Fort Leonard Wood Army Base Guide

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Fort Leonard Wood, a military community located in the beautiful south central Missouri Ozarks, covers more than 61,000 acres.

Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Command is proud to have the 1st Engineer Brigade, 3rd Chemical Brigade, 14th Military Police Brigade and many more on the installation to make Fort Leonard Wood #1 in training.

The installation was designated as Fort Leonard Wood, in honor of Major General Leonard Wood, a distinguished American Soldier who served for 40 years.

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Fort Leonard Wood is located in south central Missouri. The area is part of the Ozarks, a region consisting of a high plateau—not a mountain range, as is commonly assumed—stretching across Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The area surrounding Fort Leonard Wood has caverns to explore and the local rivers are great for fishing and floating. The Lake of the Ozarks, a man-made lake about one hour away, is a frequent weekend destination for those living at Fort Leonard Wood. Branson, Mo., is a country music mecca and is about two hours southwest of Fort Leonard Wood, while St. Louis is two and a half hours to the east.

Life at Fort Leonard Wood (jokingly called Fort Lost in the Woods) moves slowly and lacks suburban perks -- the closest Target is more than an hour’s drive! -- but it is a very military-friendly area. In fact, it is hard to tell where the base ends and the adjacent town of St. Robert begins, as military members and retirees make up a significant portion of the population.

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