Col. Ralph Rizzo holds the colors as he takes command of the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment at #FortLeonardWood during a change-of-command ceremony held this morning on Gammon Field. Rizzo comes to Fort Leonard Wood from his most recent assignment with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa,
where he served as director of Logistics. Welcome to Fort Leonard Wood, Rizzo family!
Faces of the Fort Friday: In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Warrant Officer Cohort.
"The Army Warrant Officer of today is first, a technical expert. We have some career fields in the Army that require a very deep technical understanding of various systems and processes. The Army's relatively new cyber command for example, these guys are on the front lines of cyber warfare every day. They have to understand how to read and write computer code, how to fight against attacks to our systems. The warrant officer provides the expertise that commanders require especially in today's Army where readiness is the No. 1 focus. If you look at other warrant officer career fields whether it be maintenance, logistics, aviation, and those areas don't function correctly, it can have a very negative impact on the Army's ability to deploy and be ready for the fight. That's where the warrant officer is expected to be at the table and to be an advisor to the commander on the technical aspects of those areas. The warrant officer is also a teacher, a trainer and a mentor. We take that expertise and share it.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Joel Fitz, Military Police Regimental chief warrant officer #MeetYourArmy #FOF #KnowYourMil #FortLeonardWood
Bandit and Maverick, comfort dogs at the USO, were promoted Monday. Bandit was promoted to the rank of colonel and Maverick became a private first class. Both dogs are popular among the service members who visit the USO and they are both also active in the local community.
#FYI- in case you are planning to travel to Springfield this weekend.
Plan ahead and leave early.
This month's "Foodie of the Fort" is Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jason Brazzel. Follow the link to find out what inspires him to cook and get his recipe for super easy Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pie.
The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood hosted a change-of-command and change-of-responsibility ceremony Tuesday at Nutter Field House. Fort Leonard Wood said farewell to Col. Tracy Lanier who transferred responsibilities as the post’s garrison commander to Col. Eric Towns. During the change of responsibility, Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis transferred responsibilities as the garrison command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. Faith Alexander. (U.S. Army photos by Michael Curtis/Released)
The Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Navy Detachment Fort Leonard Wood held a change of charge ceremony today in Shields Hall where Lt. Brian Wood relinquished command to Lt. Nicholas Gegg.
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation which evolved from a small basic training post more than 70 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence, training more than 86,000 military and civilians each year in active component courses. Take a look at the post's official blog #ShowMe #FortLeonardWood and learn about its rich history. You might even find something to do on your next visit.
Fort Leonard Wood Sappers were featured on KY3's Fit Life segment today. Nicely done!
Soldiers become injured and must stop where they’re at in their Initial Military Training to recuperate by being sent to the Fitness Training Unit to take part in the Warrior Training and Rehabilitation Program. With the help of the WTRP and her own tenacity, Pvt. Cassy McKnight was able to overcome an injury and return to training.
Happy Independence Day!
Independence Day events are underway on Gammon Field!
Today is the day you could save a life. The U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is hosting a blood drive today from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Primary Care Classroom.
Faces of the Fort Friday: In celebration of CBRN Regimental Week June 25-29.
"Chemical Soldiers are more flexible than any Soldiers in the Army. What I mean by flexible is, when you deploy, you have chemical Soldiers running logistics convoys, you have chemical Soldiers manning check points, you have chemical Soldiers in charge of base security, you have chemical Soldiers doing missions and going out to get the bad guys and they are also doing the chemical defense mission. So we have to be specialists in our fields but you also have to know a little bit of everybody's job. Growing up as a kid I looked up to people who had served. My dad served during the Korean War and he always talked about the stuff he did. My grandpa served in WWII. Serving was just something I was always interested in. I am proud of my country and all that we have done throughout our history. When I'm much older, I would have regrets if I looked back on my life and I had never served at all."
Lt. Col. Glen Wright, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School chief of staff #MeetYourArmy #FOF #KnowYourMil #FortLeonardWood
Fort Leonard Wood is under a heat advisory through Saturday. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.