US Army Training Center - Yearbook (Fort Leonard Wood, MO)
- Class of 1987
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UNITED S TA TES
TRAININ G CENTER
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
FORTLEONARD WOOD, covers 71,000 acres of the Mark
Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozarks, south-
west ofSt. Louis. Activated in 1940, the Fort was named
in honor of Major General Leonard Wood who won the
Medal of honorfor action in the campaign against the
Apache Indian Chieftain, Geronimo.
Only a handful of officials were on hand December
1940 to witness the ground breaking ceremonies. On that
day, an unknown soldier of a huge constmctt'on Army
turned the first shovelful of dirt for the construction of
the nation is largest engineer training center, a post that
has trained thousands of fighting men.
The Story of
FORT LEONARD WOOD
The mud was terrific-so bad as to give the budding
camp nationwide publicity. But the excavators and the
wtelders of hammer, trowel and saw surged on in their
work. Almost all workers lived off the post. In spite of all
the dtjjh'cutties the work proceeded at a furious pace and
was virtually completed the middle of May.
With the completion of the $40, 000, 000 fort and the 22
mile railroad leading to it, trainees began coming in
From the early part of 1941 until the post closed in
1946, Fort Leonard Wood trained some 300, 000 fighting
men. Such famous divisions as the 6th, 8th, 75th, 97th
and the 70th trained here during World War II.
During the years the fort lay dormant, only a handful
of groundkeepers were on the premises.
The business of activating an Army post started all
over againfor Fort Leonard Wood in 1950, shortly after
the American troops beganft'ghttng in Korea.
This time, Fort Leonard Wood supported the 6th Ar-
mored Division engaged in replacement training rather
than a procession of divisions being tratnedfor combat.
On 16 March 1956 the 6th Armored Division was inac-
tivated and replaced with the United StatesArmy Train-
ing Center, Engineer. The Secretary of the Army signed
, tab S
the order 21 March 1956 making Fort Leonard Wood a
The essence of Fort Leonard Wood is best described by
the word tttratntng. " The fort gives initial entry train-
ing, common and engineer specialist training and com-
bat engineer training.
Among the specialized types of training soldiers can
get at the fort are construction; machinery and earth
moving equipment operation and maintenance; struc-
tural steel and sheet metal working; plumbing; carpen-
try; electrical installation and many other specialties.
TROOP BARRA CKS
POS T HEADQ UAR TERS
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MAJOR GENERAL JAMES W. VAN LOBEN SELS
General Van Loben Sels was born in Oakland, Caltfornt'a
on 10 October 1935. He was commissioned a second lieute-
nant and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Military
Science in 1959 from the United States Military Academy.
He also holds a Masters degree in Space Physicsfrom the Air
Force Institute of Technology. His military schooling in-
cludes the United States Army Command and General Stag?
College and the United States Amy War College.
General van Loben Sets was initially assigned to the 23d
Engineer Battalion in West Germany. There he served as
Platoon Leader, Assistant S3 IOperatz'ons and Training;
and Company Commander. In 1963, General van Loben Sets
was assigned as a Training Instructor with the Ist Ranger
Company at Egtin Air Force Base, Florida. His next assign-
ment was as a Combat Engineer Battalion Advisor with the
United States Military Assistance Command, Republic of
Vietnam. During his second tour in Vietnam, General van
Loben Sets served as the Assistant G4 ILogz'stt'csL the Deputy
G3 tOperatz'ons and Training; and the Assistant Chief of
Staff, 1013t Airborne Division IAt'rmobz'tet. Returning to the
United States, he became Deputy District Engineer for the
United States Army Engineer District, Norfolk, Virginia. In
June 1974, he took command of the 8th Engineer Battalion,
Ist Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. In January 1976, he
became an Assistant to the Director of Facilities Engineer-
ing at Fort Hood. He was next assigned as Chief, Installation
and Construction Division, Headquarters, United States A?"-
my Europe and Seventh Army in Germany.
