US Army Training Center - Yearbook (Fort Leonard Wood, MO)
- Class of 2004
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Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
The Story of
FORT LEONARD WOOD
FORT LEONARD WOOD covers 71,000 acres
of the Mark Twain National Forest in the Missouri
Ozarks, southwest of St. Louis. Activated in 1940,
the Fort was named in honor of Major General
Leonard Wood who won the Medal of Honor for
action in the campaign against the Apache Indian
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 construction army turned the first shovelful of
dirt for the construction of the nations largest
engineer training center, a post that has trained
thousands of fighting men and women.
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 again for Fort Leonard Wood in 1950, shortly
after the American troops began fighting in Korea.
This time, Fort Leonard Wood supported the
6th Armored Division engaged in replacement
training rather than a procession of divisions being
trained for combat.
On 16 March 1956 the 6th Armored Division
was inactivated and replaced with the United States
Army Training Center, Engineer. The Secretary of
the Army signed the order 21 March 1956 making
Fort Leonard Wood a permanent installation.
In February, 1985, the Secretary of the Army
announced plans to move the US. Army
Engineer Center from Fort Belvoir, Virginia to
Fort Leonard Wood.
The Colors of the US. Army Engineer School
and regiment were transferred to Fort Leonard
MAJOR GENERAL LEONARD WOOD
As of 1 October 1999 Fort Leonard Wood
also became home of Military Police and
Fort Leonard Wood now conducts "One
Station Unit Training" for Engineers, Military
Police, and Chemical Corps as well as "Basic
Training" in 3rd Training Brigade. In addition to
"Initial Entry Training" there are various other
"Advanced Individual Training" and specialty
classes given here at Fort Leonard Wood for
military and some civilian careers.
MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT L. VAN ANTWERP
U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood
and Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School
As Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver
Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood, and Commandant of the
U.S. Army Engineer School, MG Van Antwerp is responsible for
providing the Army with trained, combat-ready soldiers and
leaders of all ranks. He also directs the development and
integration of Engineer conceptsi doctrine, training, force
structure, and material requirements to support the force. In
addition, he oversees the training of airmen, sailors and Marines
attending courses for civil and construction engineering; law
enforcement; chemical, biological and radiological defense;
motor transport operators; and over 400 International Military
Students who train at Fort Leonard Wood annually.
MG Van Antwerp is an engineer officer who has served in a
variety of command and staff assignments. His commands
include: South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of engineers,
Los Angeles District during the Northridge Earthquake of 1994;
and the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division tAir
Assaulti during DESERT SHIELDiSTORM.
Prior to his assignment as Commanding General, Fort
Leonard Wood, MG Van Antwerp was the Assistant Chief of Staff
for Installation Management. He has served as Executive
Assistant to the Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Staff,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Chief of Military construction, Fort
Shafter, Hawaii; Executive to the Chief of Engineers; and
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at West Point.
He is a 1972 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and
holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the
University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration
from Long Island University, New York. He has completed
Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault training, the Engineer Officer
Basic and Advanced courses, Command and General Staff
College and the Army War College. He is a Registered
Professional Engineer in Virginia.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal,
the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious
Van and his wife, Paula have three sons: Jeff, Luke, and Rob;
and two daughters: Julia and Kathryn. He is the National
President of the Officers' Christian Fellowship.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
U.S. ARMY MANEUVER SUPPORT CENTER AND FORT LEONARD WOOD
320 ENGINEER LOOP STE 316
FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO 65473-8929
MEMORANDUM FOR Fort Leonard Wood Initial Entry Training Graduates
1. Congratulations! You have successfully completed the Initial Entry Training
Program required to graduate to the ranks of the best trained, best equipped, h
and best informed soldier in the history of our Army.
2.. In accomplishing the transformation from civilian to soldier, you have attained y
the primary goals outlined to you in your first day of training. You have become
a disciplined, motivated soldier - qualified with the basic weapon, physically
conditioned, morally prepared, and drilled in the fundamentals of soldiering. t
3. As you move on to your next phase of training or an assignment with active
Army or reserve component unit, be aware that the officers, drill sergeants and
noncommissioned officers of your cadre are proud of you. You have proven
yourself amidst the trials and pressures of Initial Entry Training. You have
developed your mind and body; you have demonstrated that you have all the
determination and ability necessary to succeed as a soldier and to Be All You
4. To each of you, I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes for your
ILL: Van Antwerp
Major General, U.S. A y
SOLDIERS MEMORIAL CHAPEL
Named in honor of Missouri
congressman Ike Skelton, senior
ranking member of Armed forces
committee. VIP guest headquarters.
The museums are a complex of
three museums representing the
contributions of the Military
Police, Chemical Warfare and
Engineering Divisions t0 the
Armed Forces throughout history.
