Caleb Boyd made a special appearance at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital on New Year's Day as the first baby born on Fort Leonard Wood in 2015.

Just 14 hours later, Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, as well as GLWACH commander, Col. Peter Nielsen, and a host of representatives from other organizations baring gifts, were received by parents, Marine Sgt. Christopher and Vania Boyd.

Both commanders held baby Caleb, who was born at 7:06 p.m. weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches.

Sgt. Boyd, a Marine engineer mechanic who works heavy equipment and construction, has been a Marine for 10 years. Boyd's wife, Vania, who grew up in Gardnerville, Nevada, has been a Marine wife for more than seven years and was previously stationed with Christopher at Camp Pendleton. Caleb's 4-year-old big brother, Ryan, has been stationed with mom and dad here at Fort Leonard Wood for nearly four years.

Boyd was appreciative of the Family's experience at GLWACH.

"We were very well taken care of. Vania had nurses constantly checking on her," Sgt. Boyd said. "They knew when to help and when to leave her alone.It was very good. They know what to do and they helped out a lot."

(Editor's note: Brooks is the Marketing and Public Affairs officer at GLWACH.)