Missouri Military Appreciation Day

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, state officials will host Missouri Military Appreciation Day with an event at the state’s capital, Jefferson City. With more than 95,000 Missourians who work in defense-related jobs, several military installations, and dozens upon dozens of military vendors and suppliers, the military industry has a significant impact on the state’s economy. In fact, for every $1 invested into the state’s military, $2.50 is generated in Missouri goods and services. The day’s event will dive deeper into the economics as well as highlight the status of secondary education for military families as well as discuss future initiatives to help veterans.  

Special guests include high-ranking officials from Missouri’s military installations, the Lexington Institute and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

The Lexington Institute will present a report assessing the performance of schools with large concentrations of children of active-duty military personnel. Military families often face certain challenges when it comes to education, and the presentation will highlight some of the changes that can be made to improve how schools cater to military families. 

The outline for the day is as follows:

8:00 to 8:45 a.m.

Combined Senate and House reception in the Senate Mezzanine.


9:00 to 9:50 a.m.

Joint meeting of the Senate and House Veterans Committees to hear comments from the military leaders.


10:00 to 10:20 a.m.

Introduction of the military leaders to the House, with brief opportunity for, Major General Danner, Major General Savre, and Brigadier General Tibbets to address the House. Acknowledgement of Mr. Donaldson and Mr. Brown. (upper House gallery)


10:20 to 10:30 a.m.

Restroom break

10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Announcement by representatives of the Lexington Institute, a non-profit, the Washington, D.C. defense think tank.  Announcement will be made of the results of a study examining importance of military child education and its connection to strengthening bases and supporting military missions (House Lounge—tentative) 


11:20 to 2:00 p.m.


2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Introduction of the military leaders to the Senate, with an opportunity for Senators to greet the military leaders in one side gallery or at another location close to the   chamber (upper Senate gallery)


Our special military guests include:

  • Major General Steve Danner, Missouri Adjutant General
  • Major General Kent Savre, Commanding General, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood
  • Brigadier General Paul Tibbets IV, Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base
  • Mr. Kirby Brown, Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • Mr. Ed Donaldson, Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Senior Executive at NGA-West in St. Louis. 

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