Three Fort Leonard Wood streets will have their names changed in the new year, following Department of Defense Naming Commission guidance.
The streets to be renamed — Wheeler Street, Forrest Street, and Forrest Place — are all located in family housing areas. Wheeler Street will become Pecan Street, Forrest Street will be Ozark Street and Forrest Place will be Hickory Place. Charlie Neel, Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division chief, said the Fort Leonard Wood Historical Board was given the responsibility of identifying and renaming the streets. He said the names chosen honor the area. Neel says, “We went with names that reflect the beautiful area we get to live and work in every day. The Ozark region is a fitting tribute because it is known for its charming springs, waterfalls, lakes, caves, and caverns. And Pecan and Hickory trees are delightful, nut-bearing plants that can be found throughout the area.” According to a memorandum signed by Colonel Anthony Pollio, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, the name changes are a result of a Department of the Army executive order directing installations to rename property that honors or commemorates the Confederacy.