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  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood and surrounding cities will hold their annual Force Protection Exercise May 20-21 at various location on and off the installation.

    The exercise will rehearse Fort Hood, local, state and federal emergency response procedures. Several agencies including on-post and neighboring community police, fire and medical personnel will respond to several emergencies throughout the two-day exercise.

    The exercise consists of several incident locations; specific locations are not disclosed in an effort to maintain realistic responses.

    During the exercise, traffic control measures will be implemented in the vicinity of the incident locations which may result in short delays. Personnel unable to avoid travel near the incident locations should incorporate potential delays into travel plans and allow extra time for travel. Routine traffic on the installation is expected to experience minimal, if any, impact.

    In addition to emergency response vehicles and personnel, residents may observe smoke or other visual or audio effects in the incident areas. The exercise should end in the afternoon on May 21.

    During the exercise, the emergency warning system (loudspeakers) will be used to simulate commands, i.e. "Shelter in Place." All exercise instructions will be preceded and followed by "EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE." Residents should not be alarmed and need not respond.

    The bulk of the activity will take place 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 20.

    Media interested in covering the exercise must register here by 5 p.m. May 19.

    Gate time is 9:30 a.m. May 20. There will only be one convoy out to the site for the exercise.

  • May 18, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Kevin D. Lewis

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 14 from an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him deceased at 8:20 a.m.

    Staff Sgt. Kevin Darnell Lewis, 29, whose home of record is listed as Plano, Texas, entered active-duty service in January 2005 as an indirect fire infantryman. He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since January 2014.

    Lewis deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2007 to June 2008 and from August 2009 to August 2010. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2011 to May 2013.

    Lewis' awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Medals, NATO Medal, Multi-national Force and Observers Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.

    The incident remains under investigation by the Killeen Police Department. For further details on the investigation, contact Carroll Smith, KPD public information officer, at (254) 501-8807.

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

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps and Fort Hood officials will host a Lemonade Day Fort Hood Area ribbon cutting ceremony to officially kick-off Lemonade Day weekend at 11 a.m. May 1 in the front entry area of III Corps Headquarters here. 

    Deputy Garrison Commander Mary Himic and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Cosper will provide opening remarks.

    Following the ceremony, a select group of Lemonade Day participants will setup their lemonade stands and sell lemonade to VIP guests and III Corps Soldiers and staff.  These young entrepreneurs have been preparing for Lemonade Day by learning the basics of business through the Lemonade Day Entrepreneur Workbook and have unique stories to tell the guests.  This event is a snapshot of what the coming weekend will look like with lemonade stands dotting the Fort Hood community.

    Fort Hood was the first military installation to actively promote Lemonade Day, and the success of the program at Fort Hood is now being modeled for other military communities across the country.  Lemonade Day participants have spent the last few months learning how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.  Participants are encouraged to spend a little, save a little, give a little of their profits. 

    Lemonade Day is an educational initiative designed to introduce youth to entrepreneurship. Children of all ages learn to set goals, develop a plan, secure an investor, create a product, make a profit and give back to their community.  This will be the sixth year that the Fort Hood area has participated in the program. Lemonade Day is sponsored by Fort Hood National Bank, Fort Hood Family Housing and local sponsors H-E-B, CenturyLink and Smile at the World Orthodontics with support from the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    Lemonade Day is an international program founded in 2007 by Michael Holthouse and his foundation, The Holthouse Foundation For Kids in Houston, Texas. Lemonade Day now has more than 150,000 youth across the U.S. and Canada participating each year.

    For more information about Lemonade Day, visit forthood.lemonadeday.org or call Amanda Stephens, Lemonade Day city director, at (254) 421-3913 or Nieomi King, Fort Hood Family Housing Community Services manager, at (254) 289-7244.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. The gate time is 10:30 a.m. May 1 at the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitior's center.

     

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    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has taken a giant step toward improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program Star Achiever facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breast-feeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants, and it is part of a five-year quality improvement project aimed at reversing the low percentage of Texas mothers who exclusively breast-feed for six months.

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has taken a giant step toward improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program Star Achiever facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breast-feeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants, and it is part of a five-year quality improvement project aimed at reversing the low percentage of Texas mothers who exclusively breast-feed for six months.

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  • April 28, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Derek Roy Pagan

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died from injuries suffered when he was apparently hit by a vehicle April 26 in Austin, Texas. Austin County Emergency Services pronounced him deceased at 2:26 a.m.

    Sgt. Derek Roy Pagan, 29, whose home of record is listed as Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, entered the military in April 2011 as a radio and communications security repairer. He was assigned to 589th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood since October 2013.

    Pagan's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Air Assault Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the Austin Police Department.

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

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood and surrounding cities will hold their annual Force Protection Exercise May 20-21 at various location on and off the installation.

    The exercise will rehearse Fort Hood, local, state and federal emergency response procedures. Several agencies including on-post and neighboring community police, fire and medical personnel will respond to several emergencies throughout the two-day exercise.

    The exercise consists of several incident locations; specific locations are not disclosed in an effort to maintain realistic responses.

    During the exercise, traffic control measures will be implemented in the vicinity of the incident locations which may result in short delays. Personnel unable to avoid travel near the incident locations should incorporate potential delays into travel plans and allow extra time for travel. Routine traffic on the installation is expected to experience minimal, if any, impact.

