PWTM: Fort Leavenworth, KS

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Fort Leavenworth, KS

Each month here at Army Wife Network, we do a segment that highlights an Army installation. We do this so we can provide you with as much information about a post as possible. We also call on you, our loyal AWN fans, to help us compile this information and give us a personal look at what life is like at each post. Look for these spouse’s personal comments in red below.

This month we are taking a look at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Fort Leavenworth is the oldest continuously active military reservation west of the Mississippi River. Here is what you need to know about Fort Leavenworth!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Major Units/What Post is “known for” (i.e. basic training, AIT, MP Headquarters etc):

Fort Leavenworth is home to the following units:

308th Military Battalion
35th Infantry Division
500th MP Detachment
705th Military Police Battalion
902nd Military Intelligence Group
Army National Guard, Battle Command Training Center
Battle Command Training Program
CGSC
Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T)
DENTAC
Headquarters Combined Arms Center
Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA)
MEDDAC
NSC – National Simulation Center
Special Troops Battalion
Tradoc Intelligence Support Activity
USDB
Veterinary Command
SAMS
Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate
US Disciplinary Barracks
Command and General Staff College
US Federal Prison Leavenworth
MCTP
ILE

Name of Surrounding Cities:

Leavenworth, KS
Potter, KS
Easton, KS
Lansing, KS
Weston, MO
Springdale, KS
Five Points, KS
Overland Park, KS
Shawnee, KS
Mission, KS
Leawood, KS
Lawrence, KS
Basehor, KS
Platte City, MO
Bonner Springs, KS
Olathe, KS

Closest MAJOR City:

Kansas City, MO – Approx. 45 min.
Topeka, KS – Approx. 1 hr. & 15 min.

Names of Area Colleges:

Kansas City Community College – On Post
Upper Iowa University – On Post
Central Michigan University – On Post
Kansas State University – On Post
Webster University – On Post
St. Mary’s College
University of Kansas – Approx. 50 min. away
Rockhurst University
University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)
Benedictine – Atchison, KS
Avila University
Kansas City Art Institute
Vatterott University
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Weather:

“Cold winters with strong winds, comfortable to hot summers, beautiful spring and fall.”
Military Spouse, Jennifer DeLoia

“Summer highs in the triple digits, winters are snowy and there are strong winds all year long.”
AWN Team Member, Kowanda McBride

Time Difference: Central Time Zone

POST INFORMATION

Post Website: http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil

Map: http://www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com/images/stories/Post_Map_Sep_09.pdf

Historical Facts/Landmarks on post:

Fort Leavenworth is the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi River, and has devoted more than 170 years of service to the nation. Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth has one of the largest and oldest National Historic Landmark Districts in the Department of the Army. In 1881, Gen. William T. Sherman established the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry. That school evolved into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College which is still at Fort Leavenworth.
Courtesy of MilitaryINSTALLATIONS

You can also read some of Fort Leavenworth’s history at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Leavenworth

Frontier Army Museum – http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/csi/FrontierArmyMuseum.asp
Buffalo Soldier Monument
Historic Chapel (1938)
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
The Lewis & Clark Trail runs through the Post

This is where the Oregon Trail crosses the Santa Fe Trail.

“This post literally is overflowing with history. This is one of our favorite things about this post!”
Military Spouse, Shawna Jones

Housing:

Fort Leavenworth Housing is contracted with Michael’s Military Housing

http://www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com/

“Awesome!!!! Some of the best housing I’ve experienced!”
Military Spouse, Jennifer DeLoia

Off – Post Housing Services – http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/Services/Services-Directory/Housing-Services-Office.aspx

Major realty/rental companies in the area:

Reece and Nichols
GW Properties
John Wesely Real Estate
Homestead Rentals

Adult Education:

Fort Leavenworth Education Center – http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/Services/Services-Directory/Education-Center.aspx

Schools:

School Liaison Officer:
http://www.fortleavenworthmwr.com
– Then click under School Support Services

Districts:

Fort Leavenworth School District – USD 207 – http://www.ftlvn.com/

Leavenworth USD 453 – High School http://www.usd453.org/gen/usd453_generated_pages/Leavenworth_USD_453_Home_p1.html

Elementary

Bradley Elementary – http://bradley.usd207.com/?sessionid=bba4fec227420eaf8ea69718b58d9eaa&t

Eisenhower Elementary – http://eisenhower.usd207.com/?sessionid=e23fbb6c463bc986ef86d92c9315a9f0&t

MacArthur Elementary – http://macarthur.usd207.com/?sessionid=4eaea25674307889c61429955df5b25f&t

Middle

Patton Junior High – http://patton.usd207.com/?sessionid=5195a41dc842913949bb2c3284fc6f9e&t

