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Ft. Wood Troops Appreciate Support

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U.S. Army Major General Leslie Smith, the commanding general of Ft. Leonard Wood (Missouri) throws out the first pitch at the Cardinals-Pirates game on September 7, 2013 (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Army Major General Leslie Smith, the commanding general of Ft. Leonard Wood (Missouri) throws out the first pitch at the Cardinals-Pirates game on September 7, 2013 (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Cardinals and their fans paid tribute to the troops, Saturday night.

Some 2,000 service members and their families from Ft. Leonard Wood (Missouri) attended “Military Appreciation Night” at Busch Stadium and witnessed a Cardinals victory over the Pirates.

Before the game, Commanding General Leslie Smith stopped by the KMOX Newsroom to explain the part Ft. Wood personnel play in today’s military, “We train soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in the specialties of chemical, engineer, and military police. If you think about those functions and missions across our services, we train most of them right here.”

Maj. Gen. Smith said soldiers at Ft. Wood are among the most highly-trained in roadside bomb and chemical weapon detection, but it’s not just about having the latest and greatest technology, “Soldiers will adapt to whatever piece of equipment you give them. It’s not about teaching them what to think, but how to think, so they can deal with whatever situation they have to deal with.”

Ft. Leonard Wood Command Sergeant Major Terrence Murphy also attended the Cardinals game and paid a visit to KMOX. He talked about the importance of today’s military leaders having a visible presence in the community, “It’s a privilege to be a role model for kids. We have to set an example from the top. Show them what ‘right’ looks like and give them opportunities for success in life, not just in the military, but in schooling and in their communities.”

Lastly, Maj. Gen. Smith said a big thanks goes out to the people of Missouri for their kindness and generosity toward men and women in uniform, “We appreciate your support and ask for continued support for all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines deployed around the world defending our freedom. We don’t take it for granted.”

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