Leisure Travel Services Assists Thousands of Service Members with Vacation Travel Plans | Article

Pvt. Company C, 31st Engineer Battalion intern Ezekiel Wilson works out the details of his vacation trip with staff from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Leisure Travel Services during from the Monday block vacation box office to the Davidson Fitness Center. More than 6,000 service members across the facility are expected to complete their vacation travel arrangements through LTS this year.
(Photo Credit: Photo by Amanda Sullivan, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office)


FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation of Pleasure Travel Services expects to help more than 6,000 service members with travel arrangements this year, according to the director of LTS, Aaron O’Donoghue.

“Our mission for (Holiday Block Leave) is to support and ensure that every service member in training here has the opportunity to return home for the holidays, whether by picking up parents, flying or chartering a bus,” O’Donoghue said. . “Our team is working to find them the best travel option, whatever the destination.”

The LTS team did just that on Monday, when more than 250 trainees from Company C, 31st Engineer Battalion, lined up at the Davidson Fitness Center – a location large enough to treat hundreds of service members at home. times – to make travel arrangements for the holidays.

SPC. Cruz Holguin, who is returning home to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, said HBL will allow him to reunite with family and friends.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I’m excited to come home and see my wife and all my family come together so I can see everyone’s faces,” he said. “My dad has had some surgeries recently, so I’m ready to come back to see how he’s doing.”

For Spc. Titilayo Akporido, the opportunity to return home to Conyers, Georgia will allow the student to reconnect with her family and prepare for her next semester after training.

“I plan on finding a new apartment to move into for school when I get back,” she said. “Christmas is also my favorite holiday, so I’m happy to participate in my family’s traditions. I love decorating the tree and making gingerbread.

Pvt. Mckalyb Williams, who like Akporido took a break from college to train, said he was excited to return to Little Rock, Arkansas, to celebrate with his family and prepare for the upcoming spring semester. .

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen my family, so I’m ready to come back and see them, check on my friends and see how everyone is doing in my hometown and get ready for school “Williams said.

Although processing travel arrangements for thousands of service members requires the LTS team to work long hours during this time of year, O’Donoghue said the impact of his team’s work on morale was worth it. the penalty.

“We look forward to the smiles on the service members’ faces as they plan their vacations and prepare to return home to family and friends,” O’Donoghue said.

In addition to those returning home for the holidays, the LTS team also assists service members who are unable to return home or who choose to remain at Fort Leonard Wood with what is called a waiting society for vacations.

“We work hand-in-hand with local businesses and communities to provide a range of fun recreational activities, entertainment and travel to provide those who stay here with a great vacation experience,” O’Donoghue said. .

Visit the LTS website for more information on travel and entertainment discounts available here.