    In addition to emergency response vehicles and personnel, residents may observe smoke or other visual or audio effects in the incident areas. The exercise should end in the afternoon on May 21.

    During the exercise, the emergency warning system (loudspeakers) will be used to simulate commands, i.e. "Shelter in Place." All exercise instructions will be preceded and followed by "EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE." Residents should not be alarmed and need not respond.

    The bulk of the activity will take place 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 20.

    Media interested in covering the exercise must register here by 5 p.m. May 19.

    Gate time is 9:30 a.m. May 20. There will only be one convoy out to the site for the exercise.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood and surrounding cities will hold their annual Force Protection Exercise May 20-21 at various location on and off the installation.

    The exercise will rehearse Fort Hood, local, state and federal emergency response procedures. Several agencies including on-post and neighboring community police, fire and medical personnel will respond to several emergencies throughout the two-day exercise.

    The exercise consists of several incident locations; specific locations are not disclosed in an effort to maintain realistic responses.

    During the exercise, traffic control measures will be implemented in the vicinity of the incident locations which may result in short delays. Personnel unable to avoid travel near the incident locations should incorporate potential delays into travel plans and allow extra time for travel. Routine traffic on the installation is expected to experience minimal, if any, impact.

    In addition to emergency response vehicles and personnel, residents may observe smoke or other visual or audio effects in the incident areas. The exercise should end in the afternoon on May 21.

    During the exercise, the emergency warning system (loudspeakers) will be used to simulate commands, i.e. "Shelter in Place." All exercise instructions will be preceded and followed by "EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE." Residents should not be alarmed and need not respond.

    The bulk of the activity will take place 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 20.

    Media interested in covering the exercise must register here by 5 p.m. May 19.

    Gate time is 9:30 a.m. May 20. There will only be one convoy out to the site for the exercise.

  • May 18, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Kevin D. Lewis

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 14 from an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him deceased at 8:20 a.m.

    Staff Sgt. Kevin Darnell Lewis, 29, whose home of record is listed as Plano, Texas, entered active-duty service in January 2005 as an indirect fire infantryman. He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since January 2014.

    Lewis deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2007 to June 2008 and from August 2009 to August 2010. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2011 to May 2013.

    Lewis' awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Medals, NATO Medal, Multi-national Force and Observers Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.

    The incident remains under investigation by the Killeen Police Department. For further details on the investigation, contact Carroll Smith, KPD public information officer, at (254) 501-8807.

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

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps and Fort Hood officials will host a Lemonade Day Fort Hood Area ribbon cutting ceremony to officially kick-off Lemonade Day weekend at 11 a.m. May 1 in the front entry area of III Corps Headquarters here. 

    Deputy Garrison Commander Mary Himic and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Cosper will provide opening remarks.

    Following the ceremony, a select group of Lemonade Day participants will setup their lemonade stands and sell lemonade to VIP guests and III Corps Soldiers and staff.  These young entrepreneurs have been preparing for Lemonade Day by learning the basics of business through the Lemonade Day Entrepreneur Workbook and have unique stories to tell the guests.  This event is a snapshot of what the coming weekend will look like with lemonade stands dotting the Fort Hood community.

    Fort Hood was the first military installation to actively promote Lemonade Day, and the success of the program at Fort Hood is now being modeled for other military communities across the country.  Lemonade Day participants have spent the last few months learning how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.  Participants are encouraged to spend a little, save a little, give a little of their profits. 

    Lemonade Day is an educational initiative designed to introduce youth to entrepreneurship. Children of all ages learn to set goals, develop a plan, secure an investor, create a product, make a profit and give back to their community.  This will be the sixth year that the Fort Hood area has participated in the program. Lemonade Day is sponsored by Fort Hood National Bank, Fort Hood Family Housing and local sponsors H-E-B, CenturyLink and Smile at the World Orthodontics with support from the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    Lemonade Day is an international program founded in 2007 by Michael Holthouse and his foundation, The Holthouse Foundation For Kids in Houston, Texas. Lemonade Day now has more than 150,000 youth across the U.S. and Canada participating each year.

    For more information about Lemonade Day, visit forthood.lemonadeday.org or call Amanda Stephens, Lemonade Day city director, at (254) 421-3913 or Nieomi King, Fort Hood Family Housing Community Services manager, at (254) 289-7244.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. The gate time is 10:30 a.m. May 1 at the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitior's center.

     

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    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has taken a giant step toward improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program Star Achiever facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breast-feeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants, and it is part of a five-year quality improvement project aimed at reversing the low percentage of Texas mothers who exclusively breast-feed for six months.

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has taken a giant step toward improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program Star Achiever facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breast-feeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants, and it is part of a five-year quality improvement project aimed at reversing the low percentage of Texas mothers who exclusively breast-feed for six months.

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  • April 28, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Derek Roy Pagan

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died from injuries suffered when he was apparently hit by a vehicle April 26 in Austin, Texas. Austin County Emergency Services pronounced him deceased at 2:26 a.m.

    Sgt. Derek Roy Pagan, 29, whose home of record is listed as Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, entered the military in April 2011 as a radio and communications security repairer. He was assigned to 589th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood since October 2013.

