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  • August 31, 2016 Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation Signing

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps deputy commander, will sign a proclamation marking the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month 9 a.m. Sept. 1 at the III Corps Headquarters West Atrium here.

    The theme for the 2016 prevention campaign is "Be There". Be there for your Friends. Be there fore your Family. Be there for your self. The proclamation signing is the kick off for implementing actions to create a suicide safer community.

    Media wishing to attend the event should register here. On Sept. 1, media covering the event should meet public affairs at the south-side parking lot of the visitor’s center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

  • August 23, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Keith Pinckney

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Aug. 17 from a long-term illness at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Keith Pinckney, 48, whose home of record is listed as Harker Heights, Texas, entered active-duty service in August 1989 and attended Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2003. He was last assigned to the 11th Military Police Battalion, Criminal Investigation Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since August 2014.

    Pinckney deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2004 to November 2005 and from July 2008 to July 2009.

    Pinckney's awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, eight Overseas Service Medals and NATO Medal.

    There is currently no photo available. If one becomes available, this release will be updated at www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Joint Task Force Civil Support will host a media open house beginning at 10 p.m. Aug. 25 at North Fort Hood during Exercise Sudden Response 16, a domestic disaster response training exercise involving more than 2,000 active-duty military personnel from Fort Hood and across the country.

    Media will observe and interview military units training to support local and state authorities in such life-saving activities as urban search and rescue, triage and mass casualty decontamination.  The units involved are specially trained and equipped to respond to complex disasters involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. These activities are scheduled during overnight hours to minimize heat-related training risks and ensure units' readiness to provide around-the-clock emergency support. 

    JTF Civil Support anticipates, plans, and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response operations. When directed, JTF-CS deploys within 24 hours of notification to command and control Department of Defense forces in support of civil authority response operations in order to save lives, prevent further injury, and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery. 

    Media desiring to cover the event must register here by 5 p.m. Aug. 25.  Gate time for the media is 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the North Fort Hood Gate (intersection of Texas Highway 36 and 18th Street in Gatesville, TX).  Media coverage will be complete by 2 a.m.

  • August 22, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Dion Shannon Servant
    Spc. Dion Shannon Servant, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive Aug. 19 in his barracks room on Fort Hood, Texas.

    Spc. Dion Shannon Servant, 24, whose home of record is listed as Maywood, Illinois, entered active-duty service in June 2014 as a petroleum supply specialist. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since December 2014.

    Servant’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - III Corps will uncase its colors at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 at the main flagpole located in front of the III Corps Headquarters.

    Uncasing the III Corps colors signifies the successful completion of III Corps' fourth headquarters deployment to the Middle East in support of operations in the region.

    Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, and III Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith will host the ceremony.

    Prominent members of the Central Texas community are expected to be present to welcome home our III Corps Soldiers.   

    Media wishing to cover this event should register here no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 19. On Aug. 22, media should meet public affairs representative in the visitors center south side parking lot at 10:15 a.m.

  • August 9, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Calvin Wenceslao Aguilar
    Sgt. Calvin Wenceslao Aguilar

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier was found unresponsive Aug. 4 in the Copperas Cove, Texas.

    Sgt. Calvin Wenceslao Aguilar, 32, whose home of record is listed as Hayward, California, entered active-duty service in October 2006 as a working dog handler. He was assigned to 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, since July 2013.

    Aguilar deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2007 to March 2009 and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from January 2012 to January 2013.

    Aguilar's awards and decorations include the three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO medal, combat action badge, parachutist badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • August 3, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater
    Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident Aug. 1 in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater, 24, whose home of record is Albany, Oregon, entered active-duty military service in February 2013 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 154th Composite Truck Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since November 2015.

    Rainwater’s awards and decorations include an Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle.

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  • August 31, 2016 Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation Signing

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps deputy commander, will sign a proclamation marking the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month 9 a.m. Sept. 1 at the III Corps Headquarters West Atrium here.

    The theme for the 2016 prevention campaign is "Be There". Be there for your Friends. Be there fore your Family. Be there for your self. The proclamation signing is the kick off for implementing actions to create a suicide safer community.

    Media wishing to attend the event should register here. On Sept. 1, media covering the event should meet public affairs at the south-side parking lot of the visitor’s center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

  • August 23, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Keith Pinckney

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Aug. 17 from a long-term illness at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Keith Pinckney, 48, whose home of record is listed as Harker Heights, Texas, entered active-duty service in August 1989 and attended Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2003. He was last assigned to the 11th Military Police Battalion, Criminal Investigation Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since August 2014.

