FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (March 18, 2019) — The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood’s Installation Strategic Sustainability Program recently won the Installation Sustainability (Non-Industrial) Award in the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards.

Fort Leonard Wood is among five installations that have moved forward to represent the Army in the Fiscal Year 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program, along with two teams and one individual from other locations.

Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Director Bryan Parker said this award recognizes the ongoing efforts across the installation. These efforts, he said, enhance the ability of facilities and the workforce to better support the commanding general’s intentions.

“This program is only as good as the individuals who faithfully come to meetings and invest their time and energy in making Fort Leonard Wood a better place to work, live and play now and far into the future,” Parker said.

Brock Lercher, ISSP manager, said there are hundreds of stakeholders who routinely participate in meetings throughout the year. This team identified, planned and initiated 25 projects for FY18 in addition to the ongoing, longer-term efforts.

These projects include:

  • The design and funding of a combined heat and power project, which will provide cogeneration of power and heat — replacing approximately 7 percent of the installation’s annual electrical energy use. The CHP will be added to the existing heating/cooling plants, will increase resilience and save $8 million over its lifetime.
  • Completion of the first Army Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED v4, Advanced Individual Training barracks complex. The complex includes a Barracks Company Operation Facility, a dining facility and Battalion Headquarters. The complex will save more than 90 percent of indoor water use and 73 percent in energy costs.

“(It was difficult) condensing all the FY17 and 18 ISSP efforts and telling the Fort Leonard Wood story in only a seven-page nomination narrative,” Lercher said. “There are a lot of great things being done on the installation.”

The Army-level winners are as follows:

Natural Resources Conservation (large installation category): Florida Army National Guard, Camp Blanding

Cultural Resources Management (small installation category): Washington Army National Guard

Environmental Quality (industrial installation category): Wisconsin Army National Guard

Sustainability (non-industrial category): Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Environmental Restoration (installation category): Fort Drum, New York

Cultural Resources Management (team or individual category): Mississippi Army National Guard, Rita McCarty

Sustainability (team or individual category): Fort Stewart, Georgia

Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition (small program): Tagnite Technical Working Group, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland


A traditional boiler is slated to be augmented by a Combined Heat and Power project at Fort Leonard Wood. This is the first of several planned for the Specker Barracks area. The unit is projected to save $8 million over its lifespan. Courtesy photo.


The Army’s first LEED v4 pilot Advanced Individual Training barracks complex is up and running at Fort Leonard Wood. The complex is projected to reduce energy use by more than 70 percent and water consumption by more than 90 percent. The pilot will provide data to support continued use of high-performance building designs throughout the Army. Courtesy photo.


A planned replacement of the Volunteer Army, or VOLAR, barracks is projected for completion at Fort Leonard Wood. The planned approach is slated to reduce lifecycle cost by $150 million, compared to continuous renovation and upgrades. Courtesy photo.

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 82,000 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 and Air Force detachments on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

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