    Pagan's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Air Assault Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the Austin Police Department.

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

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    Families are invited to visit cemeteries within the live-fire training areas on Fort Hood May 24 as part of an annual Memorial Day visit. Families may visit cemeteries between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. without area access clearance. Range Control will have guides available to assist Families and will monitor cemetery visits to ensure that all visitors are clear of the live-fire training areas on time. Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries. Roads that may be used are East Range, Hubbard, West Range, and Owl Creek. No vehicle pass is required for Memorial Day visits.

    Families are invited to visit cemeteries within the live-fire training areas on Fort Hood May 24 as part of an annual Memorial Day visit. Families may visit cemeteries between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. without area access clearance. Range Control will have guides available to assist Families and will monitor cemetery visits to ensure that all visitors are clear of the live-fire training areas on time. Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries. Roads that may be used are East Range, Hubbard, West Range, and Owl Creek. No vehicle pass is required for Memorial Day visits.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials will recognize their top volunteers for 2014 at the Fort Hood Volunteer of the Year Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Club Hood here.

    Maj. Gen. Kendall P. Cox, III Corps deputy commanding general, will be the guest speaker for the ceremony.

    During 2014, approximately 7,500 volunteers worked more than 126,000 hours equating a savings of approximately $2.8M in labor costs.

    Thirty-seven volunteers will be recognized for their service from January through December 2014.

    Media wishing to attend should contact Fort Hood Public Affairs at (254) 287-7823. The gate time for this event is 6 p.m. in the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials will welcome more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters as they cycle through the installation at 9 a.m. April 22 on day four of their seven-day, 350-mile Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge from Houston to Arlington, Texas, at the AT&T Stadium.

    Following a short media availability, the riders will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the III Corps Headquarters building for the next leg of their journey.

    Media desiring to cover the Fort Hood portion of the event should register here by 5 p.m. April 21. 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 at 8 a.m. for an escort on to post.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The following release is being sent on behalf of Army Public Affairs. For more information contact Wayne Hall at OCPA, 703-693-7589.

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has directed the United States Army to provide all possible benefits to victims of a 2009 attack at Fort Hood who were recently awarded the Purple Heart medal.

    Last week, 36 soldiers and surviving family members of the attack were awarded the Purple Heart medal during a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas. The ceremony came after Congress expanded eligibility criteria for the Purple Heart, allowing the medal to be awarded to Soldiers wounded or killed in incidents that were previously ineligible.

    “In addition to the Purple Heart medal, there are certain other benefits for which Soldiers receiving the Purple Heart are traditionally eligible,” McHugh wrote in an April 14 memorandum.  “I intend to ensure that the Soldiers receiving the Purple Heart under the expanded criteria also receive all other related benefits for which they are eligible.”

    Among the benefits ordered by McHugh is payment of hostile fire pay for those Purple Heart recipients “killed, injured, or wounded” in the attack, as well as combat-related special compensation for retired soldiers whose disability is attributable to an injury for which they were awarded the Purple Heart.

    “After making the determination that the victims of the Fort Hood attack are now eligible for the Purple Heart, it seems only right and fair that these Soldiers also receive the benefits it traditionally entails,” McHugh said.  “That’s why I directed an expedited process to make certain that happens.”

    McHugh explained that there may be additional benefits, and that he has directed a review to determine “whether these Soldiers may be entitled to any other benefits or compensation as a result of the award of the Purple Heart.”  A report is due back to the Secretary within 30 days.

    In addition to the victims of the Fort Hood shooting, McHugh’s actions would be applicable to a 2009 attack on a Little Rock, Arkansas, recruiting station where Private William Long was killed, and Private Quinton Ezeagwula wounded.  Both will be awarded the Purple Heart following the expanded eligibility criteria mandated by Congress.  The Army is continuing to look into whether there are other soldiers previously determined to be ineligible for the Purple Heart who may now qualify under the expanded criteria.

     

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  • April 15, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lee Jones Jr.

    Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lee Jones

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of an apparent drowning April 13 at Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Salado, Texas. He was pronounced deceased by Bell County Justice of the Peace GW Ivey at 4:50 p.m.

    Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lee Jones Jr., 31, whose home of record is listed as Anderson, South Carolina, entered active-duty service in February 2003 as a Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer. 

    He was assigned to III Corps Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Fort Hood, Texas, in June 2014. Jones deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2003 to February 2004 and from May 2005 to April 2006. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2007 to March 2009 and from November 2012 to June 2013.

    Jones' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • Reynolds House

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood began demolition of the historic Reynolds House here at 8 a.m. April 14 after a lengthy process that determined the building to be unsafe and too costly to repair.

    In 2013, Directorate of Public Works officials relocated the Red Cross after Fort Hood building inspectors determined the building unsafe for use. Officials then obtained Texas State Historic Preservation Office approval to demolish the building.

    Fort Hood also contacted the Reynolds family to allow them the opportunity to tour the facility and understand the plans for demolition.

    Officials then notified the Killeen Area Historical Association of their decision. The KAHA looked into to restoring the building but also found that it would be too costly to repair.

    Reasons the building was determined unsafe include: the building contains asbestos and lead paint; it has faulty wiring and lacks fire protection. The building also is not in compliance with the American Disabilities Act and force protection requirements. In addition, the building's foundation has failed, which caused severely uneven floors.

