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Saturday, October 31, 2009

A week with the Army

In September I spent a week at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Leonard Wood for a military-media workshop. It's organized by the University of Kansas and funded by the McCormick Foundation.

Although I've covered the military for a few years now, it was certainly great to spend time with the Army, since most of my career has been spent covering a heavily Air Force town.

During the workshop, we attended briefings -- complete with powerpoints of course -- got up early for PT with NCOs at Leonard Wood and watched soldiers go through the obstacle course as part of their basic training.

Leavenworth is the intellectual center for the Army, similar to Maxwell for the Air Force.
Leonard Wood is a training base and is the home of training schools for military police, chemical and engineers.

I've posted some videos and pictures from the week. The videos are all from Leonard Wood and the obstacle course as well as the rifle/bayonet training. My camera battery died that day and I never got around to recharging it.

But, here's what I've got. Enjoy.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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