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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fort commander visits S&T

  • U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, spent Monday touring facilities and meeting officials at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
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  • U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, spent Monday touring facilities and meeting officials at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
    The major general met first with Dr. K. Krishnamurthy, vice provost for research services, and various faculty members for a demonstration of current campus research projects.
    Smith then spent some time with Dr. Henry Wiebe, vice provost of global learning, and several faculty and staff members who are involved with distance education to discuss the cooperative degree programs available at Missouri S&T, as well as the university's distance learning programs.
    Both meetings were open to the public.
    "I came today to talk about collaboration, capability and capacity between Missouri S&T and Fort Leonard Wood. We have some similar challenges in our organizations," said the major general. "We both have new students with a lot of capabilities but we need to make sure they are focused and understanding the mission."
    Smith said it was a delight to meet the university's Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader for the first time.
    "I took some of her ideas and looked at how they present some of their capabilities and hope to apply some of that to our mission and vision at the fort."
    The major general assumed command on Fort Leonard Wood in June of this year. It is his third tour of duty at the fort and he couldn't be happier to be back.
    "Any time you have the ability to serve the nation as a commanding general, this (Fort Leonard Wood) is a good location," said Smith. "It is great because the people in this area and in the region support soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. This is the only place I know where people support our soldiers and their families 110 percent."
    Smith told the Daily News that he was quite impressed with the way the fort responded to the August floods in and around Pulaski County. He pointed out that there were a number of people who volunteered their time before, during and after the flooding.
    "There was a lot of team work that went on and the idea that we are family was reiterated again and again. A lot of the first responders were volunteer firefighters who are military folks that work on the base."
    The major general also reported that Fort Leonard Wood is working with Phelps, Pulaski, Texas and Laclede counties on a joint land use study.
    "We are looking at what is the capacity for Fort Leonard Wood to grow if it is required," said Smith. "This is one of the few forts that is not encumbered from outside. There are areas to grow and thus we are studying it."

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