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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Hood named community supporter of quarter

  • Karen Hood, CTIS, marketing relations manager of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center has been recognized as the community supporter of the quarter by the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.
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  • Karen Hood, CTIS, marketing relations manager of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center has been recognized as the community supporter of the quarter by the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.
    In an appreciation of excellence award ceremony held at Baker Theater on post April 22, Hood was presented a certificate of appreciation by Commanding General Leslie C. Smith and Command Sergeant Major Terrence Murphy.
    Hood was selected for this honor due to "her tremendous support she has provided and continues to provide to our service members and their families.”
    In her current job with the tourism bureau, Hood “made Fort Leonard Wood a tourist destination and in the process, helped tell the Army story to countless visitors. From the countless reunion tours she coordinates to the events and activities she helps facilitate, her work on behalf of the Fort Leonard Wood community and Pulaski County is truly exceptional."
    Hood has been working with group travel planners and military reunion coordinators on behalf of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau since 2008.
    Hood is a longtime Rolla resident and a John F. Hodge High School graduate. Hood formerly worked at The Rolla Daily News in the advertising department.
    Upon receiving the award, she said, "I am very proud, and honored to receive this recognition. I work with United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence on a regular basis, and together, we ensure that motor coach tours and military reunions visiting Pulaski County, Missouri have an excellent experience at Fort Leonard Wood.
    “Many tour operators and coordinators have remarked their experiences here have exceeded their expectations and they were blown away by our county's hospitality and friendliness. I love being the 'boots on the ground' for these folks and looking forward to facilitating many, many more military reunions for our country's greatest asset- our veterans."

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