FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- United States Army Gen. Raymond Odierno made his first trip to Fort Leonard Wood on Monday.
“I was very impressed with the soldiers I met here today,” Odierno, the Chief of the Staff of the Army, said.
Odierno said the visit was a unique opportunity to relay the military path with new initiatives, like opening up combat roles for women.
He said special victims advocacy classes and forensics testing make Fort Leonard Wood a critical part of the fight against sexual assault.
He also spoke about the military’s future and said Fort Leonard Wood is a cornerstone of where the Army is headed.
“What makes Fort Leonard Wood different is the capabilities here are very unique. Not only to the Army but to all of the Department of Homeland Defense,” Odierno said.
Odierno said he hopes his trip helps to emphasize the important role Fort Leonard Wood has in military.
“Our engineers, although there are engineers in the Air Force and Navy and Marine Corps, we have very unique capabilities in engineers that no one else has," Odierno said. "Those are all trained here and they are centered here and that is something important moving forward that we have to continue to invest in."