FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 20, 2018) — This week more than 5,500 U.S. Army Soldiers in Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood are heading home for the holidays as part of the Holiday Block Leave program.

During this time, trainees and drill sergeants alike will take a break from training to enjoy the holiday season before the new year kicks off.

Pvt. Alexis Collins heads toward Holiday Block Leave happy with Jenny and Steve Swarthout.








Pvt. Karletha Henry reunites with loved ones on the cold December afternoon behind Baker Theater, Fort Leonard Wood.









John Benedict hugs his brother, Pvt. Jesse Benedict, as the family prepares to leave for the holiday.