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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Mo. legislators tour post

  • Missouri legislators from across the state toured Fort Leonard Wood last week and met with local leaders to discuss the installation's significance to the local economy and national defense.
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  • Missouri legislators from across the state toured Fort Leonard Wood last week and met with local leaders to discuss the installation's significance to the local economy and national defense.
    Rep. Steve Lynch hosted the delegation of state representatives.
    "I was extremely privileged to invite and then to host this delegation to familiarize [the legislators] with Fort Leonard Wood's impact, not only here, but across our state."
    Lynch said the delegation had three purposes. The first was to display Fort Leonard Wood's "world class training, missions, facilities, size and inter-services components that are so vital to our national defense."
    Lynch said he also held the delegation "to emphasize the almost $40 billion economic impact that the military industry has in Missouri and how it effects all the state, just not the immediate regions around installations."
    Lastly, Lynch wanted to explain to other legislators the challenges the community faces with military draw downs, realignments, and Department of Defense budget cuts and "how it is necessary for us to work together as a state to compete with other states to retain and grow our military presence."
    The legislators toured Fort Leonard Wood to see the unique chemical, engineer and military police training offered on post.
    Legislators then departed Panera Bread to meet with Fort Leonard Wood senior leaders.

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