    Pinckney deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2004 to November 2005 and from July 2008 to July 2009.

    Pinckney's awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, eight Overseas Service Medals and NATO Medal.

    There is currently no photo available. If one becomes available, this release will be updated at www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Joint Task Force Civil Support will host a media open house beginning at 10 p.m. Aug. 25 at North Fort Hood during Exercise Sudden Response 16, a domestic disaster response training exercise involving more than 2,000 active-duty military personnel from Fort Hood and across the country.

    Media will observe and interview military units training to support local and state authorities in such life-saving activities as urban search and rescue, triage and mass casualty decontamination.  The units involved are specially trained and equipped to respond to complex disasters involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. These activities are scheduled during overnight hours to minimize heat-related training risks and ensure units' readiness to provide around-the-clock emergency support. 

    JTF Civil Support anticipates, plans, and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response operations. When directed, JTF-CS deploys within 24 hours of notification to command and control Department of Defense forces in support of civil authority response operations in order to save lives, prevent further injury, and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery. 

    Media desiring to cover the event must register here by 5 p.m. Aug. 25.  Gate time for the media is 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the North Fort Hood Gate (intersection of Texas Highway 36 and 18th Street in Gatesville, TX).  Media coverage will be complete by 2 a.m.

  • August 22, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Dion Shannon Servant
    Spc. Dion Shannon Servant, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive Aug. 19 in his barracks room on Fort Hood, Texas.

    Spc. Dion Shannon Servant, 24, whose home of record is listed as Maywood, Illinois, entered active-duty service in June 2014 as a petroleum supply specialist. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since December 2014.

    Servant’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - III Corps will uncase its colors at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 at the main flagpole located in front of the III Corps Headquarters.

    Uncasing the III Corps colors signifies the successful completion of III Corps' fourth headquarters deployment to the Middle East in support of operations in the region.

    Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, and III Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith will host the ceremony.

    Prominent members of the Central Texas community are expected to be present to welcome home our III Corps Soldiers.   

    Media wishing to cover this event should register here no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 19. On Aug. 22, media should meet public affairs representative in the visitors center south side parking lot at 10:15 a.m.

  • August 9, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Calvin Wenceslao Aguilar
    Sgt. Calvin Wenceslao Aguilar

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier was found unresponsive Aug. 4 in the Copperas Cove, Texas.

    Sgt. Calvin Wenceslao Aguilar, 32, whose home of record is listed as Hayward, California, entered active-duty service in October 2006 as a working dog handler. He was assigned to 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, since July 2013.

    Aguilar deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2007 to March 2009 and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from January 2012 to January 2013.

    Aguilar's awards and decorations include the three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO medal, combat action badge, parachutist badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • August 3, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater
    Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident Aug. 1 in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Logan Ellis Rainwater, 24, whose home of record is Albany, Oregon, entered active-duty military service in February 2013 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 154th Composite Truck Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since November 2015.

    Rainwater’s awards and decorations include an Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Army Community Service Relocation Branch will host "Hood Howdy" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at Club Hood located in Building 5764 on 24th Street at Tank Destroyer Boulevard here.

    Hood Howdy is a family friendly event and will provide an opportunity for Soldiers and their Families along with the general public to get to know surrounding local communities businesses, people and resources available to them.

    Local area community chambers of commerce's as well as more than 100 area businesses and agencies will be in attendance to provide information on activities and opportunities available within Central Texas communities.

    A mini career fair will also be held during the event.   

    Media desiring to cover the event should register here by 4 p.m. Aug 3. For more information media may contact the III Corps Public Affairs office at (254) 287-0106/9993. A Public Affairs representative will meet the media at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center southside parking lot at 10 a.m. Aug 4 for an escort on post.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Coping with the death of a military spouse, parent, child, or sibling can be a lonesome and difficult journey. But the survivors of our fallen heroes don’t have to walk alone – there’s a community of peers offering comfort and support.

    The Fort Hood 2016 Army Community Service - Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) programs are holding a grief seminar for adults and a good grief camp for children July 28-30 at Fort Hood's Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.

    The grief seminar for adults and good grief camp for children offers peer-support and coping skills to help those dealing with the death of someone who served in the military.

