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    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks.

    The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members...[Click here for the complete story.]

    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks.

    The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members...[Click here for the complete story.]

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    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks. The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members. This is B-roll was shot during a media tour of the facility on Nov. 24. For the complete story on the site's operation click here ... [http://www.army.mil/article/138913/]. 

    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks. The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members. This is B-roll was shot during a media tour of the facility on Nov. 24. For the complete story on the site's operation click here ... [http://www.army.mil/article/138913/]. 

  • November 24, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Daniel R. Leonard

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 21 on Fort Hood, Texas.

    Spc. Daniel Ray Leonard, 34, whose home of record is Bristol, Virginia, entered active-duty service in July 2008 as a health care specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2009.

    Leonard deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to January 2014. He deployed in support Operation Iraqi Freedom from April to December 2009 and from June to November 2011.

    Leonard's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Combat Medal with combat service star, Iraqi Combat Medal with two combat service stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Sharpshooter Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps, Fort Hood and 1st Cavalry Division officials will host a media tour at the controlled monitoring site (CMS) located on North Fort Hood at 1 p.m. Nov. 24.

    Media will be afforded the opportunity to interview subject matter experts, capture imagery and tour the CMS.

    Media representatives who desire to cover the event should register here no later than 9 a.m. Nov 24.

    On Nov. 24, media attending the event should meet at noon at the parking lot west of 18th Street which is on the west side of the main entrance to North Fort Hood located on Texas State Highway 36 just south of Gatesville, Texas.

    Media signs will be posted.

     

  • Maj. Rich Dempsey, a plans officer with III Corps, reviews the layout of the North Fort Hood facilities established to house and monitor troops returning from West Africa Wednesday evening in Gatesville during a city council meeting. Dempsey joined Garrison Commander Col. Matt Elledge and CRDAMC Commander Col.Patricia Darnauer to brief Gatesville officials about the monitoring process and protective measures in place to protect Soldiers Families and community members from any potential exposure to Ebola. (U.S. Army photo by Heather Graham-Ashley, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    By Heather Graham-Ashley

    III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

    GATESVILLE, Texas – Fort Hood officials met with civic leaders here Nov. 12 to provide an update about the monitoring area being established at North Fort Hood to house troops returning from West Africa.

    The contingent, which included Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Matt Elledge, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Commander Col. Patricia Darnauer and Maj. Rich Dempsey, a III Corps plans officer assigned to the project, outlined the process Soldiers returning from West Africa will experience when sent to Fort Hood for monitoring, as well as the safety protocols involved to ensure there is no danger to Soldiers, Families or members of the surrounding communities. They also fielded questions from the community.

    “It’s important that we educate Fort Hood and surrounding communities on what we’re doing and how we will protect the Soldiers, Families and the community,” Elledge said.

    Soldiers returning from West Africa will initially be monitored for 10 days in Africa before returning to the U.S., where they will then be monitored for an additional 21 days, Elledge said.

    Fort Hood is one of five Army installations selected to monitor troops returning from West Africa and is third on the list for priority, behind Fort Bliss and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Dempsey said.

    The North Fort Hood facility is scheduled to be at full operational capacity on Friday, ready to provide monitoring and care for up to 100 Soldiers or two cohorts of 50 troops, he added.

    Soldiers sent to Fort Hood for monitoring would pose no risk to the surrounding communities. By the time they return stateside, they have already undergone medical checks and monitoring for 10 days, Elledge noted.

    “The chances of them having (Ebola) while they are here are very, very slim,” Dempsey said, noting that the Army has taken Centers for Disease Control guidance and multiplied it. “We want to keep our Soldiers, their Families and the local communities safe.”

    No personnel that would be considered high-risk for the virus would be sent to Fort Hood.

    “They are no- to low-risk personnel,” he said, noting that no-risk personnel would be those like Fort Hood’s 36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers who will be building roads and infrastructure in West Africa, not in contact with the population. Low-risk, he continued, would include those who work in a hospital area but are in protective gear.  

    Although the risk for infection is low, plans are in place to protect the screening teams that will meet returning Soldiers at Robert Gray Army Airfield and provide the initial monitoring, the cadre that will accompany the Soldiers and any first responders who could provide care to the returning troops.

    Any Soldiers with symptoms that require further testing or more acute care would be sent to CRDAMC at Fort Hood. No troops would go to Gatesville for medical care, Dempsey said.

    Those sent to Fort Hood for the 21-day observation would not necessary be Fort Hood troops, Elledge said, adding that he hopes they would not be Soldiers with Families in the area.

    “I wouldn’t want to come back to Fort Hood and not be able to see my Family,” he said.

    While at Fort Hood, the Soldiers will be in a 21-day training process that will include a twice-daily medical screen and a medical team on site that is trained to work with Ebola would immediately address any symptoms, Dempsey said.

    Although they will not be allowed physical contact with Family members, Soldiers undergoing the monitoring period will have access to wireless Internet, computers, video games and books.

    “We’ve done all that we can to make the time on the ground as enjoyable as possible,” he said.

    Outgoing Gatesville Mayor David Byrom approved Fort Hood’s plan for the containment and monitoring procedures.

    “We appreciate what you’re doing because I do believe and have every confidence that you are minimizing the risk,” Byrom said.  “I consider this a very low-risk operation and the right thing to do.”

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of the Army has identified Fort Hood as one of several installations identified to stand up a controlled monitoring site (CMS) for Soldiers redeploying from West Africa.

    The Army Chief of Staff has directed a 21-day controlled monitoring period for Soldiers returning from Operation United Assistance (OUA).

