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Military training won't be affected by tornado at Fort Leonard Wood

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Jan. 1, 2011) — The central mission of Fort Leonard Wood, training soldiers in the engineer, chemical, military police specialties as well as basic training, won’t be affected by Friday’s tornado, Maj. Gen. David Quantock said in a Saturday afternoon press conference.

Quantock said that while many houses were damaged or destroyed, the barracks used by basic trainees were mostly unharmed. Some windows have been blown out but there’s no structural damage, he said.

“As the soldiers come back on, I don’t think we’re going to skip a beat with getting back to our mission,” Quantock said.

That means about 8,000 soldiers who are expected back on post beginning Monday will still see their drill sergeants and other training cadres ready and able to do what needs to be done to transform civilians into soldiers.

“None of our drill sergeant population was affected,” Quantock said. “Many of our noncommissioned officers, junior enlisted and single soldier housing was not affected.”

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