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On Thursday, August 24, the SOP will host our Annual Meeting from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Ark Community and Sports Center in Waynesville. 

SOP members and regional stakeholders, as well as regional citizens are invited to attend.

We will have national, state and regional leaders, as well as senior Fort Leonard Wood leaders updating us on events and actions impacting on the region and FLW. 

The meeting is free and includes a boxed lunch.

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Below is the agenda for the event:

8:30 Registration and Networking 

9:00 Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance, Dr. Brian Henry, Chair, Sustainable Ozarks Partnership

9:05 Invocation, Pastor Howard Malone, The River 

9:10 Fort Leonard Wood and its Role in National Defense, Major General Kent Savre, Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence & Ft. Leonard Wood

9:30 Keynote Address: Today’s Defense Challenges & Opportunities, Honorable Claire McCaskill, United States Senate

9:55 Importance of Community Partnerships to Fort Leonard Wood, Ms. Kathy Aydt, Fort Leonard Wood Deputy Garrison Commander

10:15 Sustainable Ozarks Partnership Update, Kent Thomas, Executive Director Leonard Wood Institute and Sustainable Ozarks Partnership

10:35 State Actions in Support of Fort Leonard Wood, Joe Driskill, Missouri Military Advocate

11:10 The Washington Perspective, Mike DuBois, Director, Defense & International, Kit Bond Strategies

11:40 Lunch

12:10 SOP Business Meeting, Election of new SOP Officers

12:20 Study Results Overview: Ways FLW Communities Can Prosper After Force Reductions at Fort Leonard Wood, Kent Thomas and Dr. Marty Romitti, Economic Development Consultant and Senior Research Fellow Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

1:10 Open Discussion on Recommended Mitigating Strategies

2:10 SOP in Review, Where We Started and Where We Find Ourselves Today, Kent Thomas

2:40 Wrap-up Panel & Q&A 

3:10 Meeting Ends