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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Memorial Day weekend visits for Families who have relatives buried in cemeteries within the Fort Hood live-fire training areas are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 28.

    Visitors must call range operations at (254) 287-3130/3321 to access the live-fire area. No vehicle pass is required for the cemetery visits.

    Range operations will have guides available to assist Families and monitor cemetery visits to ensure that all visitors are clear of the live-fire training areas by 7 p.m.

    Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries.

    Roads which may be used are: East Range Road; Hubbard Road; West Range Road; and Owl Creek Road.

    The point of contact is Gregory Simpson at the range control operations office, (254) 553-1943/287-3130, or email: gregory.l.simpson16.civ@mail.mil.

  • WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Army announced May 19 the summer 2017 deployment of approximately 250 soldiers from the III Corps Headquarters stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, to Iraq and Kuwait, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

    As part of the regular rotation of forces, III Corps will replace XVIII Airborne Corps as the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS. 

    "III Corps is ready for this important mission. We will build upon the success of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The Phantom Corps looks forward to maintaining the momentum of the campaign as CJTF-OIR with more than 60 coalition nations and partner organizations," said III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive May 13 at his off-post residence in Belton, Texas. He was transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas where he was pronounced deceased May 14.

    Staff Sgt. Jon Michael Bullard, 40, whose home of record is listed as Humble, Texas, entered active-duty service in April 1999 as a fire support specialist. He was assigned to 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since April 2015.

    Bullard deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2005 to November 2006, December 2007 to February 2009 and in support of Operation New Dawn from March 2010 to March 2011.

    Bullard's awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, eleven Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, four Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver’s and Mechanic Badge.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at 1:30 p.m. May 18 at Fort Hood's Community Events Center here.

    The heritage month event recognizes the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that enrich our Nation. This year's event will feature Tahitian and Hawaiian dancers and a lifetime of perspective from guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Acuna Jr., a native Hawaiian and senior enlisted leader with 32 years of military experience. He recently served as the Command Sergeant Major for Task Force Phantom, and for the First Army Division West.

    Media interested in covering the event should contact Maj. Lloyd Bedford, public affairs officer, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at lloyd.e.bedford2.mil@mail.mil, or call 254-288-7745. Will escort media from the Fort Hood Visitor’s Center parking lot at 1 pm.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- No emergency currently exists at Fort Hood. During a monthly test of Fort Hood's emergency alert system, Fort Hood officials activated the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAAWS). The system malfunctioned and did not broadcast the correct test message. Fort Hood officials are determining how the system malfunctioned.

  • UPDATED DATE & TIME OF RELEASE:

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials continue to be engaged in search efforts for an individual in a vehicle that was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road on April 11.  Fort Hood officials are reasonably certain that the missing individual is a Fort Hood Soldier.

    "First and foremost, our primary responsibility is locating the Soldier and protecting the privacy of his family," said Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood Director of Public Affairs.

    The searchers know the identity of the Soldier they are looking for and Fort Hood officials are keeping the family informed of the search efforts.

    In keeping with standard Army policy, because the Soldier is still missing, Fort Hood officials will not release the name.

    Several media outlets have queried Fort Hood officials asking them to disclose the name of the missing Soldier. Fort Hood officials will not do so because there are ongoing search operations and an investigation.

    Fort Hood officials are respecting the family's privacy and will not provide any additional information until the appropriate time.

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    DATE: April 19, 2017 4:51:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 7: Deliberate search continues for missing individual

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood emergency responders have continued their search efforts over the past nine days in cooperation with many community and state agencies. Involved agencies volunteered their specific expertise in support of search operations. The search continues to follow a deliberate process according to Fort Hood's emergency search parameters.

    Agencies who have assisted Fort Hood emergency responders include Texas Task Force One boat and dog teams, U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Texas Game Warden's lake search teams, Morgan's Point Resort Fire Department dive and sonar search teams, Soldiers as part of Fort Hood's Crisis Response Battalion ground search teams, and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade helicopter assets.

