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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood Commander Col. Jeff Paine hosted an employee town hall May 12 at Nutter Field House.

Paine said the quarterly events are a way to bring employees together to get updates on what’s going on “big picture with the garrison.”

“And it’s an opportunity to hear from you — to hear the questions and concerns you have,” he added.

With in-person graduations resuming here — the first large One Station Unit Training family day is May 19 — Paine asked everyone to be patient with visitors to the installation.

“Let’s remember our mission here,” he said. “We’re building the best Army in the world and our job is to support that.”

Paine also addressed topics such as:

— Telework requests are being looked at “on a case-by-case basis.”

— The recent command climate survey showed employees have a healthy work-life balance, and feel connected with teams committed to the mission. Negatives included workplace tension or hostility. Paine said he is meeting with directors and division chiefs to find out what they are each doing “to ensure we are treating employees with value.”

Anthony Riley from the Garrison Safety Office reminded everyone that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and to also be careful for pedestrians and increased traffic as in-person graduations resume.

Vince Carlton, workforce development specialist, said the next new employee orientation is set for June 14 to 17, and a supervisor leadership course is scheduled for Aug. 9 to 13.

The next garrison employee town hall is scheduled for Aug. 11.

“I am extremely proud of the work this garrison team does,” Paine said. “Keep up the great work and thank you for everything you do.”