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Brian Vandenberg | June 15, 2011
More soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood are being deployed to Afghanistan.  Members of the 509th Engineer Company, 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will be clearing roads for US forces.  This will be the comany's fourth overseas deployment since 2003.  A deployment ceremony will be held from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday night at Springfield-Branson National Airport.
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by KY3 News | November 10, 2010
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The fire that started early last Sunday afternoon is out.  Fort Leonard Wood Fire Chief Jeff Sukalski says his department has returned to normal operations.   A post spokesman says the fire burned about 1,500 acres.  No structures caught fire.
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Chad Plein, KY3 News | June 17, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD -- The man from Grove, Oklahoma, charged with taking Missouri troopers on a chase through Fort Leonard Wood will go to prison. Cody Wilcoxson will serve two, 30-year sentences for the chase that ran from Fort Leonard Wood to Rolla in May 2011.  The sentences will run concurrently. The chase had speeds topping 100-miles per hour while Wilcoxson shot at least 90 rounds at officers. Wilcoxson has yet to stand trial in Phelps County, where he faces similar charges.
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Edited news release | October 12, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO - The Fort Leonard Wood Military Police identified the driver of a 2005 Dodge Neon who was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident that occurred on Fort Leonard Wood yesterday as Christine Boone, 49, of Bucyrus, Mo. The passenger of the Dodge Neon is still listed in critical condition, according to Fort Leonard Wood Military Police. A two vehicle accident involving a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck and a 2005 Dodge Neon occurred on Fort Leonard Wood yesterday at about 3:21 p.m. Fort Leonard Wood emergency services personnel arrived on the scene within minutes after the accident occurred.
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by KY3 News | March 5, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thirty soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood were in the city on Saturday to help senior citizens.  Soldiers with the 787th Military Police Battalion spent the day cleaning up yard waste and making minor repairs to seniors' homes in the Queen City.  The United Way of the Ozarks is behind the "Hands on for Seniors" event, which brings the communities of Springfield and Fort Leonard Wood together. "It feels good.  The community gives so much to us as soldiers; it feels nice to give something back to the community," said Capt.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | December 24, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Families of a military police unit got the best present they could hope for: their loved ones home safe and sound after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.  The unit arrived home Saturday afternoon and the soldiers were re-united with loved ones at a ceremony at Fort Leonard Wood. The troops were deployed for the last 11 months, helping to mentor, train and equip Afghan police. "I'm really excited," Lt. Chris Turner said. "We've known for a couple of months that'd we'd potentially come home a little earlier than planned.  Great to come home and spend time with family instead of being over there and eating chow-hall food.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 22, 2010
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Congressman Ike Skelton served Missouri's 4th District for more than three decades but the new year will bring new leadership.  Rep.-elect Vicky Hartzler will be responsible for keeping the military bases in the district relevant.  Hartzler met with top brass from Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster on Monday.  After that meeting, she spoke with KY3 News and told us she is "confident" she will wind up on the Armed Services Committee that Skelton chaired for many years.
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by KY3 News | January 3, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The Army's chief of staff, Gen. George Casey Jr., will visit here on Tuesday to survey the tornado damage.  An EF3 tornado hit the post on Friday morning, destroying 41 homes and damaging several other buildings. Monday was the first day that civilian workers were back on post after the holiday weekend.  ---- Edited news release from Fort Leonard Wood's Public Information Office FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Maj. Gen. David Quantock, commanding general of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood, provided a morning message for returning service members and families.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | November 10, 2011
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo  -- A solemn memorial today for three Fort Leonard Wood soldiers killed in Afghanistan in September, when their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb. "We pause today to honor those who have gone before us," says Chaplin, Captain Kyle Taylor. Gone; but not forgotten, "Reminding us to always remember their service," says Taylor. Remembering First Lieutenant Ivan Lechowich; a 27 year old history major; from Valrico, Florida. "Lt. Lechowich was always a full throttle man, he never once underestimated a mission.
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edited news release from Fort Leonard Wood | September 3, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- A soldier was found unresponsive about 6:25 a.m. Thursday in a barrack's bathroom.  Emergency personnel arrived within minutes and took Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Dolson Jr., 49, to the hospital but doctors could not save him and he died at 7:26 a.m. Dolson was from Niagara Falls, N.Y.  He entered the Army in November 1983, according to a news release on Tuesday.   He was a drill sergeant assigned to Company C, 31st...
