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  • February 24, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Ata-Se Giffa

    Spc. Ata-Se Giffa

    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.

     

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  • February 24, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Ata-Se Giffa

    Spc. Ata-Se Giffa

    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.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- In the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the presiding military judge, Col. Tara Osborn, ordered a post-trial hearing for 10 a.m. (CST) Jan. 29  at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

    Osborn plans to review routine matters such as Hasan's post-trial rights and elections, discuss the Record of Trial and Hasan's post-trial representation by counsel.

    Media who wish to cover this event must register here before 2 p.m. Jan. 27.

    On the day of the Fort Leavenworth hearing, media attending should arrive by 9 a.m. at the 35th Infantry Division parking lot on 4th Street and Metropolitan Ave.

        

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- "All of us here at Fort Hood remain deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place here April 2, 2014. Our leaders continue to work with those who were affected by this tragedy and we extend our continued condolences to those who lost loved ones and to those who suffered wounds.  We also send our love, prayers, care and support to all Soldiers, civilians and Family members affected.

    The Army's investigation report released Jan. 23 included several recommendations. The Army, including Fort Hood, is currently in the process of evaluating and implementing those recommendations.  Some recommendations work to improve information flow in units, between Army medical facilities and between leadership and their Soldiers and others deal with safety and security measures.  Since the incident on April 2, Fort Hood has continued to improve these measures.

    Fort Hood officials remain committed to doing what's necessary to ensure the safety and security of all personnel on Fort Hood."

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

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Reflections of Generosity Art Exhibit Jan. 27 - Feb. 6 at the III Corps Resilience Campus Chapel. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Reflections of Generosity is a non-profit foundation that provides art exhibits and workshops in cooperation with the military, local and national artist communities, nonprofit organizations and patrons to facilitate and promote emotional healing and spiritual well being among Soldiers and their families, while helping them develop new ways of creating life out of war.

    This year's theme is "Reflections of the Soul" and is open to the public.

    Reflections of Generosity was originally founded in Iraq by Ron Kelsey during his 2009 deployment. The organization was officially started shortly after he began writing the book Reflections of Generosity while still in Iraq.

    Media desiring to attend the opening reception ceremony at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 should contact the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office at 254-287-9993/0106. The gate time for the media is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Blvd.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Army Career and Alumni Program will host its winter 2015 mega job fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Club Hood here.

    The job fair is open to the public. More than 5,000 job seekers are expected to attend the event.

    Non-DOD identification card holders should arrive at the Fort Hood Visitors center early to gain access to post.

    The Fort Hood Mega Job Fair features more than 175 local, state, national and international employers and government agencies representing employment opportunities across the nation and overseas.

    Club Hood is located at 24th Street and Wainwright Drive, Bldg. 5764.

    Media wishing to attend should be at the Fort Hood Visitors Center at 9:30 a.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Last Thursday, Fort Hood commemorated the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honored his struggle for equality for all people. His life and untimely death punctuated his belief that all people, regardless of race, creed, or religion, should "not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

    Today's III Corps and Fort Hood troops honor Dr. King's memory and demonstrate their character for our Nation to judge by living the Army Values and maintaining the Phantom Warrior standards.

    As Dr. King realized, it's not just what is in a person that counts, it's also what that person does. He stated, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

    The troops of III Corps can answer that question every day in Afghanistan, Africa, Europe, Iraq, Korea, South America, and here in the United States, serving and sacrificing for others.

    Dr. King also knew that progress takes constant effort and required everyone's attention. When he stated, "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom," he was speaking to all of us to make our units, our workplaces, our families, and our communities better.

    While III Corps, as the nation's armored corps, plays an obvious role in maintaining our freedom, it is up to all of us to keep America strong and free and advance the causes of justice and equality.

    On behalf of Command Sergeant Major Smith and our spouses Lynda and Sandra, we hope you take a moment to reflect on Dr. King's message and have a safe holiday.

    -- Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general

  • January 14, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed

    Spc. Kendrick Sneed

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found deceased Jan. 13 in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cook pronounced him deceased at 8:26 a.m.

    Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed, 24, whose home of record is listed as Bossier City, Louisiana, entered active-duty service in June 2009 as automated logistics specialist. He was assigned to 62nd Engineer Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, since June 2012.

    Sneed deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February 2011 to January 2012 and from May 2013 to December 2013. He also deployed in support of Operation United Assistance from October 2014 to January 2015.

    Sneed's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge  and Driver and Mechanics Badge.

    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.

  • 8:33 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015:
    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Carl R. Darnall Medical Center medical officials confirmed at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13 that the more conclusive PCR Assay test results are negative for the presence of the Ebola virus disease.

    CRDAMC officials have notified national, state and local officials that there is no evidence of a public health threat or EVD exposure to community or law enforcement officials involved in the current investigation of the death of a Fort Hood Soldier.

    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.

