FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS (WAFF) - You may miss me in the mornings for a couple of days, but it doesn't mean I'm not working. Right now, I'm at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. No, it's not because I was thrown in the military prison on post. Although I did learn that the United States Disciplinary Barracks here are the Department of Defense's only maximum security prison.
I'm here for something called "Bridging the Gap: Military and Media." It's a type of training program to help each group understand what the other's job is. On my end, I'm hoping it will make me a better journalist so I can report more efficiently about Redstone Arsenal. The program is put on by both the University of Kansas and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center. The McCormick Foundation is funding the whole thing.
Sunday was my first day, and I spent most of it traveling. When I did get here, though, I got to meet the other participants, who came from all over the country. We got a quick tour of the post and a history lesson. It's so different from Redstone Arsenal! The history of the fort dates back to around 1827. That's over one hundred years before Redstone was even built! Obviously, there is a lot of history here. One really interesting thing I picked up from tonight was the fact that Ft. Leavenworth use to be an open post until 9/11. They didn't have gates and people could just drive on post.
Another cool thing here is the housing. Most of the homes date back to the 1800's. Today, commanding officers and their families stay in them. There are also a lot of international liaison officers who live on post. I took some pictures. You can check them out by following me on Twitter @lmorrison48.
I could go on and on, but this post is already long enough. Tomorrow we meet up with some soldiers and their families to learn more about military life. Check out that blog!