High School

Leavenworth High School – Off – Post http://www.usd453.org/gen/usd453_generated_pages/Leavenworth_High_School_m95.html

Youth Services:

http://www.fortleavenworthmwr.com/index.php/child-youth-school-services/youth-services

Army Community Service (ACS) –

http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/Services/Services-Directory/Army-Community-Service-(ACS).aspx

PX: http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/FtLeavenworthStore.htm

Commissary: http://www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm?dodaac=HQCMDR

On-Post Library:

Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) – http://www.cgsc.edu/carl/

MWR Website: http://www.fortleavenworthmwr.com/index.php

Hospital:

Munson Army Health Center – www.munson.amedd.army.mil

Spouses Clubs:
Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club – http://ftleavenworthspousesclub.com/

Chaplain & Religious Services/Organizations:

http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/Services/Services-Directory/Religious-Services-Organization.aspx

“…MCCW (called Women of St. Ignacius (WOSI)) or PWOC. All are the most active on any post I’ve been to.”
Military Spouse, Dawn Poss

OFF-POST INFORMATION

Restaurants:

Trezo Mare
Mama Mia’s
Luigi’s
Kansas City Brew Pub
Yard House at The Legends
The Majestic (Downtown KC)
Free State Brewery (Lawrence, KS)
The Vineyards of Weston
Pullman Place
Tampico
All Slabbed Up BBQ
Sis’ Sweets
Casa Agave
High Noon Salon
12th Brick Grill
Frontier Community Center – On Post
Baan Thai
Bravo
Gram & Dunn

Best place to get your hair/nails done:

Beauty Brands
T’s Nails
Bella Vita – Hair & Nails
Terri’s Hair Loft
Jabez Salon and Day Spa

Shopping/malls:

Zona Rosa
The Legends
The Plaza
The Shops at Town Center
Candle Queen Boutique
Lu’s
The Pot Rack
Oak Park Mall
Soul Supply and Hardware

Hidden Gems:

Shawnee Mission State Park
Weston Trail
Folly Theater in Kansas City
The Queen’s Pantry
Irish Fest

Must Do:

Visit the WWI Museum – Downtown KC
See a KC Chiefs Football game – Tons of sporting events
Visit Local Wineries
Take the Haunted Tour of Leavenworth in the fall
Bisque It Paint Your Pottery
Join Spouses’ Club
Cupcake A La Mode
Science City at Union Station
Apple Picking at Cider Hill Family Orchard

In the Fall there is a PAIR day which highlights all the activities in the surrounding area. Lots of coupons and a great way to one stop shop for all there is to do and see. Vendors from all around come in to sell you on their events. There is a PAIR day in the spring as well but it is much smaller. Make sure you go early it gets crowded.

Also in the Fall the downtown businesses do a charm hunt. You go in to the local stores and get free charms for your charm bracelet, it is a great way to learn what is downtown and have a fun free souvenir of the town”
Military Spouse, Shawna Jones

IMPORTANT FORT LEAVENWORTH LINKS

Fort Leavenworth Lamp – Leavenworth Online Newspaper – http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/

Fort Leavenworth MWR FaceBook page – https://www.facebook.com/FortLeavenworthFMWR?ref=ts&fref=ts

Fort Leavenworth FaceBook page – https://www.facebook.com/ftlvn?ref=ts&fref=ts

THOUGHTS FROM SPOUSES:

“Leavenworth is where we hope to retire. We fell in love with the area and the people who had left the military and settled down there. It truly gets a bad rap with the two major prisons being there. It’s now where we consider home!”
Military Spouse, Dalena McGrew

“Fort Leavenworth is known as the best Hometown in the Army for a reason. It’s a small post with lots of heart and it was a Nirvana for our family. We’d return in a heartbeat.”
Military Spouse, Dawn Poss

THANK YOU

Army Wife Network would like to thank the following spouses for their help in creating this Post with the Most segment:

Jennifer DeLoia           Dalena McGrew           Monica Ossmann

Shawna Jones               Dawn Poss                      Kowanda McBride

Amy Clark                      Megan Schoof

If you have something to add about Fort Leavenworth, please feel free to add your comments below!

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  1. Hope C. posted the following on January 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm.

    The on post schools are GREAT. However, the off post schools get a bad rap for ancient issues.

    The population in Leavenworth is quite diverse, and our military kids have thrived. The high school has the oldest jROTC program in the country and more AP classes and extracurricular activities than any other high school around. The middle school administration has very strong leadership and a burgeoning PTA that is doing great things. Don’t underestimate the opportunities in Leavenworth!

    Make sure to visit the military wife owned businesses in downtown Leavenworth (Candle Queen, Artistic Works, Bisque It). Leavenworth is very military friendly. Get involved!

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