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    5 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015:

    UPDATE: Carl R. Darnall Medical Center medical officials confirmed at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 13 that the initial screening BioFire Assay test results are negative for the presence of the Ebola virus disease.

    The more conclusive PCR Assay test, required by the Center for Disease Control, is underway and results will be released when complete to confirm the preliminary findings.

    Both tests are required to exclude the diagnosis and ensure the safety of the community.

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    1:41 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015:

    INITIAL RELEASE: Fort Hood officials are working with the Killeen, Texas, police department on the death of a Fort Hood Soldier who recently returned from West Africa.

    The Soldier had recently returned on emergency leave and was under established guidelines to self-monitor himself twice-a-day and report his status to medical officials.

    At this point, there is no indication of the Ebola virus disease, but medical tests are underway to ensure there is no threat to the community.

    Additional information will be release as it becomes available. The incident remains under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 1st Medical Brigade will host a Dr. Martin Luther King holiday observance at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Club Hood as they remember and celebrate the life of African-American civil rights movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Brig. Gen. Michael Dillard, 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), will speak on "Leadership through Adversity." 

    Media interested in covering this event should contact Fort Hood Public Affairs at (254) 287-9993/0106. 

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program will be talking with spouses about the Military Spouse Employment Partnership and the MySECO Web site and Scholarship Finder Program from 11-11:45 a.m. Jan. 15 online in a webinar.

    This free webinar is aimed at providing military spouses with the latest resources for education and employment.

    To sign up for the event, use this link: https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=222036&k=006340097851.

  • January 10, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Cpt. Jonathan Nyle Muniz

    Cpt. Jonathan Muniz

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Jan. 8 from an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him deceased at 7 p.m. the same day.

    Cpt. Jonathan Nyle Muniz, 42, whose home of record is listed as Rocky Ford, Colorado, entered active duty service in February 2003. He was commissioned in January 2004 as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since January 2012.

    Muniz deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2005 to January 2006 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2010 to April 2011.

    Muniz's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, three Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Afghanistan Campaign medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Medals, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge and Parachutist Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood received its initial cohort of 87 Soldiers who were in support of Operation United Assistance Jan. 7. The Soldiers are from the 36th Engineer Brigade returning from Liberia, West Africa, where they have been deployed since October 2014.

    All service members will be supported at Fort Hood's Controlled Monitoring Area Site with dignity, respect and compassion while being afforded essential quality of life equipment and services as they undergo their mandatory 21-day controlled monitoring period. Soldiers will conduct warrior skills training during this period.

    They will be reintegrated with their units, families, friends and communities following a Welcome Home Ceremony at the conclusion of their monitoring period. 

    "While here, Soldiers will conduct resiliency and readiness training, building their warrior skills for their potential next deployment," said Lt. Col. Carter Price, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, commander in charge of cadre operations for the Fort Hood Controlled Monitoring Area Site.

    Price said that the monitoring period is a "prudent move" given the low chance that a Soldier might have been exposed to someone with the Ebola virus disease while deployed to West Africa.

    Price also said that in the event that a Soldier exhibits symptoms associated with the Ebola virus, they would be separated from their cohort and monitored at a medical area at the CMAS for a period. If the Soldier is determined to have the Ebola virus, they will be treated at the appropriate medical facility.

    As part of the United States' effort to prevent the Ebola virus disease from being introduced and transmitted to America, the Department of Defense announced Nov. 7, 2014, that Fort Hood will be one of five military installations to host a 21-day controlled monitoring areas site for all military service members returning from Operation United Assistance.

    Of the 87 Soldiers, 80 are stationed at Fort Hood, with the remaining seven from Fort Carson, Colorado.  The Fort Carson-based Soldiers will return home following the completion of their controlled monitoring period.

     

     

    B-roll of returning engineer Soldiers to Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 7, 2015. Includes interview soundbites from Lt. Col. Carter Price, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, commander, who is in charge of the Fort Hood Controlled Monitoring Area Site cadre.

    To download the broadcast quality version, click here. You must register on the DVIDS site to get the link for the download. 