    Soldiers housed at the Fort Hood CMS will meet the criteria for the "Low Risk and No Known Risk" classification before redeployment. Redepoloying Soldiers will be monitored for ten days and medically screened before their arrival in the U.S. 

    Fort Hood's priority remains ensuring our Soldiers are safe, while treating them with dignity and respect and ensuring the safety of our family members and surrounding communities.

    In the near future, media will be afforded the opportunity to visit the site.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Veterans in Piping Completion Ceremony will be held 11:30 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Community Events Center, Bldg. 50012, here.

    This class of active-duty Soldiers who are transitioning from the Army are guaranteed jobs after graduation. Soldiers and key personnel will be available for interviews after the ceremony.

    Media wishing to attend call 287-0106 for gate time.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks.

    The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members...[Click here for the complete story.]

    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks.

    The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members...[Click here for the complete story.]

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    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks.

    The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members...[Click here for the complete story.]

    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks.

    The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members...[Click here for the complete story.]

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    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks. The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members. This is B-roll was shot during a media tour of the facility on Nov. 24. For the complete story on the site's operation click here ... [http://www.army.mil/article/138913/]. 

    FORT HOOD, Texas --North Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site is operational and ready to accept troops returning from Ebola virus disease outbreak areas. Troops are anticipated to arrive here for monitoring within the next few weeks. The site was established, per Department of Defense instructions, out of an abundance of caution to monitor Soldiers returning from areas experiencing an outbreak of Ebola and to ensure the safety of Families and community members. This is B-roll was shot during a media tour of the facility on Nov. 24. For the complete story on the site's operation click here ... [http://www.army.mil/article/138913/]. 

  • November 24, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Daniel R. Leonard

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 21 on Fort Hood, Texas.

    Spc. Daniel Ray Leonard, 34, whose home of record is Bristol, Virginia, entered active-duty service in July 2008 as a health care specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2009.

    Leonard deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to January 2014. He deployed in support Operation Iraqi Freedom from April to December 2009 and from June to November 2011.

    Leonard's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Combat Medal with combat service star, Iraqi Combat Medal with two combat service stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Sharpshooter Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps, Fort Hood and 1st Cavalry Division officials will host a media tour at the controlled monitoring site (CMS) located on North Fort Hood at 1 p.m. Nov. 24.

    Media will be afforded the opportunity to interview subject matter experts, capture imagery and tour the CMS.

    Media representatives who desire to cover the event should register here no later than 9 a.m. Nov 24.

    On Nov. 24, media attending the event should meet at noon at the parking lot west of 18th Street which is on the west side of the main entrance to North Fort Hood located on Texas State Highway 36 just south of Gatesville, Texas.

    Media signs will be posted.

     

  • Maj. Rich Dempsey, a plans officer with III Corps, reviews the layout of the North Fort Hood facilities established to house and monitor troops returning from West Africa Wednesday evening in Gatesville during a city council meeting. Dempsey joined Garrison Commander Col. Matt Elledge and CRDAMC Commander Col.Patricia Darnauer to brief Gatesville officials about the monitoring process and protective measures in place to protect Soldiers Families and community members from any potential exposure to Ebola. (U.S. Army photo by Heather Graham-Ashley, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    By Heather Graham-Ashley

    III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

    GATESVILLE, Texas – Fort Hood officials met with civic leaders here Nov. 12 to provide an update about the monitoring area being established at North Fort Hood to house troops returning from West Africa.

    The contingent, which included Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Matt Elledge, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Commander Col. Patricia Darnauer and Maj. Rich Dempsey, a III Corps plans officer assigned to the project, outlined the process Soldiers returning from West Africa will experience when sent to Fort Hood for monitoring, as well as the safety protocols involved to ensure there is no danger to Soldiers, Families or members of the surrounding communities. They also fielded questions from the community.

    “It’s important that we educate Fort Hood and surrounding communities on what we’re doing and how we will protect the Soldiers, Families and the community,” Elledge said.

    Soldiers returning from West Africa will initially be monitored for 10 days in Africa before returning to the U.S., where they will then be monitored for an additional 21 days, Elledge said.

    Fort Hood is one of five Army installations selected to monitor troops returning from West Africa and is third on the list for priority, behind Fort Bliss and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Dempsey said.

    The North Fort Hood facility is scheduled to be at full operational capacity on Friday, ready to provide monitoring and care for up to 100 Soldiers or two cohorts of 50 troops, he added.

    Soldiers sent to Fort Hood for monitoring would pose no risk to the surrounding communities. By the time they return stateside, they have already undergone medical checks and monitoring for 10 days, Elledge noted.

    “The chances of them having (Ebola) while they are here are very, very slim,” Dempsey said, noting that the Army has taken Centers for Disease Control guidance and multiplied it. “We want to keep our Soldiers, their Families and the local communities safe.”

    No personnel that would be considered high-risk for the virus would be sent to Fort Hood.

    “They are no- to low-risk personnel,” he said, noting that no-risk personnel would be those like Fort Hood’s 36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers who will be building roads and infrastructure in West Africa, not in contact with the population. Low-risk, he continued, would include those who work in a hospital area but are in protective gear.  

    Although the risk for infection is low, plans are in place to protect the screening teams that will meet returning Soldiers at Robert Gray Army Airfield and provide the initial monitoring, the cadre that will accompany the Soldiers and any first responders who could provide care to the returning troops.

    Any Soldiers with symptoms that require further testing or more acute care would be sent to CRDAMC at Fort Hood. No troops would go to Gatesville for medical care, Dempsey said.

    Those sent to Fort Hood for the 21-day observation would not necessary be Fort Hood troops, Elledge said, adding that he hopes they would not be Soldiers with Families in the area.