In June I 978, General van Loben Sets became Commander
of the 18th Engineer Brigade and Community Commander
for the K arlsmhe M t'litary Community in Germany. He then
took command of the North Pacific Division, United States
Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, Oregon. In July 1984,
he became Commander of the Europe Division, United States
Army Corps of Engineers in Germany. In October 1985, he
assumed his current duties as Commander, United States
Army Training Center Engineer and Fort Leonard Wood,
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
General van Loben Selst decorations include the Legion of
Merit, the Bronze Star th'th two Oak Leaf Clusterst, the
Meritorious Service Medal Iwz'th Oak Leaf Clustew, the Air
Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal thth two Oak
He is married to the former Joan Pisko. They have three
sons, James, John and Jejfrey.
A Message to the Troops . . .
from the Commanding General
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
US ARMY TRAINING CENTER ENGINEER AND FORT LEONARD WOOD
FORT LEONARD WOOD. MISSOURI 65473-5000
A TTENTION OF
You have successfully completed the intensive basic training
program required of each individual in order to graduate to
the ranks of the best trained, best equipped, and best informed
soldier in the history of our Army.
In accomplishing the transformation from civilian to soldier, you
have attained your primary purpose outlined to you in your first
day of basic training--to become a disciplined, motivated soldier
who is qualified with his basic weapon, physically conditioned
and drilled in the fundamentals of soldiering.
As you move on to advanced individual training, or an assignment
with an active Army or reserve component unit, you should be aware
that the officers, drill sergeants and noncommissioned officers of
your cadre are proud of you. You have proven yourself in the trials
and pressures of basic training. You have developed your mind and
body, and accepted the challenge of soldiers before you; you have
demonstrated that your generation has all the determination and
To each of you, I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes
for your continuing success in the years ahead.
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RECEPTION BA T TALI ON
This is the gateway to the Army. How do they
get everything accomplished here? This may be
one of the thoughts that occurs to the soldiers
mind as they process through the Fort Leonard
Wood Reception Battalion. It becomes quite
Clear to them they do get a great deal accom-
plished during the brief stay.
Aptitude test, physical examination, a
classification interview, orientation meeting,
a clothing issue and the creation of a perma-
nentfile-all are completed within the few days
of processing at the Reception Battalion.
The change from civilian t0 soldier has to be a
swift one, for they will receive intensive train-
ing in the fundamentals of combat soldiering
that may have to be applied in the defense of
our country and their own lives.
The beginning of a new career, new
challenges, and lifelong friendships becomes a
reality as each day passes. Even as the soldiers
move to their training companies, they have
begun to understand a little more of the routine
that will become such an important part of
their Initial Entry Training.
Initial Entry Training begins with the cracking of a Drill
Sergeants voice iiFall 11W, as you disembark the troop
transports which have brought you to a new home. A quick
formation and you answer to your name itHere Sergeant" to
let youVsetf know it is really you who is there.
An unfamiliarface approaches while you stand informa-
tion. He does not smile, but he has an air of authority, con-
fidence, and professionalism in his walk and stride. He
stops in front of you and gazes over the entire platoonforma-
tion. His eyes show not a trace of emotion, and as they pierce
you inside you realize he is your Drill Sergeant. That first
piercing sensation you will always rememberfor the rest of
WHA T IS INITIAL
ENTR Y TRAININ G
The Initial Entry Training program is designed to
produce new soldiers who are motivated, disciplined,
physically conditioned, trained in the common soldierly
skills and capable of taking their place in the ranks of
the Army in the field after Military Occupational
Specialty tMOSt qualification. Therefore all soldiers
who complete LE. T. have:
a. Demonstrated the strength, stamina, and agility to
perform the tasks prescribed and understand the higher
standards of physical conditioning which are required
for completion of initial entry training.
b. Demonstrated the desire and have accepted the need
to apply themselves to accomplishing assigned tasks.
0. Understand and adhered to their enlistment obliga-
tion, including the Oath ofEnlistment, and their role as
d. Sworn their devotion to the Army in its defense of
the United States and principles embodied in the Con-
e. Understood and will abide by the Uniform Code of
Military Justice and other statutes and applicable rules
f. Been trained in the common soldierly skills which
apply to all soldiers regardless of M OS or duty position.
WHA T ARE
They are the cautioning voice, the helpful
hand, the watchful eye that guides the new
soldier through the strenuousArmy Training.
They have gained their knowledge through
practical experience. It is their job to guide,
instruct, and encourage the young people who
are training to become soldiers.
