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What are some facts about Fort Leonard Wood?

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Fort Leonard Wood is a U.S. Army training base for American and Allied military personnel located in Pulaski County, Missouri. Established in 1940 and named after General Leonard Wood, Army Chief of Staff to President Taft, the base occupies 63,000 acres in the Ozarks.

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Fort Leonard Wood is home to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which has a unique composition of engineers, chemical specialists and military police, according to the base's website, FtLeonardWood.com. The brigade's diversity is reflected in the base's various training facilities. Engineer-enlisted soldiers and officers receive basic and advanced training at The U.S. Army Engineering School.

The U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center, MANSCEN, gives basic combat training to many non-combat soldiers, plus advanced training for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialists. The U.S. Army Military Police School also teaches soldiers and officer ranks in the skills, roles and responsibilities of the military police.

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