning May 25, Rec Plex hours are noon to 7 p.m. every day. The Splash Park & Kiddie Pool is currently closed until further notice in order to make improvements to the splash pad. For more information, call 573.596.0843.

May 27 – Memorial Day
On May 27, the United States will observe Memorial Day, an annual observance honoring the military men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation and its values. Several Memorial Day ceremonies around the area are planned today including the Missouri Veterans Cemetery located at Highway H in Waynesville, at 1 p.m. where Fort Leonard Wood service members will be participating. The American Legion Post 297 out of Union, Missouri, has requested a color guard for their Memorial Day parade at 10 o’clock this morning; and American Legion Post 624 plans to hold a Veteran’s Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Sunrise Beach, and is expected to have a speaker from Fort Leonard Wood.

May 28-31
The west parking lot of the Main Post Exchange is scheduled to be paved from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28 through May 31. Please proceed through this area with caution and thank you for your patience during this time.

May 30
The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Instructor of the Year and Annual Civilian Awards Ceremony is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. May 30, in Lincoln Hall Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend and recognize our distinguished instructors for their accomplishments and dedication.

May 31
The annual Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month observance is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31 at the Pershing Community Center. Tickets are $12 for those who wish to participate in the lunch, or free for those who just wish to attend without lunch.

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.

The U.S. Marine Corps 20th annual Volkslauf extreme 10K Fun Run is scheduled to kick off at 8 a.m. June 1 from “Car Wash Hill” on Fort Leonard Wood. There’s still time to register completed online or in person during business hours at the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment Headquarters, Building 1704. For more information, visit the @2019VolkalufMudRace Facebook page.

June 4
The 368th Training Squadron, U.S. Air Force Detachment, will host an opportunity to hear from a World War II Veteran, from 1 to 2 p.m., June 4 at Baker Theater. The Veteran is Mr. Ralph Goldsticker, a First Lieutenant, who served as an Army Air Corps Bombardier and completed 35 missions, with two of those being on D-Day. Everyone is welcome to attend and we hope to have a great turnout to honor Mr. Goldsticker and gain a better understanding of the Greatest Generation.

The Dental Assistant Program, offered by the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Dental Activity, Fort Leonard Wood, is scheduled to begin October 2019. The program is a 6-month, 40 hours per week combination classroom and hands-on basic education and clinical skills program. Participation selection will be determined through interview. Those selected will receive intense training in all aspects of dental assisting — from dental radiology to dental anatomy, and from sterilizing dental instruments to chair-side clinic rotations. The program is open to military, dependents, retirees and DOD ID card holders ages 18 and older, who are U.S. citizens. Application packets for the Dental Assistant Training Program are now available through June 4 in Building 470, Room 1130. For more information, call 573.596.0300.

June 8
A Kid’s Catfish Derby is set for 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, with a limit of four catfish per angler. Registration will be on-site between 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on June 8. For more information call 573.596.4223.

Did you know the Career Skills Program is a component of the Soldier Life Cycle that encourages and prepares Soldiers for civilian employment? Transitioning service members who have or are currently in the process of transitioning and are interested in pursuing an internship in an industry of their choice should visit the Career Skills Program Administrators in Building 499, Room 24. For more information, call 573.596.1810.