    “I wouldn’t want to come back to Fort Hood and not be able to see my Family,” he said.

    While at Fort Hood, the Soldiers will be in a 21-day training process that will include a twice-daily medical screen and a medical team on site that is trained to work with Ebola would immediately address any symptoms, Dempsey said.

    Although they will not be allowed physical contact with Family members, Soldiers undergoing the monitoring period will have access to wireless Internet, computers, video games and books.

    “We’ve done all that we can to make the time on the ground as enjoyable as possible,” he said.

    Outgoing Gatesville Mayor David Byrom approved Fort Hood’s plan for the containment and monitoring procedures.

    “We appreciate what you’re doing because I do believe and have every confidence that you are minimizing the risk,” Byrom said.  “I consider this a very low-risk operation and the right thing to do.”

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of the Army has identified Fort Hood as one of several installations identified to stand up a controlled monitoring site (CMS) for Soldiers redeploying from West Africa.

    The Army Chief of Staff has directed a 21-day controlled monitoring period for Soldiers returning from Operation United Assistance (OUA).

    Soldiers housed at the Fort Hood CMS will meet the criteria for the "Low Risk and No Known Risk" classification before redeployment. Redepoloying Soldiers will be monitored for ten days and medically screened before their arrival in the U.S. 

    Fort Hood's priority remains ensuring our Soldiers are safe, while treating them with dignity and respect and ensuring the safety of our family members and surrounding communities.

    In the near future, media will be afforded the opportunity to visit the site.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Veterans in Piping Completion Ceremony will be held 11:30 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Community Events Center, Bldg. 50012, here.

    This class of active-duty Soldiers who are transitioning from the Army are guaranteed jobs after graduation. Soldiers and key personnel will be available for interviews after the ceremony.

    Media wishing to attend call 287-0106 for gate time.

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  • November 12, 2014 Death of a Fort hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Rajarad Anthony Williams

    Staff Sgt. Rajarad Annthony Williams

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 8 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Arlington, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Rajarad Anthony Williams, 26, whose home of record is Dallas, entered active-duty service in November 2007 as a Patriot fire control enhanced operator/maintainer. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since October 2013.

    Williams' awards and decorations include five Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Sharpshooter with Rifle.

  • November 4, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Gage Matthew-Gilbert Schellin

    Spc. Gage Schellin 

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 2 from injuries suffered from an apparent gunshot wound at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Gage Matthew-Gilbert Schellin, 22, whose home of record is listed as Fort Walton Beach, Florida, entered active duty service in May 2012 as a field artillery firefinder radar operator. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since Aug. 2014.

    Schellin deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to March 2014.

    Schellin's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood will host its 40th Annual Retiree Appreciation Weekend Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 here. The two-day event is to celebrate service members of all branches of military service. 

    The events begin with a retiree golf tournament Oct. 31 at the Courses at Clear Creek. Also flue shots will be available from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Copeland Center.

    Legal assistance will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bldg. 13, located on 52nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Ave.  

    At 4:30 p.m., III Corps will host the monthly retirement celebration at the flag pole of the III Corps Headquarters. This month Master Sgt. Michael Rhoden, will be honored along with more than 27 retiring service members.

    Fort Hood's commissary will sponsor a dinner Friday night at the Phantom Warrior Center, R.S.V.P. by calling (254) 287-5210.

    On Nov. 1, the main event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a no-cost breakfast at Club Hood. Lt. Col. Thomas McKenna, director of retired and annuitant pay, Defense Finance and Accounting Services, Cleveland, Ohio will be the guest speaker.

    Retirees may visit all the supporting agencies for free services such as identification cards, Phantom Express, vehicle registration and legal services.

    A health fair is offered by the Thomas Moore Clinic providing immunizations, blood pressure checks and other routine health screenings.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Veteran Center will be set up in the parking lot of the Copeland Center to assist veterans with any issues or questions regarding benefits and entitlements.

    The 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment will conduct a demonstration at the stables behind the visitor’s center beginning at 2 p.m.

    The event wraps up on Saturday night with the Retiree Round-Up Dinner at Club Hood sponsored by the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee, R.S.V.P. by calling (254) 526-9551.

  • October 29, 2014 Halloween Candy Xray

    Club Hood and the Comanche Chapel will host candy X-ray services on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. here.

    The 79th Ordinance Battalion will provide this option free to all active duty iD card holders.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials issued 126 reduction-in-force letters to employees Oct. 28. Seventy-two employees will be released from service, 21 employees will be reduced to a lower grade, 26 employees will be moved to lateral positions and seven employees were approved for Voluntary Early Retirement Authority or Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment.

    "This is a hard thing to do for such a great workforce, but it is something we have to do because our workforce is out of balance," Col. Matthew Elledge, Fort Hood Garrison commander said. "This RIF will put Fort Hood in a position that will allow us to hire critical positions in other career fields that we haven't been able to do because of the personnel imbalance."

    Originally, Fort Hood officials were considering the elimination of 262 positions. However, through voluntary retirements, early separation and reassignments over the last two years, the number of actual employees released from service was reduced to 72.

    Employees who are being separated are eligible for assistance through the Texas Workforce Commission and the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program. For more information on these organizations, call the TWC at (512) 463-2222 or SFL-TAP at (254) 288-2227.

  • October 28, 2014 Army, GM and Raytheon announce graduation of inaugural class from shifting gears training program Soldiers prepared for careers as automotive technicians

    FORT HOOD, Texas, (Oct. 28, 2014) — The U.S. Army, General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today announced the successful graduation of the first Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program class. Created as a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, the program provides and empowers transitioning soldiers with the skills required to secure careers as GM service technicians. 