    Officials will keep the historical marker near the property and a scaled replica of the Reynolds House will be constructed for future display. Select artifacts will also be collected and stored for future display.

  • UPDATE 3: Flickr images from the ceremony are available at:

    Ceremony photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/forthood/sets/72157651931973622/

    Recipient photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/forthood/sets/72157651532555320/

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    UPDATE 2: Video of the April 10 Purple Heart Ceremony held here can be found at the link below.

    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/398046/fort-hood-purple-heart-defense-freedom-medals-ceremony

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    UPDATE: Photos and video from the event will be loaded on the Purple Heart Event Page later today. Pool Photography and Video instructions on the event page as well.

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    Live broadcast available at 9 a.m. April 10:

     

    To get the latest media information on the ceremony and satellite coordinates for the live shot, click here.

    FORT HOOD, Texas – The III Corps and Fort Hood commander will host a Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony at 9 a.m. April 10 at the III Corps Headquarters for the victims and families of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting incident here.

    Forty-four medals will be presented during the ceremony.

    Media wishing to cover the ceremony should register here. On April 10, media should meet at 7 a.m. at the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors’ center. Only one satellite truck will be allowed at the ceremony for a live media pool with two cameras broadcasting.

  • Jeffrey and Sheryll Pearson pause to look at the portrait of their son, Pfc. Michael Pearson, before the start of the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs) Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, offers remarks during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs) Retired Gen. Bob Cone, former III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, offers remarks during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)  Joleen Cahill approaches the flagpole before receiving the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom on behalf of her husband, Michael Cahill, during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)  Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, pins the Purple Heart on Sgt. Nathan Hewitt during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)  Secretary of the Army John McHugh presents the Purple Heart to Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford Jr. during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)  Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, shakes hands with Kimberly Munley after presenting her with the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)  Secretary of the Army John McHugh presents the Purple Heart to Teena Nemelka on behalf of her son, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)  Medal awardees return to their seats after the medal presentation during the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony Friday, April 10, at III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    By Heather Graham-Ashley

    III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas – After nearly six years and a legislative wording change, shooting victims from the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood were recognized during a Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom award ceremony here Friday.

    III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, joined by the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, presented Purple Hearts and Secretary of Defense Medals for the Defense of Freedom to victims and family members of the fallen from that tragic day at the ceremony. 

    Thirteen people were killed in the shooting at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center that day. Another 31 were wounded by gunfire. The gunman was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2013.

    “We honor the memories of the 13 souls laid to eternal rest pay tribute to their sacrifice,” MacFarland said. “We also remember the acts of courage and selflessness by Soldiers and civilians which prevented an even greater calamity from occurring that day.”

    Purple Hearts were presented to representatives of 10 of the Soldiers killed Nov. 5, 2009, as well as to 26 of those wounded.  The Defense of Freedom Medal, the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart, was presented to the family of Michael Cahill, the lone civilian contractor killed that day, as well as to Kimberly Munley, the Department of the Army civilian police officer who was shot when she responded to the scene.  

    Purple Hearts for four Soldiers wounded and the families of two Soldiers killed Nov. 5, 2009, will be awarded at local ceremonies throughout the nation, MacFarland said. They were not forgotten.

    “We honor them, as well,” the general said.

    The recipients hailed from 21 states and units from across Fort Hood and throughout the U.S., and of those killed, seven were active-duty, five were Reservists, and one was a civilian contractor.

    “Hundreds of lives have been woven together by this single day of valor and loss,” MacFarland said. “Although no words can resurrect those we lost or completely erase the scars, today’s ceremony is an opportunity to provide a sense of closure to those who were injured or those who lost a loved one.”

    He applauded the bravery of the first responders who rushed into the active scene, those who worked to distract the shooter so others could escape and those who provided emergency aid to the wounded.

    “Their bravery has been matched only by their resilience – the spirit of which is seen throughout the Army,” MacFarland said, noting the 20th Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, which lost four Soldiers that day and had 11 wounded; and the 467 Medical Detachment, an Army Reserve unit based in Madison,Wisconsin, which had three Soldiers killed and four wounded in the shooting. “Despite these losses, both units deployed to Afghanistan within months.”

    Retired Gen. Bob Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general at the time of the incident, recalled the resilience and bravery in face of that adversity.

    Less than two months into command at Fort Hood, Cone was on his way to speak at a college graduation ceremony at Howze Auditorium, which shared a parking lot with the SRP site, when he was alerted to avoid the area.

    He remembers the tragedy and pain of that day, but also the way the installation and surrounding community rallied.

    “I think what struck me most was the tremendous sense of purpose and resilience of the Soldiers, civilians and first responders as the scene,” Cone said. “At the moment of greatest need, these professionals were at their very best, using their combat training to respond to the crisis, to treat and evacuate the wounded, and care for each other.”

    Cone also was struck by the response from the Central Texas community.

    “The outpouring of support for everything from blood transfusions to local hospitality for families, to financial contributions, was simply amazing,” the former III Corps commander said. “In so many ways, the community’s response truly represents the remarkable bond between this installation and this community.”

