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New Army Chief of Staff visits Fort Leonard Wood

by Erin Younkin | Aug 21, 2015

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – August 20, 2015 – The U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Milley, made a visit to Fort Leonard Wood on August 20. Gen. Milley was recently sworn in as the Army’s 39th Chief of Staff. The CSA’s travel to Fort Leonard Wood marked one of his first visits to an Army installation since he assumed office on August 14.

While on the installation Gen. Milley took part in the promotion of Colonel Kevin Vereen to Brigadier General.  Vereen recently served as Gen. Milley’s Executive Officer when Gen. Milley was Commander of the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. BG Vereen will become Commandant of the U.S. Army Military Police School in a change of commandancy ceremony on Friday.

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) viewed Gen. Milley’s visit as a great opportunity for members of the community in attendance to hear the CSA speak about the trust and confidence the Army places in its most senior leaders. According to Joe Driskill, SOP’s Executive Director, it is very exciting that Gen. Milley chose Fort Leonard Wood for one of his earliest official visits. 

“We were delighted by the opportunity to hear Gen. Milley speak at BG Vereen’s promotion,” said Driskill.  “We look forward to Gen. Milley’s next visit to Fort Leonard and the opportunity for him to hear from community leaders about how much we support the installation, and how we believe this is the best region in the country for the Army to operate a training installation.”

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.

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