• Sgt. 1st Class Reginald Snell, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Incident Response Training Department, briefs Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III using a facility model of the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility at Fort Leonard Wood Aug. 2.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Sgt. 1st Class Reginald Snell, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Incident Response Training Department, briefs Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III using a facility model of the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mathisen describes a confined space operations training exercise for Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III Aug. 2 at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry CBRN Responder Training Facility. During the exercise, students in the training bay perform the task of victim management by building hauling systems and loading victims out of a confined space.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mathisen describes a confined space operations training exercise for Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III Aug. 2 at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry CBRN Responder Training Facility. During the exercise, students in the training...

  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Meadows describes a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus exercise to Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, as students prepare to suit up in their hazmat equipment at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility Aug. 2, 2012.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Meadows describes a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus exercise to Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, as students prepare to suit up in their hazmat equipment at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Maria Vazquezc describes hazmat technician-level skills for Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry CBRN Responder Training Facility as Staff Sgt. Norman Maniscalco and Staff Sgt. Kito Perry mitigate a one-ton chlorine cylinder using a chlorine kit.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Sgt. 1st Class Maria Vazquezc describes hazmat technician-level skills for Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry CBRN Responder Training Facility as Staff Sgt. Norman Maniscalco and Staff Sgt. Kito Perry mitigate a...

  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III signs the guest book at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility Aug. 2, 2012.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III signs the guest book at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility Aug. 2, 2012.

  • Non-commissioned officer instructors at Fort Leonard Wood meet with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III during his tour of the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility Aug. 2, 2012.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Non-commissioned officer instructors at Fort Leonard Wood meet with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III during his tour of the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility Aug. 2, 2012.

  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and Sgt. 1st Class Reginald Snell, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Incident Response Training Department, meet at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility. Chandler came to Fort Leonard Wood to visit with Soldiers and Families Aug. 1-3.

    Sergeant Major of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and Sgt. 1st Class Reginald Snell, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Incident Response Training Department, meet at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder...

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2012) -- The 14th Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, and his wife Jeanne, visited Fort Leonard Wood Aug. 1-3.

The main purpose of the trip was to meet with Soldiers and Families.

"I'm here at Fort Leonard Wood because I'm here to visit Soldiers and Families," said Chandler during a media conference at the 1st Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Training Facility. "Today it's really about Fort Leonard Wood and the great things we're doing here and to take that back to the Army and share a little bit about all the great things our Soldiers and Families are doing."

Chandler said he was impressed by Fort Leonard Wood's partnership with the Army National Guard, Army Reservists, the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps because it represents a great example of the joint effort that the Army makes for the nation.

"This is my first trip to Fort Leonard Wood, so I've never been here," said Chandler. "It's one of those hidden jewels, I think, for our Army. … There are great leaders doing great things, training Soldiers from the time they enter the service all the way up to the Captain's Career Course to deliver a quality Soldier back to the force."

As the Army transitions to meet the needs of the nation, Chandler remains optimistic about the outlook for the future force and he shared his insights with Soldiers and Families at Fort Leonard Wood.

"The nation has made a decision that we're going to have a smaller force and our duty is to do what the nation asks us to do," said Chandler. "Our Army will be smaller but it will also be as effective, if not more effective, than it is today. We've got great programs and policies that we're putting in place to sustain and actually increase the quality of our force. There are still going to be plenty of training opportunities. There are still going to be plenty of places for people to serve in our Army even in 2020 and beyond, so I'm actually excited about the future."

-30-

Page last updated Mon August 6th, 2012 at 09:12