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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DATE: February 3, 2016 11:25:59 AM CST

    James Meredith to speak at Fort Hood Black History Month observance

    FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps Equal Opportunity offices and the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, with support from the 89th Military Police Brigade, will host an observance to celebrate African American/Black History Month at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Club Hood.  

    The observance will commemorate the contributions, accomplishments, and history of African Americans over the last 100 years.

    The event will feature guest speaker James Meredith, a civil rights icon and Air Force veteran, who was the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi.

    African American/Black History Month is celebrated each February by the Department of Defense to honor the remarkable accomplishments of African American men and women. Today, there are more than 103,000 African American Soldiers serving in the Army’s active component; more than 44,000 in the Army Reserve and more than 55,000 in the Army National Guard.


    Media who wish to cover this event are invited to a media engagement from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Media must register here. On Feb. 25, media should report to the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 8:30 a.m.

  • 82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood
    82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood
    82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team dropped nearly 800 paratroopers and dozens of heavy equipment pallets here from 1,000 feet in the air Feb. 9 as part of an exercise to sustain and validate their training for the Global Response Force mission. 

    The exercise began before sunrise as C-17 Globemasters and C-130 Hercules aircraft delivered the Soldiers and equipment to the Fort Hood training range.

    Upon landing, the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, unit began setting up a command post and creating a headquarters element within hours of arrival to coordinate their movements.

    The unit is participating in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise here.

    After the command post and headquarters was completed, the troops assembled and prepared for a day of movement and tactical exercises throughout the Fort Hood training area, including air assault and close quarters combat tactics. They also linked up with 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, another GRF unit, for armor support during the operation.

    Col. Colin Tuley, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. commander, stated that the biggest lesson for the unit was the importance of readiness.

    “We’re never going to know where our nation is going to need us to go,” Tuley, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., said. "So we have to train our youngest Soldiers and leaders to be agile, adaptive, flexible, and able to react to any mission our nation calls us to do, anywhere in the world.

    "Soldiers coming together to conduct these high-risk operations in an area where they’ve never been before, helps build confidence and competence in our young paratroopers," he said. "They’ll go home after this exercise feeling better about themselves, their unit and what they can do."

    Command Sgt. Maj. Beau Barnett, command sergeant major, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., said that the Soldiers were motivated to be dropping onto an unfamiliar drop zone to take part in the training.

    “We normally jump into Fort Bragg [on] our Sicily drop zone, so everyone gets used to the location," Barnett, from Tuscaloosa, Ala.,  said. "Coming here to Fort Hood is different. It allows us to practice setting up our training objective.”

    Brig. Gen. Brian Winski, the 82nd Abn. Div. deputy commander, and one of the first boots to hit the ground from the morning’s airborne operations, took the time to thank III Corps for their continued service overseas.

    “It’s great to train here," Winski said. "As we speak, III Corps is fighting with the 82nd Abn. Div. in Iraq. The 82nd is the land component command subordinate to the Joint Task Force, which is III Corps, Lt. Gen. [Sean] Macfarland and his team. So we’re fighting together in Iraq right now, and we’re training hard right here at Fort Hood together.”

    Broll available at DVIDS link below

    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/449207/emergency-deployment-readiness-exercise-fort-hood-texas#.VrpQ14-cHSE

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- More than 800 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers from the division's Assault Command Post will parachute onto Fort Hood's Antelope Drop Zone at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

    Col. Colin Tuley, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, will conduct interviews upon landing to discuss the beginning of the division's emergency deployment readiness exercise.

    The exercise is in preparation to help support the Global Response Force. The GRF is a joint services task force mission that provides combatant commanders with options to respond to national and international crisis.  The U.S. Army maintains units with varying capabilities in an on-call status to meet the nation’s needs.

    The division regularly conducts this type of training to give paratroopers the chance to deploy their equipment and employ their skill sets.  It reinforces their capability to bring the full force of the 82nd Airborne Division to any mission, anywhere in the world.

    Media interested in attending the jump must register here no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The gate time for the media is 5:15 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Blvd.

  • Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general for III Corps and Fort Hood, welcomes visitors to the groundbreaking ceremony for a massive renewable energy project at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. The project is the largest renewable energy project the Army has ever done and will include both solar and wind energy. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Katherine Hammack, assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, gives her remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony a massive renewable energy project at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
     (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Hon. Katherine Hammack (center), assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, along with others, digs up a shovel-full of dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fort Hood renewable energy project on Thursday on West Fort Hood. The project, which will include both solar and wind energy, is the Army's largest project of its kind and is expected to be finished by the end of fiscal year 2016.  (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Rep. John Carter, Texas 31st Congressional District, gives his remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a renewable energy project Jan. 28 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood, federal and local officials broke ground here during a ceremony for a massive energy project for the installation, Jan. 28.

    The ceremony, fittingly on a sunny and windy day in Central Texas, marked the beginning of the largest renewable energy project in the Army to date.

    "Well, I expected it to be sunny in Texas, but I didn't quite expect this much wind," said Hon. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy and Environment. "So, it is a wonderful thing and it certainly emphasizes the reason why we have this project here."

    The project, the largest and first of its kind, will include both and on-post solar farm and an off-site wind turbine farm, which has the capacity to generate 65 megawatts of electricity for the installation, saving taxpayer money during the duration of the contract.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, said over the course of the contract awarded to Apex Clean by the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army will avoid paying approximately $168 million.

    "Not only will we gain a sustainable energy source, supplying nearly half of our energy needs, but it will be at a lower price than the power generated by fossil fuels," said Uberti. "It is fitting that the largest project of this type is at Fort Hood, Texas, because as I'm learning, everything in Texas is big."

    Hammack agreed.

    "There're a lot of firsts here. It's the first hybrid project, wind and solar, in the Army, it's the first to combine on-site and off-site energy and it is the largest," Hammack said. "As was said, everything is bigger in the state of Texas, so right now Texas has the distinction of contributing the most to renewable energy in the Army."

    Brian Dosa, Fort Hood director of Public Works, said the solar farm on Fort Hood will consist of over 63,000 solar panels covering an area of 132 acres of installation land.

    "Maybe a different way to look at that is that's equivalent to about 10 football fields with end zones of solar panels," Dosa said.

    According to Mark Goodwin, president and chief operating officer, Apex Clean energy, the off-site wind turbine farm will be located in Floyd County, Texas. He explained how this off-post location could provide the power to Fort Hood.

    "We have approximately 20 turbines and they are on a collection string that connects into an interconnection substation and then that connects to the grid," Goodwin said, "and then we have a partner utility that that will take the power from the wind farm and deliver it to the base. So, it is putting power onto the grid and then what Fort Hood is doing, they are reaping the benefit as a big savings in what they are paying now …"

    Goodwin said the upstart capital of the project will be $100 million, but Hammack said there are more benefits from the project than simply saving tax-payer money over the course of the contract.

