Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood
316 Missouri Ave
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
1 (573) 596-0131

Established: 1940
Base Type: Army


Fort Leonard Wood is an Army station just south of St. Robert, Missouri, in the Ozark Mountains. It’s often referred to as “Fort Lost-in-the-Woods” due to its remote location. Fort Leonard Wood houses just over 8,000 active duty soldiers and civilians, and is in the county of Pulaski, which has a population of around 38,320. Established in 1940, this base was named after Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, who was a former chief of staff in the Army.

Major General Leonard Wood, the base’s namesake, served in the U.S. Army for 40 years. He went to the prestigious Harvard University and joined the Army as a contract surgeon in the 1880s. He ended up winning the Medal of Honor for his valorous service. When the Spanish-American War broke out, Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood lead the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, though they are usually known as the Rough Riders. A man named Theodore Roosevelt served as his second in command, and took over the Rough Riders once Wood was promoted. Wood was the Army chief of staff from 1910 to 1914, and after the Spanish-American War he served as a governor general of the Philippines until his death in 1927.

Fort Leonard Wood is primarily a training installation, and is known as the homebase of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. This school trains Military Police, Army engineers, soldiers going into specialized jobs for chemical and nuclear warfare, and other maneuver support capabilities.

Before Fort Leonard Wood was ever constructed, Army Camp Meade in Maryland was changed to the name “Fort Leonard Wood” in 1928. However, Pennsylvania legislators acted quickly to change its name back in honor of the Gettysburg hero George G. Meade. This meant that Leonard Wood was again up for grabs, and in 1941 it was used for the training base in Missouri that remains today. Building a major training facility amidst rugged mountainscape proved to be challenging. But a war was raging, and the base needed to be built quickly in order to house and train troops that were set to arrive in only a matter of weeks. The construction began in December 1940 and was completed by June 1941. The project — which consisted of 1,600 building and five million square feet of floor space — cost $37 million. Today, that price would be over $647 million.

The first troops to train were members of 6th Infantry Division. Others to join them included: the 8th, 70th, 75th, and 97th infantry divisions. The base also dealt with other kinds of soldiers like artillery battalions and quartermaster companies. By the end of World War II, more than 300,000 soldiers had been trained at Fort Leonard Wood. Eventually, the focus shifted from infantry to engineering, and today the Missouri base is a major hub for future Army engineers.

Military housing on Fort Leonard Wood includes over 500 homes, three community centers, and various playgrounds. The three communities are called Woodlands, Eagle Point and North Stonegate. Piney Hills is a neighborhood that’s specifically for officers and senior enlisted personnel. Fort Leonard Wood offers other amenities such as a rec center with several pools and water slides, a miniature golf course, and a go-kart track. In addition, there is a full-size golf course on the east side of the base, an outdoor adventure center with fishing, hunting, and camping gear, a bowling center, auto skills center, leisure travel office, and numerous fitness centers. The base itself sits on 61,000 acres of mountainous forest and is perfect for outdoor adventures like hiking and camping. Kids on Fort Leonard Wood go to school in the Waynesville R-V1 School District, which runs three elementary schools on post. There is a middle school and high school off post for military kids to attend, and transportation is taken care of by the school district.

If you’re PCSing to Fort Leonard Wood or have a loved one stationed there, be assured: It’s one of the most respected posts in the Army, with a ton of history, resources, and support from military families just like you.

Gate and Hours

Gate Hours
Main Gate (North) Open 24/7
West Gate Open 24/7
East Gate 0500 – 0900 & 1400 – 1800 Closed Sat-Sun
South Gate Open 24/7

Quick Reference

Installation Chaplain’s Office (ICO)
Bldg. 6501 Indiana Avenue

Main Post Chapel (MPC)
608 Minnesota Ave.

Soldiers Memorial Chapel (SMC)
450 Iowa Ave.

SMC Chapel Annex Fellowship Hall
Bldg. 590

Central Iowa Chapel (CIC)
Bldg. 742

South Iowa Chapel (SIC)
Bldg. 843

North Iowa Chapel (NIC)
Bldg. 637

Education Center
(573) 596-0172

Equal Opportunity Office
(573) 596-0601

Family Advocacy Program
Address: Replacement Ave Building #486
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
(573) 596-0212

Public Affairs Office
(573) 563-4145

Legal Services
Address: 316 Missouri Avenue Building #315
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
(573) 596-0624

Housing Office
(573) 596-098

Finance Office
(573) 596-0710

Base Surroundings
Gateway Arch
St. Louis, MO 63102
(877) 982-1410

Silver Dollar City
399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy,
Branson, MO 65616
(417) 336-7100

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100

Forest Park
5595 Grand Dr,
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 367-7275

Base Listings

The numbers for Fairchild Air Force Base have low accuracy due to its unique utilization. Entire companies are rotated through on a regular basis, so large portions of the phone directory are subject to change without notice. Please contact the base operator at (509) 247-1212 if you experience any difficulty reaching your desired contact.

NameLevel NamePhone
Combat Development Directorate 1 (573) 563-7001
Contracting Directorate 1 (573) 596-0244
Inforamation Management Directorate 1 (573) 563-6113
Logistics Directorate 1 (573) 596-0614
Morale, Welfare and Recration Directorate 1 (573) 596-0118
Plans, Training and Mobilization Directorate 1 (573) 563-4038
Public Works Directorate 1 (573) 596-0840
Resource Management Directorate 1 (573) 563-4057
Training Development Directorate 1 (573) 563-4111
Coordinator/SNA EFMP 1 (573) 596-0049
Family Support EFMP 1 (573) 596-0212
Commercial Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0131
Housing Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0965
Temporary lodging Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0999
Army Community Service Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0212
Child Care Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0238
Health care Fort Leonard 1 (573) 329-8600
Commissary Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0783
Exchange Fort Leonard 1 (573) 329-2200
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0118
Military One Source Fort Leonard 1 (573) 356-2153
Employment Readiness Program Manager Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0212
Chaplain Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-2127
Hospital Main Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0035
ID Card Section Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0744
Housing Office Fort Leonard 1 (573) 329-3105
Medical Appointments Fort Leonard 1 (866) 299-4234
Post Staff Duty Fort Leonard 1 (573) 563-6126
Base Operator Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0131
Barracks Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0413
Welcome Center Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0590
Civilian Personnel Office Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0927
Deployment and Mobilization Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0212
Information and Referral Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0212
Legal Services and JAG Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0629
Armed Forces Bank, N.A. Fort Leonard 1 (573) 329-2000
Mid Missouri Credit Union Fort Leonard 1 (573) 329-3151
Army - Army Community Services Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0212
Military Pay Customer Service Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0710
Legal Assistance Office Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0629
Retirement Services-Fort Leonard Wood Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0947
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0681
Roll Dental Clinic Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0364
Davidson Fitness Center Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-4359
Fort Leonard Wood Vet Clinic Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0094
Morale Welfare & Recreation Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0117
Chaplains Office-Installation Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-2127
Education Center Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0172
School Liaison Officer Fort Leonard 1 (573) 596-0357
Travel Office, Official Fort Leonard 1 (573) 329-4141