    A Good Grief Camp Balloon Release by children of our fallen military will be held at 3 p.m. July 30 for filming and photography and a memorial balloon release by adult survivors will be held at 3:45 p.m.

    Media interviews will be available with adults who have lost loved ones serving in the military. Bonnie Carroll, the founder and chairperson of TAPS, will also be available for interviews. TAPS provides a supportive environment where families can come together to share their stories, find strength in friendship, and help each other.

    TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 30,000 surviving family members of our fallen military since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, case work assistance, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free crisis line at (800) 959-TAPS.

    Media desiring to attend the event should register here. A Fort Hood Public Affairs official will meet the media at the south side of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center located on T. J. Mills Blvd. at 2:45 p.m. July 30.

    Released as a courtesy for the Fort Hood 2016 Army Community Service - Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) program.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families will come to Fort Hood Aug. 1-2 at the Abrams Physical Fitness Center. The show, “Katie is Moving To a New Base” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 2.

    These shows are open to military ID holders and their sponsored guests only – the event is not open to the general public.

    Characters performing from Sesame Street are Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and Katie, a military character designed exclusively for military families.

    Sesame Street and USO are addressing the challenges of military-to-civilian transition by debuting a brand new 30-minute character performance, while simultaneously running their ever popular show “Katie is Moving to a New Base.”  Their newest installment, “Katie’s Family Transitions to Civilian Life,” will feature new songs, choreography and messages of support.  Both shows will run as part of the 2016 Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, which is scheduled to perform more than 160 shows at 50 military bases in the U.S. through October.

    In their new show, military families are taken on a journey as Katie starts a new adventure outside of the military with the assurance that her family and all of her Sesame Street pals are there to support her throughout the transition.  While there are many changes coming, there are a lot of happy moments and discoveries for Katie and her friends. Based on the needs of military families, each installation will be able to determine which show performs on their base, with some locations opting for both the new performance and “Katie is Moving To A New Base” – which was introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden in 2011.

    When one family member serves, the whole family serves.  Sesame Street and the USO know this all too well, having together created a character (Katie) who models the real-life experiences of today’s military children.  Designed to thank troops and their families for their service and sacrifice, the 2016 Sesame Street/USO tour emphasizes the importance of adjusting to change, facing your fears and embracing transition as they enter a new chapter of life.

    The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made its debut in July 2008 and has taken its message to more than half a million troops and military families around the world. 

    Media members are invited to cover the first show at 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Those interested in covering the event should register here. On Aug. 1, media should meet public affairs representatives at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors center for escort to Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

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    NOTE: To learn more about the tour, its new military-to-civilian transition show, upcoming stops and new resources, like Sesame Street’s The Big Moving Adventure app, visit uso.org/Sesame.

    For information directly related to the Sesame Street/USO Tour, contact Karen Hart, communications consultant, at (202) 492-6492.

     

  • July 14, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier SPC Alexander Michael Johnson
    SPC Alexander Michael Johnson

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who was found deceased near the Belton Lake Recreation Area paintball court July 12 here.

    SPC Alexander Michael Johnson, 21, whose home of record is Mulberry, Florida, entered active-duty military service in July 2013 as an AH-64 attack helicopter repairer. He was assigned to 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since March 2014.

    Johnson’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood's Air Force 3rd Air Support Operation Group will welcome its newest commander during a change of command ceremony at 9 a.m. July 14 at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here.

    Col. Rodney Singleton will relinquish command to Col. Aaron Ulman during the ceremony.

     

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony must register here. On July 14, media should meet public affairs representatives in the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center at 8:30 a.m.

     

  • (AUSTIN) — As part of the Good for Texas Tour: Military Edition, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will visit Fort Hood, Texas, July 6 to release the results of a Comptroller’s office study examining the economic impact of the installation.

    There will be a press event at 2:15 p.m. at the Bernie Beck Gate entrance of Fort Hood on T.J. Mills Blvd. and U.S. Highway 190.

    For more information on the tour, including tour dates, go to the Comptroller's website.

  • June 24, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier CW3 Michael Steven Adkins

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who died June 22 from illness at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Steven Adkins, 37, whose home of record is Wooster, Ohio, entered active-duty military service in January 1997 as a quartermaster technician. He was assigned to 206th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, since 2013.

    Adkins deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2002 to August 2003, March 2004 to January 2005 and from July 2009 to July 2010. He also deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from June 2011 to November 2011.

    Adkins’s awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Kosovo Campaign Medal with two Service Stars, three Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kuwait Defense Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons and the NATO Medal.