    "What we want to do is make sure we're utilizing all the resources that are available," Hammack said. "We want to make sure that the fossil fuels that we do use are used for our mobility, where you have fewer choices. We have choices in the energy used to power our installations."

    Rep. John Carter, Texas 31st Congressional District congressman, agreed there are more added benefits to the venture.

    "Using renewables makes sense on … military posts throughout the country," Carter said. "More importantly, and what we're all about here at Fort Hood, it frees up money to be able to make better Soldiers here on Fort Hood. So, if it's cheaper energy, it gives us more money in our pockets to spend on training up the best warriors in world."

    Hammack noted that the federal government is the largest energy user in the U.S., and that the Army is the largest facility energy user. She added that the future looks bright with many more projects similar to this one to launch Armywide.

    "Last year, [the Army's energy bill] cost us $1.3 billion, and when we look at this project here that is going to save money across the term of the contract for the Army, that is money that we can put elsewhere, to critical missions, and that's important to us," Hammack said. "I'm proud of the work we've done so far and I look forward to the Army continuing to lead by example in energy efficiency and in renewable energy projects."

  • VIDEO UPDATE: Broll from today's event is available at the Defense Visual & Image Distribution System http://rdd.me/l8yym1xn. You must register to get the broadcast quality link but there is no cost associated.

    Photos and full story will follow soon.

    *************************

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in coordination with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood, will hold a groundbreaking event here at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 on West Fort Hood.

    The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), will speak at the event on behalf of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood.

    Once complete, this large-scale hybrid solar and wind renewable energy project will produce 65 megawatts of alternating current with a projected cost avoidance of at least $168 million in energy costs over the next few decades here.

    This is the Army's first hybrid renewable energy project that includes both off- and on-post power generation. It is also the largest single renewable energy project to date. Once complete, the project will provide Fort Hood with an on-site solar system providing 15 megawatts AC and the remaining energy coming from a 50 megawatt off-site wind facility.

    The Army is committed to partnering with industry and utilities on renewable energy projects that will strengthen energy security and sustainability at our installations and the surrounding communities.

    This project brings the Army closer to the Defense Department's commitment to clean energy with the promise to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025.

    Immediately following the event, a media availability with representatives from the primary organizations associated with this project will be held at the groundbreaking site.

    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Montague Youth Center, Bldg. 70020, Clement Dr., Fort Hood.

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony should register here. On Jan. 28, media should meet Fort Hood Public Affairs at the Fort Hood visitor's center south side parking lot at 9 a.m.

    For more information on U.S. Army energy initiatives, visit the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) Web site at www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/oei. The OEI was established by the Secretary of the Army in September 2011 to serve as the central management office for partnering with U.S. Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, 10 megawatts or greater, leveraging private sector financing. The OEI public affairs office can be reached at (703) 601-1137.

    For more information on Defense Logistics Agency Energy, visit the DLA Energy Web site at www.dla.mil/energy.aspx. Defense Logistics Agency Energy provides the Department of Defense and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The DLA Energy public affairs office can be reached at (703) 767-5042.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program will host a Mega Job Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Club Hood.

    Slightly less than 200 employers who are looking to add military veterans to their work force will be in attendance. The 2016 SFL-TAP Mega Job Fair is also supported by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and the Texas Veterans Commission.

    Media who would like to cover this event should register here. On Jan. 26, media attending should meet at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor’s center at 10:45 a.m.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DATE: February 3, 2016 11:25:59 AM CST

    James Meredith to speak at Fort Hood Black History Month observance

    FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps Equal Opportunity offices and the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, with support from the 89th Military Police Brigade, will host an observance to celebrate African American/Black History Month at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Club Hood.  

    The observance will commemorate the contributions, accomplishments, and history of African Americans over the last 100 years.

    The event will feature guest speaker James Meredith, a civil rights icon and Air Force veteran, who was the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi.

    African American/Black History Month is celebrated each February by the Department of Defense to honor the remarkable accomplishments of African American men and women. Today, there are more than 103,000 African American Soldiers serving in the Army’s active component; more than 44,000 in the Army Reserve and more than 55,000 in the Army National Guard.


    Media who wish to cover this event are invited to a media engagement from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Media must register here. On Feb. 25, media should report to the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 8:30 a.m.

  • 82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood
    82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood
    82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team dropped nearly 800 paratroopers and dozens of heavy equipment pallets here from 1,000 feet in the air Feb. 9 as part of an exercise to sustain and validate their training for the Global Response Force mission. 

    The exercise began before sunrise as C-17 Globemasters and C-130 Hercules aircraft delivered the Soldiers and equipment to the Fort Hood training range.

    Upon landing, the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, unit began setting up a command post and creating a headquarters element within hours of arrival to coordinate their movements.

    The unit is participating in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise here.

    After the command post and headquarters was completed, the troops assembled and prepared for a day of movement and tactical exercises throughout the Fort Hood training area, including air assault and close quarters combat tactics. They also linked up with 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, another GRF unit, for armor support during the operation.

    Col. Colin Tuley, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. commander, stated that the biggest lesson for the unit was the importance of readiness.

    “We’re never going to know where our nation is going to need us to go,” Tuley, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., said. "So we have to train our youngest Soldiers and leaders to be agile, adaptive, flexible, and able to react to any mission our nation calls us to do, anywhere in the world.

    "Soldiers coming together to conduct these high-risk operations in an area where they’ve never been before, helps build confidence and competence in our young paratroopers," he said. "They’ll go home after this exercise feeling better about themselves, their unit and what they can do."

    Command Sgt. Maj. Beau Barnett, command sergeant major, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., said that the Soldiers were motivated to be dropping onto an unfamiliar drop zone to take part in the training.

    “We normally jump into Fort Bragg [on] our Sicily drop zone, so everyone gets used to the location," Barnett, from Tuscaloosa, Ala.,  said. "Coming here to Fort Hood is different. It allows us to practice setting up our training objective.”

    Brig. Gen. Brian Winski, the 82nd Abn. Div. deputy commander, and one of the first boots to hit the ground from the morning’s airborne operations, took the time to thank III Corps for their continued service overseas.

    “It’s great to train here," Winski said. "As we speak, III Corps is fighting with the 82nd Abn. Div. in Iraq. The 82nd is the land component command subordinate to the Joint Task Force, which is III Corps, Lt. Gen. [Sean] Macfarland and his team. So we’re fighting together in Iraq right now, and we’re training hard right here at Fort Hood together.”

