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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 Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | September 13, 2010
WAYNESVILLE, Mo.- A dedication ceremony was held Monday for a new veterans cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood. The military donated 229 acres on Highway H in Waynesville for the state cemetery. Missouri is first in the nation in the amount of cemetery acreage devoted to veterans, and second, behind Hawaii, in the number of veterans cemeteries in the state, with a total of five. "This cemetery is dedicated to the veterans who made us free, the veterans who kept us free, those who serve as role models to the ones that wear the uniforms today," said Rep. Ike Skelton, speaking at the dedication ceremony.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | January 3, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A military service member stationed at Fort Leonard Wood was hospitalized on Monday after breaking into the off-post home of his commanding officer.  Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King says the burglar suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and contemplated suicide. A neighbor of the commanding officer called the sheriff's department about 3:45 p.m. Monday to report the burglary at the home on Rhyme Lane off Missouri 17 north of Waynesville.  Deputies found the burglar had broken a window to get inside.
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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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Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | December 31, 2010
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo -- An EF-3 Tornado came through around 9:30 am New Year's Eve morning. The sirens went off, people were notified quickly, and luckily only two minor injuries were reported. General David Phillips says it was the best possible scenario for a tornado to hit because many people had gone home for the holidays. As far as the damage is concerned, about 12 homes were completely destroyed. Home built during the World War II era were also damaged. They were a part of the World War II musuem on the post.
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by: Jerry Jacob | April 30, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- More than a thousand members of the civilian community and business community gathered Tuesday for an Army listening session at Fort Leonard Wood in advance of Army troop reductions. Lt. Col. Patricia Tilson is part of the Army panel traveling to bases across the country to hear of potential impacts of proposed military cuts.  She says this is the panel's fourth stop after hearings at Ft. Riley, Ft. Sill, and Ft. Carson. "This tonight is by far the best attended.  What a great turnout.
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Doug Owen, KY3 News | February 8, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD. Mo. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg with his own gun on Fort Leonard Wood on Friday afternoon. It happened at the post commissary. The 72-year old man was taken by ambulance to the community hospital on the post.  Nobody else was hurt. Officials say he was carrying a concealed weapon he had not registered with Fort Leonard Wood.  No word yet on if he could be in trouble for carrying the unauthorized gun.
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KY3 News | January 30, 2011
A unit of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood will head to Afghanistan Monday. The 55th Mobility Augmentation Company will leave from the Springfield-Branson National Airport's old terminal at 7:30 Monday night. The group of more than 75 soldiers will help clear roads and support other Army soldiers in the war-torn region. The 55th MAC company will be in Afghanistan for at least one year.
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by KY3 News | February 8, 2011
MOUNTAINBURG, Ark. -- An Army Humvee from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was in a minor accident on Interstate 540 on Tuesday morning about 10:30.  An Army spokeswoman says two soldiers have minor, non-life threatening injuries. Soldiers from the 94th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade were on their way from Forth Chaffee, Ark., to Fort Leonard Wood.  A silver passenger car ran into the Humvee, which was the rear vehicle in the brigade's convoy. A medical helicopter took a soldier to a hospital in Fort Smith.
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edited news release | November 9, 2010
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. –- The fire that started early Sunday afternoon was still burning in several small spots on Tuesday.   Fire Chief Jeffrey Sukalski says about 60 personnel were fighting the fire on Tuesday morning, along with six dozers from several Leonard Wood units assisting.  Fort Leonard Wood's Fire Department established an incident command post and reports the fire is well under control but, due to the nature of the fire, the areas surrounding the fort will be smoky for several more days.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Missouri State Highway Patrol | July 4, 2013
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- One Fort Leonard Wood soldier was killed, and another was seriously hurt in an ATV crash between Waynesville and Dixon.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Timothy Panzar, 25, of St. Robert was driving the ATV when it drove off Highway 28, hit a tree, flipped over and landed in the Big Piney River. Panzar was thrown into the water, along with his passenger, Erik Kolbow, 33, of Fort Leonard Wood.  Panzar died at the scene.  Kolbow was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield with what the Highway Patrol calls serious injuries.  Both were assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enchancement Brigade.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | June 10, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Many soldiers returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan come back wounded, both physically and emotionally.  Some of them are now benefiting from a sweet-sounding therapy at the Warrior Transition Unit on Fort Leonard Wood. During his son's recent deployment, Dave Dunklee felt a calling to serve those who serve our country.  It was a TV commercial for the Wounded Warrior project that brought his inspiration. Dunklee has a gift for music.  He taught himself to play guitar at age 10, despite a challenge.  "When I was 7 years old, I had an accident and had a brain injury and severed the optic nerve in my right eye.  So I don't see out of my right eye," Dunklee said.
