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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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by Jerry Jacob | March 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  With weapons slung and sunshine on their faces, more than a hundred soldiers stepped onto American soil as a company here for the first time in 12 months. The 515 th Sapper Company flew into Springfield/ Branson National Airport Monday evening before boarding buses to their home at Fort Leonard Wood. Among the service members concluding their combat tour was 28-year-old Staff Sergeant Matthew Holmes of Strafford whose wife gave bir th to their baby girl during the deployment.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | June 13, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- An Army engineering company returned to the Ozarks Wednesday afternoon after spending the last year in Afghanistan.  Members of the 509th from Fort Leonard Wood arrived back at the old Springfield Branson national airport. There will be a welcome home ceremony for the soldiers tonight at Fort Wood.  The company was responsible for clearing routes in Afghanistan.  The 509th was previously deployed three times to support the war in Iraq.
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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 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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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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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 9, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Soldiers from the US and nine other countries are meeting this week at Fort Leonard Wood to talk about the evolving threat of improvised explosive devices. Route clearance equipment used by US forces are also on display.
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KY3 News | June 5, 2011
A deadly accident on the Big Piney River has killed a man from New Mexico. Troopers say Rene Martinez-Hernandez was floating on an inflatable chair on the river near Fort Leonard Wood when he fell off and couldn't swim. He was 30 years old.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | November 25, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo  -  Many Americans are gathering with family and sharing a Thanksgivig meal. The Fort Leonard Wood family also shared a holiday meal; but the feast had to be a little bigger to feed a family of 10-thousand. "The food here is good; I'm not going to lie, but it can't beat a home cooked meal; it can't beat it," says Private Anthony Jarvis. He is spending Thanksgiving a little differently this year, "I usually go to my grandma's house, eat with my grandma, my dad, my mom, my aunt and uncle.
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KY3 News | May 7, 2011
It's been more than a week since a woman from Dixon has been seen or heard from. Last Thursday, Deborah Cirrincione made a run to Wal-Mart and the gas station near Fort Leonard Wood - then disappeared. Family and law enforcement continue searching the Pulaski County roads along with streams and rivers that were swollen last week.  The 54-year-old was driving a blue, Jeep Wrangler. Deborah's family hopes for news to come just in time to make it a happy Mother's Day. Residents in and around Dixon are asked to look over their property.  Deborah has been fighting brain cancer, and might have suffered a seizure while driving back from Fort Leonard Wood.
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Pulaski County Prosecutor news release | April 18, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Mo.-- Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillmans, says he has been ordered to active duty in the Missouri Army National Guard beginning in early May for a deployment to Kuwait later this summer.  Mr. Hillman serves as the Command Judge Advocate for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB).  The 35th CAB has been ordered to active duty with training at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Hood, and then deployment to Kuwait for approximately nine months. “As a member of the National Guard, I have always had a contingency plan in place in case this happened,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
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Brian Vandenberg and KY3 News Producer | April 9, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, MO - A former Fort Leonard Wood soldier was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the shooting death of her husband.  Stacy Powell pleaded guilty in March to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Brian Powell in 2008, while he was home on leave.   The couple was in the process of getting a divorce.  Powell was originally charged with first degree murder, but the charges were reduced under a...
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by Jerry Jacob | March 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  With weapons slung and sunshine on their faces, more than a hundred soldiers stepped onto American soil as a company here for the first time in 12 months. The 515 th Sapper Company flew into Springfield/ Branson National Airport Monday evening before boarding buses to their home at Fort Leonard Wood. Among the service members concluding their combat tour was 28-year-old Staff Sergeant Matthew Holmes of Strafford whose wife gave bir th to their baby girl during the deployment.
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by James Holmes, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | February 3, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More than 75 soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood are scheduled to return to the Ozarks.  The troops with the 55th Mobility Augmentation Company will arrive in Springfield this weekend. They've spent the past year stationed in Afghanistan, where they cleared roads and supported other Army soldiers in the war-torn region.
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edited news release | January 30, 2012
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. --  A dream will come true for a man from Plato when he enlists into the United States Army on Tuesday after losing more than 110 pounds.  David West, 20, will be sworn into the Army during a ceremony at 10 a.m. When West entered the St. Robert recruiting station nine months ago, he did not meet the basic enlistment criteria due to his weight.  “West lost more than 110 pounds to meet the entrance criteria for...
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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 | December 30, 2011
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo  -  One year ago tomorrow; an E-F-3 tornado tore through more than 150 homes at Fort Leonard Wood. Construction of 160 new homes started in September and should be completed next summer. "If you can picture duplex style buildings out here; families running around; happy as could be," says Jason Hughes with Balfour Beatty Construction. He can already picture the completion of 160 new units at Fort Leonard Wood. "And you can see here; a finished pad," says Hughes.
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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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Doug Owen, KY3 News | December 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A soldier from Fort Leonard Wood has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.      Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 35-year-old Lawrence Ellrick admitted to using a young girl to make porographic pictures between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2010.      As part of his plea, Ellrick agreed to turn over computers and cameras he used to commit the crime.      Ellrick faces a mandatory minimum sentence of...
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | November 25, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo  -  Many Americans are gathering with family and sharing a Thanksgivig meal. The Fort Leonard Wood family also shared a holiday meal; but the feast had to be a little bigger to feed a family of 10-thousand. "The food here is good; I'm not going to lie, but it can't beat a home cooked meal; it can't beat it," says Private Anthony Jarvis. He is spending Thanksgiving a little differently this year, "I usually go to my grandma's house, eat with my grandma, my dad, my mom, my aunt and uncle.
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