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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Odierno plans to visit post Monday

  • At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno will visit Fort Leonard Wood this Monday, Jan. 13.
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  • At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno will visit Fort Leonard Wood this Monday, Jan. 13.
    According to a news release from McCaskill's office, Odierno will meet with community members, visit the special victims training unit with the Military Police, hold a meeting on integration of women into combat roles and review other missions at Fort Leonard Wood.
    McCaskill wrote a letter to Odierno last month, inviting him to visit the post and see firsthand "the excellent training that is occurring at Fort Leonard Wood."
    McCaskill went on to write, "I believe this training can serve as an effective model as you and other Army leaders make critical decisions on how to successfully expand combat jobs to women while ensuring our soldiers continue to be the best trained in the world."
    "I'm thrilled that General Odierno will be able to see firsthand the outstanding contributions that Missouri is making to our country's national security," said McCaskill, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
    "Fort Leonard Wood is a vital resource to its surrounding communities, to the state, and to the U.S. military—and General Odierno will be able to see and hear how directly from folks on the ground," McCaskill said.
    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler also issued a statement welcoming Odierno to Fort Leonard Wood.
    "I am pleased to welcome General Ray Odierno to Fort Leonard Wood and Pulaski County," Hartzler said. "Citizens of Missouri's Fourth Congressional District are proud to be home to one of our country's preeminent military installations. Monday's visit by the Army's highest-ranking officer highlights the importance of Fort Leonard Wood to the U.S. Army and to securing America's national security."
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