     

    During the graduation ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, 23 soldiers will receive their certification as GM technicians, opening various service opportunities at GM dealerships across the country. Equipping soldiers with technical expertise and experiential training, the 12-week, on-base program also builds oncore Army disciplines to provide students with self-management and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable throughout their civilian careers. 

     

    “As a soldier going through my second transition to civilian life, Shifting Gears provides me with a unique opportunity,” said Sgt. 1st Class John McCuen, an Army helicopter repairer at Fort Hood with 23 years of service from Clarksville, Tenn. “After receiving my certification as a GM technician, I’m looking forward to benefiting from a civilian career that enables me to build on the knowledge that I acquired as an Army helicopter mechanic to provide for my family regardless of where we decide to live.”

     

    The U.S. Army, General Motors and Raytheon are committed to providing veterans with education and career opportunities following their military service. The instructor-led, hands-on training program walks students through the same real-life situations that they will see at GM dealerships, providing guidance and advice that will be beneficial during their transition to civilian careers

     

    “I have always had a passion for automotive mechanics, but was not sure how to pursue my dream upon completion of my service,” said Spc. James Turner, an Army signal support system specialist at Fort Hood with seven years of service from Roseboro, N.C. “The Shifting Gears program is arming me with the skills and career opportunities that I need to succeed in my transition from active soldier to automotive technician.”

     

    "Participating in programs such as Shifting Gears enables our soldiers to obtain the specialized technical training that they will need in their civilian careers," said Col. Matt Elledge, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Hood. "Today's graduating class will bring a wide breadth of knowledge and skills to their local communities."

     

    Shifting Gears is built on a customized curriculum developed by Raytheon Professional Services for General Motors. Raytheon instructors work hand-in-hand with soldier students such as McCuen and Turner to ensure that they can be successful in all elements of their careers as GM technicians, beyond simply working on automobiles. 

     

    The 23 graduates of the inaugural Shifting Gears class will have immediate access to employment opportunities as automotive technicians at thousands of GM dealers across the U.S. Veterans will also have exclusive access to GM’s Web-based employment portal, helping them match career opportunities with their skillset.

     

    “GM has supported our nation’s military for more than 100 years. Along with our thousands of employees who have served in the military, we’re eager to provide opportunity and advocate for these transitioning soldiers,” said GM Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett. They offer such skill, ability and experience – and they’re going to be valued employees for our dealer partners.”

     

    “Veterans represent nearly 20 percent of the Raytheon workforce, so we know firsthand the unique qualities and work ethic that they bring to civilian careers,” said Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Shifting Gears delivers veterans the knowledge, skills and confidence to bridge the transition from military service to civilian career. We are honored to lead the training of the Shifting Gears program and continue Raytheon’s long-term commitment to the military services and U.S. veterans.”

     

    About the U.S. Army

    For more information contact the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army at (703) 697-7550.  Or to learn more about the U.S. Army visit them online at http://www.army.mil/

     

    About Fort Hood

    Fort Hood is currently home to more than 41,292 soldiers and more than 69,487 family members (16,108 on post and 53,379 off post). We have approximately 5,000 DA Civilians and more than 14,600 contractors. When you include retirees who use the post for support, the total population supported by Fort Hood is more than 388,300. Fort Hood’s Land Area equals 218,823 acres or 342 square miles. It stretches as far north as Waco, Texas; east to Temple, Texas; west to Copperas Cove, Texas; and south to Georgetown, Texas.

     

    About GM 

    With thousands of military veteran employees, General Motors’ support for the United States armed forces spans generations. Today, Chevrolet assists Cell Phones for SoldiersAchilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a variety of employment and grassroots initiatives, and is the Official Vehicle of the Army-Navy game. The GM Military Discount program offers discounts on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for active duty, reserves, retirees, veterans (within one year of separation) and spouses of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National GuardGM proudly participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative aimed at finding meaningful employment for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

     

    About Raytheon

    Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

     

  • October 23, 2014 Fort Hood, GM and Raytheon announce graduation of inaugural class from Shifting Gears Training Program Soldiers prepared for careers as automotive technicians

    FORT HOOD, Texas — The U.S. Army, General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will host a graduation ceremony for the first Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program class at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 here. Created from a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, the program empowers transitioning soldiers with the skills required to secure careers as GM service technicians.

    Twenty-three soldiers will receive their certification as GM technicians during the ceremony, opening various service opportunities at GM dealerships across the country. Shifting Gears equips soldiers with technical expertise and experiential training during a 12-week, on-base program that also builds on Army core disciplines to provide students with self-management and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable throughout their civilian careers.  

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony must register here. On the day of the event, media should meet in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor's Center at Fort Hood's main gate entrance. For more information, on the program and availability for soldier interviews, call Fort Hood Public Affairs at (254) 287-9993 or (254) 287-0106.

     

  • October 22, 2014 Correction II: Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney

    Staff Sgt. Bryan Pitney

     

    CORRECTION II: Staff Sgt. Pitney's home of record should reflect; Deerfield, Mich.

    His deployment dates should reflect; Pitney deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to August 2003 and  April 2009 to April 2010.  He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2002 to April 2002, March 2005 to March 2006, June 2011 to May 2012 and January 2014 to October 2014.

    Pitney also has an additional Army Commendation Medal for a total of seven.

     

    CORRECTION: Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney entered active duty service in 1999.

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Oct. 19 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Burnet County, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney, 33, whose home of record is listed as Seabeck Mich., entered active duty service in June 1996, as an AH-64 attack helicopter repairer. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2008.

    Pitney deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2002 to April 2002, March 2003 to August 2003 and April 2009 to April 2010. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2005 to March 2006 and June 2011 to May 2012.