       
    Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade walk across the tarmac at Robert Grey Army Airfield at Fort Hood, Texas, Wednesday. The Soldiers returned from West Africa to Fort Hood following their deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance where they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
    36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers walk across the tarmac Jan. 7 at Robert Grey Army Airfield at Fort Hood, Texas. The Soldiers redeployed from Liberia, West Africa, to Fort Hood where they'll undergo their mandatory 21-day controlled monitoring period following their deployment in support of Operation United Assistance. While deployed, they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola virus disease in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
    1st Cavalry Division medics perform an initial medical screening on a Soldier who returned to Fort Hood, Texas, from West Africa Wednesday morning. The Soldiers returned from West Africa to Fort Hood following their deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance where they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
    1st Cavalry Division medics perform an initial medical screening on a Soldier who returned Jan. 7 to Fort Hood, Texas, from West Africa. The Soldiers redeployed from Liberia, West Africa, to Fort Hood where they'll undergo their mandatory 21-day controlled monitoring period following their deployment in support of Operation United Assistance. While deployed, they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola virus disease in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
    1st Cavalry Division medics prepare to perform initial medical screenings on troops returning to Fort Hood, Texas, from West Africa. Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade returned early Wednesday morning from their deployment to Liberia, where they supported Operation United Assistance. In West Africa, the troops were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
    1st Cavalry Division medics prepare to perform initial medical screenings on troops returning to Fort Hood, Texas, from West Africa. 36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers returned early Jan. 7. The Soldiers will undergo their mandatory 21-day controlled monitoring period following their deployment in support of Operation United Assistance where they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola virus disease in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
    Medical personnel from the 1st Cavalry Division performed initial medical screenings on troops returning to Fort Hood, Texas, from West Africa. Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade returned early Wednesday morning.  The troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance where they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
    Medical personnel from the 1st Cavalry Division performed initial medical screenings on troops returning to Fort Hood, Texas, from West Africa. 36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers returned early Jan. 7.  The troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance where they were responsible for the construction of treatment centers to help battle Ebola in the region. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez, III Corps Public Affairs)  
       
  • December 18, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Keith Robert Tucker

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas Dec. 16.  He was pronounced deceased by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

    Sgt. 1st Class Keith Robert Tucker, 37, whose home of record is listed as Portsmouth, Virginia, entered the military in October 1995 as an infantryman.  He arrived at Fort Hood in January 2012 and was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd  Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, since December 2014.

    Tucker deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2005 to September 2006 and from October 2007 to October 2008.

    Tucker's awards and decorations includes the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral two, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Basic Recruiter Badge/Gold, Basic Recruiter Badge Silver W/Four Gold Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Marksmanship Qualification Badge/Expert Rifle and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Track Vehicles.

    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

  • December 15, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Sheldon Morris

    Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Morris

    FORT HOOD, Texas --  Department of Defense officials announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom Dec 14.

    Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Sheldon Morris, 37, whose home of record is listed as New York, New York, died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.                                                      

    Morris entered active duty service in February 1996 as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas since March 2012.

    Morris' deployments include serving in Korea from February 2002 to February 2003.  He also served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2003 to April 2004, March 2005 to March 2006 and November 2007 to February 2009. Morris deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June to December 2014.

    His awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medals, Afghan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, 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, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicle.

  • December 15, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Wyatt Joseph Martin

    Spc. Wyatt Joseph Martin

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Department of Defense officials announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom Dec. 14.

    Spc. Wyatt Joseph Martin, 22, whose home of record is listed as Mesa, Arizona, died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

    Martin entered active duty service in August 2012 as a combat engineer. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2014.

    Martin deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June to December 2014.

    Martin 's awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood's 36th Engineer Brigade Commander Col. Heath Roscoe will conduct a video teleconference interview with the media from Liberia, Africa, at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Remagen Room of the III Corps Headquarters here.

    The purpose of the interview is to provide media an opportunity to ask the 36th Engineer Brigade Command team questions on their operations in Africa helping fight the spread of the Ebola virus disease.

    Media wishing to cover this event should register here by COB Dec. 15. On the Dec. 17, media should meet in the Southside parking lot of the visitor's center at 4:30 p.m.

  • December 3, 2014 CORRECTION: Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Cpl. Daniel R. Leonard

    CORRECTION: The rank for Daniel Ray Leonard should reflect Corporal.

     

    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 -- Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will jump into Antelope Drop Zone on Dec. 5 at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    Approximately 50 Paratroopers from the division's Assault Command Post, to include the commanding general, Brig. Gen. Richard Clarke, will conduct an airborne operation onto Fort Hood to mark the beginning of the division's command post exercise, Warfighter 15-2.

    Media interested in attending the jump must register here  no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 4. The gate time for the media is 2:30 p.m. at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on TJ Mills Blvd.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps Commanding General Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland will host the III Corps Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at the III Corps Headquarters  flagpole here.

    The commander will be joined by the Killeen High School Mad Jazz Choir, Smith Middle School Choir, Fort Hood Family Housing Children's Choir and the 1st Cavalry Division Band.

    Children and parents can have their free photo taken with Santa and have it printed on the spot, giving everyone something special to take away from the event.

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

  • November 26, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Stephen James Parson

    Spc. Stephen Parson

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 23 of injuries suffered from a vehicle accident in Martinsville, West Virginia.

    Spc. Stephen James Parson, 34, whose home of record is Pottstown, Pennsylvania, entered active-duty service in July 2012 as a behavioral health specialist. He was assigned to Medical Company A, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

    Parson's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon and Army Service Ribbon.

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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/]. 

  • 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.

     

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