    Broll available at DVIDS link below

    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/449207/emergency-deployment-readiness-exercise-fort-hood-texas#.VrpQ14-cHSE

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- More than 800 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers from the division's Assault Command Post will parachute onto Fort Hood's Antelope Drop Zone at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

    Col. Colin Tuley, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, will conduct interviews upon landing to discuss the beginning of the division's emergency deployment readiness exercise.

    The exercise is in preparation to help support the Global Response Force. The GRF is a joint services task force mission that provides combatant commanders with options to respond to national and international crisis.  The U.S. Army maintains units with varying capabilities in an on-call status to meet the nation’s needs.

    The division regularly conducts this type of training to give paratroopers the chance to deploy their equipment and employ their skill sets.  It reinforces their capability to bring the full force of the 82nd Airborne Division to any mission, anywhere in the world.

    Media interested in attending the jump must register here no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The gate time for the media is 5:15 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Blvd.

  • Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general for III Corps and Fort Hood, welcomes visitors to the groundbreaking ceremony for a massive renewable energy project at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. The project is the largest renewable energy project the Army has ever done and will include both solar and wind energy. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Katherine Hammack, assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, gives her remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony a massive renewable energy project at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
     (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Hon. Katherine Hammack (center), assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, along with others, digs up a shovel-full of dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fort Hood renewable energy project on Thursday on West Fort Hood. The project, which will include both solar and wind energy, is the Army's largest project of its kind and is expected to be finished by the end of fiscal year 2016.  (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Rep. John Carter, Texas 31st Congressional District, gives his remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a renewable energy project Jan. 28 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood, federal and local officials broke ground here during a ceremony for a massive energy project for the installation, Jan. 28.

    The ceremony, fittingly on a sunny and windy day in Central Texas, marked the beginning of the largest renewable energy project in the Army to date.

    "Well, I expected it to be sunny in Texas, but I didn't quite expect this much wind," said Hon. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy and Environment. "So, it is a wonderful thing and it certainly emphasizes the reason why we have this project here."

    The project, the largest and first of its kind, will include both and on-post solar farm and an off-site wind turbine farm, which has the capacity to generate 65 megawatts of electricity for the installation, saving taxpayer money during the duration of the contract.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, said over the course of the contract awarded to Apex Clean by the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army will avoid paying approximately $168 million.

    "Not only will we gain a sustainable energy source, supplying nearly half of our energy needs, but it will be at a lower price than the power generated by fossil fuels," said Uberti. "It is fitting that the largest project of this type is at Fort Hood, Texas, because as I'm learning, everything in Texas is big."

    Hammack agreed.

    "There're a lot of firsts here. It's the first hybrid project, wind and solar, in the Army, it's the first to combine on-site and off-site energy and it is the largest," Hammack said. "As was said, everything is bigger in the state of Texas, so right now Texas has the distinction of contributing the most to renewable energy in the Army."

    Brian Dosa, Fort Hood director of Public Works, said the solar farm on Fort Hood will consist of over 63,000 solar panels covering an area of 132 acres of installation land.

    "Maybe a different way to look at that is that's equivalent to about 10 football fields with end zones of solar panels," Dosa said.

    According to Mark Goodwin, president and chief operating officer, Apex Clean energy, the off-site wind turbine farm will be located in Floyd County, Texas. He explained how this off-post location could provide the power to Fort Hood.

    "We have approximately 20 turbines and they are on a collection string that connects into an interconnection substation and then that connects to the grid," Goodwin said, "and then we have a partner utility that that will take the power from the wind farm and deliver it to the base. So, it is putting power onto the grid and then what Fort Hood is doing, they are reaping the benefit as a big savings in what they are paying now …"

    Goodwin said the upstart capital of the project will be $100 million, but Hammack said there are more benefits from the project than simply saving tax-payer money over the course of the contract.

    "What we want to do is make sure we're utilizing all the resources that are available," Hammack said. "We want to make sure that the fossil fuels that we do use are used for our mobility, where you have fewer choices. We have choices in the energy used to power our installations."

    Rep. John Carter, Texas 31st Congressional District congressman, agreed there are more added benefits to the venture.

    "Using renewables makes sense on … military posts throughout the country," Carter said. "More importantly, and what we're all about here at Fort Hood, it frees up money to be able to make better Soldiers here on Fort Hood. So, if it's cheaper energy, it gives us more money in our pockets to spend on training up the best warriors in world."

    Hammack noted that the federal government is the largest energy user in the U.S., and that the Army is the largest facility energy user. She added that the future looks bright with many more projects similar to this one to launch Armywide.

    "Last year, [the Army's energy bill] cost us $1.3 billion, and when we look at this project here that is going to save money across the term of the contract for the Army, that is money that we can put elsewhere, to critical missions, and that's important to us," Hammack said. "I'm proud of the work we've done so far and I look forward to the Army continuing to lead by example in energy efficiency and in renewable energy projects."

  • VIDEO UPDATE: Broll from today's event is available at the Defense Visual & Image Distribution System http://rdd.me/l8yym1xn. You must register to get the broadcast quality link but there is no cost associated.

    Photos and full story will follow soon.

    *************************

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in coordination with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood, will hold a groundbreaking event here at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 on West Fort Hood.

    The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), will speak at the event on behalf of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood.

    Once complete, this large-scale hybrid solar and wind renewable energy project will produce 65 megawatts of alternating current with a projected cost avoidance of at least $168 million in energy costs over the next few decades here.

    This is the Army's first hybrid renewable energy project that includes both off- and on-post power generation. It is also the largest single renewable energy project to date. Once complete, the project will provide Fort Hood with an on-site solar system providing 15 megawatts AC and the remaining energy coming from a 50 megawatt off-site wind facility.

    The Army is committed to partnering with industry and utilities on renewable energy projects that will strengthen energy security and sustainability at our installations and the surrounding communities.

    This project brings the Army closer to the Defense Department's commitment to clean energy with the promise to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025.

    Immediately following the event, a media availability with representatives from the primary organizations associated with this project will be held at the groundbreaking site.

    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Montague Youth Center, Bldg. 70020, Clement Dr., Fort Hood.

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony should register here. On Jan. 28, media should meet Fort Hood Public Affairs at the Fort Hood visitor's center south side parking lot at 9 a.m.

    For more information on U.S. Army energy initiatives, visit the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) Web site at www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/oei. The OEI was established by the Secretary of the Army in September 2011 to serve as the central management office for partnering with U.S. Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, 10 megawatts or greater, leveraging private sector financing. The OEI public affairs office can be reached at (703) 601-1137.

    For more information on Defense Logistics Agency Energy, visit the DLA Energy Web site at www.dla.mil/energy.aspx. Defense Logistics Agency Energy provides the Department of Defense and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The DLA Energy public affairs office can be reached at (703) 767-5042.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program will host a Mega Job Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Club Hood.