They are seasoned graduates of the Drill Ser-
geants School-a course which reviews all the
"Basics" of Initial Entry Training in a cur-
riculum much more strenuous than Initial
Entry Training. They wear the Distinctive
Mark of a Graduate of that school-the World
War I type campaign hat or the Australian
To the Drill Sergeants at Fort Leonard Wood
and the proud soldiers they have produced,
this book is dedicated.
PH Y SI CAL TRAININ G
A soldiers training day is not complete without
daily physical training. On or 017 the RT. field a
soldieris physical fitness is being honed to a razors
edge. On the RT. Field between 0500 to 1700 hours
you can hear the familiar sounds of repetitions be-
ing counted and the echos of soldiers sounding off
with - nMore PT Sergeant, more PT!"
A soldier must be tough - tough enough to stand
a demanding daily routine; tough enough to enter
combat with a full measure of strength. Physical
fitness, therefore, is an essential part of a Soldiers
The physical training program of the US. Amy is
designed to develop strength, endurance, agility,
and coordination - and to promote confidence, ag-
gressiveness, motivation, esprit and teamwork.
What does it take? Miles of running, hundreds of
pushups, dozens of repetitions of the Hdaily dozen"
exercises. The result: strength for a time which
FIRS T AID
Soldiers must be versatile and self-reliant. In the clamor of
battle, at a distancefrom complete medicalfacilities, a life
can depend upon their knowledge offirst aid.
Through lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises,
the trainees become experts in first aid. They team to deal
with splints, ties and bandages; to give emergency treatment
in case of shock, bleeding, fractures, snake or insect bites
and drowning. They acquire skills which will prove
valuable both in the Army and in civilian life.
N U CLEAR BIOLOGICA
The battlefield 0f the future e what i
may it be like? In the face of uncer- h
tainty, preparedness is essential. The
Amy prepares its soldiers with the
necessary training in defense against
nuclear, biological and chemical
How is the NBC attack recognized?
How to protect oneself . . . whatfirst
aid measure can be taken? The soldier
learns the questions and the answers.
Practical training in the use of the
protective mask is an essential part of
NBC training. The constant drills pay
off when the word "GAS" is heard.
MAP READIN G
Map reading - Teaches the soldier basic principles ofmap
reading. Included is grid coordinates, distance, terrain
recognition and general knowledge needed for successful
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Communications - The soldier learns proper use of
radiosdelephones currently in use. They also learn proper
transmission procedures, as well as maintenance of the
C ONFIDEN CE C O URSE
The confidence course helps to develop teamwork,
build spirit and instill a high sense Qf seif-confidence.
Negotiating obstacles of great height or requiring con-
siderable physical strength are challenging. Though
demanding both physically and mentally the confidence
course is a great team and spirit builder. This test of
physical endurance is made easier because your buddy
helps give encouragement when you need it most. Team
work helps to build units that operate together with a
sense of spirit and pride in their accomplishments.
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BASI C RIFLE MARKSMANSHIP
The development of the soldierst skills in the use of the
Armyts individual weapon depended entirely on the soldiers
ability to apply the basic marksmanship skills and principles
taught and reinforced by the Drill Sergeant.
Here the soldier must becomefamilz'ar with the Armyts
basic weapons. Rangingfrom the M60 machine gun, the Ar-
myis light machine gun, to the M18 1A1 antipersonnel
mine. The soldierls ability to recognize the weaponts
characteristics and their uses may very well play an impor-
tant role in thefuture defense of his squad, section, platoon,
or unit. Some of the best designed weapons in the world,
when properly employed are extremely effective.
FIELD FIRIN G
The 25-meter range stressed the fundamen-
tals of rifle firing, grounding the soldier in
the basic skills of sighting and aiming. In
Field Firing, the soldier encounters more
They learn different firing positions. They
encounter the UpOJO-up" target - the dark
silhouette which will become the measure of
Placed at distances from 70 to 300 meters,
the targets are centrally controlled to appear
and disappear in varied times and sequences.