    More than 800 individuals have been involved in the search so far. The search is now focused on areas where it is most likely an individual would be found thus far into the search including debris piles and key areas such as dams. Waterways included in the search include Clear Creek, Cow House Creek, House Creek and Belton Lake along with their surrounding terrain.

    Fort Hood officials will continue their search until the missing individual who was swept into flooding waters in Clear Creek on April 11 is found or it is determined otherwise by the experts involved in the search.

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    DATE: April 13, 2017 4:40:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 6: Search team officials conduct media engagement

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Directorate of Emergency Services deputy director, Chris Zimmer, alongside Texas Task Force One deputy of operations, Jim Yeager provided additional information about ongoing rescue operations during a media engagement at 1 p.m. April 13 at the search effort command post location.

    Zimmer stated, search teams using a deliberate search pattern which is adjusted periodically based on collective expertise, continued to search land and water areas downstream from the incident site to include connecting waterways which eventually empty into Belton Lake.

    Yeager added, more ground and dog search teams from TTF1 were added along with boats equipped with sonar assets operated by Texas State Game Wardens and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger to search outflow areas of these waterways into Belton Lake.

    Additionally, media who were present, interviewed Sgt. Gregory Holmes, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade.

    Holmes, who is one of the Soldiers participating in the search, described the difficulty of the terrain and vegetation that encompasses the search area.

    When asked what motivated him to be part of the search, he stated this is the right thing to do to search for a member of the Fort Hood family. 

    Holmes further stated that if it was him, he knew the Fort Hood community would do the same to help bring closure to his family.

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    DATE: April 13, 2017 1:40:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 5: Search and rescue teams increased their effort to find the missing individual April 13, as water levels reduced allowing teams access to more locations.

    Teams continue to search land and water areas downstream from the incident site for several miles. Today more ground and dog search teams were added along with additional boat teams launched from the staging areas on West Range Road and Turkey Run Road.

    There will be a media availability at noon April 13 at the incident site. The Directorate of Emergency Services deputy director will provide an update on the search progress. Media crews will be able to film the search teams launching for their afternoon search.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. Media covering the event should meet public affairs representatives at the Fort Hood visitors’ center at 11:30 a.m. The incident site is in a remote area; media should wear appropriate footwear for rough terrain.

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    DATE: April 12, 2017 3:40:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 4: Updated photos and Broll of the April 12 ongoing search efforts

    Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt) Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt)  
    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   Fort Hood emergency services officials deployed additional 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers and Texas Task Force One search and rescue teams with their search dogs at first light April 12. The groups are conducting a thorough search based on a deliberate search pattern as derived from an analysis of topography and meteorological conditions. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters were immediately deployed and also continue to search from the air. Emergency crews have prepositioned a UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter at the staging area ready to respond if the individual is located.  

     

    Broll of the emergency efforts are at the below link. Users must register with DVIDS to get the high resolution broadcast quality link:

    To download the broadcast quality video, click here.

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    DATE: April 12, 2017 12:21:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 3: Texas' Task Force One joins the search for missing person in Clear Creek

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood emergency services officials deployed 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers and Texas’ Task Force One search and rescue teams, with their search dogs at first light Wednesday. The groups are searching from Turkey Run Road where Clear Creek crosses the road and from House Creek Bridge on West Range Road. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters are also searching from the air. Emergency crews have prepositioned a medical evacuation helicopter at the staging area ready to respond if the individual is located.

    “I want to personally thank the more than 80 emergency responders, including Task Force One search and rescue teams, who have worked tirelessly to support this critical, ongoing effort,” said Col. Todd Fox, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander. “We’re doing everything we can to locate the driver and we are very appreciative of the assistance offered and rendered by our Central Texas neighbors.”

    All low-water crossing remain closed. Old Georgetown Road remains closed at Henson Creek.

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    DATE: April 11, 2017 9:00:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 2: Driver's vehicle recovered without driver inside

    Fort Hood, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have confirmed the vehicle being searched for has been found, but not the individual. Search and rescue efforts will continue throughout the evening.