    Heroes stepped up that day and continue to support those wounded and the families of those killed, Cone said.  Survivors have changed and adapted, and Cone has seen the progress made.

    “I have monitored many of you as you have struggled, adapted, triumphed or stumbled.  While there has been much pain, there has also been great progress,” he said. “That is the essence of being a survivor that is the essence of being a victor over a terrible incident like this.”

    Capt. Dorothy Carskadon, a Reservist with the 467th Combat Stress Control Unit on Nov. 5, 2009, returned to her civilian job as a social worker at a veterans’ center following the incident.

    Working with combat- theater veterans and their families aided her recovery, Carskadon said.

    “It really helped me move through the issues that I needed to move through,” she said.

    Carskadon said she has found an outpouring of support for herself and her spouse from her community, church, family and friends.

    “It is overwhelming,” she said. “It has been overwhelming since day one.”

    That support and resilience exhibited by Soldiers like Carskadon illustrated the victory that Cone said marked the ceremony.

    “For the recipients of today’s awards, both living and deceased, today is about victory,” Cone said. “Today is about fully documenting and acknowledging your sacrifice for this great nation.”

    Many of those wounded that November day said the ceremony served not only as recognition of their sacrifice and injuries, but also of the magnitude of the shooting. They thanked the legislators for their efforts to make the awards presentations possible.

    Receiving the Purple Heart validates her experience, Carskadon said.

    “It validates that it was a terrorist activity,” she said. “It draws a line, a distinction between workplace violence and terrorism.”

    Kerry Cahill, daughter of the lone civilian fatality on Nov. 5, 2009, said there is more to do as too many veterans struggle with suicide and behavioral health concerns from incidents such as the one that claimed her father. Those concerns were what her father devoted his life helping Soldiers through.

    “We’re not done,” she said. “With these medals, with all of this, comes a great weight, because I am not doing enough is how I feel every day because I can’t do what my dad did, I am not in the room with a Soldier every day, asking how they’re sleeping, asking if they need help.”

    Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times Nov. 5 while working alongside his friend Michael Cahill at the SRP site, shared those worries about veteran suicides and his fellow Fort Hood survivors.

    “Within our family, the Fort Hood family,” Lunsford said, “we stay in constant communication with each other so that we do not let those demons of the night come back and haunt us.”

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood Family Housing, Lend Lease’s privatized military family housing community, will host a demolition ceremony at 2:30 p.m. April 7 in the Walker Village neighborhood here. The event will celebrate the history of Walker Village and kickoff a new phase of renovation and construction at Fort Hood Family Housing.

    In Walker Village, all 518 existing 1950’s homes will be demolished. Mack Quinney, project director, Fort Hood Family Housing, and Col. Matthew Elledge, Garrison commander, will officiate.

    Fort Hood Family Housing also has plans for renovations and construction to take place in the West Chaffee and North Wainwright neighborhoods. In West Chaffee, Fort Hood Family Housing is preparing for 172 duplex-style homes to be converted into 86 single-family homes. Additionally in Chaffee, 38 single-family homes will undergo renovations, as well as neighborhood utility infrastructure upgrades which are slated to begin this fall. In North Wainwright, 64 new single-family homes will be constructed and are expected to begin in 2016.

    Fort Hood Family Housing is the 50-year partnership created between Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships and the Department of the Army through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI). Fort Hood Family Housing has the distinction of being the largest LEED certified residential community not only in the state of Texas, but also in the Army and is home to more than 6,400 families stationed at Fort Hood. 

    Media interested in attending must register here by noon April 6. On April 7, media should meet in the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 1:45 p.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m. notifying the installation that a soldier allegedly issued a verbal threat.  Directorate of Emergency Services officials took appropriate measures to secure the post and currently have a suspect in custody.  The post is not currently on lock down.  The situation is under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Senior Commander has authorized early release for Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians due to projected congestion of US HWY 190 because of an overpass bridge collapse in Salado, Texas on I-35.

    Release times for Soldiers and civilians are staggered by unit in accordance with FH Reg 385-2 Table 2-1 Release by Serial. For your specific time of release, check with you chain of command or supervisor. Contractors should contact their employers for guidance.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Transitioning Soldiers are invited to attend a premiere job seeking workshop and motivational sessions hosted by American Dream U from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27 at Palmer Theater and from 9a.m.-3 p.m. March 28 at Oveta-Culp-Hobby Center.

    The event will feature world-class business and career advice from top entrepreneurs such as Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of Charfen Intitute, Brad Martineau, chief baller, SixthDivision, and Steve Sims, visionary founder of Bluefish.

    Topics will include how to network for results, how to create a better online presence, how to build an effective resume, how to interview for success, what to do after the interview. There are also seminars on starting your own business.

    Participants will receive a free Dream Job Resource Kit available for download here: http://americandreamu.org/dream-job-resource-kit#/optin.

    To register for these seminars click here: http://americandreamu.org/forthood.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) will inactivate in a ceremony at 10 a.m. March 26 in the brigade hangar, Bldg. 90094, West Fort Hood, Texas.

    The unit will case their colors after 30 years of Army service.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here. On March 26, media should meet at the Mohawk Gate off of south Clear Creek Road at 9:30 a.m.

  • March 17, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Geraldo Andre Mora-Cruz

    Sgt. Geraldo Mora-Cruz

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive March 15 at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace, Bill Cooke pronounced him deceased at 3:30 p.m.