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by: Jerry Jacob | April 30, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- More than a thousand members of the civilian community and business community gathered Tuesday for an Army listening session at Fort Leonard Wood in advance of Army troop reductions. Lt. Col. Patricia Tilson is part of the Army panel traveling to bases across the country to hear of potential impacts of proposed military cuts.  She says this is the panel's fourth stop after hearings at Ft. Riley, Ft. Sill, and Ft. Carson. "This tonight is by far the best attended.  What a great turnout.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | March 1, 2013
Waynesville, Mo. - Residents and community leaders are waiting, and bracing, for potential impacts of sequestration and defense budget cuts. On Friday afternoon, people packed in for the lunch rush at one of Waynesville's newest eating spots. "We are trying to meet the needs of the locals, but also trying to meet the needs of people on the base," stated Levi Pine, co-owner of Vidie's Bistro Express Vidie's Express Bistro is just one of the possibly hundreds of businesses that rely on folks from Fort Leonard Wood- just over the hill on old Route 66. "The flux of people coming and going through the base , and all the jobs it generates, translated into people being in my restaurant," Pine explained.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | February 12, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo.-- Severe weather and fire safety education just got a lot more hands-on at Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department.  A new fire safety and severe weather training trailer is about as close to real as you can get. "We've got subwoofers and speakers inside these cabinets here, so it gets really loud in here like a train coming at you- that's what it simulates- the tornado's coming at you," says Fort Leonard Wood Assistant Fire Chief...
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Doug Owen, KY3 News | February 8, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD. Mo. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg with his own gun on Fort Leonard Wood on Friday afternoon. It happened at the post commissary. The 72-year old man was taken by ambulance to the community hospital on the post.  Nobody else was hurt. Officials say he was carrying a concealed weapon he had not registered with Fort Leonard Wood.  No word yet on if he could be in trouble for carrying the unauthorized gun.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | January 17, 2013
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. --  The national non-profit Soles for Souls is getting a big boost from the Ozarks.  It's a charity that provides new or gently worn shoes to people in need.  Now, Fort Leonard Wood is donating enough pairs for a small army. When soldiers finish their training they no longer need the boots the Army gave them.  So instead of throwing them away, they're giving them to those in need. "My battalion graduates about 100 soldiers a week," said Capt. David White.  "As you can imagine, basic training in the Army, we run, we train hard.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | December 10, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--  Forty men and women returned home to Fort Leonard Wood from Afghanistan on Monday afternoon, just in time to spend Christmas with their families.  The group deployed last year just before Christmas, on Dec. 8.  One year later, all of them are back -- and everyone is safe and excited about getting to see their loved ones. "Supposedly at 1600 (4 p.m.) I'll be reunited with my family and then hopefully we can go home and have a good night," said 1st Lt. Edward Guardo after the company flew into Springfield before heading to Ft. Wood.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | November 22, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo.--  It's a day away from loved ones for many serving in our military.  But at Fort Leonard Wood, the cooks did their best to make it a special day. Across post, staff at all the dining facilities prepared more than two tons of turkey, and by the end of the day, they plan to serve 26,000 meals.  For soldiers in training at Fort Leonard Wood, it's another day of exercises and following orders.  But when it came time...
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 22, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - It's a day away from loved ones for many serving in our military.  But at Fort Leonard Wood, the cooks did their best to make today special. For soldiers in training at Fort Leonard Wood, it's another day of exercises and following orders. But when it came time for grub, today's feast was worth rushing to the dining hall. "Not that we don't always put care into everything we do, but this is a special time, because it is Thanksgiving," dining facility manager June Keith said.
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