    Pitney's awards and decorations include six Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal and Aviation Badge.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services and military police responded at approximately noon to a report of a suspicious incident of shots being fired in the vicinity of the Soldier Development Center, building 33009.

    After a thorough investigation of the area where the alleged shots were fired, no evidence that the event occurred was found. The area was declared safe and Fort Hood has returned to normal operations. The investigation continues.

  • October 15, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier 1st Lt. Brenton S. Dodgen

    1st Lt. Brenton Dodgen

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Oct. 14 from an apparent gunshot wound in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    1st Lt. Brenton S. Dodgen, 28, whose home of record is listed as Universal City, Texas, entered active-duty service in January 2011 as a signal officer. He was assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

    Dodgen deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2011 to June 2012 and in support of Operation Spartan Shield from August 2013 to May 2014.

    Dodgen's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.  

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - The 36th Engineer Brigade commander, Col. Heath C. Roscoe and 36th Engineer Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas S. Padgett will case the unit colors during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Oct. 15 on Cameron Field here.

    The casing of the colors is an Army tradition that symbolizes the movement of a unit to a new theater of operation.

    Approximately 450 Soldiers from the Brigade will deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. government's approach to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.  The brigade's contingent comprises the largest unit of the 500 Soldiers deploying from Fort Hood.

    During the deployment, the brigade headquarters will provide mission oversight of the joint engineer forces in Liberia, and the subordinate units will be primarily focused on construction of life-support areas for U.S. troops and Ebola treatment units.

    Media interested in attending the ceremony must register here no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The gate time for the media is 9:30 a.m. at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on TJ Mills Blvd.

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. -- Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will hold a town hall meeting at 7-9 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Marriott Courtyard, 1721 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, Texas. The specific agenda is included below. The town hall is open to service members, retirees, veterans, family members, and the interested public.

    The Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on matters surrounding the programs that compensate the members of our Uniformed Services and that therefore support the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force.

    The Congress' National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 established a nine member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. The Commission's task is to review the military compensation and retirement programs and make recommendations for their modernization to the President and Congress in February of 2015.

    The goal of the Commission's recommendations is to ensure the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force, provide for a high quality-of-life for the members of the Uniformed Forces and their families, and make sure that the compensation and retirement programs are financially sustainable.

    The Commission recognizes the core of our national security is the men and women who choose to serve in our Uniformed Services. In turn, our government’s military compensation programs are central to the success of the Services’ efforts to recruit and retain service members. These beliefs guide the important work the Commission will do in the coming months and shape the Country’s strategic choices for years to come.

    The members of the Commission include: Mr. Alphonso Maldon, Jr. (Chairman), former Congressman Stephen Buyer, former Congressman Christopher Carney, retired Army General Peter W. Chiarelli, retired Navy Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, Jr., Mr. Mike Higgins, former Senator Bob Kerrey, former Senator Larry Pressler, and the Honorable Dov Zakheim.

    A press availability also will be held at 6:30-6:50 p.m. at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Marriott Courtyard, 1721 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, Texas.

  • October 8, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Sean Phillip Christiansen

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive in a vehicle at an off-post establishment Oct. 4 in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Sean Phillip Christiansen, 27, whose home of record is listed as Tigard, Ore., entered active-duty service in May 2008 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

    Christiansen deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn from December 2009 to December 2010.

    Christiansen's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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

  • September 29, 2014 Air Force's 9th ASOS hosts Air Force Heritage Day Guest speakers include a United States Air Force F-4 Pilot and Vietnam POW survivor, and a Vietnam refugee that is now a U.S. Airman

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 9th Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Air Support Operations Group, will host an Air Force Heritage Day 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the 9th ASOS Building.

    The event will commemorate the living history of the U.S. Air Force. Guest speakers include retired Maj. Rick Bates, Vietnam prisoner of war, and Chief Master Sgt. Phuoc Phan, Vietnam refugee.

    Media who wish to cover this event, should register here by 3 p.m. Oct. 2. The gate time is at 1 p.m. at the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

  • September 23, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Adrian Orlando Maganacasanova

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive Sept. 19 in his residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Adrian Orlando Maganacasanova, 28, whose home of record is listed as Palmdale, Calif., entered active duty service in February 2008 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He was assigned to 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since February 2011.

    Maganacasanova's awards and decorations include an two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

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

  • September 22, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Jimmy Dwayne Dewitt

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Sept. 20 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Jimmy Dwayne Dewitt, 23, whose home of record is listed as Cordele, Ga., entered active duty service in March 2011 as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle System maintainer. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2013.

    Dewitt's awards and decorations include an Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

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

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The National POW/MIA Day Ceremony will be observed 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Ex-POW Memorial located in front of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

    The ceremony will honor former prisoners of war and military personnel who are still classified as "missing in action," with area veterans' organizations participating in a special wreath-laying ceremony.

    Media organizations desiring to cover the ceremony must register with the III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs Office Press Center no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 18 here.  

    The gate time for media will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept 19. Media should meet at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Phantom Warrior Week kicked off Sept. 15 as part of a post-wide competition between Fort Hood units designed to build unit cohesion and esprit de corps.

    The morning began with a three-mile post run followed by team competitions in nine different events.

    Events included: obstacle course run, soccer, racquetball, volleyball, marksmanship, basketball, combatives, flag football, and softball.

    The event runs through Sept. 18 and culminates with the presentation of the Commander's Cup -- a trophy given to the unit with best overall competition score. Trophy's are also given for each event.

     

    B-roll for soccer competition held as part of III Corps and Fort Hood's Phantom Warrior Week. Available in high definition.

     

    B-roll for volleyball competition as part of III Corps and Fort Hood's Phantom Warrior Week. Available in high definition.