    There is currently no photo available, if one becomes available it will be posted at Forthoodpresscenter.com.

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  • AUSTIN, Texas -- The City of Austin launches a new partnership with Fort Hood representatives that places veterans in an internship program for exiting soldiers who are within 180 days of leaving service.

    Austin will be the first city in the nation to offer an internship program for veterans to help them transition to civilian life.

    Mayor Adler will present a proclamation declaring June 23 Municipal Veterans Internship Day in Austin. Representatives from Fort Hood and City of Austin senior management officials and staff will be in attendance to present information and answer questions.

    The first interns from Fort Hood will be placed in the Fleet Services Department in the coming weeks. The program will roll-out citywide over the next several months.

    City and Fort Hood Program Launch

    9:00 a.m.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016


    Austin City Hall Media Conference Room
    301 W. 2nd Street
    Austin, TX 78701

    For more information, contact Deborah Jennings, program manager, Public Information and Marketing, Human Resources Department, City of Austin, at (512) 974-2860.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Twenty-three Army warriors representing commands from across III Corps are competing in the 2016 III Corps Best Warrior Competition June 19-24 here.

    This six-day intensive competition will determine the 2016 III Corps Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

    The III Corps Best Warrior Competition promotes esprit de corps and recognizes Soldiers and leaders who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos and represent the force of the future. The competition tests competitors Army aptitude: conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, essays and warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today’s operating environment

    Media wishing to cover the leadership reaction course should register here. On June 23rd, media should meet at south side of the Fort Hood Visitors Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to be escorted to the range.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- West Point cadets are over come with emotion as the say farewell to their friend and classmate, Cadet Mitchell Winey, at the conclusion of his memorial ceremony, June 9 in the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. Winey was killed, along with eight Fort Hood Soldiers, when their vehicle overturned in flood waters June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Nicholas Conner, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Lt. Col. Joey Errington, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Balis, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, commander and command sergeant major,  place command coins at the base of nine Soldiers' Crosses during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Gen. Mark Milley, Army chief of staff, rests his hand on the top of a Soldiers' Cross during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    FORT HOOD, Texas -- West Point cadets are over come with emotion as the say farewell to their friend and classmate, Cadet Mitchell Winey, at the conclusion of his memorial ceremony, June 9 in the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. Winey was killed, along with eight Fort Hood Soldiers, when their vehicle overturned in flood waters June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Nicholas Conner, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Lt. Col. Joey Errington, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Balis, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, commander and command sergeant major,  place command coins at the base of nine Soldiers' Crosses during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Gen. Mark Milley, Army chief of staff, rests his hand on the top of a Soldiers' Cross during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division kneel to mourn and pay their respects during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Hundreds of command coins rest at the base of nine Soldiers Crosses during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers' Crosses and command coins sit on display along with the photos of nine fallen 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers during a memorial service June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division kneel to mourn and pay their respects during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Hundreds of command coins rest at the base of nine Soldiers Crosses during a memorial service for nine 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers' Crosses and command coins sit on display along with the photos of nine fallen 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers during a memorial service June 16 inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here. (U.S. Army photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)


    Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez
    SSG M. Colonvazquez

     

    Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong
    SPC C. Armstrong  
    Spc. Yingming Sun
    SPC Y. Sun  
    Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner
    PFC A. Banner  
    Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller
    PFC Z. Fuller  
       
       
       
       
       

     

     Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon

      PFC I. Deleon
    Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates
      PVT E. Gates
    Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates
      PVT T. James
    West Point Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey
      CADET M. Winey
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    By Erin Rogers
    Fort Hood Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Thousands in the sprawling Central Texas post paused for a solemn memorial held for nine fallen warriors June 16 during a service inside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel here.

    Eight Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and one Cadet from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, were the victims of flash flood waters while conducting convoy operations June 2 on Fort Hood.

    “Today, we honor and pay tribute to nine fallen comrades of the 1st Cav. Div.,” said Maj. Gen. John (J.T.) Thomson III, 1st Cav. Div. commanding general. “These exceptional cavalry troopers from Fox Forward Support Company … represent the best our nation has to offer.”

    Thomson added that as the community mourns the lives lost, “We also praise them for who they were, what they stood for and how they honorably served our nation.

    “They were many things to many people – sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and husbands, caring friends, trustworthy classmates and loyal comrades-in-arms,” he said.