    Slightly less than 200 employers who are looking to add military veterans to their work force will be in attendance. The 2016 SFL-TAP Mega Job Fair is also supported by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and the Texas Veterans Commission.

    Media who would like to cover this event should register here. On Jan. 26, media attending should meet at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor’s center at 10:45 a.m.

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  • By DLA Energy Public Affairs
    Fort Belvoir, Virginia

    http://www.dla.mil/AboutDLA/News/NewsArticleView/tabid/20183/Article/643668/dla-energy-awards-armys-first-hybrid-renewable-energy-contract.aspx

    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia -- The Army’s energy needs are getting another boost thanks to a first-ever hybrid solar and wind energy contract with projected savings of at least $168 million in energy costs over the next few decades at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Working with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood, Defense Logistics Agency Energy awarded the contract Jan. 15.

    "This project demonstrates that renewable energy can both decrease costs and increase the security and resiliency of our installations," said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army Energy and Sustainability.

    Once complete, the project will provide Fort Hood with 65 megawatts alternating current, with the on-site solar system providing 15 megawatts AC and the remaining energy coming from a 50 megawatt off-site wind facility.

    The firm-fixed price contract for renewable energy is lower than the projected prices for conventional energy and will provide Fort Hood with greater budget stability for electricity over the 28-year delivery period. 

    This is DLA Energy’s third contract award in the last 15 months supporting the Army in its integration of large scale renewable energy generation.

    Prior to the Fort Hood contract, DLA Energy awarded renewable energy projects on behalf of the Army to tie into 28 megawatts of on-site biomass energy at Fort Drum, New York, and 15 megawatts of on-site solar energy at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

    “These efforts continue to expand our knowledge and the depth and breadth of our program,” said Pam Griffith, director of DLA Energy Installation Energy.

    DLA Energy procures more than $400 million annually in electricity and renewable energy in support of Defense Department installations; however, this is DLA Energy’s first contract that includes provisioning and purchasing electricity from newly constructed on and off-site generation assets using two different renewable energy technologies.

    Since solar and wind are intermittent resources, the deal also includes the purchase of electricity from conventional resources to supplement the renewable energy to ensure Fort Hood’s full electricity demand is satisfied, Griffith said.

    “We are very pleased with the recent award of a large scale renewable energy contract as it will allow Fort Hood to utilize sun and wind resources to generate nearly half of our electricity needs over the course of a year, at a cost lower than we are paying now,” said Army Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood U.S. Army Garrison commander.

    “The 30-year power purchase agreement will lock in these low rates for energy generated from an on-post solar field and wind turbines located in the panhandle of Texas,” Fox said. “We appreciate the hard work and support from the Office of Energy Initiatives, the Corps of Engineers and the Defense Logistics Agency [Energy] who worked with our Garrison staff for more than two years to plan and coordinate this project.”

    In addition to the Army efforts, DLA Energy is also engaged in the acquisition of on and off-site projects supporting various Air Force and Naval facilities located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.   

    “We are focused on delivering solutions that support our warfighters and their mission,” Griffith said. “These projects help improve the sustainability and security of our installations at affordable rates.”

    The Fort Hood project team included representatives from DLA Energy, the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, the Fort Hood Department of Public Works and Environmental Offices and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Headquarters and Fort Worth district offices.

    “We worked diligently with the project team on completing this complex acquisition and are excited to finally reach contract award,” said Andrea Kincaid, chief of DLA Energy Installation Energy’s Renewable Energy team. “Representatives from the serving utility [company] were also integral to the project effort.”

    This project brings the Army closer to President Barack Obama’s announcement of DoD’s commitment to clean energy with the promise to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025.

    A groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Hood is scheduled for Jan. 28.

    As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 88 percent of the military’s spare parts.

    Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, DLA has about 26,000 employees worldwide and supports more than 2,430 weapon systems. For more information about DLA, go to www.dla.mil, www.facebook.com/dla.mil or http://twitter.com/dlamil.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps and Fort Hood will observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday during an event hosted by the 36th Engineer Brigade and the III Corps Equal Opportunity office at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Phantom Warrior Center.

    The event will honor Dr. King's lasting contributions to the civil rights movement and his dedication to inspiring hundreds of thousands of Americans to embrace racial equality in America.

    The guest speaker will be TaNeika N. Driver-Moultrie, community engagement coordinator for the city of Killeen and president of the Killeen branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    Driver-Moultrie is a prominent member of the community and dedicates much of her time to organizing and supporting local non-profit organizations in the Greater Central Texas Area. In addition, she mentors young teens, volunteers for HEB Feast of Sharing, and sits on the board of the Back 2 School Rally & Symposium to help raise scholarship funds for local students in need.

    Media who are interested in covering this story should register here. On Jan. 20, media should meet public affairs in the south-side parking lot of the visitors' center at 1 p.m.


     

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  • January 6, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Devin Lee Schuette

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Jan. 3 at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Devin Lee Schuette, 35, whose home of record is listed as Clovis, New Mexico, entered active-duty military service in May 1999 as an infantryman. In July 2007, he became an intelligence analyst and was assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since March 2013.

    Schuette deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to March 2004, November 2005 to October 2006 and from June 2008 to June 2009.

    Schuette’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, one Army Achievement Medal, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge with Distinguished Service-Bronze Service Star and Parachutist Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.

  • January 4, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Specialist Victor Badilloalvarez

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Dec. 27 from injuries suffered during an altercation in Kissimmee, Florida.

    Spc. Victor Badilloalvarez, 26, whose home of record is listed as Moca, Puerto Rico, entered active-duty military service in January 2012 as an ammunition specialist. 

    He was assigned to 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since November 2013.

    Badilloalvarez deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2014 to November 2014.

    Badilloalvarez’s awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.

    Circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

     

  • "On behalf of the Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians, and Families of III Corps and Fort Hood, I want to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Laird, known throughout Central Texas as "The Hug Lady."  She has long been associated with Fort Hood for her dedication, support, and genuine care for our Soldiers, Families and Civilian employees.  For more than a decade, she has been personally saying farewell to our troops as they deploy and greeting them as they return.  It is with heavy hearts that we express our gratitude for Elizabeth, not only for her service with the U.S. Air Force, but also in recognition of her tireless efforts to show her appreciation for our Soldiers and her recognition of their many sacrifices.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones; she will be deeply missed."

    -- Col. Christopher C. Garver, III Corps Public Affairs Officer

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind located on a major military installation, was established here by Honorable Judge Jeffrey Manske under an agreement between the U.S. Attorney and Chief of Pretrial Services for the Western District of Texas, along with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dec. 11.

    The Veterans Treatment Court at Fort Hood also known as "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment Support" or "VETS Court" will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions, according to a press release.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind located on a major military installation, was established here by Honorable Judge Jeffrey Manske under an agreement between the U.S. Attorney and Chief of Pretrial Services for the Western District of Texas, along with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dec. 11.