    Sgt. Geraldo Andre Mora-Cruz, 33, whose home of record is listed as San Germán, Puerto Rico, entered active-duty service in August 2000 as an information technology specialist. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 48th Chemical Brigade, Fort Hood, since July 2012.

    Mora-Cruz deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to November 2003 and from November 2007 to January 2009.

    Mora-Cruz's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons and Driver and Mechanic Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Army officials will conduct a community listening session on Army end-strength reductions at 6 p.m. March 24 in ballrooms A and B in the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

    The listening session will be a public forum for local, state, and federal leaders allowing them the opportunity to provide direct input concerning key community-unique points of interest they believe should be considered in the Army’s stationing decision process.

    To achieve fiscal reductions consistent with the Budget Control Act of 2011, the Army must further reduce end strength and reorganize its force structure to best achieve defense strategic requirements within fiscal constraints. To accomplish this, the Army is currently analyzing available options.

    Media wishing to cover this event should register here. On March 24, media covering the listening session should meet public affairs at the KCCC at 5:45 p.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The 36th Engineer Brigade will uncase its colors during a welcome home ceremony at 8 a.m. March 23 in Starker Gym here.

    Col. Heath C. Roscoe, 36th Engineer brigade commander, and 36th Engineer Brigade Command Sergeant Major Douglas S. Padgett will uncase the unit colors during the ceremony.

    The uncasing of the colors is an Army tradition that symbolizes the return of a unit from a theater of operation.

    Roughly 450 Soldiers from the brigade deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance in the Fall 2014.

    Operation United Assistance was the U.S. government's approach to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

    During the deployment, the brigade headquarters provided mission oversight of the joint engineer forces in Liberia, and the subordinate units 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 noon March 20. The gate time for the media is 7:30 a.m. at the south side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Blvd.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas --The guest speaker for the Fort Hood Women's History Month observance will be a member of the first group of women to graduate from the U.S Military Academy.

    Col. (Ret) Deb Lewis will be hosted by the 11th Signal Brigade at 1:30 p.m. March 18 in Club Hood here.

    Lewis cleared an unconventional path for women in the military, serving in numerous leadership positions. She entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976. She steadily rose through the ranks of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, commanding three army engineer districts from 1998 to 2007 and led a $3 billion reconstruction program during combat in Iraq.

    Media who are interested in covering this story should contact Fort Hood Media Relations here. On March 18, media should meet public affairs in the south side parking lot of the visitors' center at 12:45 p.m.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – In the court-martial of U.S. vs. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen on March 12, Military Judge Lt. Col. Rebecca Connally determined McQueen was guilty of having committed the following offenses.
     
    Four specifications of Article 80 (attempt to pander)
     
    Three specifications of Article 81 (Conspiracy to patronize/soliciting a prostitute)
     
    Three specifications of Article 92 (Failure to obey a lawful order/dereliction of duty)
     
    Two specifications of Article 93 (Cruelty and Maltreatment)
     
    Three specifications of Article 134 (Adultery/pandering and prostitution)
     
    McQueen was also charged for one specification of Article 128, assault consummated by a battery, which was tried on the merits as he did not plead guilty to this particular offense. 
     
    Connally also announced that McQueen was guilty of this offense.            
     
    The sentence adjudged in McQueen’s court-martial was a reduction to the grade of E-1, 24 months confinement and a dishonorable discharge. 
     
    Upon completion of the post-trial review process, the convening authority will review the case and may approve the sentence.
  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- At a morning session March 11 in the court-martial of U.S. v.s Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, Military Judge Lt. Col. Rebecca Connally held a providence inquiry to determine whether to accept McQueen's admission of guilt in accordance with a pre-trial agreement.

    McQueen elected to be tried by a military judge alone.

    McQueen plead guilty to the following offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

    Four specifications of Article 80 (attempt to pander);

    Three specifications of Article 81 (Conspiracy to patronize/soliciting a prostitute);

    Three specifications of Article 92 (Failure to obey a lawful order/dereliction of duty);

    Two specifications of Article 93 (Cruelty and Maltreatment); and

    Three specifications of Article 134 (Adultery/pandering and prostitution).

    Additionally, a charge of Article 120 which is abusive sexual contact along with one specification of Article 92 and three specifications of Article 134 were dismissed without prejudice until sentencing.

    In the afternoon session, Connally heard arguments from the prosecution and defense on a charge of Article 128, which is assault consummated by a battery.

    Two witnesses for the prosecution and three for the defense testified as to what they witnessed in support of the Article 128 offense.

    Connally closed the court until 9 a.m. March 12. After a determination on the merits of the case, the accused will face the sentencing portion of the court-martial.

  • March 10, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Elvis Lee Bingham

     Pfc. Elvis Bingham

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died March 7 from an apparent gunshot wound at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him deceased at 10:20 p.m.

    Pfc. Elvis Lee Bingham, 35, whose home of record is listed as Gainesville, Georgia, entered active-duty service in May 2012 as a horizontal construction engineer. He was assigned to the 43rd Engineer Company, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, since October 2012.

    Bingham deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2014 to February 2015.

