History of Fort Leonard Wood

I have spent many good years of my life and my career in the U.S. Army right here at Fort Leonard Wood (FLW). Enjoy this brief history and check out the rest of the “Show Me Fort Leonard Wood” published by the FLW Public Affairs Office (PAO).

Show Me Fort Leonard Wood

The Beginning 

The history of Fort Leonard Wood dates back to the dark days just before World War II. By 1940, war had engulfed Europe and much of Asia. By then, many Americans believed that it was only a matter of time before the country would be drawn into what was rapidly becoming a global conflict.

The nation’s leaders worked to increase the size of the armed forces, procure modern equipment and merge the two into an effective fighting force. One of the major challenges was finding suitable training areas for the expanding Army. In 1940, the War Department decided to establish a major training facility in the Seventh Corps area. This command comprised most of the states of the central plains. The site for the new training center was south-central Missouri. On Dec. 3, 1940, military and state officials broke ground for what was known as the Seventh Corps…

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Is your hometown still your hometown….

Amen to this. I have a hometown shaped me like this. I may never go back to live there but it will ALWAYS be my hometown! How does Mrs. Mully continue to capture thoughts that I’ve also had in my head for years? This is definitely a sign of a great writer. Check out the rest of her blog entry below!

Mrs Mully

“We have a house that is our home, but we also have a hometown that is home”.

Home has many meanings for our family. Home is always the house we are living in, wherever we are posted at the time, where there is a pair of combat boots, the never ending sports gear and the shoes that make us look like we live in a shoe shop. Other times home is my hometown. The town that helped raise me, the town that is familiar and not so familiar anymore. The town where my mum, grandparents, aunt and uncle are, the town where my great grandparents are buried. It’s the town that our children love visiting, it’s the town where my husband switches off completly – in his favourite blue chair not to far from the golf course. It’s the town that I am comfortable and not so comfortable in……


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Disconnect and the art of reconnecting – another personal goal.

I agree wholeheartedly with this assessment of social media and our ability to communicate these days (but yet even more challenged to do so effectively). However, I had never taken the time to write it down like Mrs. Mully did here. Kudos to her! Check out this thoughtful, concise entry from a valued friend.

Mrs Mully


To be clear, I love the good side of social media. Being a military family we are constantly on the move as are a large majority of our friends – social media lets us keep in contact quickly regardless of time or distance. I’m a fan of Facebook and Intsagram in particular (hubby not so much) however……

Social media has given us the ability to keep in contact, express our thoughts, fears, share our pictures and in many cases attack, abuse and degrade people and their beliefs – but at what cost.

This week has been another week of reflection and I’d love your thoughts.

We are quick to click the emotion buttons to express our thoughts, but this has in many cases left us without an actual emotional connection or a feeling of disconnect to our family and friends. Social media relationships have moved us further from the…

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Urban Legends, Myths, and the Irrational Tendency to Ignore Facts

Wow, this is good. May be a tough topic to bring up with some people as it may hit a little too close to home!

On Leadership

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

A few months ago I attended a High School soccer match downtown which was scheduled to end just in time to get the spectators (who were largely from the suburbs) out into afternoon traffic. As the game wound down the usual debate began amongst the local traffic experts sitting in the stands about how to make the 25 mile drive back to our home town. “Take I-40 straight to 67 then go on up,” says one. “You’ll be stuck for an hour that way. Better to go through town and up I-30,” retorts another expert. “I never go that way at this time of day! It’s sure to be backed up,” says a third. I watched in fascination as these guys speculated as to the likelihood…

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Saying Farewell: How we treat people who leave matters

This is a great message to share with other leaders across our military services for both leaders and all Servicemembers!

On Leadership

When I was a young lieutenant I was in a really great unit. The leaders were engaged, and it seemed like everyone was truly dedicated to the Army and the mission. The culture in that unit was very pro-career, and nearly every young officer spoke of long-term career goals.

But occasionally, a young officer would show up that only planned on completing their initial obligation, typically 4-5 years. They had other career and life aspirations, and didn’t think they wanted to stay on active duty for the next 20 years.

These officers were typically looked down on and often treated as second-class citizens. Sure, most of them were as competent as the next guy, but that didn’t matter. They were quitters. They didn’t love this profession the way the rest of us did.

It was easy to adopt this kind of attitude. You were “in” and they weren’t.

When I…

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Curiosity: The Underrated Leadership Value

Great article! Makes you think. Am I normally a curious leader…or a quasher/indifferent at times? How do I demonstrate and help bring out charismatic qualities within my spheres of influence?

By: Kellie J. McCoy Across the branches of the military and in business worldwide, leaders ascend through the proverbial ranks based on two primary factors: they deliver results and they demonstrat…

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