Garrison leaders focus on wellness at January Community Information Forum | Article

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Senior garrison leaders here hosted the January Community Information Forum virtually via the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page Wednesday.

The monthly forum is designed to be an information exchange and dialogue between the garrison and the community on a range of topics and interests to improve quality of life for service members, families, civilians and retirees, said Col. Jeff Paine, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander.

With the theme being wellness, Paine said Fort Leonard Wood has entered the time of year he remembers being called “the gloom period” during his days as a student at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

“The sky is gray; the ground is gray; our moods are gray, and we’re going to provide some tools and some information on programs here on how we get through that until spring,” he said.

Army Wellness Center

In line with the theme this month, Kelsie Lineback, from the Army Wellness Center, spoke on some of the services they offer, including body composition analysis, metabolic testing, weight management, nutrition education, wellness coaching, health assessments, fitness testing, stress management, sleep education and more.

“And everything we offer at the Army Wellness Center is completely free for you to utilize,” Lineback said.

Lineback added that AWC services are open to all service members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and dependents of active-duty service members. Call 573.596.9677 for details.


Capt. Jessica Dolan, GLWACH’s Nutrition Care Division chief, spoke on some of the services they offer and plans they have to improve services in 2022.

Registered dieticians are available by appointment with no referral needed, Dolan said, stressing that individuals don’t need to wait until there is a problem to get assistance.

Like the AWC, Dolan said her division also offers body composition testing. Walk-in hours to use the machine and review the results with a dietician are 8 to 10 a.m. Fridays.

Dolan said that while one of her primary duties is going out to brief units on nutrition, they are also planning more engagements throughout the community this year, to include Commissary tours and events at the gyms on post.

“Be on the lookout for us,” she said.

The Nutrition Care Division is located in the basement of GLWACH, Room 012. Call 573.596.1762 for details.

Visit the GLWACH Facebook page at for the latest information from the hospital here.


Katy Carter, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation business and recreation chief, spoke on some upcoming event.

The Swim Across Egypt event — part of FMWR’s Swim Across the World series — is being held throughout January at the Davidson Fitness Center during lap swim hours, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Call 573.596.3529 for details.

A noontime bowling league meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Daugherty Bowling Center. Two-person teams play two games each for 16 weeks. Cost is $3 per game and regular rate for shoe rental. Call 573.596.1498 for details.

Check the FMWR Facebook page at for the most up-to-date information on these and other upcoming events.

Religious Support Office

Martha Strong, director of Religious Education, highlighted some religious services updates for the next two Sundays. Services have been suspended through Jan. 16, with some virtual exceptions: a Catholic Mass will be live streamed at 9 a.m. Sunday and Jan. 16; a Gospel Service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday and noon Jan. 16; a Crossroads Protestant Service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday; and a Traditional Protestant Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Buddhist services will also be available virtually at 7 p.m. tonight and Jan. 13. All services will be available to watch on the Fort Leonard Wood Religious Support Office Facebook page at

Strong said additional upcoming events include:

  • Kids4Christ — for children in first through fifth grades — is scheduled to begin Jan. 24, and will run from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Mondays in Bldg. 590.
  • Financial wellness orientation sessions begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9, and at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Main Post Chapel, Room 162.
  • A marriage wellness event, including dinner, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5. Reserved spots are available for 24 couples each evening.
  • A family movie night — that includes free popcorn — is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Main Post Chapel.
  • ChristFit — spiritual fitness for the family through faith, food and fellowship — begins Feb. 16, and meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Main Post Chapel.

Call 573.596.0089, or visit the Fort Leonard Wood Religious Support Office Facebook page for details and the most up-to-date information.

Other announcements

Col. Ralf Beilhardt, Fort Leonard Wood Dental Health Activity commander, highlighted the Dental Assistant Program – a free, six-month, 40 hours per week combination of classroom and hands-on training designed to provide the skills necessary to become employed at any dental treatment facility. Beilhardt said the deadline to apply has been extended to Feb. 28. Call Jason Ramlow at 816.536.0108, or email [email protected] for details.

February’s forum

The next forum is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 2. To view more information on the slides from this or previous events, visit

Fort Leonard Wood community members may submit topics of interest or issues they feel should be addressed through the Community Information Forum via the Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE, website, at

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