There are both static and
interactive displays. Adjacent to
the museum complex is the Fort
Leonard Wood Museum featuring
WWII barracks and armament.
JOINT SERVICES PARK
Joint Services Park represents all the Armed Services that have trained at Ft. Leonard Wood.
BLD 470. Soldiers center
administrative offices processing
point for records registrations.
: -- FIRST
14TH MP BRIGADE
A welcomed sight for soldiers
with tired feet as they march
back from the range.
They are the cautioning voice, the helpful hand, the
watchful eye that guides the new soldier through the
strenuous Army Training.
They have gained their knowledge through practical
experience. It is their job to teach, coach, and mentor the
young people who are training to become soldiers.
They are seasoned graduates of the Drill Sergeants
School - A course which reviews all the "Basics" of Initial
Entry Training in a curriculum 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 Bush hat.
To the Drill Sergeants at Fort Leonard Wood and the proud
soldiers they have produced, this book is dedicated.
The Crest is the symbol of the Army Training Center.
Before 1958 it was a regimental crest with a maroon
background. In 1958 it was adopted as the training center's
crest and the background was changed to green. It was
designed by the Heraldic Division of the Quartermaster
The 13 stars represent the Thirteen Original Colonies.
The snake is a symbol of preparedness and is grasping the
scroll on one end with his mouth and on the other end with
his tail. On the scroll is printed the motto "This We'll
Defend," one of the many mottos used in colonial days
such as 1Don't Tread On Me," llLiberty" and many others
which were carried on flags and banners.
The armored breast plate is a symbol of strength and the
green background is a vestment worn under the armored
breast plate. It is called a Jupon which represents the new
Army. The torch is a symbol of liberty that shines over all.
I am a Drill Sergeant.
I will assist each individual in their
efforts to become a highly
motivated, well disciplined,
physically and mentally fit soldier,
capable of defeating any enemy on
today's modern battlefield.
I will instill pride in all, I train Pride
in self, in the Army, and in country
I will insist that each soldier meets
and maintains the Army's
standards of military bearing and
courtesy, consistent with the
highest traditions of the US. Army.
I will lead by example, never
requiring a soldier to attempt any
task I would not do myself.
But First, Last and always, I am an
American Soldier, sworn to defend
the constitution of the United
States against all enemies, both
foreign and domestic.
I am a Drill Sergeant.
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The Change from civilian to soldier has to be a swift one, for they will receive intensive training in the
fundamentals of combat soldiering that may have to be applied in the defense of our country and
their own lives.
EYE EXAM, PHO , SHOTS
P.T. ASSE ENT
Initial Entry Training begins with the cracking of a
Drill Sergeant's voice "Fall In," as you disembark the
troop transports which have brought you to a new
home. A quick formation and you answer to your
name "Here Drill Sergeant" to let yourself know it is
really you who is there.
iiOFF TO T RAININGii
A soldier's training day is not complete without daily physical training. On or off the RT. field a soldier's
physical fitness is being honed to a razors edge. On the RT. Field between 0500 to 0600 hours you can hear
the familiar sounds of repetitions being counted and the echos of soldiers sounding off with -
"More P.T. Drill Sergeant, More P.T."
Soldiers must be versatile and seIf-reliant. In the
clamor of battle, and a distance from complete
medical facilities, a life can depend upon the
knowledge of first aid.
How is the NBC attack recognized? How to protect
oneself... What first 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 reading - Teaches the soldier basic principles
of map reading. Included are grid coordinates,
distance, terrain recognition and general knowledge
needed for successful navigation.
Communications - The soldier learns proper use of
radioshelephones currently in use. They also learn
proper transmission procedures, as well as
maintenance of the equipment.
Unarmed combat training promotes fighting spirit
and ruthless efficiency. Unarmed combat training
programs are the solid foundations for self confidence
on the battlefield.
Pugil training prepares soldiers to use the rifle-
bayonet and increase confidence and
aggressiveness. Pugil training allows the soldier to
test histher skills against an opponent that can think,
move, evade, and fight back, under the supervision
of a trained instructor.
Inspections are designed to promote
attention to detail and to insure that
soldiers and equipment are always ready
The development of the soldiers' skills in the use of
the Army's individual weapon depends entirely on
the soldiers ability to apply the basic marksmanship
skills and principles taught and reinforced by the
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Soldiers learn to identify the different types
of grenades and how to handle them safely.
In addition, each soldier is responsible for
the deployment of two live grenades in
order to complete this portion of training.
Here the soldier must become familiar with the
Army's Advanced weapons. Ranging from the M-249
S.A.W., light machine gun, to the AT-4, antipersonnel
mine, tClaymoret and M-203 grenade launcher.