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | September 23, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The U.S. Army said Monday that it's investigating the death of a soldier who died here on Sept. 10.  He was 2nd Lt. Steven Coble, 25, of Detroit, Mich.   Someone found Coble's body about 10 a.m. in on-post lodging.  He was attending a one-week course offered by the U.S. Army Military Police School here.  He was part of an Army Reserve combat support unit based in Southfield, Mich. The Army's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating Coble's death.  It's awaiting toxicology tests on tissue samples, which could take several weeks.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | September 19, 2013
QUANTICO, Va. -- The U.S. Marine Corps released information about a deer hunter who died this week after falling in a sinkhole near Buckhorn, Mo.   Staff Sgt. Curtis Powelson was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, where he instructed Military Police officers. Powelson was looking for a deer that he shot with an arrow near his home on Monday evening.  He fell in a 65-foot sinkhole that he didn't know had recently opened in a wooded area.   After he didn't return home, his wife called for help, and Powelson's body was found at the bottom of the sinkhole after a long grid search in the middle of the night.
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by Linda Russell and Gene Hartley, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 17, 2013
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A bizarre accident killed a deer hunter while he was walking in a wooded area in rural Pulaski County. He was Curtis Powelson, 31, a Marine stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. The incident occurred Monday evening while Powelson was bow hunting near his home off Red Oak Lane north of the Buckhorn area. Around dusk, Powelson told his wife that he just shot a deer and was returning to the woods to try to track the animal.  When he failed to return home, his wife reported him missing to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | September 10, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- New virtual training is helping soldiers here.  The Army's new DSTS, or Dismounted Soldier Training System, is like a video game that creates hostile or hazardous situations around the world. Soldiers put on virtual reality goggles and use special guns that have buttons and a joystick on them and work as the video game controller. Then the trainer creates a realistic simulation of up to 28 different places in the world, and the commanders can choose different missions for the soldiers to practice.
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edited news release from Fort Leonard Wood | September 3, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- A soldier was found unresponsive about 6:25 a.m. Thursday in a barrack's bathroom.  Emergency personnel arrived within minutes and took Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Dolson Jr., 49, to the hospital but doctors could not save him and he died at 7:26 a.m. Dolson was from Niagara Falls, N.Y.  He entered the Army in November 1983, according to a news release on Tuesday.   He was a drill sergeant assigned to Company C, 31st...
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | September 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - It might have been early in the morning, but seeing Springfield for the first time in nine months was an experience for a group of soldiers coming home. More than 130 engineer soldiers landed in Springfield in the 5 a.m. hour. The 77th Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion served a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. Their efforts were focused on base deconstruction during Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers will take part in a welcome home celebration at 9 a.m. at Nutter Fieldhouse at Fort Leonard Wood.
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by Paula Morehouse and Robin Yancey, KY3 News | September 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  It was a very special Labor Day for some local soldiers and their families who have a lot more to celebrate on this holiday. Nothing is as sweet as coming home for the Army reservists who've been thousands of miles away fighting a war. "It's amazing, amazing. No words can explain it," said Sgt. Bryan Smith. The right words may be hard to come by, but there were plenty of hugs or tears at the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Monday afternoon when family and friends welcomed the soldiers home.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 13, 2013
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- The Pulaski County Courthouse was closed for the remainder of Tuesday after a telephone caller in the morning said a bomb was planted in the building.   The sheriff's department moved everyone outside and did a search, but found nothing.  Just to be sure, however, a bomb squad from Fort Leonard Wood was called to do a more thorough search.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | July 5, 2013
DEVILS ELBOW, Mo. -- A soldier died early Thursday after a crash on an all-terrain vehicle that he was driving.  A passenger on the ATV, who is also a soldier, is hospitalized. The crash was about 2:30 a.m. on Hartford Road, off Missouri 28 on the north side of Interstate 44.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the northbound 1983 Yamaha ATV went off the right side of the road, became airborne, struck a tree, and overturned before landing in the Big Piney River.  Both people on the ATV were ejected and landed in the water.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From Fort Leonard Wood | July 5, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -   A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open an expansion of Fort Leonard Wood's Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear First Responder Training Facility was held June 28 on post in combination with the Chemical Corps Regiment's 95 th   anniversary. “The new wing will allow the facility to increase the number of students each year to more than 2,500,” said Dan Arden, Lt. Terry Facility director. Combs called the facility a “Field of Dreams” training facility.
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