    The Veterans Treatment Court at Fort Hood also known as "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment Support" or "VETS Court" will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions, according to a press release.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Baylor men's basketball took on Hardin-Simmons University at Abrams Physical Fitness Center here, Dec. 16, in front of a crowd of 2,000 Soldiers and military Families.

    The nationally-ranked No. 16 Bears (8-1) out of Waco took down the Cowboys (6-5) from Abilene, 104-59. But for the participants, the game meant much more than the final score.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Baylor men's basketball took on Hardin-Simmons University at Abrams Physical Fitness Center here, Dec. 16, in front of a crowd of 2,000 Soldiers and military Families.

    The nationally-ranked No. 16 Bears (8-1) out of Waco took down the Cowboys (6-5) from Abilene, 104-59. But for the participants, the game meant much more than the final score.

  • FORT HOOD, TEXAS - Beginning next month, qualified veterans charged with committing misdemeanors while on Fort Hood will be eligible to participate in a pilot program designed to provide an alternative to a federal conviction.

    The Fort Hood Federal Veterans Treatment Court, "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support" or "VETS," will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    This initiative will be supervised by United States District Court Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. and run by United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske with the support of United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. for the Western District of Texas.

    This new program at Fort Hood is believed to be the first of its kind on a U.S. Army installation.  It will provide a defendant-veteran whose deployments led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress manifesting in substance abuse which results in a DWI/DUI the opportunity to avoid a federal conviction for that offense if he or she completes a 12-18 month treatment and supervision program with the Veterans Affairs and the Court.

    VETS requires enrollees to engage in intensive multi-stage professional counseling and treatment for issues involving substance abuse, mental health, disability, finances, and other difficulties, including those related to their military service.  They must also abide by strict rules of conduct, follow rigorous treatment plans, and attend mandatory scheduled hearings before Judge Manske.

    The treatment court model also builds upon the Department of Justice 'Smart on Crime' initiative to bolster prevention and reentry efforts to deter crime and reduce recidivism

    "This initiative, directed at veterans, will serve justice by directing them to available resources.  We especially hope to provide alternatives for criminal conviction for veterans whose military service may have contributed to their current conditions and conduct," stated United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.  "We hope this program will lead the way for similar initiatives to develop in other federal jurisdictions near major military bases where veterans congregate."

    VETS is a joint partnership carried out by the United States District Court, United States Attorney's Office, and Pretrial Services Office for the Western District of Texas, the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army III Corps and Fort Hood, and the Military Veteran Peer Network operating with "Bring Everyone in the Zone."

    The initiative was inspired by examples of similar programs in state jurisdictions and the Department of Justice.  More than 160 of these courts exist in state and federal jurisdictions nationwide.

    A media availability is scheduled for noon Dec. 11 at the Maj. Gen. Williams Judicial Center on Fort Hood. News outlets will be able to interview subject matter experts and acquire photos and video of the court.

    Media outlets desiring to attend must register here.  Registered media should meet at the Fort Hood visitors' center south-side parking lot by 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 for an escort to the Court.

     

  • December 8, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Specialist Eric Robert Moses

    Specialist Eric Moses

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Dec. 3 from injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Eric Robert Moses, 21, whose home of record is listed as Wareham, Massachusetts, entered active-duty military service in October 2013 as an infantryman.

    He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since February 2014.

    Moses’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services will be formally recognized for its Outstanding Crime Prevention Program during an award ceremony hosted by the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association at 11 a.m. Dec 9 in the Morelia Mexican Grill restaurant in Round Rock.

    Fort Hood was nominated by fellow officers and members of the Central Texas community for its support of crime prevention programs at Fort Hood and its neighboring communities in the Central Texas region.

    In 2015, Fort Hood’s military and civilian police officers resolved more than 900 warrants with a 98 percent apprehension rate of fugitives. Fort Hood resolved these warrants at the lowest level, with fewer than three percent of those apprehensions resulting in incarcerations.

    Media interested in covering this event, should register here.

  • November 30, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Specialist Kayleb Richardlee Harp

    Specialist Kayleb Richardlee Harp

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 25 from injuries suffered from a motor vehicle accident in Bee Cave, Texas.

    Spc. Kayleb Richardlee Harp, 24, whose home of record is listed as Colorado Springs, Colorado, entered active-duty military service in June 2012 as a combat medic.

    He was assigned to 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since January 2013.

    Harp’s awards and decorations include Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.

     

  • UPDATE: November 24, 2015, 2:47:00 PM CST

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement:

    "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is under investigation and the names of the deceased will be released after the families have been notified. I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the Families and friends of the Soldiers involved in yesterday's crash."

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    DATE: November 24, 2015 12:18:57 AM CST

    FORT HOOD, Texas - A UH-60L helicopter aircraft with four crew members crashed sometime after 5:49 p.m. Nov. 23 in the northeast portion on the Fort Hood Range.

    After an extensive search, emergency crews located the scene of the incident and are reporting the four crew members found deceased.

    The crew was assigned to Division West, First Army. They were on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.

    The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. A board will be assigned to investigate the incident.

    The names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin notification.

    As more information becomes available, it will be released here on the Fort Hood Press Center.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas --  The Army chief of staff spoke to Fort Hood troops, witnessed a live-fire demonstration and met with senior leaders Nov. 23 during his visit to the post. 

    Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, addresses Soldiers assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during a visit to Fort Hood. Milley spoke about the state of the Army and the importance readiness plays in the role of mission success during his visit.

    20151123-VH456-A-065 – Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, addresses Soldiers assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during a visit to Fort Hood. Milley spoke about the state of the Army and the importance readiness plays in the role of mission success during his visit. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra, 1st Cav. Div. public affairs)

    Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, looks down at a sand table as Capt. Joseph Guerrero, 3rd Regiment Support Squadron plans officer, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, conducts a range and operations orientation at a range at Fort Hood. Milley saw a platoon conduct a convoy live-fire exercise during his visit and handed out coins to stellar Soldiers identified by their leadership.

    20151123-VH456-A-055 – Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, looks down at a sand table as Capt. Joseph Guerrero, 3rd Regiment Support Squadron plans officer, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, conducts a range and operations orientation at the Fort Hood range. Milley also saw a platoon conduct a convoy live-fire exercise during his visit and handed out coins to stellar Soldiers identified by their leadership. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra, 1st Cav. Div. public affairs)

    Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, hands Spc. Trey A. Campagna, driver assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, after leadership identified him as a top Soldier. Milley observed the unit conduct a convoy live-fire exercise before speaking to the unit about readiness and how it shapes the Army for success.

