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2022 SOP Annual Meeting

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This year's SOP Annual Meeting will be conducted in person. The event will be held at The ARK Community & Sports Center from 9:00 am until 1 p.m. Our meeting theme this year is “Ready, Resilient, Relevant: The Fort Leonard Wood Region’s Commitment to National Defense."

This meeting is the SOP's annual planning session where we, as the four-county regional defense community support organization, will provide a report on our accomplishments, consider the organization’s performance over the past year, and set objectives for the coming year. We anticipate that more than 200 business, governmental, and civic leaders from the four-county region (Pulaski, Phelps, Laclede, and Texas) will participate.

Our speakers for this year's meeting include:

  • Governor Mike Parson (Confirmed)
  • Senator Roy Blunt (Confirmed Virtual)
  • Senator Josh Hawley (Confirmed)
  • Representative Vicky Hartzler (Confirmed)
  • Honorable Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment (Confirmed)
  • Major General James Bonner, Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence & Fort Leonard Wood (Confirmed)
  • Mr. Harry Roberts, Missouri Military Advocate (Confirmed)
  • Mr. Mike Dubois, Kit Bond Strategies (Confirmed)
  • Mr. Joe Driskill, Immediate Past President, ADC National Board of Directors (Confirmed)

  • Meeting Agenda:

    8:30 Registration and Networking 

    9:00 Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance Mr. Steve Ehrhardt, Vice Chair, Sustainable Ozarks Partnership 

    9:05 Invocation Pastor Howard Malone, The River 

    9:10 Recognition of SOP Sustaining Members Mr. Mike Dunbar, Mr. Steve Ehrhardt 

    9:25 Sustainable Ozarks Partnership Update Mr. Dorsey Newcomb, Executive Director Leonard Wood Institute & Sustainable Ozarks Partnership 

    9:50 Regional Community Support: The Fort Leonard Wood Perspective Major General James E. Bonner, Commanding General U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence & Fort Leonard Wood 

    10:05 FLW, Service Members, Military Families, & Veterans’ Impact on the State of Missouri 

    Governor Mike Parson, State of Missouri 

    10:20 Partnerships in Strengthening Fort Leonard Wood (Pre-Recorded Message) Honorable Roy Blunt, United States Senate 

    10:25 FLW’s Role in Support of our National Defense Now & in the Future: The SASC Perspective Honorable Josh Hawley, United States Senate 

    10:40 Future of Defense; FLW Opportunities & Challenges: A View from the HASC 

    Honorable Vicky Hartzler, United States House of Representatives, 4th Congressional District 

    10:55 Keynote Address: How Communities Can Best Support Army Installations Honorable Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Environment, and Energy 

    11:15 Lunch Break 

    11:30 State Actions in Support of Fort Leonard Wood, Service Members, and Families 

    Mr. Harry Roberts, Missouri Military Advocate 

    11:45 The Washington Perspective 

    Mr. Mike DuBois, Director, Defense & International, Kit Bond Strategies, State Consultant 

    12:15 Association of Defense Communities Update 

    Mr. Joe Driskill, Immediate Past President ADC National Board of Directors 

    12:40 SOP Business Meeting: Election of New SOP Officers 

    12:45 SOP and Our Regional Strategy Going Forward Mr. Dorsey Newcomb 

    12:55 Wrap Up/Questions and Answers 

    1:00 Meeting Concludes 

    Strengthening the Fort Leonard Wood region