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

     The incident remains under investigation by the Killeen Police Department. For further details on the investigation, contact Carroll Smith, KPD PIO, at (254) 501-8807.

  • UPDATE: The general court martial for Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen has been delayed to begin 9 a.m. March 11 at the Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center here.

    Media who wish to cover this event must register here before noon March 9

    On March 11, Satellite Trucks should report to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190 at 7 a.m. All others should report to the Fort Hood visitors' center by 8 a.m. All media should be prepared to show a U.S. driver's license with photo and an accredited press badge with photo.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The general court-martial of Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen is set to begin at 9 a.m. March 9 in the Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center here.

    Trial judge Lt. Col. Rebecca Connally will preside over the proceedings.

    Initial charges were filed March 7, 2014, against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen and allege 21 specifications 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, 2014.

    As with all criminal investigations and proceedings, the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

  • CORRECTION: The 48th CBRNE Bde. will be part of a residual Operation United Assistance force of approximately 100 Soldiers that will provide core command and control capability; rapid response capability; and to enable a rapid restart of larger operations, if needed.  Other response functions have been or will be transitioned to civilian personnel.  Troops are coming home, but the United States is not leaving West Africa.  The civilian-led response will actually grow in size and number in the weeks ahead to continue the fight against Ebola until there are zero cases.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - The Fort Hood-based 48th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Brigade will hold a departure ceremony for its first operational deployment at 11:30 a.m. March 9 in the III Corps Headquarters East Atrium here.

    The 48th CBRNE Bde. will be part of a residual Operation United Assistance force of approximately 100 Soldiers that will provide core command and control capability; rapid response capability; and to enable a rapid restart of larger operations, if needed.  Other response functions have been or will be transitioned to civilian personnel.  Troops are coming home, but the United States is not leaving West Africa.  The civilian-led response will actually grow in size and number in the weeks ahead to continue the fight against Ebola until there are zero cases. The brigade will relieve the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as the joint forces headquarters element for U.S. forces supporting the Ebola mission in West Africa.

    The brigade is part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland-based 20th CBRNE Command, the U.S. Defense Department's only multifunctional formation that combats global CBRNE threats.

    Media interested in covering this event should meet at 11 a.m. in the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor’s center.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials reported power outages in some areas on post overnight.

    Power has been restored to all affected areas. Lightning is believed to be the source of the problem that caused the power outage.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood commander has cancelled physical training for all units tomorrow due to winter weather forecasts. Soldiers and Airmen will report to work at 9 a.m. Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal report time with liberal leave in effect. Contract personnel should contact their Program Manager for report times.

    Should Hazardous Weather impact Fort Hood, callers can listen to the current weather situation or an information alert that affects Fort Hood by dialing (254) 287-6700. Details will also be posted at the Fort Hood homepage (http://www.hood.army.mil/) and III Corps & Fort Hood Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/forthood). Also, people should stay tuned to local radio and television for the latest forecasts. 

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) will host a media availability at 1:45 p.m. March 10 in the Phantom Warrior Room, III Corps Headquarters, here.
     
    The focus of the interview will be on AMC support to III Corps and Fort Hood troops both home and abroad.
     
    Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general, oversees several logistics support units on Fort Hood, including the 407th Army Field Support Brigade, 418th Contracting Support Brigade, and Logistics Readiness Center. The command provides warfighters the equipment, supplies and logistics support they -need, when and where they need it.
     
    As the senior leader of AMC, Via commands a $50 billion global organization with an impact in all 50 states and 145 countries. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, communicates with it, wears it, or eats it, AMC produces and provides it. From research and development to contracting and manufacturing, from supply and distribution to sustainment, retrograde and resale, AMC manages every phase of the materiel life cycle.
     
     
    On March 10, media should report to the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center by 1 p.m.
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  • February 24, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Ata-Se Giffa

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of an apparent gunshot wound Feb. 23 at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him deceased at 1:19 a.m.

    Spc. Ata-Se Giffa, 30, whose home of record is listed as Clarkston, Georgia, entered active-duty service in August 2009 as an automated logistics specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade,  Fort Hood, since January 2014.

    Giffa deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2010 to October 2011.

    Giffa's awards and decorations include two Army Achievement medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.

    The incident remains under investigation by the Killeen Police Department. For further details on the investigation, contact Carroll Smith, KPD PIO, at (254) 501-8807.

  • February 23, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Jason Alan Luong

     Sgt. Jason Luong

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Feb. 18 from a terminal illness in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    Sgt. Jason Alan Luong, 36, whose home of record is listed as Tucson, Arizona, entered active duty service in May 1997 as a Motor Transport Operator. He last served as a Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist and was assigned to Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Corps, Fort Hood, since January 2013.

    Luong deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2004 to November 2005 and from December 2007 to February 2009. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February 2011 to January 2012.

    Luong's awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and Driver and Mechanic badge.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Due to deteriorating weather conditions, Fort Hood officials have authorized early release Feb. 23.

    Soldiers and Airmen will be released at 3 p.m. and Department of the Army civilians will be released at 4 p.m.

    Physical Training for Soldiers and Airmen is cancelled Feb. 24.  

    Soldiers and Airmen will report to work at 9 a.m. Feb. 24.

    DA Civilians will report at normal reporting times with liberal leave in effect.

    Contract personnel should contact their Program Manager for report times.

