FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Jan. 26, 2018) – The following Fort Leonard Wood announcements are for the week of Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.
Missouri S&T military appreciation basket ball games
Missouri University of Science and Technology is scheduled to host military appreciation basket ball games beginning at 1 p.m., Jan. 27, at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building, in Rolla, Mo. The Missouri S&T Miners are slated to host the Rockhurst Hawks. The Lady Miners begin play at 1 p.m. and the Miner Men tip off at 3 p.m. Entry is free for military ID card holders.
Committee of 50 honoree luncheon
The Committee of 50 is hosting their honoree luncheon honoring an exceptional Fort Leonard Wood service member at 12 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Hampton Inn, located in St. Robert, Mo. At the luncheon the committee will be honoring Staff Sgt. James Sheppard, the 2017 3rd Chemical Brigade Instructor of the Year.
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 3, at the Waynesville Career Center located at 400 GW Lane, Waynesville, Mo. The job fair is open to all job seekers. There will be some on the spot interviews and job offers.
Agencies are hiring for the following permanent and summer positions:
- Recreation Aide
- Facility Aide
- Food Service Workers
- School Bus Drivers
Some positions require applicants to be 16 years old and above, or 15 years old with consent of legal guardian and a work permit. For more information, contact 573.596.0283.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, candygrams are on sale now through Feb. 12. Candygrams will be delivered on post Feb. 14 during duty hours within the cantonment area. Buy one for a veteran and the BOSS Program will deliver them to the St. James Veterans Home on Feb. 17. Cost is $5 for sweets and a card or $10 for a teddy bear, sweets and a card. Candygrams may be purchased through any BOSS representative or by stopping by building 496 during duty hours. For more information, call 573.563.5967.
New program brings focus on S.T.E.M. education
The Bruce C. Clarke Library hosted a Mad Scientist S.T.E.M. Lab Jan. 18, kicking off a new program designed to boost science, technology, engineering and math concepts among children. The kick off gave community members an idea of what is coming in 2018. “We had a bit of everything during that program to show what types of projects we will be doing in the future. We will only be covering one subject at a time, for example, month one, we could cover magnets; month two, we cover measurements; month three, we build robots, and so on,” said Tyffany Hollenbeck, library technician. Claretta Crawford, library director, said the community has embraced the program. “We had more than 150 people that attended the S.T.E.M. lab event,” Crawford said. The program, open to children and teenagers, featured food, projects, games and crafts — all with a S.T.E.M. theme. “We want to promote the program and get the word out. We want to help children grow and learn, we also want to get the kids interested in new things,” said Amanda Williams, library technician. The regular monthly S.T.E.M. Labs will be held in the Bruce C. Clarke Children’s Room from 5 to 5:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. The next program is scheduled for Feb. 15. Programs will be open to all ages and can cater to all learning types and levels. Anyone interested in the program is welcome without signing up in advance. For more information, contact the library at 573.563.4113. Read the full article at https://www.army.mil/article/199601/.
Fort Leonard Wood USO to begin spouse programs
The Fort Leonard Wood USO is bringing on a new slate of programs geared toward military spouses during 2018. The organization will begin offering spouse craft socials, USO Coffee Connections and USO Military Spouse Networking events. “All of our USO spouse-related events are geared towards bringing our spouses together and creating a community bond,” said Kelly Brownfield, USO of Missouri, Inc. – Fort Leonard Wood center director. “We hope that the spouses who participate will meet new friends, which can be key within a military community as families move or significant others deploy. By bringing spouses together we hope to give them another network in which they can reach out to for support,” Brownfield said. Read the full story at: https://www.army.mil/article/199602/.
Spotlight on education: Career Skills Program
The Career Skills Program is part of the Soldier Life Cycle that encourages and prepares Soldiers for civilian employment through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships and employment-skills training. Currently, the program stretches across several installations in the continental U.S. and is split up into six different regions. At each program location administrators help connect Soldiers with different companies to establish an internship opportunity.
Here, there are two CSP installation administrators, Walter Harris and Kelli Lindsay. Harris is a retired military police officer with 22 years of service. Lindsay is a veteran and former military police officer with more than six years of service. She is also a military spouse. In addition to the two CSP administrators, Fort Leonard Wood has a state representative CSP coordinator, Gary Jensen. Jensen is a retired veteran who served several different periods of time at Fort Leonard Wood during his 23 years in the Army.
Those eligible for the program must:
- Be within 180 days of discharge or release from military service
- Participate 120 days max under an internship in the program
- Anticipate Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions Discharge
- Must complete Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program completely before entering the program
The goal of CSP is to provide service members an opportunity to gain new skills and to give employers a chance to evaluate the service member’s skills and fit with the organization. Ultimately, this will result in a smooth transition from the military to civilian life for the service member.
Free Tax Filing Software Available to Military Members
With the new year bringing a new tax season, Military OneSource has launched its free tax software to support military members and their families in the annual task of filing. The MilTax software is available through the Military OneSource website, and walks military families through a variety of filing scenarios, explained Erika Slaton, program analyst for the Defense Department’s Military OneSource program. “Service members and their families have unique tax filing situations,” she said. “There are frequent moves, deployments, or multistate filings; there are a host of considerations that military members and their families face.” The tax software allows users to submit a federal and up to three state tax returns at no cost Slaton said.
Tax Experts Available in Person, Via Phone
Military members and their families can speak via phone with a Military OneSource tax expert, and in-person tax filing assistance is available on military installations at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance location.
Eligible for Free Tax Services
The Military OneSource tax resources are available to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and National Guard, as well as Coast Guardsmen serving under Title 10 authority, Slaton said. Other eligible personnel include retired and honorably discharged members up to 180 days past their separation, as well as spouses, dependent children and survivors. Further information on eligibility, people in the United States can call Military OneSource at 800.342.9647 or visit the website, Slaton said. The site also provides calling options for people living overseas. To read the full article by Lisa Ferdinando, DOD New, visit https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1418017/free-tax-filing-software-available-to-military-members/.
For more information, contact the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office at 573.563.4145.