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Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473  |  Post Operator: DSN: 581-0131, (573) 596-0131

Fort Leonard Wood: Overview

Fort Leonard Wood is one of the most significant training installations in the United States Army. It is the home of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the 1st Engineer Brigade, the 3rd Chemical Brigade, and the 14th Military Police Brigade. Considering that this post is the home of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, its mission is to prepare soldiers for the significant duties that they must accomplish.

The post was established in 1940 and was originally intended to train infantry troops. However, that mission changed to an engineer training installation in 1941 following the outbreak of WWII. Prior to 1984, the U.S. Army Engineer School trained officers at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. However, once that post closed, this school was consolidated. Another base closure in 2000 resulted in the relocation of other training entities. Due to Fort McClellan’s demise, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and Military Police Corps schools were moved over to Fort Leonard Wood and became part of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center. This entity was eventually known as the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.

Fort Leonard Wood: Education

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Fort Leonard Wood: Location

Fort Leonard Wood is in Pulaski County in Missouri and is near the communities of Waynesville and St. Robert. This area lies within the Missouri Ozarks. Other geographic landmarks in the area include the Mark Twain National Forest, Lake Ozark, the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, and the Ha Ha Tonka State Park. St. Louis is only 136 miles to the northeast of the post along I44, and, also using I44, Springfield is about 92 miles to the west/southwest. Other communities in the area include Edgar Springs, MO, Crocker, MO, Newburg, MO, Richland, MO, Dixon, MO, and Doolittle, MO.

Fort Leonard Wood: Interesting Facts

  • The post was named in honor of a former Army Chief of Staff and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient General Leonard Wood.
  • The nicknames of Fort Leonard Wood include, "Fort Lost in the Woods" due to its remote location, and, "Little Korea," which is a reference to the harsh weather conditions.
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