    20151123-VH456-075 – Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, hands a coin to Spc. Trey A. Campagna, driver assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, after leadership identified him as a top Soldier. Milley observed the unit conduct a convoy live-fire exercise before speaking to the unit about readiness and how it shapes the Army for success. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra, 1st Cav. Div. public affairs)

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps and Fort Hood will host a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 1 at III Corps Headquarters here.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, will preside over the ceremony.

    Guests will be invited to sing along to traditional holiday songs. Music will be provided by the Fort Hood Housing Children’s Choir, Patterson Middle School Choir and 1st Cavalry Division Band.

    Following the tree lighting, Families will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa in the east atrium. Food and beverages donated by local businesses will be served in the west atrium.

    The tree will be on display until Jan. 6.

    Media who plan to cover the ceremony must register here. The gate time for the event is 4:30 p.m. Media should report to the south-side parking lot of the visitor's center.

     

     

  • November 19, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Wilkerson

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of apparent natural causes in his on-post residence Nov. 15.

    Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Wilkerson, 37, whose home of record is listed as Albuquerque, New Mexico, entered active-duty military service in September 1997 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since April 2011.

    Wilkerson deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor from April 2000 to October 2000, to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to March 2004 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February 2005 to February 2006.

    Wilkerson’s awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Baylor University's Head Basketball Coach Scott Drew and Fort Hood's Garrison Commander Col. Todd Fox will host a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Nov.18 on Fort Hood announcing Baylor's decision to host a regular season men's basketball game between Baylor University and Hardin-Simmons University (D-III) at Abrams Physical Fitness Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Media interested in participating in the press conference should register here. On the Nov. 18, media should meet Fort Hood public affairs escorts at 9 a.m. in the south-side parking lot of the visitor's center at Fort Hood's main gate.

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    Proudly wearing yellow t-shirts and sporting yellow wristbands emblazoned with the phrase, #ConnorStrong, a Texas community has rallied behind a 5-year-old boy battling cancer for the third time. Although the boy’s Family is new to Fort Hood and central Texas, the support shown in their honor has been uplifting and life-changing.

    Proudly wearing yellow t-shirts and sporting yellow wristbands emblazoned with the phrase, #ConnorStrong, a Texas community has rallied behind a 5-year-old boy battling cancer for the third time. Although the boy’s Family is new to Fort Hood and central Texas, the support shown in their honor has been uplifting and life-changing.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Budweiser Clydesdale horses will be trotting through Fort Hood for two appearances.

    They can be seen from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the III Corps Express Shoppette and from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 21 in front of the main Army and Air Force Exchange Service shopping center.

    Shoppers and visitors will have a chance to see the horses up-close. Photo opportunities will be available.

    The Budweiser Clydesdales, representatives of Anheuser-Busch for more than 70 years, are on the road at least 10 months every year for appearances around the country.

    The Exchange goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here. 

    Media are invited to cover the event on Friday, Nov. 20. They should meet Fort Hood public affairs media escorts at 2:30 p.m. in the south-side parking lot of the visitors center at Fort Hood's main gate.

  • November 12, 2015 BLORA welcomes 19th season of Nature in Lights Drive through 5.5 miles of holiday light displays

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- For the 19th consecutive season, Fort Hood officials have transformed the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area into a “Winter Wonderland."  Participants of the "Nature in Lights XVII: A Holiday Tradition" display will enjoy more than 115 illuminated, animated LED light displays choreographed to holiday music from 5:30-11 p.m. Nov. 13-Jan. 3. 

    The 5.5 miles of holiday-inspired scenes are open to the public. Gate fees are:

    • Car, mini-van and pick-up - $8
    • Limos, RV & 15 – passenger van - $20
    • 24 – passenger van - $35
    • 47 – passenger van or larger bus - $60

    Santa’s Village offers hot chocolate, homemade cookies, seasonal crafts and a photo with Santa from 5:30–11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Nov. 19-Dec. 13 and from Dec. 17-24. 

    At Santa's Depot, located in the parking lot of the Marina Cove, parents and children can ride a train through a special trail of lights not seen by vehicular drivers. Santa's Depot is open from 5:30–11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Nov. 19-Dec. 13 and from Dec. 17-27.

    The cost for Santa's Depot is $5 per adult or $3 per child, ages 11 and under (lap children, determined by the vendor, ride free).

    Also on-site are pony rides for $5, a petting zoo, concessions under the stars and holiday cartoons on Nov. 14, 21 and 28; and again on Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

    There will be a "Spoke Night" as well at 6 p.m. Jan. 5. Riders should enter the park on the main Cottage Road entrance. The full trail of lights is $3 per motorcycle. There will also be $3 per person train rides, limited to the first 30 passengers.

    The park is open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. While supplies last, each vehicle will receive a Nature in Lights Christmas Ornament on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

    Restroom facilities are outlined in green lights for easy recognition.


    DIRECTIONS:

    Fort Hood:
    Clear Creek Road or Hood Road to Old Ironsides Avenue
    Turn right on to Old Ironsides Avenue
    Turn left on to Martin Drive/East Range Road
    Turn right on to North Nolan Road, go 9 miles
    Turn left on Cottage Road

    Killeen/Copperas Cove:
    Hwy 190 to WS Young north to Rancier Avenue
    Turn right on to Rancier Avenue/Hwy 439
    Turn left on Sparta Road
    Turn right on Cottage Road

    Temple/Belton:
    Interstate 35 exit Hwy West
    Exit Loop 121 North
    Turn left to Sparta Road
    Turn right to Cottage Road

    For more details & directions, (254) 287-2523.

     

    About Fort Hood Family and MWR

    The Fort Hood Family and MWR supports the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. The “Great Place” is home to over 383,000 military personnel, Family members, retirees and civilian employees.  Family and MWR enhances quality of life by providing numerous recreation and services designed to equal those available to their civilian counterparts, which encourages growth and a feeling of self-reliance within the military community.

  • November 9, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Cecelia Devonna Shannon

    Spc. Cecilia Shannon

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive from an apparent gunshot wound Nov. 4 at her off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Spc. Cecelia Devonna Shannon was pronounced deceased 11:25 a.m. Nov. 5 by Dr. David Anderson of Baylor Scott & White Hospital, Temple, Texas.

    Shannon, 22, whose home of record is listed as Huntsville, Alabama, entered active-duty service in October 2012 as a horizontal construction engineer. She was assigned to 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, since November 2014.

    Shannon's awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  •  More than 1,000 soldiers, family members and elelmentary school children participated in a fun walk at the III Corps Sadowski Field at Fort Hood, Texas, at 9 a.m. Nov. 1. Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood public affairs.

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Nearly 1,000 Soldiers and their family members participated in Fort Hood’s two-mile family fun walk in celebration of Military Family Appreciation Month, an observance that was created more than a decade ago to recognize the sacrifices made by service members and their families.