    Should Hazardous Weather impact Fort Hood, callers can listen to the current weather situation or an information alert that affects Fort Hood by dialing (254) 287-6700. Details will also be posted at the Fort Hood homepage http://www.hood.army.mil/  and III Corps & Fort Hood Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/forthood  Also, stay tuned to local radio and television.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- A Fort Hood Soldier was injured at approximately 1 p.m. Feb. 9 near the Warrior Way Post Exchange here. The injury occurred during an apparent robbery by an unknown male who fled the scene in a stolen vehicle. The Soldier is being treated at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and is in stable condition.  Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel are working with local law enforcement to locate the vehicle and the suspect.

    The vehicle is described as a black Hyundai Sonata, Georgia LP # PHD 7457, anyone withinformation on this incident is encouraged to call (254) 288-COPS.

     

  • February 6, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Casey Andrew Chapman

    Spc. Casey Chapman

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive Feb. 4 in his vehicle at one of the training areas here.

    Spc. Casey Andrew Chapman, 20, whose home of record is listed as Augusta, Maine, entered active-duty service in January 2013 as a artillery mechanic. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since September 2014.

    Chapman's awards and decorations include four Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Medal.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps and Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland will host Texas Legislative Day Feb. 6 here.

    Texas Legislative Day is a day-long event that will bring together more than 150 Texas government officials to tour various training areas on Fort Hood and have numerous opportunities to interact with Soldiers. They will be exposed to the many resources on Fort Hood that contribute toward the preparation of our Soldiers for the demanding and complex requirements of combat.

    Opportunities will be available for brief interviews with the Texas government officials at a training site during their tour.

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony must register here. On the day of the event, media should meet in the south-side 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.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas — The U.S. Army, General Motors and Raytheon Company will host a graduation ceremony for the Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program class at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 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.

    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.

    This is the second graduating class demonstrating the success of the program through 100 percent job placement of the Soldiers who complete the program.

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony must register here. On the day of the event, media should meet in the south-side 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.

  • January 30, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Jason R. Kruszczynski

     

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found deceased Jan. 27 in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Jason Robert Kruszczynski, 35, whose home of record is listed as Cape Coral, Florida, entered active-duty service in May 2008 as wheeled vehicle mechanic. He was assigned to Company B, Warrior Transition Unit, WTU Brigade, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

    Kruszczynski deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2012 to October 2012.

    Kruszczynski's awards and decorations include one Army Commendation Medal, one Army Achievement Medal, three Army Good Conduct medals and one 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 Forthoodpresscenter.com

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – In the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, trial judge Col. Tara Osborn called an Article 39a post-trial hearing Jan. 29 to discuss two administrative matters.

    The first was to inform Hasan of the status of the record of trial. The second concerned a change in status for trial defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe.

    Osborn put on the record that both the defense and prosecution had previously authenticated the record of trial. Osborn said that she will now review and certify the record of trial in final preparation for delivering it the General Court Martial Convening Authority Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general for III Corps and Fort Hood.

    In the second matter, Osborn heard argument on the issue that Poppe had become a circuit court judge following his assignment as trial defense attorney at Fort Hood. Current rules of judicial ethics state that no judge can serve as an attorney while serving the bench. Osborn issued no ruling on this matter.

    Both the defense and prosecution were ordered to prepare briefs due Feb. 6 outlining whether they felt there was actual or perceived conflicts of interest and whether the court is obligated to accept a waiver on this matter if such a waiver is allowable and was submitted.

  • January 27, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Joshua Avery Snapp

    Spc. Joshua Avery Snapp

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found deceased Jan. 24 in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him deceased at 6:55 p.m.

    Spc. Joshua Avery Snapp, 30, whose home of record is listed as Spartanburg, South Carolina, entered active-duty service in January 2010 as infantryman. He arrived at Fort Hood in June 2010 and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood.

    Snapp deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2012 to July 2013.

    Snapp's awards and decorations include Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, two NATO Medals, Combat Action Badge and Combat Infantry Badge.

    The incident remains under investigation by the Killeen Police Department.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood will plant a tree received from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 in Fort Hood’s Memorial Park here. 

    The seedling is from the 9/11 Memorial’s “Survivor Tree,” in New York City.

    Fort Hood is receiving a small tree in honor of the victims and survivors of the shootings on Nov. 5, 2009, and April 2, 2014, and in acknowledgement of the continued sacrifice of the men and women who serve and their families. Oso, Washington, was selected in memory of the 43 people killed in the March 22, 2014, mudslide in the small town, and in recognition of their resiliency.  A seedling is also bound for Gulfport, Mississippi, to remember those who died in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

    Media wishing to attend the Fort Hood tree planting should register here. On the day of the event, media should meet in the visitors’ center parking lot at 8:15 a.m.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- A welcome ceremony will be held for members of the 36th Engineer Brigade at 8:20 a.m. Jan. 27 in Starker Gym here.

    This is the first initial cohort of 87 Soldiers completed their controlled monitoring at Fort Hood following their support of Operation United Assistance. The Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade returned from Liberia, West Africa, on Jan. 7. They have been deployed since October 2014.

    Media wishing to attend should register here. On the day of the event, media should meet in the visitors' center parking lot at 7:45 a.m.

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