Brian Hill

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 8, 2021) — Established June 14, 1775, more than a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Army is older than the nation it serves. In celebration of 246 years of service, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood leaders have many events planned throughout the week.

Monday begins with a 3-mile division-style birthday run, starting at 5:30 a.m. on Gammon Field. After the run, an Army cake-cutting ceremony is set to take place, also on Gammon Field. The uniform for military personnel attending the cake cutting, but not participating in the run, will be duty uniform. Families are encouraged to attend.

Also on Monday, the 399th Army Band will hold a concert starting at 4 p.m. on MSCoE Plaza, followed by a Retreat ceremony, starting at 4:30 p.m.

A fun run/walk is scheduled from 7 to 8 a.m. June 18, starting at the Daugherty Bowling Center parking lot. The same day, an Army Birthday golf scramble is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Piney Valley Golf Course.

Officials said personnel should note there will be no parking on Constitution or Iowa Avenues Monday morning while the birthday run takes place. Also, as some roads will be temporarily closed during the run, personnel should plan alternate routes to the Child Development Centers.

Reporters wishing to cover these events should contact the Public Affairs Office by noon Friday, June 11, at 573.563.4145.

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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.

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