    Central Texas and the Army Family across the nation came together in the wake of the flood to support those in mourning and remember the lives of each victim. The venue for the service has a capacity of 1,500, which was not large enough to seat all those hoping to attend. To reach out to hundreds more, the ceremony was live-streamed to Howze Theater, the Phantom Warrior Center and several conference rooms within the chapel itself.

    In addition to several thousand Fort Hood Soldiers, senior Army leaders also attended the event, including Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey.

    During the memorial ceremony, several Soldiers gave tributes to their fallen comrades, including Capt. Andrew Garland, company commander, Co. F, 3-16 FA Regt.; 1st Lt. Johnnie Kaapuwai, Distribution Platoon leader, Co. F, 3-16 FA Regt.; and Sgt. Jordan Singh, ammunition ammo noncommissioned officer-in-charge for the Distribution Platoon.

    Garland began his Soldier’s tribute by announcing each of the fallen by name: Staff Sgt. Miguel Colonvazquez, Spc. Yingming Sun, Spc. Christine Armstrong, Spc. Brandon Banner, Pfc. Zachery Fuller, Pfc. Isaac DeLeon, Pvt. Eddy Gates, Pvt. Tysheena James and Cadet Mitchell Winey.

    “I have nothing but good memories of them,” Garland said of his Soldiers. “These nine Soldiers shared the Army Values, but one value stood out among them – personal courage.

    “The personal courage to undertake the challenge of being a Soldier in today’s Army,” he continued. “They all made the decision to join the Army out of selfless service to their nation.”

    Sun, Garland said, was known for having a light and warm personality that radiated throughout the platoon and company, someone who always had a smile on his face.

    “Sun used his technical knowledge to his advantage in helping his teammates accomplish the mission,” Garland said. “He was dedicated to Fox Company by always being ready to train and deploy at a moment’s notice.”

    Kaapuwai began with talking about James, a New Jersey-native with an accent Kaapuwai said the rest of them admired.

    “She was so motivated to learn as much as she could,” he said. “Especially from all of our NCOs in the platoon ... she never gave up.”

    Gates, Kaapuwai said, was unique from the very start.

    “She will always be remembered as being the helping hand to her battle buddies in need,” he said.

    As for Fuller, Kaapuwai said he was a proud Soldier who came from a rich military background.

    “He loved being a part of something bigger than himself,” he said. “He truly was an athlete and a scholar who had big dreams of becoming an officer.”

    Winey, who was assigned to Co. F during West Point’s annual Cadet Troop Leadership Training, was described by Kaapuwai as being immediately ready to get his hands dirty.

    “During the short time Mitch was assigned to us, I came to admire him very much for his aspirations to become a leader,” the lieutenant said. “I could tell he would go far because of his interactions with the Soldiers and his enthusiasm to learn.”

    A separate memorial was held June 9, a week before this event allowing Winey’s cadet brothers-and sisters-in-arms, who were also attending Cadet Troop Leadership Training at Fort Hood, to be able to attend. The cadets departed here June 11 for New York.

    Singh took over for the remaining Soldier tributes beginning with Colonvazquez, saying he was the type of leader who always had a plan.

    “He was an NCO who was always on the move, and always ready to train and lead Soldiers,” Singh said. “He let us figure out our own solutions to our own problems, but was there for guidance.

    “Your leadership will never be forgotten,” he said. “I’ll keep it with me no matter where I go in the Army.” 

    Moving on to Armstrong, Singh said she was one of the hardest-working people he knew, and the one person in the platoon they could all count on to lift spirits.

    “It didn’t matter the task, or the time,” he said. “Armstrong was the type to give you her all, even if she did not have anything left.”

    DeLeon, Singh said, is someone who could not be easily forgotten.

    “He never had a problem doing work, he was not afraid to get started,” he said. “DeLeon was always the first to jump into whatever we needed done and I knew I could count on him to put out information and relay the messages as soon as possible.”

    Singh said Banner was known by more than a few Soldiers as a very close battle buddy and a friend to many.

    “He was quiet when we first met him, but once he got to know us, he opened up,” Singh said. “He knew he was destined to be great – he had a determination to overcome anything that stood in his way, which exceeded many in our platoon.”

    After the benediction by Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Turpin, 3-16 FA Regt. chaplain, a solemn final roll call was conducted, with nine names now missing an answer within the Rolling Thunder’s formation.  A traditional 3-round volley was fired by a rifle team honoring the fallen. Taps followed shortly after, before hundreds of Family members and loved ones walked up to the nine Soldiers’ Crosses to quietly and privately pay their respects to the fallen warriors.

