Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, talks with a production crew from the Fox show, "The X-Factor" on Nov. 20, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
After a day of filming, Fort Leonard Wood is set to be the first military installation to be featured on Simon Cowell's, "The X-Factor."
A production crew with "The X-Factor" visited Fort Leonard Wood Nov. 20 to film Soldiers conducting training and to interview Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. The footage captured will be used during The X-Factor's Nov. 21 and 22 nights' live shows when one of the contestants will give thanks to service members.
Forty-year-old Vino Alan, a contestant on the reality TV show from Waynesville, Mo., which is right outside of Fort Leonard Wood's west gate, wants to use his time during the Thanksgiving episodes to tell how thankful he is for everything that our troops do to keep our country safe, said Arinze "Ike" Ikemefuna, an associate producer with "The X-Factor."
"All of these Soldiers spend months, if not years, away from their families and we believe that it is imperative to let the American public know how important and massive the work is at Fort Leonard Wood each day," Ikemefuna said.