What's going on?
On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, twelve soldiers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood spent the day at S.T.A.F.F. Animal Rescue in Sunrise Beach supplying volunteer labor to complete some labor intensive projects around the shelter facility. "We're so excited. A lot of these projects we've been wanting to do for a long time," said Animal Manager Dawn Ely. S.T.A.F.F. rescue and shelters all types of animals from birds to horses but mainly houses mainly cats and dogs. With 79 cats at the shelter and 68 dogs, they are now fullest they've been in their 12 year existence, Ely said.
What did they do?
The soldiers cleared construction debris at the shelter's new quarantine building, helped tear down an old building in the way of an addition to the S.T.A.F.F. Thrift Shop and cleared the walking trail. They also helped put up a new sign and did some painting. S.T.A.F.F. provided lunch with donations from Pizza Hut, G2M and Porters. Chances "R" donated supper and the Laurie City Park provided camping space at the end of the day.
How did it come about?
The community service project is part of the Advanced Leaders Course - Engineers in the Army's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, according to Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Marshall. All of the soldiers had ranks of E5 and E6 and were all enlisted. Half of Marshall's class worked at staff and the other half at a project at the old Waynesville Middle School. The class teaches staff sergeant engineers basic leadership skills for their rank level. The groups are evaluated on their communication skills with civilians and learn about linking up with organizations to complete these types of projects. It's also a way for the Army to give back to the community, Marshall said.