Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Fort Leonard Wood is a community of soldiers, civilian volunteers, and veterans alike surrounding one of the most prominent Army posts. The town is home to the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN). The small town is united in patriotism and demonstrates service both overseas and in emergencies on American soil. The people demonstrate sacrifice in their response to natural disasters, having rebuilt their own community after a tornado for example.

Fort Leonard Wood covers more than 62,911 acres of land – 53,995 is used for chemical, engineer, military police, transportation soldiers, airmen, sailors, and international student training.

Visitors can tour the Fort or attend a graduation or welcome home ceremony to witness the support this community shows for the base. You can also visit the Pine Valley Golf Course, Frog Rock, or Mark Twain National Forest. St. Louis is a two-hour drive, while Springfield is about an hour and a half drive from Fort Leonard Wood.

The Road Rally team found locals had overflowing pride in their country and overwhelming support for those serving in the military. Captain and Clark said this is “a town that from the museums to the barracks would escort you through a thorough and deep understanding of what it means to be an American soldier and the honor that comes with it.”

I love having the military nearby at Fort Leonard Wood. It makes me feel safe and secure.
Reviewed by DixonDonna
on September 17, 2012
Not a single day goes by that I do not tell a soldier Thank You for your service. I love how the Navy Seabee's are helping in the community, especially with the Poor Farm. The community "supports the Fort" every day, but the outpouring of love was overwhelming when the tornado hit at the first of the year.
Reviewed by smhuffman
on September 17, 2012
I have lived here for going on 12 years and i will never leave because of the people that we have here ! Proud of who we are and where we live!
Reviewed by conniedelinn
on September 17, 2012
I'm the 3rd generation to live here and have since 1956... During all the conflicts and wars we have welcomed the soldiers. Had parades even when the country wasn't happy about some of them coming home WE WERE.... I love this places and all the people that make it what it is even if they are not here long they all make it what it is... a place were we love the FLAG and raise it high...
Reviewed by Janny1956
on September 17, 2012
I have never seen a community who backs our military like Pulaski County does! Pulaski Countians will do almost anything to show their support of our troops!
Reviewed by medic_melissa
on September 17, 2012
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