State Treasurer Clint Zweifel issued a report aiming to shore up the stateâ€™s military installations and contractors.
The report comes several months after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Zweifel to head the Missouri Military Partnership, an initiative to bolster defense installations throughout the state. Missouri is home to several major military bases, including Whiteman Air Force Base in western Missouri and Fort Leonard Wood in mid-Missouri.
Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female solider killed by hostile fire.
The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26 for the new Training Support Center.
Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Spc. Carlos M. Gonzalez, of Middletown, N.Y. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Three members of Missouriâ€™s congressional delegation met at the State CapitolÂ Wednesday to voice opposition to another round of base closings.
Although there are no scheduled base closings anywhere in the U.S. right now, the Obama Administration is pushing for another round of discussions that could begin as early as next year.Â Congressman Todd Akin (R)Â from the St. Louis area says nowâ€™s not the time to close military facilities, especially in Missouri.
The commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood says the Army is aggressively investigating sexual assault complaints.
Major General David Quantock met with reporters on Wednesday, one day after 17 current and former soldiers filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the Pentagon of failing to take their complaints of sexual abuse by other soldiers seriously.