The Confidence course is a series of obstacles
soldiers negotiate with their company. This course
gives soldiers confidence in their mental and
physical abilities while cultivating their spirit of
daring. The obstacles vary from easy to difficult
testing their balance, physical strength and mental
endurance. in addition, the course offers them
perspective on how Basic Training has helped
prepare them for live combat situations.
The physical endurance course helps to develop the
highest degree of individual physical fitness, to
include strength, muscular and cardiorespiratory
endurance, coordination, and basic physical strength.
LEADERSHIP REACTION COURSE
The LRC has seventeen obstacles. It is used to build individual leadership skills and unit cohesion. The
course operation is designed so that each individual will lead one time and serve as a team member or an
observer the remainder of the time. The leaders will be evaluated on how well they do or what they have
learned about the task through observation. Each task must be completed within a specific time frame,
utilizing only the equipment provided, such as planks of wood and pieces of rope. One false move or
judgement error will result in a member falling into the pit of water or touching the red painted areas and
being declared "DEAD" by the Drill Sergeant.
Testing the Army value of HPersonal" Courage. Facing Fear, Danger, 0r Adversity.
TEAMWORK DEVELOPMENT COURSE
It is impossible to impart the physical and mental
strain experienced during a foot march. It is
something you did not want to start, are glad when
it's 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 foot 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.
It becomes apparent about this time that the
conveniences of the dining facility are not always
available to the 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.
Previous instruction is culminated by a
field training exercise. Here they live in
tents, eat food prepared in the field and
practice the skills of the Soldier in the
forw rd battle zone.
Training is conducted to teach the soldier how
to survive in a combat condition. They are
taught how to negotiate all kinds of terrain and
how to move when under fire. The soldier is
instructed on battlefield survival by means of
many hours of actual field training under
simulated combat condl ions.
In addition, part of being a soldier is
"Details." Mowing, raking, yard care, area
beautification and caring for the
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Graduation day has finally come. The Day everyone has waited for. Some of the soldiers that began training,
never finished. Some could not meet the standards, some were discharged for medical reasons and others were
recycled for training. But those that did complete the training are standing tall. For many it is their first 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 - ready to go on and learn your new military
skill. Ready, trained and confident in being able to do those skills a "professional" is required to do.
FORT LEONARD WOOD
MAJ GEN Robert L. VanAntwerp CSM William D. McDaniel Jr.
Post Commander Post Command Sergeant Major
MILITARY ENGINEER REGIMEN T
BRIG GEN William McCoy CSM Clint J . Pearson
Regimental Commander Regimental Command Sergeant Major
FIRST ENGINEER BRIGADE
COL Paul Kelly CSM Gerald Jones
Brigade Commander Brigade Command Sergeant Major
35TH ENGINEER BATTALION
LTC Reinhard Koenig CSM Larry D. Jackson
Battalion Commander Battalion Command Sergeant Major
Commenced Training August 13, 2004 - Completed Training November 19, 2004
CPT Michael Swienton 1LT Bradley Comrie 18G Ronald R. Doxtader
Company Commander Executive Officer First Sergeant
SSG Craig Townsend SFC Rogelio Martinez SFC Daniel Chavez SFC Thomas Garcia
Operations Sergeant Senior Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant
SFC Michael Jeanetta SFC Monique Washington SSG Jerimiah Gan SSG Ryan Main
Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant
SSG Jason Powell SSG Maurice Smith SSG Sonja Smith SSG Terry Tennard
Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant Drill Sergeant
SSG Jesse West SGT Donald McLean SPC Clarisa Chavis
Drill Sergeant Supply Clerk Armorer
Robin K Adair
David E Aiken
David G Allen
James L Allred
Kristopher C Amsler
Jimmy R Avant
Brandon C Baldridge
Aaron A Ballard
Michael W Ballard
Ryan D Bambling
Tyler W Barney