    “All nine of these Soldiers had the fortitude and endurance to accept and conquer the challenges the Army gave them each and every day,” Garland said. “They never gave up.

    “In closing, to honor their memories,” he added. “I am encouraging you all to embrace that concept: as we move forward, inspire yourselves with their memories and dedication to our unit and our nation. We will never give up.”

     


  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Select III Corps and Fort Hood units will host the 2016 Jr. ROTC Cadet Leadership Course June 13-17 here.

    The week-long course gives cadets from the local school districts an opportunity to practice leadership skills in an unfamiliar environment and an opportunity to experience living and interacting with their peers from other schools in a military environment. 

    Leadership course activities include rappelling, obstacle courses, drown proofing, first aid and land navigation.

    A media day is planned for 8:30 a.m. June 17 with opportunities for the leadership reaction course, low-rope course, drown-proof training, and selected first-aid tasks.  A public affairs representative will meet the media at the southside parking lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8 a.m. June 17 for an escort on post.

  • June 14, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Dougal Edward Mitchell
    Sgt. Dougal Mitchell

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died June 11 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Georgetown, Texas. 

    Sgt. Dougal E. Mitchell, 32, whose home of record is listed as Palmdale, California, entered active-duty service in September 2002 as a petroleum supply specialist. He was assigned to 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2015.

    Mitchell deployed in support of both Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom to the United Arab Emirates from October 2009 to July 2010, to Kuwait from May 2012 to December 2012, April 2014 to May 2014, Iraq from June 2014 to October 2014 and to Kuwait from October 2014 to December 2014.

    Mitchell's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Kuwait Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle.

  • June 10, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Duane Cass Shaw III

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive June 5 at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas, and later died June 8 at Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas.

    Sgt. Duane Cass Shaw III, 34, whose home of record is listed as Laredo, Texas, entered the U.S. Army in December 2005 as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist . He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June  2015.

    Shaw deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from May 2011 to November 2011 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to November 2013.

    Shaw's awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star. Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

    There is currently no photo available, if one becomes available it will be posted at Forthoodpresscenter.com.

  • June 8, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Bernardino Guevara Jr.

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died June 6 from an apparent gunshot wound near the Sportsmen’s Center here.

    Spc. Bernardino Guevara Jr., 21, whose home of record is listed as Roxbury, Massachusetts, entered active-duty military service in September 2014 as a Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator.

    Guevara was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, since March 2016.

    Guevara’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

    The incident is under investigation. No photo was available at press time. If a photo becomes available, it will be posted here on the FortHoodPressCenter.com.

  • June 7, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Antino Michael Glass
    SFC Glass

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died June 5 from injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident on Fort Hood, Texas.

    After Sgt. 1st Class Antino M. Glass completed his assigned Observer Coach/Trainer duties at North Fort Hood assisting in refueling operations for aircraft arriving for training, Glass, while en route to his on-post home, struck livestock in the road in the vicinity of mile marker 6, East Range Road here. He was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:10 p.m.

    Glass, 34, whose home of record is listed as New Orleans, entered the U.S. Army May 16, 2002, as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Infantry Regiment, Fort Hood since Oct. 28, 2015.

    Glass deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2003 to September 2004, and November 2006 to November 2007 and Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2010 to January 2011.

    Glass’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Driver’s Badge with Wheeled Vehicle.

  • June 5, 2016 UPDATE: Death of Fort Hood Soldiers Overturned LMTV at Owl Creek June 2

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Next of kin notification is complete for the Family of Spc. Yingming Sun, the ninth Soldier lost in the accident involving an overturned Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at Owl Creek that occurred June 2 here.

    Photos of the deceased are being collected, once completed they will be posted here on the Fort Hood Press Center.

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    Spc. Yingming Sun

    Spc. Yingming Sun, 25, whose home of record is listed as Monterey Park, California, entered active-duty military service in October 2013 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since August 2014.

    Sun’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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    10:25 P.M. June 4, 2016

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood officials have released the names of eight of the nine Soldiers who died during a training accident involving an overturned Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at Owl Creek that occurred June 2 here. One Soldier's next of kin is still pending formal notification and the Soldier's name will be released when the official notifications are complete.

    Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey are the fatalities from the accident.

