On Thursday, August 19, over 100 business, governmental, civic, and military leaders and community members from the Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) Region joined the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) for our virtual annual meeting.
This year’s SOP annual meeting theme of “The Fort Leonard Wood Region, Our Communities, Our Installation, Our Future” reflected the region’s messaging that describes region-wide community support for FLW as being formalized, focused, and engaged through the SOP and guided by a formal strategic plan. Additionally, the FLW Region and its leaders are committed to continue enhancing the quality of life (QOL) for FLW’s service members and their families; local and state governments are prepared to use formal partnerships and various programs to improve QOL, reduce operational costs and create efficiencies at FLW that are beneficial to DOD; and how we believe FLW’s attributes and overall military value can lend itself to accommodating and supporting additional missions, organizations, functions, service members and their families as needed by DOD in the future.
Speakers during the annual meeting included U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, FLW Deputy to the Commanding General Gregg Thompson, Missouri Military Advocate Joe Driskill, and United Airlines affiliated SkyWest Airlines Director of Market Development Greg Atkin.
Click here to view the video of remarks made by our elected officials.
Click here to view the video of remarks made by Joe Driskill.
Click here to view the video of remarks made by Greg Atkin from SkyWest Airlines.
“It was great for all of our regional citizens to hear from our elected leaders at all levels, our Army partners, our state partners, and others on how we are all synchronized in our collective work to support Fort Leonard Wood, service members and families. We are definitely a Great American Defense Community,” said SOP Executive Director Dorsey Newcomb.
Newcomb provided an update on the progress SOP has made over the past year towards its goals of strengthening the region and FLW. During his update he also talked about the region’s recently updated three year strategic plan and the plan’s desired outcomes. He described over a dozen senior DOD leader engagements that SOP has led in the past six months and other specific successes the organization achieved. Lastly, he spoke about the organization’s priorities for the coming year and thanked the 36 Sustaining Members that continue to support SOP’s work on behalf of the FLW Region.
Each of our elected leaders commended the region for its support of FLW’s mission and for service members, families, and veterans through its collective work on quality of life improvements. Thompson expressed the Army’s appreciation for the great collaboration that continues between the communities and FLW which benefit FLW’s mission, service members, and families.
Once again this year Missouri’s Military Advocate gave a good update from the state perspective. Joe talked about why what we do is important – continued presence of Military and Defense in Missouri makes us stronger and a better place to live; the statewide game plan to achieve to retain and grow the sector; quality of life and opportunity for service members and families; key state policy priorities for FY 2022 and beyond; the MMA partnership efforts with SOP and challenges we will likely face in the future.
Special thanks to the following Fort Leonard Wood Region businesses who supported our annual meeting by providing gift cards to regional restaurants. We randomly chose 13 individuals who attended our annual meeting and presented them with these gift cards.
- Colton’s Steak House and Gril
- Boat Town Brewing
- Boondocks Woodfired Kitchen
- Hoppers Pu
- Just a Taste
- Public House Brewing
- The Rail 1868 Restaurant and Tavern