As the training progresses, it becomes more
difficult; the soldier at first knows the target
sequence; later dealing with itsurprise"
The targets are "killable" - when hit by a
bullet, they fall automatically. This system
adds interest and realism to the training, and
gives the soldier instant evidence of firing ac-
25 METER RANGE
The rifle becomes the soldierts tool in a profes-
sion of arms and like any other profession the use
of the tool must be second nature. Basic Rifle
Marksmanship provides the basis of training and
begins on the 25 meter range where they learn to
analyze their own firing actions and judge their
performance. Then they are ready to move on to
more advanced rifle training.
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Flat on the stomach the soldier feels the
ground tremble from the blast of a hand
grenade thrown ten seconds earlier. In the
block of instruction that precedes this exer-
cise, types, characteristics and capabilities of
the grenade are outlined. In addition, rigid
techniques are practiced and lead to throwing
of a live grenade at a 35 meter target.
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INDIVID UAL TA CTICAL TECHNIQ UES
Training is conducted to teach the soldier how to survive 272
a combat condition. He is taught how to negotiate all kinds of
terrain and how to move when underfire. The soldier is 2-22
structed 0n battlefield survival by means of many hours Qfac-
trualfield training under simulated combat conditions.
M O VEMEN T
F re and movement is designed to mold the
soldiers into a tough, se -reliant, fighting
um't, capable prerformihg effectively and to
help build and maintain an aggressive spirit
thereby providing the will to close-with and
kill or capture the enemy.
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FIELD CHO W
It becomes apparent about this time that the conven-
iences 0f the dintngfacility are not always available to
an Army training to fight. If the soldier trains to fight
and work in the field, so must he learn to eat in the field.
With practice and experience it becomes second nature.
in tents, eat food prepared in the field and prac-
tice the skills of
of the encamp-
erctse teach the soldiers to
nforces the fact that as
they must know how to
from the site
appreciate the conveniences provided by the rear
-carrytng their weapons andfull packs.
the Soldier in the forward battle
take advantage of nature and survive in the field.
but it 762'
They march to and
encampment exercise in the field. Here the
Not only does this
soldiers trained to
"OUCH". It is impossible to impart the physical
and mental strain experienced during a road march.
It is something you did not want to start, are glad
when itis over and would write home about but
wouldntt like to do again. The hard part begins after
it is over. Sore legs and blisters are but a few of the
legacies left behind by the dreaded road march. You
must experience it to truly understand the feeling.
They test their training by experience, and learn a
final lesson; to respect and cherish the most valued
pieces of equipment - the feet.
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GRAD 014 TION
Graduation day hasfz'mtlly come. The Day evergmme
has waitedfor. Some Qf the soldiers that began train 7.
ing, neverfinished. Some could not meet the stand-
ards, some were dischargedfor medical reasons and
others were recycledfor training. But those that did
complete the training are standing tall. For many it
is theirfirst real achievement in life. For others, it is
one more successful accomplishment. Parents,
husbands, wives and relatives are there to help
celebrate this important day. Now you are a soldier
h ready to go on and learn your new military skill.
Ready, trained and confident in being able to do those
skills a ttpmfesstonal " is required to do.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, MISSOURI
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Commander, 132d Engr Bde
JamgC. W. Williams
Command SergeiEf M'ajorH. S. Army
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LTC James G. Raymond CSMnges M. Hawkins
Battalion Commander Command Sergeant Major
Commenced Training I V . Completed Training
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FT. LEONARD WOOD
Adams, Johnny H
Ashley, Ernest L
Atwood, Frank A
Baker, Sean R
Bassett, James C
Bates, John C
Battles, James N
Becht, William E
Bellamy, Henry J
Betts, Charles C
Bingaman, Carl E
Bishop, James G
Bodnar, John R
Bond, Robert E
Bower, Jeffery L
Boyd, Raymond E
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Bresee, Todd G
Buck, Michael W
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Busby, Mark D
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Claxidy, Stan R
Collins, Michael A
Conn, Jason A
Conrad, Brian S
Copeland, Jesse J
Crawford, Eric R
Crowder, Carlton A
Cummings, Walter G
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DeVries, Daryl K
Deal, David A
Deason, Erich K
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Edwards, Henry T
Eslick, Gary D
Estepp, Thomas L
Feist, Steven F
Fitch, Abraham H
Fletcher, Joseph A
Fowler, Jerry J
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Garrett, Michael P
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Golden, Timothy R
Goss, Jeffery A
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