    The event drew ten times the number of people expected, demonstrating commitment and support from the local community at Fort Hood, according to event organizer David Gretch of Army Community Service Soldier Family Readiness Branch.

    Participants included approximately 850 Soldiers, family members and dozens of school-age children bused in from Meadows Elementary School here. Also in attendance were representatives from various family organizations, the United Service Organizations and military family counselors.

    The 1st Cavalry Division Band performed and USO provided beverages and cake for event participants.

    Fort Hood’s ACS will continue to host more activities this month that will celebrate local families and focus on family resilience and wellbeing.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Fisher House will host their 2nd Annual Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll from 7-10 a.m. Oct. 31 here.

    This event honors every fallen service member who was killed in action since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks along with other service members whose families requested their loved one be included in the display which includes a boot and a photo identification tag for each of the more than 7,000 service members.

    The event starts on Sadowski Field by the III Corps Headquarters. There will be more than 7,000 boots lining the route. All participants are encouraged to be on base by 6:30 a.m. because of high traffic volume. Parking will be available in the III Corps parking lot.

    The official welcome and military honors will begin at 7-7:30 a.m. Immediately afterwards, the motorcycle riders will lead off the run followed by wounded warriors (hand bikes and wheelchairs), military units in formation, and the rest of the participants.

    There is no cost for this event and it is open to the public. As this event is being held on a military installation, all non-military ID card holders are subject to search per base regulations. All non-identification card holders must visit the main Fort Hood visitor’s center located at the T.J. Mills exit from now until Oct. 31 to get a pass that will be valid for the day of the event.

    Any riders wishing to participate in a motorcycle escort are welcome to join as long as they have proper personal protective equipment as required by base regulations.

    There is no cost to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ft-hood-fisher-house-hero-remembrance-run-walk-or-roll-2015-registration-18059865544.

    Once the event is complete, the boots will be reassembled by volunteers in front of the III Corps Headquarters field and stay on display through Veteran’s Day. This is to allow the community an opportunity to look through the boots to find the names and pictures of loved ones who paid the ultimate price.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. On Oct. 31 the gate time is 6:15 a.m. Media should meet in the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

     

    About the Fort Hood Fisher House
    The Fisher House is located across from the Santa Fe Gate in front of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for veterans and military families of patients receiving treatment at military medical centers. The Fort Hood Fisher House is one of 65 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 24 Veterans Affairs medical centers across the nation. The Fort Hood Fisher House has seven suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, dining room and living room. For more information on Fort Hood's Fisher House, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/fthood.fisherhouse. Since inception, the Fisher House program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $235 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

  • October 8, 2015 CID warns public, seeks assistance in attempted child abduction case United States Army Criminal Investigation Command

    Media contact: CID Public Affairs Office at 571-305-4041

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    Law Enforcement Sketch Artist Depiction

    QUANTICO, Virginia, Oct. 7, 2015 --The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, is warning the Fort Hood community and encouraging anyone with information about a recent kidnapping attempt on Fort Hood, Texas, to immediately contact law enforcement.

    The attempted abduction of a Soldier’s minor child occurred on Oct. 1, between 5-6 p.m. in the Montague Village on-post housing area on Fort Hood.The suspect is described as a 30-40 year-old-male, possibly of Hispanic descent,   approximately 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, dark hair (possibly brown) and brown eyes (see artist depiction above).

    The suspect was seen driving a white panel maintenance van which contained no roof rack for holding pipes or ladders, etc.

    Anyone with information regarding this case should immediately contact the Fort Hood CID Office at (254) 287-2722 or call the Fort Hood Military Police at (254) 287-4001. Persons can also email CID Crime Tips at: usarmy.belvoir.usacidc.mail.crime-tips@mail.mil or call 1-844-ARMY-CID.

    Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident and alerts have been shared with all area law enforcement agencies along with the FBI.

    Parents are encouraged to  be extra vigilant in the care of their children and immediately report any suspicious activity in their area to the Military Police.    

    Individuals wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will also be held in the strictest confidence allowable under the law.

    No additional information is being released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services will host a fire prevention hands-on event as part of Fire Prevention Week at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School here.

    More than 320 elementary students will be able to interact with Fort Hood fire fighters and learn about fire safety and prevention.

    Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, 1871, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.

    Media who are interested in covering this event should register here. On Oct. 8, media should meet Fort Hood public affairs at 9:30 a.m. at the south side visitors parking lot.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- U.S. Army Operational Test Command will host its 22nd annual Operational Testers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at their headquarters building located on West Fort Hood.

    The Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in October 1994, has served to honor Soldiers and civilians who have been recognized for their commitment in putting the best possible equipment and systems into the hands of Soldiers in both training and combat conditions.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here.

    On the day of the event, media should meet in the south-side parking lot of the Visitors Welcome Center at Fort Hood's main gate at 9:00 a.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood Family Housing along with Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services and the 89th Military Police Brigade will host its annual National Night Out Celebration 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fort Hood Stadium with a Superhero theme.

    The event is open to everyone who lives on Fort Hood including those living in the barracks.

    At NNO 2015, Families and Soldiers will find fun for all ages including live entertainment, free pizza, K-9 demonstrations, 3-on-3 basketball with MP's, superhero stations, bumper balls, hamster ball track, quad bungee jump, rock climbing wall, line-dance lessons, Spiderman wall, Games 2 U game truck, face painting, and balloon twisting. There will be special appearances from McGruff the Crime Dog, the National Knight, super heroes and Billy the Bad Guy.

    The NNO block party winner will be announced during the event and presented with the National Night Out trophy.

    "We are excited to host our annual NNO celebration on October 6," Mack Quinney, project director for Fort Hood Family Housing, said. "As you might know, Fort Hood Family Housing has won the NNO Military Participation Award for the last five years and this year's celebration promises to be a great success and a wonderful opportunity for all residents to get out and get to know each other."

    Joining Fort Hood Family Housing in taking a stand against crime will be Fort Hood Police, 89th MP BDE, Fort Hood Fire Department, Fort Hood Family Advocacy, Army & Air Force Exchange, USO, Texas 4H Military, and Fort Hood housing partners.

    For more information, please visit the Fort Hood Family Housing Web site at www.forthoodfh.com.

    This nationwide NNO celebration is geared toward heightening crime prevention awareness and strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships while sending a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are fighting back. 

    Media who are interested in covering this event should register here. On the night of the event, media should meet Fort Hood public affairs at the Clear Creek Shoppette parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

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    The crowd cheered and music played as each performer took to the stage and gave their all for a chance at the title of best Army singer and a big prize.

    Six Soldiers competed for the opportunity to be the top singer on the installation during the Operation Rising Star 2015 singing contest, at the Phantom Warrior Center on Fort Hood, Friday.