    B-roll for combatives competition held as part of III Corps and Fort Hood's Phantom Warrior Week.

     

    B-Roll for obstacle course competition as part of III Corps and Fort Hood's Phantom Warrior Week. Available in high definition.

    B-roll for marksmanship competition as part of III Corps and Fort Hood's Phantom Warrior Week. Available in high definition.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The general court-martial convening authority, Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commander, III Corps and Fort Hood has referred the case of U.S. vs. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen to a general court-martial.
     
    After considering all matters, including the recommendations of McQueen's chain of command, the Article 32 Investigating Officer and his own legal advisor, MacFarland referred the case to a general court-martial for trial.
     
    Now that the case has been referred to a general court-martial, a military judge will receive the case and docketed it for trial.
     
    Initial charges were filed Mar. 7 against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen and allege 21 specifications of charges related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and conduct of a nature to bring discredit to the armed forces. The Article 32 in this case ended June 4.
     
    This release will be updated once a date of the court-martial is determined.
     
    As with all criminal investigations and proceedings, the accused is considered to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers, Family members, civilians and Central Texas community leaders will welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, Fort Hood's new III Corps & Fort Hood command sergeant major 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at the III Corps Headquarters here.

    Smith comes to Fort Hood from Fort Campbell, Ky., where he served as the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) command sergeant major.

    Smith replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder who now serves as the command sergeant major for U.S. Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Media desiring to cover the event should register here. A public affairs representative will meet the media at the Southside parking lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 20 for an escort to the ceremony.

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    Radio Media can download the Audio here.

     

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    Brig. Tim Lai, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general (United Kingdom), salutes the colors while standing next to Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, as both the U.K. and U.S. national antherms are played during Lai's welcome ceremony Aug. 14 in front of III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cerneo, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Brig. Tim Lai, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general (United Kingdom), salutes the colors while standing next to Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, as both the U.K. and U.S. national anthems are played during Lai's welcome ceremony Aug. 14 in front of III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cerneo, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Brig. Tim Lai, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general (United Kingdom), offers remarks from the podium during his welcome ceremony Aug. 14 in front of III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cerneo, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Brig. Tim Lai, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general (United Kingdom), sits with his family during a welcome ceremony Aug. 14 in front of III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cerneo, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers, Family members, civilians and Central Texas community leaders will welcome Brig. Gen. Tim Lai, Fort Hood's new III Corps deputy commanding general (United Kingdom), 9 a.m. Aug. 14 at the III Corps Headquarters here.

    Lai comes to Fort Hood from London, where he served as a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

    This is the first time a British officer will hold the DCG position as part of an officer exchange program with other nations. The position was previously held by Canadian general officers.

    Media desiring to cover the event should register here. A public affairs representative will meet the media at the Southside parking lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8:15 a.m. Aug 14 for an escort to the ceremony.

  • August 8, 2014 VIDEO UPDATE: III Corps gains new commanding general Milley confirmed to take command of FORSCOM

    VIDEO UPDATE: B-roll of the the ceremony is available for download here.

    http://www.dvidshub.net/video/354473/iii-corps-change-command#.U-U5m8J0y70

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, took command of III Corps at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8 here during a change of command ceremony that was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command. Allyn will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony. (CLICK ON IMAGES FOR HIGH RESOLUTION

    Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, receives the III Corps colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, during the III Corps change of command ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8 here. Allyn will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, receives the III Corps colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, during the III Corps change of command ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8 here. Allyn will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Todd Pruden, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

      Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, takes the podium during the III Corps change of command ceremony 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8 here. MacFarland took command of III Corps during the ceremony that was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command. Allyn will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, standing with his Family, shakes hands with Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, after receiving the promotion to the rank of lieutenant general from major general prior to the III Corps change of command ceremony Aug. 8 here. MacFarland took command of III Corps during theceremony that was presided over by Allyn, who will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony.(U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment fire the 21-gun-salute during the III Corps change of command ceremony. Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, took command of III Corps at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8 here during a change of command ceremony that was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command. Allyn will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, renders a salute during the III Corps change of command ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8 here. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, presided over the ceremony, and he will soon become the vice chief of staff of the Army after he relinquishes command Aug. 15 of FORSCOM to Lt. Gen. (P) Mark A. Milley. Milley, former III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be promoted to the rank of general just prior to the Aug. 15 FORSCOM change of command ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs) 

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.

    Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.

    The III Corps change of command between Milley and MacFarland is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 8 here.

    Milley, who has commanded III Corps and Fort Hood since December 2012, stated, "I am humbled and honored by the nomination, confirmation, and selection for promotion to general and the opportunity to command United States Army Forces Command.  I look forward to continuing to make a contribution to the defense of this great nation.

    "While my wife Hollyanne and I are excited for the opportunity to continue to serve, it comes with a touch of sadness as we will leave behind so many friends and partners at the Great Place," he said.  "Fort Hood, the surrounding communities, and all of Central Texas have truly opened their hearts to us and made us feel like family."

    Media wishing to cover the change of command should register here. The gate time on Aug. 8 is 8:15 a.m. in the Southside parking lot of the visitors' center.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials closed the House Creek Bridge on West Range Road at 7 a.m. July 30 to all traffic to ensure public safety
    after engineers discovered major structural issues with the bridge.
     
    Tactical military vehicles will continue to use the low-water crossing for track and wheeled vehicles and the one-way elevated bridge for wheeled vehicles. All other traffic -- commercial, privately owned vehicles and non-tactical military vehicles (buses/vans/sedans) -- will be diverted to Tank Destroyer Boulevard and Farm-to-Market Road 116 and then to Gatesville or to Elijah Road.
     
