Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – Military Lawyer

Fort Leonard Wood’s Namesake

Major General Leonard Wood, of the United States Volunteer, Military Governor of the Province of Santiago de Cuba. Photo by Miss Frances B. Johnston, published in the Buffalo Medical Journal, April 1899.
Major General Leonard Wood, of the United States Volunteer, Military Governor of the Province of Santiago de Cuba. Photo by Miss Frances B. Johnston, published in the Buffalo Medical Journal, April 1899.

Fort Leonard Wood was named after Harvard educated surgeon and Medal of Honor Recipient MG Leonard Wood.  Born in Winchester, New Hampshire, in 1860, Leonard Wood attended the Pierce Academy in Massachusetts.  Upon completion of medical school, Wood completed an internship at the Boston City Hospital in 1884.  In 1885, he was appointed as an Army assistant surgeon.

Photograph showing Theodore Roosevelt, Leonard Wood, and Alexander O. Brodie sitting in front of camp tents in San Antonio, Texas.
Photograph showing Theodore Roosevelt, Leonard Wood, and Alexander O. Brodie sitting in front of camp tents in San Antonio, Texas. Thompson, P., photographer. (ca. 1898) [Theodore Roosevelt, Leonard Wood, and Alexander Brodie in 1898, in San Antonio, Texas]. San Antonio Texas, ca. 1898. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2013650939/.
Fighting in the Indian Wars, Leonard Wood earned the Medal of Honor during the Geronimo campaign.  In 1895, he was an assistant attending surgeon in Washington D.C., with senior military and government officials as patients, including the President of the United States. MG Wood was the commander of the “Rough Riders” and his second in command was Theodore Roosevelt (who took command when MG Wood was promoted).  Later, he served in the Philippines and was a special ambassador to Argentina.

Major General Leonard Wood as Governor of Philippines. Detroit Publishing Co, P., Walinger, C., photographer. [Major Gen. Leonard Wood]. , None. [Between 1900 and 1920] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/det1994002334/PP/.
Wood served as the Army Chief of Staff from 1910 to 1014, and commander of the Department of the East from 1914 to 1917.  He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1920, and served as the Governor General of the Philippines from 1921 to 1927.

General Leonard Wood was the author of two books: The Military Obligation of Citizenship (1915) and Our Military History (1916).

Military Lawyer Representing Soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood

First, each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon knows how difficult it can be to face the challenges and uncertainty that comes with every military legal matter.  Our goal is to make the military law process as easy as possible for you. Our firm dedicates a part of our practice to helping clients throughout the Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert-Wayneville area. From court-martial defense to separation boards to GOMOR rebuttals, each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon is ready to help.  Whatever military law challenges you may be facing, know that they are no challenge for our team here at Law Office of Will M. Helixon.

Second, no matter what military law issues or UCMJ allegations you face in the Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert-Wayneville area courts, our military law and criminal law services can help you through this tough time in your life. We provide you professional, detailed, and focused legal advice for your case.  We charge each military lawyer with the standard of providing you exceptional legal representation.  Together, our military lawyers have over 108 years of experience in helping military clients succeed. Our team at Law Office of Will M. Helixon is confident that their diligence and professionalism can help your military case in the Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert-Wayneville area.

Fort Leonard Wood Cases

Importantly, our team at Law Office of Will M. Helixon stands as one of the leading law firms in providing counsel on military law matters for the Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert-Wayneville area courts. Here at Law Office of Will M. Helixon, each military lawyer focuses on helping you navigate the circumstances of your military law issues with the care and understanding you deserve.

Law Office of Will M. Helixon founder Will M. Helixon completing his enlisted basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, August 1996.
Law Office of Will M. Helixon founder Will M. Helixon completing his enlisted basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, August 1996.

Furthermore, in addition to the firm’s founder doing his enlisted basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, our firm represents or represented Solders at Fort Leonard Wood on matters ranging from responding to an Army Regulation 15-6 Investigation, reprisal claims, responding to GOMORs, to defending multiple Soldiers accused of rape, sexual assault at courts-martial, desertion and violation of lawful regulations.

If you are in the Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert-Wayneville area, and need a military lawyer, call us today!

With over 108 years of combined military practice, we are confident that each military lawyer at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon is uniquely qualified to represent you in any variety of military cases. If you need an experienced military lawyer in the Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert-Wayneville area, call us today at (844) 435-4966.

Origins of Fort Leonard Wood

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An aerial view of Fort Leonard Wood.

Fort Leonard Wood was built in anticipation of the United States rebuilding its military after World War I and just before World War II.  In 1940, much of Asia and Europe was engulfed in war.  At the time, the U.S. was working to grow and modernize its force.  To meet this need, the War Department established a training facility in the Seventh Corps footprint.  Slated for near Leon, Iowa, the training center was eventually built in its present location.

View of Fort Leonard Wood a month before the training post was completed. Photo taken of the panoramic original by Richard B. Mayes.
View of Fort Leonard Wood a month before the training post was completed. Photo taken of the panoramic original by Richard B. Mayes.

The Army broke ground on December 30, 1940, and by June 1941, the installation was completed – almost 1,600 buildings and over five million square feet of building space – all for $37 million.

Original Main Gate to Fort Leonard Wood training installation.

Fort Leonard Wood Today

Today, Fort Leonard Wood is the home of the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE), including the Engineer School, the Military Police School and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School.  Located in South-Central Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood is about a two-hour drive from St. Louis and about an hour drive from Springfield, Missouri.  Its tenant units include:

Surrounding Area:  St. Robert-Waynesville

St. Robert was established in Pulaski County, Missouri, after the construction of Fort Leonard Wood.  Started as a place for Catholic worship, it was named after Father Robert Arnold by Cardinal Joseph Ritter.  With a modest population of 4,340, St. Robert is a few miles east of Waynesville.  Waynesville was established in 1833, and named after the Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne.  Boasting a population of over 4,000, the Historic Route 66 runs through the center or town.

An adventurer’s paradise, the area has great fishing at the Roubidoux Creek & Spring, with a Trout Bum Tournament held each spring.  The Old Stagecoach Stop House Museum is a glimpse into the 1850’s.  Less than an hour away is the Lake of the Ozarks, with fishing, boating, golf, spas, shopping and multiple dining options.

Background of The Law Office of Will M. Helixon

Will M. Helixon established the Law Office of Will M. Helixon in 2016.  Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, he launched the firm to defend members of the military in courts-martial, adverse administrative proceedings and other criminal proceedings. Today, the firm’s members and military lawyers have handled multiple complex and high-profile military cases in their over 108 years of combined military law experience. The firm now handles most military matters, including medical issues involving the MEB/PEB process, business and securities law, trusts and estate planning, and family law including juvenile matters, adoption and guardianship issues.  In addition to Kansas City, the firm has lawyers at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Fort Leavenworth, and in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

All military lawyers and of counsel at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon maintain licenses to practice before all military trial courts.  Further, they hold state licenses in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Law Office of Will M. Helixon

435 Nichols Road

Kansas City, KS 64112

(844) 435-4966