Discover Fort Leonard Wood
Welcome to the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) and Fort Leonard Wood, where chemical, engineer, military police and transportation Soldiers, plus Marines, Airmen, Sailors and international students from allied nations receive training.
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post 70 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains 80-90,000 military and civilians each year. In addition, nearly 200,000 families and friends attend their loved ones’ graduations at Fort Leonard Wood each year.
The fort is located in Pulaski County, which has a population of 52,274. Bordering the installation to the north are the towns of Waynesville, population 4,830, and St. Robert, population 4,340. The post is two miles south of Interstate 44. St. Louis is a two-hour drive to the east along Interstate 44 and Springfield, Mo., is a little more than an hour’s drive to the west.
Fort Leonard Wood, the gateway to the Missouri Ozarks, offers great attractions for the whole family. It is a sportsman’s paradise offering more than any outdoorsman could find the time to do. The rivers and streams flowing through and near the post are crystal clear, providing an ideal home for many types of fish. Hunters will find the woods thick with game. Cave lovers will be happy to hear that Missouri is often called the Cave State. There are several caves on the Fort Leonard Wood installation.
In addition – outdoor sports, museums, Civil War battlefields, historic homes and buildings, shopping and antiques, concerts, big-league sports, plays and ballets are all within driving distance of Fort Leonard Wood.
Where is Fort Leonard Wood?
Fort Leonard Wood is in the heart of The Ozarks about 130 miles west of St. Louis and 90 miles east of Springfield, Missouri on Interstate 44.
How do I get to Fort Leonard Wood?
From our hotels, you go south on Missouri Avenue and it is 2 miles to the front gate. Maps are available at the front desk.
Trying to find a location on Fort Leonard Wood?
Maps are also available at the front desk and we would be happy to help you locate your destination on the map.
How early should I leave for an Army Graduation?
We recommend you leave 45 minutes to 1 hour before the start time to get through the gate and find the building and park. Seating is on a first come basis. Remember some days there are multiple graduations going on at the same time and traffic can be heavy.
What identification do I need to enter Fort Leonard Wood?
Visitors are provided information by the sponsoring unit on access procedures for attending graduation. More information on access can be found here.
What to wear to a graduation ceremony?
Your soldier will be dressed in a Class “A” uniform which is the Army’s formal uniform. You may wear what you want from casual to your Sunday best.
Will my Soldier be able to leave post?
Please check with the unit or the Drill Sergeant. Pass Policies vary by unit and depending upon the next destination of your soldier. Please see unit for details on passes after graduation.
What is a good place to eat?
Click here for our Restaurant recommendations. Some restaurants are within walking distance of our hotels.
What is there to do in the area?
Click here for our list of attractions.
Where is the closest shopping mall?
We have shopping centers in and around St. Robert, click here for information. Osage Premium Outlets are located at the Lake of the Ozarks (1 hour – 4540 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach) and Battlefield Mall is located in Springfield (1 hour 20 minutes – 2825 South Glenstone Avenue, Springfield).
Where is the closest airport?
Lambert-St. Louis International (STL) – 2 Hour Drive.
Springfield-Branson Regional (SGF) – 1 hour 15 Minute Drive.
Waynesville Regional-Forney Field (TBN) Airport- On Fort Leonard Wood.
Is there ground transportation?
Greyhound Bus provides service to St. Roberts, Missouri. St. Robert borders the Fort Leonard Wood military reservation. The Greyhound Bus station is located at 718 Missouri Avenue, just outside the main gate.
Rental car agencies are available at all the airports and in St. Robert.
Budget, St. Robert 573-336-7193
Enterprise, St. Robert 573-336-7355
Hertz, St. Robert 573-336-0123
Hertz, FLW 573-329-6688
Shuttle Service- USA Express operates an airport shuttle service daily between Fort Leonard Wood and Lambert-St. Louis. Phone: 800-872-9399.
Local taxi service serving Fort Leonard Wood and the local area:
Post Cab Co. – 573-336-0111
What are the GPS direction for your hotel?
Comfort Inn: 103 St. Robert Blvd., St. Robert, Missouri 65584
Candlewood Suites: 140 Carmel Valley Way, St. Robert, Missouri 65584
Fairfield Inn: 131 St. Robert Blvd., St. Robert, Missouri 65584
Hampton Inn: 103 St. Robert Plaza Drive, St. Robert, Missouri 65584
MainStay Suites: 227 St. Robert Blvd., St. Robert, Missouri 65584