    Directorate of Public Works officials expect the bridge to be closed for as long as 12 months in order to fund, contract and complete the necessary repairs. Fort Hood officials have posted appropriate signage.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have lifted all boil water notices for Fort Hood. All testing has been completed and all tests came back with clean results.

    American Water, Fort Hood's water utility provider, issued a statement that all drinking water meets regulatory requirements at 11:06 a.m. July 16.

    Normal Stage 1 water conservation measures remain in place. Stage 1 measures include:

    (1) No watering of all types of landscaping between the hours of 1-5 p.m. daily. No water runoff allowed from areas being watered.

    (2) No operating of fund-raising or organizational car washes between the hours of 1-5 p.m. daily.

    (3) All personnel will minimize use of water for irrigation of landscaping and vehicle washing and will not waste potable water.

    (4) No use of potable water to wash driveways, sidewalks or buildings for general cleaning. Exceptions may be authorized for certain activities (e.g.

    spill response, contract actions, etc.)

    (5) If residents experience problems with water flow or leaks, they should call the Directorate of Public Works service desk at (254) 287-2113.

     

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    DATE: July 15, 2014 7:12:51 PM CDT

    UPDATE: Fort Hood moves from emergency water conservation to normal water conservation measures

    FORT HOOD, Texas --  Fort Hood moved from emergency water conservation to normal water conservation measures this afternoon as significant progress was made in replenishing the installation's water supply.

    The "Boil Water Notice" order remains in effect until officials from American Water receive confirmation from laboratory analysis that the water quality meets drinking water standards. Samples across the installation were collected today and testing is ongoing.

    All units are authorized to conduct physical training on July 16.

    All military and Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Contract personnel should contact their employers for reporting times.

    Fort Hood Child Development Centers will be open at the normal time to receive children.

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and outlying clinics are 100% medically operational.  Patients should plan to keep their appointments at respective clinics.

    Normal water conservation measures, known as Stage 1 measures, include:

    (1) No watering of all types of landscaping between the hours of 1300 - 1700 daily. No water runoff allowed from areas being watered.

    (2) No operating of fund raising or organizational car washes between the hours of 1300 - 1700 daily.

    (3) All personnel will minimize use of water for irrigation of landscaping and vehicle washing and will not waste potable water.

    (4) No use of potable water to wash driveways, sidewalks, or buildings for general cleaning. Exceptions may be authorized for certain activities (i.e. spill response, contract actions, etc.)

    (5) Report all water leaks to FH Service Desk.

     

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    DATE: July 15, 2014 10:30:58 AM CDT

    UPDATE: Water tanks 50 percent full; conservation and boiling water continues

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Water pressure and flow are increasing across post, however, the need for boiling water will continue for 48 hours. Sampling across the post will be conducted during the next 24 hours until clean water results are verified. 

    Fort Hood remains in Stage 4 water restrictions until further notice. Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only. Customers are highly encouraged to conserve water, using only for drinking, cooking and/or personal hygiene until situation is completely resolved. This includes prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools, non-essential indoor and outdoor use, etc. The quality of water has not been affected, just the quantity at this point.

    If residents experience problems with water flow, they should call the Directorate of Public Works service desk at (254) 287-2113.

     

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    DATE: July 14, 2014 5:59:04 PM CDT

    UPDATE: Progress made in restoring water; however, delayed reporting by military personnel for July 15

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Although progress has been made in restoring water availability here, the III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander has authorized delayed reporting by military personnel for July 15. All units will cancel physical training.

    Soldiers and Airmen will report to work at 9 a.m. Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Contract personnel should contact their employers for reporting times.

    Fort Hood Child Development Centers will be open at the normal time to receive children.

    Physical fitness centers will be open beginning at 9 a.m.

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and outlying clinics will resume normal hours and staffing July 15.  All outpatient clinics will be operational and patients should plan to keep their appointments at respective clinics.

    In light of the continued conservation status, surgeries will continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.   Patients with scheduled surgical procedures can expect to receive instructions directly from their care team.  Labor and Delivery will  assume a modified operations plan.  Patients should call the Triage Nurse at (254) 288-8398 or (254) 288-8400 for instructions.

    The Emergency Department, Inpatient Services, Pharmacy, Lab,  and Radiology will continue normal operations.  Beneficiaries with emergent medical concerns should report to the Emergency Department for care.

    CRDAMC staff should plan to report as scheduled.


    The "Boil Water Notice" order will remain in effect until officials from American Water receive confirmation from laboratory analysis that the water quality meets drinking water standards.

    Fort Hood officials will continue to monitor the water situation throughout the evening.  If projected improvements are slower than currently anticipated, the command may implement changes to this schedule and to current reporting procedures.

    Fort Hood military and civilian personnel are encouraged to check for updates with their commanders/supervisors, on the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com, Fort Hood Facebook at www.facebook.com/forthood, local radio and television stations on Tuesday morning.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1  officials reported that their main water line is repaired.

    Fort Hood officials anticipate water pressure will return to normal here tomorrow morning.

    Fort Hood remains in Stage 4 water restrictions until further notice.

    Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only. Customers are highly encouraged to conserve water, using only for drinking, cooking and/or personal hygiene until situation is completely resolved.

    This includes prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools, non-essential indoor and outdoor use, etc. The quality of water has not been affected, just the quantity at this point.

    Once water delivery has resumed to Fort Hood, customers can expect to experience the following scenarios as the distribution lines are systematically recharged:

    - Water service will be restored incrementally across the installation. Some areas may experience low water pressure, or not have water service, until late today July 14 or morning of July 15.

    - All personnel should continue to follow the instructions in the boil water notice until the notice is lifted by American Water. The boil water order is expected to remain in effect until at least the morning of July 16.