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    DATE: April 11, 2017 4:07:19 PM CDT

    UPDATE 1: All Fort Hood low-water crossings, Old Georgetown Road remain closed 

    FORT HOOD, Texas - More than 70 emergency personnel including swift-water rescue teams and air assets including two AH-64 Apache Helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, continue search efforts at Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road.

    Fort Hood emergency services responded to a report that one individual in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. April 11.

    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency personnel have reopened all roads except Old Georgetown Road until further notice. All low-water crossings remain closed until further notice.

    Earlier it was reported that one of the occupants was taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville, Texas, by ambulance for treatment. This was later determined to be unfounded.

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    Five photos of the emergency efforts are below.

    CUTLINE: Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast-moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache Helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photos and video by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)

    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO) Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)
    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   UPDATE:  More than 70 emergency personnel including swift-water rescue teams and air assets including two AH-64 Apache Helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, continue search efforts at Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road.  Fort Hood emergency services responded to a report that one individual in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. April 11.  Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency personnel have reopened all roads except Old Georgetown Road and East Range Road until further notice. All low-water crossings remain closed until further notice.  Earlier it was reported that one of the occupants was taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville, Texas, by ambulance for treatment. This was later determined to be unfounded.  *********************************************************  Five photos and B-roll of the emergency efforts are attached.  CUTLINE: Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)  

    Broll of the emergency efforts are at the below link. Users must register with DVIDS to get the high resolution broadcast quality link:

    To download the broadcast quality video, click here..

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    DATE: April 11, 2017 9:52:02 AM CDT

    All Fort Hood low water crossings, some roads closed

    Emergency crews respond to vehicles caught in high water

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Beginning at 10:30 p.m. April 10, Fort Hood began to close low-water crossings across the installation due to heavy rain fall and deteriorating weather conditions. Currently, all low-water crossings are closed to any traffic until further notice.

    Fort Hood emergency services have responded to a report that one individual in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road here.

    There are organized search teams with safety gear searching the water’s edge. High water and more forecasted rain are hampering efforts to locate the individual and vehicle.

    Emergency crews also responded to reports of three other individuals in vehicles caught in high water over night. All vehicles had single occupants and all three individuals were able get to safety.

    The following Fort Hood roads and access control point are closed until further notice:  East Range Road, West Range Road, Access Control Point 5 (East Range Road) inbound and outbound, Access Control Point 4 (Warrior Way) inbound, Murphy Road, Turkey Run Road (Between Clear Creek Road and West Range Road), intersection of Tank Destroyer Blvd. and Muskogee Street, and intersection of Tank Destroyer Blvd. and Clark Road.

    Everyone should monitor weather news and take precautions. If you approach an area with water covering the roadway, TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN.

    More information will be released as it becomes available here on the Fort Hood Press Center. There is currently no safe access to the site of the incident. Emergency crews have cordoned off the area for the safety of the crews and to prevent any further incidents.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood emergency responders are testing their active-shooter response techniques during their annual full-scale exercise May 10-11 at the Copeland Soldier Service Center.

    This is a planned training exercise designed to test Fort Hood’s ability to rapidly react to an active shooter on post. On May 10, more than 70 role players helped simulate what would happen during an actual active-shooter event testing the response skills of Fort Hood emergency responders. The exercise also included additional scenarios that required the Central Texas emergency responders to respond and coordinate with Fort Hood emergency responders. City officials from Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, and Temple all participated in this joint response.

    The second day, May 11, of the exercise will test the recovery aspect of the scenario. Various Fort Hood agencies will go through the steps of patient tracking at area hospitals and working with the role-players simulating family members of injured and deceased.

