Ft. Leavenworth, KS (WHNT) - Since moving to Huntsville, I have become accustomed to the mysterious booms that resound through the city, coming from Redstone Arsenal. Living so close to and reporting on Redstone Arsenal has provided me a unique experience as a journalist, telling stories related to BRAC, furloughs, and the latest in military technology.
This week, I am expanding that reporting experience and spending a week at Ft. Leavenworth, KS and Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, learning about Army operations, doctrine, and getting first-hand experience going through physical training (sure to be embarrassing for me, and humorous for you, so I hope you'll stay tuned for that video, coming later this week!)
It is part of the Military Journalism Workshop hosted by the University of Kansas.
Monday, we spent the morning speaking with Ft. Leavenworth leadership, including Garrison Commander Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Crawford, and Deputy to the Commanding General, Kirby Brown. Colonel Christopher Croft (A fellow Gator!), discussed his work as Director of the Center for Army Leadership, conducting research to help shepherd in the next generation of Army leaders.
I even learned some Army lingo: PDAS, JAG Corps, JTF, PASC, CAC (but please don't quiz me!)
We also strolled through Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery, stopping among the graves of men who served this nation as far back as the War of 1812 and as recently as the War on Terror. There are 22,000 people buried at the cemetery, each with their own story of service and sacrifice.
Tuesday, we will wake up bright and early to head to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.
I am documenting my trip on Twitter and Facebook. I will also be posting here on WHNT.com throughout the week. I hope you will follow along as I share this experience with all of you!
If you ever served here at Ft. Leavenworth or Ft. Leonard Wood, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear your story!