Fort Leonard Wood is among the leading military installations in US in terms of training. Spread over 61,000 acres in Pulaski County, situated amidst the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Fort Leonard Wood is the abode of the Military Community, Maneuver Support Center that comprises of Chemical schools, Military Police, and Engineers of the US Army.
Cost Of Living: A whooping 23.58% lower than the average cost of living throughout the rest of the country.
Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers: DSN 312-581-0131 or 573-596-0131
Base Population: The total population on base consists of a mix of 55170 retirees, 5702 other civilians, 3825 DOA civilians, 12183 family members, 6946 active duty, and 12322 in training.
City/Area population: The total area population of the county is 44,022
Child Development Centers: Full day care, family child care, part day preschool, and hourly care are some of the services provided on base. The child development center provides services for children from ages of 6 weeks up to kindergarten age. For more information on CDC please contact 573-596-0197.
There are a total of 11 schools on base. These include 1 sixth grade center, 6 elementary schools, 1 high school, 1 middle school and an early childhood center that is specifically for children with developmental problems. Bus transportation is provided for children to take them from home to school and back.
Over the last ten years an approximate amount of US$ 100 million have been spent for remodeling and constructing the schools on base. The students that attend schools in Fort Wood are known for performing above national and state averages
Youth Programs: Offering an interesting variety of sports and other activities for children who are in grade 6 up to grade 8 is the Pippin Youth Center. Besides this there is also a Station Teen center that provides evening and weekend activities for 9th – 12th grade students and also a variety of after school activities.
Airman and Family Readiness Center: 573-596-0212
Employment: In order to get information on general employment opportunities, one can contact the Missouri Career Center. The average household income of the area is approximately $40,107. The unemployment rate in the area is pegged at 6.9%
The base services on post include the following- Financial Institutions (Armed forces bank N.A, and Mid Missouri Credit Union), Commissaries (contact number for the one on post commissary is 573-596-0783), Exchange system (which includes a shoppette, a mall and one large exchange), and MWR Facilities (these include fishing, tennis, gym, swimming, recreation center, outdoor activities, bowling, arts and crafts, auto hobby and a library)
Medical Services: Inpatient and outpatient care is provided to over 30,000 receivers in a 75-bed hospital on base known as the General Leonard wood Army Community Hospital. For further information or booking and appointments please contact 573-596-1490.
As opposed to the FORSCOM (forces command) Fort Wood is trained under TRADOC (training and doctrine command). The 5th Engineer Battalion saw action in the Middle East from the fort during the Gulf war. The 92nd Military Police Battalion, 94th Signal Company, 193rd Brigade Support Battalion and the 94th Engineer Battalion (all part of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade) were re stationed at Fort Wood after the commencement of the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Maneuver Enhancement Brigade was started up on the fort on the 2nd of October 2008 and was discontinued on the 17th of June 2015. The fort is named after General Wood. The original intention of setting up Fort Wood was for the purpose of training infantry troops, but eventually became an engineer training post. On New Year’s Eve a tornado had hit the army’s cantonment and base training area. Severe damage was caused to several houses, offices, and buildings although injuries that were caused to people were mostly minor.
The base units of Fort Wood comprise of the US Army Chemical, Forces Commands 4th Maneuver, Engineer and Military Police Regiments and other deployable units.
2, 3 and 4 bedroom cape hart units are available on post under privatized family housing. Balfour Beatty Communities manage over 2300 homes across 4 different neighborhoods. For more housing information, contact 573-329-3105.
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