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Fort Leonard Wood



Named in honor of General Leonard Wood, former Chief of Staff of the Army, Fort Leonard Wood has a history of training and educating engineers since 1941. In 1999, the Army moved the schools for the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and the U.S. Army Military Police Corps to Fort Leonard Wood and the base was designated a U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center. If you are part of the chemical, engineer, or military police branches, chances are high that you will pass through Fort Leonard Wood!

Fort Leonard Wood is located in south central Missouri. The area is part of the Ozarks, a region consisting of a high plateau—not a mountain range, as is commonly assumed—stretching across Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The area surrounding Fort Leonard Wood has caverns to explore and the local rivers are great for fishing and floating. The Lake of the Ozarks, a man-made lake about one hour away, is a frequent weekend destination for those living at Fort Leonard Wood. Branson, Mo., is a country music mecca and is about two hours southwest of Fort Leonard Wood, while St. Louis is two and a half hours to the east.

Life at Fort Leonard Wood (jokingly called Fort Lost in the Woods) moves slowly and lacks suburban perks—the closest Target is more than an hour’s drive!—but it is a very military-friendly area. In fact, it is hard to tell where the base ends and the adjacent town of St. Robert begins, as military members and retirees make up a significant portion of the population.

Perhaps because of the remote location, Morale, Welfare and Recreation plans activities for the community throughout the year. There are various clubs and groups to join, including Keepers of the Castle (a group for Engineers’ spouses), Hearts on a Mission (a fitness group), and the Fort Wood Spouses Club, all of which help keep community members busy and foster relationships among those who call Fort Leonard Wood base home.

Base Services :

  • Fort Leonard Wood Family Housing Office

    Location: 235 Ellis Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473 Hours: M, T, Th, F: 0800 to 1630 W: 0800 to 1900 S: 0900 to 1600 Su: 1200 to 1600
  • Army Community Services

    Location: Bldg. 486 Replacement Ave. Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473 Hours: 0730 to 1630
  • School Liaison Officers

    Location: 13486 Replacement Ave. Bldg. 470, Room 1102 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473 Hours: M - F: 0830 to 1730

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Base Location

Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport (TBN) 
8 minutes (located on post)
Springfield-Branson International Airport (SGF)
1 hour 45 minutes
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
2 hours 30 minutes
Greyhound Lines – 25 minutes
839 VFW Memorial Dr.
St. Robert, MO 65584
Hours: 0900 to 2000
St. Louis – 2 hours 30 minutes
Kansas City – 3 hours 45 minutes
Memphis, TN – 4 hours 40 minutes
Oklahoma City, OK – 6 hours 15 minutes
Nashville, TN – 7 hours


Chem, Engineer, MP
St. Robertvia Main Gate (Sverdrup) 15 mins
*30 mins
17 mins
*32 mins
Waynesvillevia Main Gate (Sverdrup) 20 mins
*35 mins
22 mins
*37 mins
Rollavia Main Gate (Sverdrup) 40 mins
*55 mins
42 mins
*57 mins

Impact of Peak Hours 6a – 9a | 4p – 7p

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Nearby Neighborhoods

  • Rolla

  • St. Roberts

  • Waynesville