The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood are preparing to host the first Fort Leonard Wood Junior Leader Symposium March 19 and 20, comprised of about 60 participants.

The Junior Leader Symposium is intended to provide the MSCoE leadership with recommendations regarding future issues that may affect Fort Leonard Wood and the MSCoE community.

Symposium participants were randomly selected captains, sergeants first classes, government-service employees and chief warrant officers from various on-post organizations.

"Approximately nine to 12 individuals will be in each group. There are five groups that will address five different topics. Each attendee submitted responses to questions concerning each topic, and those responses were grouped together. Those topics are: military expertise, trust, esprit de corps, stewardship of the profession and honorable service," said 1st Lt. Tony Sagastizado, MSCoE G-33 Central Taskings officer.

The groups will brief the commanding general and senior leaders on March 23.

"Though not an attendee nor facilitator, I am looking forward to the recommendations that the attendees will brief to the commanding general. Junior leaders provide many different innovative and creative ideas in which the Army as a whole and here at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, can implement," Sagastizado said.

"Typically, it is the younger generation in each organization that are the innovative ones willing to take risks to initiate their ideas," he added.

The design for the Junior Leader Symposium stems from the Solarium concept, an Army Chief of Staff initiative and monumental effort to inform and shape the future direction of the U.S. Army.

Solarium was a concept drawn from Project Solarium, a national-level exercise in strategy and foreign policy design led by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

That effort produced a U.S. national security document that laid the foundation for a Cold War policy that lasted for decades.