    Photos of the deceased were not available at press time. Should they become available, they will be release here on the Fort Hood Press Center.

    The circumstances of the accident are unknown at this time, pending an investigation by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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    Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez

    Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, whose home of record is listed as Brooklyn, New York, entered active-duty military service in July 2003 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since May 2011.

    Colonvazquez deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 to September 2006 and in support of Operation New Dawn from May 2011 to November 2011. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2008 to May 2009 and from July 2013 to March 2014.

    Colonvazquez’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Korea Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Carbine.

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    Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong

    Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, whose home of record is listed as Twentynine Palms, California, entered active-duty military service in February 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

    Armstrong’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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    Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner

    Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, whose home of record is listed as Milton, Florida, entered active-duty military service in March 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

    Banner’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Carbine.

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    Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller

    Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, whose home of record is listed as Palmetto, Florida, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st  Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

    Fuller’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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    Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon

    Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, whose home of record is listed as San Angelo, Texas, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

    Deleon’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

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    Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates

    Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, whose home of record is listed as Dunn, North Carolina, entered active-duty military service in December 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

    Gates’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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    Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James

    Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, whose home of record is listed as Jersey City, New Jersey, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

    James’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

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    Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey

    Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, whose home of record is listed as Valparaiso, Indiana, was a member of the United States Military Academy Class of 2018, assigned to Company B, First Regiment.  He was a graduate of Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.  He reported to West Point on July 2, 2014.

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  • Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood, updates media members of the loss of four more Soldiers at a press briefing flanked by Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood Garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Okuna, outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center, June 3. In all, nine Soldiers died and three others were injured when a tactical vehicle overturned during a training event at Fort Hood, Texas, June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Dave Larsen, Fort Hood Public Affairs) Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood, updates media members of the loss of four more Soldiers at a press briefing flanked by Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood Garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Okuna, outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center, June 3. In all, nine Soldiers died and three others were injured when a tactical vehicle overturned during a training event at Fort Hood, Texas, June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Dave Larsen, Fort Hood Public Affairs) Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood, updates media members of the loss of four more Soldiers at a press briefing flanked by Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood Garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Okuna, outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center, June 3. In all, nine Soldiers died and three others were injured when a tactical vehicle overturned during a training event at Fort Hood, Texas, June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Dave Larsen, Fort Hood Public Affairs) Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood, updates media members of the loss of four more Soldiers at a press briefing flanked by Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood Garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Okuna, outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center, June 3. In all, nine Soldiers died and three others were injured when a tactical vehicle overturned during a training event at Fort Hood, Texas, June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Dave Larsen, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
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  •  Fort Hood firefighters William Smith and Capt. Donald Donahoo mark map coordinates during search and recovery efforts, June 3, for four missing Soldiers after a swift water accident the day prior at Fort Hood, Texas. Texas Game Warden Jeff Gillenwaters and Chris Zimmer, deputy director for Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services, discuss search and recovery efforts for four missing Fort Hood, Texas Soldiers June 3.     

     

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    Fort Hood firefighters William Smith and Capt. Donald Donahoo mark map coordinates during search and recovery efforts, June 3, for four missing Soldiers after a swift water accident the day prior at Fort Hood, Texas.

     

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    Texas Game Warden Jeff Gillenwaters and Chris Zimmer, deputy director for Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services, discuss search and recovery efforts for four missing Fort Hood, Texas Soldiers June 3.

     

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    Isabel Hubbard, director of Fort Hood's USO, sets up a field service station for emergency services workers assisting in search and recovery operations for four missing Fort Hood, Texas Soldiers June 3 near the mobile command post.

    Supporting Service Vehicles

    Emergency services and swift water rescue assets from across Central Texas stand by at Fort Hood, Texas June 3 to assist with search and recovery operations for four missing Fort Hood Soldiers.

     

  • Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commanding General

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    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general III Corps and Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks to media members outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8 a.m. June 3 at Fort Hood, Texas.

    The general gave a brief statement regarding a tragic training accident June 2, in which flood waters killed five Soldiers and left four others still missing.

    “Due to the quick action of some other Soldiers that were training, we were able to rescue three Soldiers who are in stable condition at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and will potentially be released later today,” Uberti said. “Our priority has been, since the first report of this incident and continues to be, the search for our four missing teammates.”

    The general was joined at the podium by Col. Todd Fox, the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander, and Chief Coleman Smith from the Fort Hood Fire Department, and noted the outpouring of support to the post.