    - Water sampling will be conducted by the water utility provider in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules before the boil water order is lifted.

    - Water utility crews will be flushing the system as part of bringing the system back online; this is a routine operation of the utility system.

    - Some customers may see discolored water (yellow and/or brown) as the system is being re-charged. This will clear up as the water is being used and the system is flushed. If residents have discolored water, they should run an outside faucet for 10 minutes and check again. If the problem persists, call the Directorate of Public Works service desk at (254) 287-2113. Use caution before doing laundry if you have discolored water.

    - Some customers may see milky colored water or have spurts of air coming out of the faucet. This is due to air in the water mains and will clear up with use and flushing of the system.

    - Customers who have restricted flow or low flows out of individual faucets after July 16 should follow their normal service request procedure.

    Water trailers containing potable water are being positioned in housing areas. Residents should contact community mayors for additional information.

    Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Killeen water supplies are also affected. For information, visit their city Web sites at http://www.ci.copperas-cove.tx.us/; http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/ or http://www.killeentexas.gov/.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- American Water, Fort Hood's water utility supplier, has issued a "Boil Water Alert" for customers in all housing areas, all of main cantonment of Fort Hood, including CRDAMC due to the loss of potable water supply from Fort Hood's water supplier.

    The "Boil Water Notice" order will remain in effect until officials from American Water receive confirmation from laboratory analysis that the water quality meets drinking water standards.

    Click here for the American Water Notice.

  • UPDATE: The III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander has directed that only key and essential personnel report to Fort Hood July 14 due to the current water shortage conditions. Soldiers, DA civilian employees and contractors should check with their supervisors for clarification on who must report to work.

    All child development centers, including Meadows CDC, the designated CDC for use by key and essential personnel, will be closed.

    CRDAMC outpatient services on Fort Hood and at the Copperas Cove Medical Home will be cancelled and need to be rescheduled. Harker Heights and Killeen Medical Homes will be open for appointed patients.

    Surgeries will occur as scheduled unless cancelled on a case by case basis by your provider.  Oupatient clinic procedures will be cancelled and rescheduled.

    CRDAMC staff should report as per a Training Holiday schedule. Check with your supervisors and refer to the CRDAMC Homepage/Facebook for additional guidance.

    Fort Hood military and civilian personnel are encouraged to check for updates on the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com, Fort Hood Facebook at www.facebook.com/forthood, local radio and television stations.

     

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    DATE: July 13, 2014 4:08:47 PM CDT

    UPDATE: The III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander has authorized delayed reporting for July 14. All units will cancel physical training.

    Soldiers and Airmen will report to work at 9 a.m. Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Contract personnel should contact their employers for reporting times.

    Fort Hood Child Development Centers will currently be open at the normal time to receive children.

    Effective immediately, physical fitness centers have closed their showers.

    As command decisions are made, changes in the current reporting procedures may call for adjustments to this schedule.

    Fort Hood military and civilian personnel are encouraged to check for updates on the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com, Fort Hood Facebook at www.facebook.com/forthood, local radio and television stations.


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    DATE: July 13, 2014 11:59:17 AM CDT

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Effective immediately, Fort Hood is in Stage 4 (Critical) Emergency Water Conservation as a result of an interruption in the main water supply line that serves the post from the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (BCWCID No.1).

    Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only until the water supply interruption is corrected, which at this point county officials believe to be late Sunday. Customers are highly encouraged to conserve water, using only for drinking, cooking and/or personal hygiene until situation is resolved.

    This includes prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools, non-essential indoor and outdoor use, etc. The quality of water has not been affected, just the quantity at this point.

    Updates provided from the county will be posted as they become available. We encourage all residents to visit the Fort Hood Press Center site (www.forthoodpresscenter.com) and/or III Corps Facebook page (facebook.com/forthood) for updates on this situation.

    Copperas Cove and Killeen water supplies are also affected. For information, visit their city Web sites at http://www.ci.copperas-cove.tx.us/ or http://www.killeentexas.gov/.

    Additional information or concerns regarding this matter should be directed to Fort Hood public affairs at (254) 449-4023 or query@forthoodpresscenter.com.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Article 32 Investigation in U.S. vs. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen is complete. The investigating officer's purpose was to hear evidence and make a recommendation to the special court-martial convening authority whether charges should be referred. The charges are now before the special court-martial convening authority for his decision in this case. The Manual for Courts-Martial outlines the procedural requirements for courts-martial.

    As with all criminal investigations and proceedings, the accused is considered to be innocent unless or until proven guilty.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Directorate of Emergency Service officials here remind Fort Hood residents and individuals entering post that the use of consumer fireworks are prohibited in all areas of the installation.

    Individuals entering Fort Hood gates will be asked to declare if they have fireworks. Should the individual reply "yes," then they will be given two options: place fireworks in an amnesty box or leave the installation.

    If an individual replies "no" and fireworks are found during random vehicle searches, the military police will be called and the individual will be ticketed. This ticket is $150 fine for possession of fireworks under Possession/Discharge of Fireworks/Pyrotechnics; USC Title 18, Section 1382.

    Anyone found in possession of fireworks in post housing or barracks rooms will be subject to the same policy and fine.

    Tickets will also be issued to those found discharging fireworks on the installation to include Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA). If damage to property occurs while discharging fireworks, the individual will be fined at a greater amount.

    Residents are encouraged to attend a public display such as Fort Hood's Independence Day Celebration or attend other Central Texas fireworks shows on July 4.

    People living off of the installation are asked to follow their city's ordinances and check the county's burn ban before using fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause thousands of burn and eye injuries each year and are also a leading cause of wild land fires.

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