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Pershing Community Center

Pershing Community Center is the information center for Fort Leonard Wood recreation resources. We offer a variety of rooms for your personal or professional functions such as catered events, weddings, special events, training and classes. 

Please call or email for information. 

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Conferences & Catering

The Pershing Community Center is a welcoming and efficient host to countless luncheons, large dinner parties, cocktail buffets and small seminars. 

Catering Guide (PDF)

Please send inquires to the following email:                                    usarmy.leonardwood.id-training.list.dfmwr-flw-catering@mail.mil


Amazing Staff
Our knowledgeable team takes pride in the utmost attention to details and a sincere desire to make your experience a complete success.

Create the Perfect Event
Consider hosting your next function at this extraordinary venue. Every event at Pershing Conference and Catering is where delicious food, unique spaces and fascinating history come together.

Our experienced Catering Coordinator can assist you in selecting the perfect appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages to meet your tastes and budget. Call +1 (573)329-2455 for more information.

History of John "BlackJack" Pershing

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was one of America's most famous Army officers. Pershing was born in Missouri on September 13, 1860. He graduated from West Point in 1886 and served in the Spanish-American War, the Philippines Insurrection, the Mexican Expedition and, was the overall American Commander in Europe during World War I.

Following the war, he served as Army Chief of Staff.

He died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on July 15, 1948. His funeral service, one of only a handful ever held at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery, was attended by thousands of American citizens as well as by the leaders of government and the military. He was buried, as was his wish, under a simple white gravestone in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery, near the grave sites of his "Doughboys" from World War I.

Nickname BlackJack:

During the years 1895 to 1896, Pershing was assigned to the 10th Cavalry, a unit of the Buffalo Soldiers in Montana. His nickname, "Black Jack" dates from this service. It became both a subtle accolade, and derogation to the Buffalo Soldiers he fought with and praised. General Pershing's time spent leading black soldiers significantly affected him throughout his military career. He remained deeply concerned with their well-being and was instrumental in getting the black organizations into combat rather than being relegated to support operations in the rear.

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. Pershing, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against hostile fanatical Moros at Mount Bagsak, Jolo, Philippine Islands, on June 15, 1913.

Brigadier General Pershing personally assumed command of the assaulting line at the most critical period when only about 15 yards from the last Moro position. His encouragement and splendid example of personal heroism resulted in a general advance and the prompt capture of the hostile stronghold.

More Recreation

Xtreme Bowling

Visit us for an X-TREME-LY great time!

May 21 9 pm - 11 pm
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Master Swim

May 23 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Hiring Fair

Join our dynamic team! 

May 25 9 am - 11 am
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Hiring Fair

Join our dynamic team! 

May 25 9 am - 11 am
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Wednesday Evening Scramble

May 25 5 pm
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Noontime League

Thursdays beginning 19 May

May 26 11:30 am

Commanding General's Scramble

Register by 1 day prior. 

Jun 3 9 am
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Commanding General's Scramble

Register by 1 day prior. 

Jun 3 9 am
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Big Bass Tournament

Jun 3 7:30 pm - 1 am

Big Bass Tournament

Jun 3 7:30 pm - 1 am
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Mighty Mini Golf

Hole in one, anyone?

Jun 4 9 am - 11 am

Kid's Catfish Derby

Jun 11 9 am - 12 pm
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Army Birthday Special - OAC

11-13 June

Jun 11 10 am - 6 pm
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Army Birthday Special - Rec Plex

Jun 14
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Army Birthday Special - LORA

Jun 14 9 am - 5 pm

Army Birthday Special - LORA

Jun 14 9 am - 5 pm
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Army Birthday Special - DBC

Jun 15 11 am - 7 pm
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Wednesday Bowl-A-Fun

Wednesdays beginngin 15 June.

Jun 15 5:30 pm

Bounce House Rental Special

25% off from 18 June - 15 August! 

Jun 18 10 am - 6 pm
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Bounce House Rental Special

25% off from 18 June - 15 August! 

Jun 18 10 am - 6 pm
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Youth Bowling League

League begins 25 June! 

Jun 25 10 am

Youth Bowling League

League begins 25 June! 

Jun 25 10 am
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USBC Leagues

Sep 7 6:20 pm
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USBC Leagues

Sep 7 6:20 pm
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