    “I’d also like to thank the many emergency services personnel, not only Fort Hood emergency services, but the state and local community emergency services personnel who have so willingly come forward and have professionally been searching for our Soldiers,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the community for their outpouring of support, their thoughts and prayers. They will be needed in the tough days ahead. As you are all aware, this tragedy extends well beyond Fort Hood and the outpouring of support from around the country is sincerely appreciated. As I mentioned, while our priority remains on searching for our four missing Soldiers, we also are providing support and counseling for the Soldiers, Families and friends affected by this tragedy.”

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    7:20 a.m. June 3, 2016

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Maj. Gen John Uberti, deputy commander, III Corps and Fort Hood will conduct a press conference to provide an update on the swift water rescue efforts currently being conducted here. Interested media should meet at 8 a.m. June 3 at the South parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center off of T. J. Mill Blvd.

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    10:06 p.m. June 2, 2016
     
    FORT HOOD, Texas – Two more Soldiers were found and confirmed deceased at Fort Hood after their military vehicle overturned on Fort Hood June 2. This brings the total deceased to five Soldiers.

    The search continues for the remaining four missing Soldiers.

    More information will be released as it becomes available.

     
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    7:40 p.m. June 2, 2016
     
     
    A message from Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III, 1st Cavalry Division Commanding General:
     
    Message from Pegasus 6: The 1st Cavalry Division is grieving after a training accident at Fort Hood during flash flooding this morning. We are deeply saddened by the loss of several Troopers and continue search operations. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time as we care for the Families, loved ones, and fellow Soldiers of those impacted by this tragedy. God Bless the First Team.
     
     
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    2:50 p.m. June 2, 2016

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood emergency officials continue to conduct rescue operations for an overturned Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road.

    Three confirmed deceased Soldiers were recovered from the water downstream from the vehicle.

    The search is ongoing for six Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

    Three Soldiers were rescued from the water near the vehicle and are in stable condition being transported from Coryell Memorial Healthcare System, Gatesville, Texas, to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center here. 

    Multiple resources from the Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services, local and state agencies have been deployed to assist with the rescue and recovery of personnel and property.  Emergency operations include aircraft, canine search teams, heavy-ground equipment, swift-water rescue watercraft and search personnel.

    Names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after all next of kin have been notified. More information will be released when it becomes available.

     

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    11:51 a.m. June 2, 2016

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Directorate of Emergency Personnel responded to a swift-water rescue call at 11:20 a.m. June 2. A Light Medium Tactical Vehicle was stuck in an area near Cold Springs and Owl Creek off of East Range Road.

    Emergency personnel have rescued six individuals and are still on the scene. Air support has been requested to assist in the search.

    More information will be released as it becomes available.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood officials have closed Georgetown Road and East Range Road due to high water crossing the road. Hazardous conditions are expected to rise as rain continues throughout the day.

    All traffic has been diverted to Farm and Market Road 116.

    Fort Hood residents should stay out of areas subject to flooding. Dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc., can become filled with water quickly. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Do not attempt to cross flowing water with your vehicle. Turn around…Don’t drown.

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    What to Do if You Are Driving During a Flood

    • Avoid already flooded areas, and areas subject to sudden flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Most flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water, or people playing in high water. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Rapidly rising water may stall the engine, engulf the vehicle and its occupants, and sweep them away. Look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.

    • If you are driving and come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find another route. Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. If your route is blocked by flood waters or barricades, find another route. Barricades are put up by local officials to protect people from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.

    • If your vehicle becomes surrounded by water or the engine stalls, and if you can safely get out, abandon your vehicle immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles. When a vehicle stalls in the water, the water’s momentum is transferred to the car. The lateral force of a foot of water moving at 10 miles per hour is about 500 pounds on the average automobile. The greatest effect is buoyancy — for every foot that water rises up the side of a car, it displaces 1,500 pounds of the car’s weight. So, two feet of water moving at 10 miles per hour will float virtually any car. Many persons have been swept away by flood waters upon leaving their vehicles, which are later found without much damage. Use caution when abandoning your vehicle, and look for an opportunity to move away quickly and safely to higher ground.

  • May 26, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr.
    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 23 in the Bell County Jail, Belton, Texas.

    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr., 45, whose home of record is listed as Detroit, Michigan, entered active-duty service in April 2005 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2015.

    Nelson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to September 2009 and from September 2006 to September 2007.

    Nelson's awards and decorations include the three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and three Overseas Service Ribbons.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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