By Mrs. Melissa K Buckley (Leonard Wood)June 19, 2014
The Leadership Missouri Class of 2014 spent Friday learning more about the Army by touring Fort Leonard Wood.
The Leadership Missouri program was created on the belief that the community, just as any business or organization, requires strong leadership to improve and grow.
"Founded in 1990, Leadership Missouri aims to identify current and emerging leaders throughout the state, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the state's opportunities and challenges. In April the Class of 2014 participants were selected to begin a seven-month long session with two-day sessions each month focused on an important part of industry or government," said Luke Norris, Code for America, Government Relations director.
"Fort Leonard Wood plays an important role in the State of Missouri, as the 6th largest employer, as well as a part of our national security. The Leadership Missouri Class of 2014 learned about energy and defense while in Rolla and Waynesville this month," he added.
The Leadership Missouri Class of 2014 has already visited, Rolla, Waynesville, the Missouri State Capital, the Army National Guard and State Troopers Headquarters.
"We've also visited Kansas City, where our focus was healthcare. During the next four months we'll learn about other important issues facing Missouri, like transportation in St. Louis, education and recovery in Joplin and agriculture in Sedalia," Norris said.
While on post, the group visited the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion, Nutter Field House, the driver simulations training and the Engagement Skills Trainer.
One of Norris' favorite things he got to experience on post was meeting members of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood command team.
"Our morning started with a briefing with Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, as well as four other generals -- which we understand was incredibly unique and rare. We were also fortunate to have lunch at the Field House to celebrate the 239th Birthday of the Army, which was also an awesome celebration to be a part of. The simulators were a fun opportunity, too," Norris said.
"One of the most incredible parts of the Leadership Missouri program is what you learn about your state. I've always heard about Ft. Leonard Wood -- but never knew much about it. Every month I walk away from our session with a new, deeper understanding of the incredible resources and assets we have across our State," he added.