    “Operation Rising Star is a competition that allows Soldiers and active duty Family members to publicly showcase their talents that otherwise would not be made known to other service members,” said Norma Hernandez, the special events coordinator.

    The crowd cheered and music played as each performer took to the stage and gave their all for a chance at the title of best Army singer and a big prize.

    Six Soldiers competed for the opportunity to be the top singer on the installation during the Operation Rising Star 2015 singing contest, at the Phantom Warrior Center on Fort Hood, Friday.

    “Operation Rising Star is a competition that allows Soldiers and active duty Family members to publicly showcase their talents that otherwise would not be made known to other service members,” said Norma Hernandez, the special events coordinator.

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    Fort Hood Family Housing in partnership with the Directorate of Emergency Services has announced its participation with the National Association of Town Watch in the 32nd annual National Night Out program. 

    According to National Association of Town Watch, last year’s event was the largest ever that involved more than 37 million people in 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. 

    Fort Hood Family Housing in partnership with the Directorate of Emergency Services has announced its participation with the National Association of Town Watch in the 32nd annual National Night Out program. 

    According to National Association of Town Watch, last year’s event was the largest ever that involved more than 37 million people in 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. 

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    An Air Cavalry trooper placed second in Fort Hood’s garrison-level Operation Rising Star singing competition Saturday at the Backbone NCO Lounge. 

    Spc. Aurielle Polynice, an unmanned aircraft systems operator with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, took runner-up, and said she’s been singing since she was in the first grade when she joined her school choir. 

    An Air Cavalry trooper placed second in Fort Hood’s garrison-level Operation Rising Star singing competition Saturday at the Backbone NCO Lounge. 

    Spc. Aurielle Polynice, an unmanned aircraft systems operator with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, took runner-up, and said she’s been singing since she was in the first grade when she joined her school choir. 

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    Celebrate the state’s heritage throughout October during Texas Archeology Month. The Fort Hood Cultural Resource Management Office is hosting a free archaeology open house through Oct. 31 and an archaeology fair on Oct. 8 at Texas A&M University Central Texas. 

    The open house features artifacts that date back to 10,000 years ago and interpretive displays about the discipline of archaeology itself.

    Celebrate the state’s heritage throughout October during Texas Archeology Month. The Fort Hood Cultural Resource Management Office is hosting a free archaeology open house through Oct. 31 and an archaeology fair on Oct. 8 at Texas A&M University Central Texas. 

    The open house features artifacts that date back to 10,000 years ago and interpretive displays about the discipline of archaeology itself.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood leadership and Army & Air Force Exchange headquarters officials will unveil a 270,000-square-foot Clear Creek Post Exchange Shopping Center at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside Building 4250, Clear Creek Blvd., here.

    The $47 million shopping center includes a main exchange, a mall with 10 new concessions and a food court with six new restaurants. This is Fort Hood's first new shopping center in nearly 20 years.

    Inside the main store, military shoppers will find numerous name-brand "concept shops" including a special BE FIT section stocked with name-brand athletic wear for men and women. The food court features national brand restaurants.

    In addition to concessionaires, the mall also features a dentist office, pharmacy and optometry center.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here. Media will be able to interview AAFES Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate following the ceremony. On the day of the event, media should meet in the southside parking lot of the visitors' center at 8:45 a.m.

    Comments during the ceremony will be made by AAFES Director and CEO Tom Shull and Col. Joseph P. Mcgee, 1st Cavalry Division deputy commander for support. AAFES Deputy Director Mike Immler will also be in attendance.

    For specific questions on AAFES programs, media should contact Julie Mitchell at mitchelljul@aafes.com.

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    SOUTHWEST ASIA - Adding to its storied history and legacy, III Corps unfurled its colors once again in the Middle East and assumed responsibility of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve during a transfer of authority ceremony held at the CJTF-OIR headquarters Saturday.

    SOUTHWEST ASIA - Adding to its storied history and legacy, III Corps unfurled its colors once again in the Middle East and assumed responsibility of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve during a transfer of authority ceremony held at the CJTF-OIR headquarters Saturday.

  • September 9, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Thomas James Reyes

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Sept. 7 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Thomas James Reyes, 28, whose home of record is Bronx, New York, entered active-duty military service in April 2007 as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Company, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since February.

    Reyes deployed in support of  Afghanistan operations  from December 2008 to December 2009, from March 2011 to March 2012 and from June 2014 to February 2015.

    Reyes's awards and decorations include the four Army Commendation Medals,  Army Achievement Medal,  two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.

     

     

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps and Fort Hood was shocked and saddened to learn this morning of the untimely passing of Mr. Ron Taylor, Fort Hood Good Neighbor and president of the Association of the United States Army's 4th Region.  Taylor retired from the Army as a sergeant 1st class in 1999.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron's family and loved ones today," said Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander.  "Ron was always a good neighbor to Fort Hood in every sense of the word and a good friend to and supporter of our Soldiers and their families.  He will be missed."

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    Fort Hood officials kicked off Suicide Prevention Month Tuesday, which runs through the end of September.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps deputy commander – operations, signed a proclamation Tuesday at the III Corps Headquarters, recognizing the importance of suicide prevention in the Army ranks.

    Fort Hood officials kicked off Suicide Prevention Month Tuesday, which runs through the end of September.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps deputy commander – operations, signed a proclamation Tuesday at the III Corps Headquarters, recognizing the importance of suicide prevention in the Army ranks.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps commander, and III Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith will case the III Corps colors at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the III Corps flag pole signifying the beginning of the unit’s year-long deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

    The command will serve as the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.

    The command also will lead a regional campaign of coalition and international partners synchronizing military activities against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

    Media interested in covering the event should register here no later than noon Aug. 31.

    Gate time for the event is 3:45 p.m. Aug. 31 at the South side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

  • August 27, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Carlo Cassavettis Westbrook

    Spc. Carlo Cassavettis Westbrook

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Aug. 21 from injuries suffered in automobile accident in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Carlo Cassavettis Westbrook, 21, whose home of record is listed as Malvern, Arkansas, entered active-duty service in October 2012 as motor transport operator. He was assigned to Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, since July 2015.

    Westbrook's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this accident are under investigation.

    There was no photo available at press time. If one becomes available, this release will be updated.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - The Operational Test Command will hold an assumption of command ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 19 at OTC Headquarters on West Fort Hood.  Brig. Gen. Kenneth L. Kamper will assume command of OTC. 

    Mr. Robert Miele, OTC's Executive Director and member of the Senior Executive Service, assumed responsibility of OTC after Brig. Gen Scott Spellmon departed to his new duty station in late June. 

    Kamper last served as the chief of staff, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. 

    Media interested in covering the event should register here no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 18.

    Gate time for the event is 8:15 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

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