Brody L Bartlett
Lowell E Basham
Clayton K Bauer
David R Bauman
Phillip H Bautista
Gregory S Belcher
James W Bell
Christopher V Benson
Christopher W Berentson
Kevin J Bloom
Ambrose T Bob
Kenneth R Botzenmayer
Brian M Bower
Edward C Boyer
Kenneth A Boykin
Andrew D Brazell
Mark A Call
Daniel T Carlton
Kieran A Carroll
Johnathon R Carter
Daysen A Chang
Samuel D Chaput
Justin L Christy
Tyler G Clark
Derek R Conway
William M Cornell
Paul M Courtois
Robert L Cramer
Garret L Cree
Zachary A Cummings
Jeremy L Dameworth
Robert E Damron
Andrew B Davis
Michael J Dore
Paul W Douglas
Ronald R Durfey
Brandon A Elliott
Matthew T Engel
Christian W Eshelman
Eric T Fechtner
Robert E Freeman
Rusty K Gargis
Nicholas A Garmon
William N Geary
Gibson David W
Benjamin J Gibson
Joshua F Gilbert
Barney G Gilley
Bennie E Glosson
Christopher W Gorman
Jack D Gray
Boey J Gunawan
David L Hall
Leighton W Hall
Nicholas C Hall
William J Hall
Curtis A Harris
Daniel T Harris
Jason C Hartman
Joseph M Hasenstab
Jaren L Hawkins
Kirk L Herman
David P Hernandez
Wagner B Hesse
Douglas M Hicks
Bryon L Hill
Jeremy M Hill
Russell D Hobgood
Jarrod D Holmes
Ryan J Horst
Earl B Huie
Joshua M Hultman
Corey R Hunter
Timothy R Hutchinson
Anthony R Ireland
Michael K Jackson
Matthew P Jacovino
Evan M Janes
Douglas E Johnson
Matthew A Johnson
Thomas M Johnson
Kyle E Johnstone
Israel T Jones
Levardis L Kahoonei
Matthew C Kameffel
Matthew A Kauffman
Jason B Keister
Richard J Klofstad
Brian G Krasko
Michael A Kuhta
Christopher D Latter
Jeffrey R LeBlanc
Rory H Leslie
Richard G Lester
Nathan S Lively
Gary A Lopez
Nicholas F Macallister
Ryan D Magee
George C Martinez
Evan L McCallister
Stephen L McCarthy
Anthony W McCluney
Jason A McKeever
Justin M McKinley
Joseph A McLemore
McPherson Seth S
Brady A Melear
John C Mesplay
Andrew M Mican
Alejandro B Monroy
James E Montgomery
Joshua D Moore
Robert T Moore
Matthew J Morales
Corey C Morgan
Matthew J Moss
Jonathon P Neaves
William L Newcom
Sonny J Olsen
Michael J Orick
John B Ortiz
Charles J Overberger
Stephen D Padilla
Richard T Page
Kirk M Palmer
Joshua D Parker
Anthony D Paulson
Dustin W Peay
Raul E Poliogonzalez
Alexander A Polka
Trevor S Popath
Jason W Popp
Adam N Preston
Trimell D Price
Kevin R Quail
Donald E Ramey
Tyler P Randall
Marcus M Reese
Brandon W Reid
Benjamin J Rentsch
Cody A Rich
Joseph J Richardson
Lloyd 0 Richardson
Luke D Ridens
Sean A Rivera
Valentine M Roberts
Anthony H Robinson
Josiah S Robinson
Johnathon D Rohr
Adam J Ross
Stewart L Russell
Jonathan A Ryan
Daniel E Salee
Brandon K Salisbury
Damien L Scottsimons
Kevin E Sentieri
Brad S Sheets
Ryan N Shockley
Steven R Shook
Eric C Signor
Taylor R Simmons
Zachary L Simpson
Brandon L Slone
David R Sorenson
Adam R Spring
John G Starkey
Anthony D Stingley
Daniel R Stone
Kyle A Strong
Christopher M Sutton
Dustin J Swan
J ustin M Teague
David L Thompson
Daniel L Torska
Robert T VanAntwerp
Donald H Vance
Justin M Vanommeren
Matthew W Vaughn
Adam P Vedder
Bryan L Venable
Joshua A Wade
Taurean G Watkins
Joshua R Wells
Kaleb C Wells
Jordan T Wendell
Lucas M Wessel
Daniel F Williams
Willie D Williams
Christopher D Winterton
Chad M Wise
Troy D Wiser
Kyle C Wood
Mark P Wood
Adam J Wright
Brian A Wright
Daniel J Wright
Zackary D Yanish
Maxwell A Yardley
Scott G Yeaton
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LOYALTY: Bear true faith and allegiance to
the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and
DUTY: Fulfill your obligations.
RESPECT: Treat people as they should be treated.
SELFLESS-SERVICE: Put the welfare of the nation,
the Army and your subordinates before your own. 4
HONOR: Live up to all the Army values.
INTEGRITY: Do what's right, legally and morally.
PERSONAL council: Face fear, danger
or adversity lphysical or mOraD. '
1. I am an American soldier - a protector of the
greatest nation on earth - sworn to uphold the
Constitution of the United States.
. I will treat others with dignity and respect and
expect others to do the same.
3. I will honor my Country, the Army, my unit and
my fellow soldiers by living the Army values.
. No matter what situation I am in, I will never do
anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety which
will disgrace my uniform, my unit, or my Country.
. Lastly, i am proud'iof my Country and its flag, I
want to look-fback Land Say I am proud to have
served my Countryas a Soldier.
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