Missouri Gov. Michael Parson urged attendees at last month’s annual meeting of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership, a nonprofit striving to ensure the long-term sustainability of Fort Leonard Wood, to step up their support of the post and its missions. “The Army, and your communities, have a long history of being neighbors; however, there has never been a time when it has been more important to identify and emphasize the responsibilities we share as neighbors,” said Parson. He also called for the state’s residents to focus on two Pentagon priorities — strengthening public schools for military children and improving the portability of professional licenses for military spouses. Joe Driskill, Missouri Military Advocate, highlighted recent legislation passed by state lawmakers, including measures exempting members of the National Guard and Reserves from paying state income tax on military income and establishing an economic development initiative to help defense communities support local installations. … The Army plans to add 1,500 permanently stationed soldiers in Germany over the next two years in a move to support the security of European allies. Officials will activate new units in Germany rather than relocating existing ones for the expansion in combat power in the nation, which now stands at 33,000 troops, reported Defense News. The moves reflect a plan by the Army to “reconstitute the equivalent of division-level combat power,” said Col. Terry Anderson, who had been the U.S. defense attaché in Berlin.
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