FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2018) – The following Fort Leonard Wood announcements are for the week of Dec. 3 through Dec. 7.

Dec. 4

Fort Leonard Wood Combined Federal Campaign annual charity fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the USO. Between 20 and 25 charities are expected to be in attendance. The event is open to all service members, DOD employees, government contractors and military retirees.

Installation Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at MSCoE Plaza. Celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of the installation Christmas tree and a special visit from Santa Claus. There will be activities, crafts, kiddie train rides, snacks, and pictures with Santa. The tree lighting will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. followed by activities from 6 to 7 p.m. in the festival tent.

Dec. 5

Santa Storytime, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Bruce C. Clarke Library. Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be making a pit stop at the Library to read a story to the children of Fort Leonard Wood. Event is free and pen to the public, all ages. For more information call, 573-563-4113.

Dec. 8

USO Family Holiday Cheer Event, 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Call 573.329.2039, email or visit the “USO of Missouri, Inc.— FLW USO Club” Facebook page for details.

Women’s Basic Self-Defense Classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Both classes will be held in ACS Rooms 109 & 127. The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) system is taught by nationally certified instructors and educates women on awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance. No experience is necessary. Open to females only, ages 14 and up. Open to service members, family members, and DoD civilians. The event is free but participants must attend both days. For more information, call 573-563-0212.

Holly Jolly Christmas Dance Recital, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Baker Theater. Holiday performance features SKIES dancers, ages 3-18 years old. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 573-596-5039.

Army/Navy 5K Fun Run & Kids Half-Miler, 8 a.m. Dec. 8 at Gerlach Field. Join us for this noncompetitive 5K Fun Run and Kids Half-Miler. Baby strollers permitted. Dogs must be on a leash and children on bikes must wear helmets. The 5k Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. followed by the Kids Half-Miler at 9 a.m.

Dec. 11

St. Nick’s Benefit Ceremony, 10 a.m. Dec. 11 at Grant Hall Auditorium. The St. Nick’s Benefit provides community members with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children and special needs adults. Purchase gifts in price range from $40 to $70. Donations can be dropped off through Dec. 7 at Infuze Credit Union on post. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information, contact Casey Morris at 573.528.6313.

Dec. 13

399th Army Band holiday concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Baker Theater. The concert is entitled “Letters from the Front: A Musical Holiday Card from the 399th Army Band.” The event is free and open to the public.

Nutcracker Story Time, 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at Bruce C. Clarke Library. Join us for this fun family event. Children can come in their pajamas and participate in reading the classic book “The Nutcracker.” There will be snacks provided and a PG-rated holiday movie to follow the story. For more information, call 573-563-4113.

Dec. 19

Candy Cane Toss, 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Fort Leonard Wood housing area. Starting from Fire Station 1, Santa and friends will visit the Fort Leonard Wood housing area on a fire truck, tossing candy canes to boys and girls. When you hear the sirens, go outside and wave to Santa. For more information call, 573.563.0148.


The Armed Services Blood Program is in need of blood donors. The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center is located in Bldg. 822 at the corner of Iowa and Kansas Streets. People can donate from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 573.596.5385 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Fort Leonard Wood Combined Federal Campaign is underway and is scheduled to run through Jan. 12. The CFC provides federal employees with the opportunity to donate to charities via a one-time donation or payroll deduction. According to, the CFC is one of the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns, raising millions of dollars each year. For more information or to schedule a brief, call Michele Piccione-Leone at 573.563.4057, or email

General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s Patient Townhall, 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the MEDDAC classroom. This is the public’s chance to speak to hospital leadership and positively affect change. For more information, call the GLWACH Public Affairs office at 573.596.9359.