    Photos and Broll of the May 10 Fort Hood Annual Full Scale Exercise

    Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt) Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt)  
    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   Fort Hood emergency services officials deployed additional 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers and Texas Task Force One search and rescue teams with their search dogs at first light April 12. The groups are conducting a thorough search based on a deliberate search pattern as derived from an analysis of topography and meteorological conditions. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters were immediately deployed and also continue to search from the air. Emergency crews have prepositioned a UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter at the staging area ready to respond if the individual is located.  

     

    Broll of the May 10 Fort Hood Full Scale Exercise. Users must register with DVIDS to get the high resolution broadcast quality link:

    To download the broadcast quality video, click here.

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Latest Press Release

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Memorial Day weekend visits for Families who have relatives buried in cemeteries within the Fort Hood live-fire training areas are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 28.

    Visitors must call range operations at (254) 287-3130/3321 to access the live-fire area. No vehicle pass is required for the cemetery visits.

    Range operations will have guides available to assist Families and monitor cemetery visits to ensure that all visitors are clear of the live-fire training areas by 7 p.m.

    Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries.

    Roads which may be used are: East Range Road; Hubbard Road; West Range Road; and Owl Creek Road.

    The point of contact is Gregory Simpson at the range control operations office, (254) 553-1943/287-3130, or email: gregory.l.simpson16.civ@mail.mil.

Past Press Releases

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Memorial Day weekend visits for Families who have relatives buried in cemeteries within the Fort Hood live-fire training areas are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 28.

    Visitors must call range operations at (254) 287-3130/3321 to access the live-fire area. No vehicle pass is required for the cemetery visits.

    Range operations will have guides available to assist Families and monitor cemetery visits to ensure that all visitors are clear of the live-fire training areas by 7 p.m.

    Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries.

    Roads which may be used are: East Range Road; Hubbard Road; West Range Road; and Owl Creek Road.

    The point of contact is Gregory Simpson at the range control operations office, (254) 553-1943/287-3130, or email: gregory.l.simpson16.civ@mail.mil.

  • WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Army announced May 19 the summer 2017 deployment of approximately 250 soldiers from the III Corps Headquarters stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, to Iraq and Kuwait, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

    As part of the regular rotation of forces, III Corps will replace XVIII Airborne Corps as the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS. 

    "III Corps is ready for this important mission. We will build upon the success of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The Phantom Corps looks forward to maintaining the momentum of the campaign as CJTF-OIR with more than 60 coalition nations and partner organizations," said III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive May 13 at his off-post residence in Belton, Texas. He was transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas where he was pronounced deceased May 14.

    Staff Sgt. Jon Michael Bullard, 40, whose home of record is listed as Humble, Texas, entered active-duty service in April 1999 as a fire support specialist. He was assigned to 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since April 2015.

    Bullard deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2005 to November 2006, December 2007 to February 2009 and in support of Operation New Dawn from March 2010 to March 2011.

    Bullard's awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, eleven Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, four Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver’s and Mechanic Badge.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at 1:30 p.m. May 18 at Fort Hood's Community Events Center here.

    The heritage month event recognizes the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that enrich our Nation. This year's event will feature Tahitian and Hawaiian dancers and a lifetime of perspective from guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Acuna Jr., a native Hawaiian and senior enlisted leader with 32 years of military experience. He recently served as the Command Sergeant Major for Task Force Phantom, and for the First Army Division West.

    Media interested in covering the event should contact Maj. Lloyd Bedford, public affairs officer, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at lloyd.e.bedford2.mil@mail.mil, or call 254-288-7745. Will escort media from the Fort Hood Visitor’s Center parking lot at 1 pm.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- No emergency currently exists at Fort Hood. During a monthly test of Fort Hood's emergency alert system, Fort Hood officials activated the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAAWS). The system malfunctioned and did not broadcast the correct test message. Fort Hood officials are determining how the system malfunctioned.

  • UPDATED DATE & TIME OF RELEASE:

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials continue to be engaged in search efforts for an individual in a vehicle that was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road on April 11.  Fort Hood officials are reasonably certain that the missing individual is a Fort Hood Soldier.

    "First and foremost, our primary responsibility is locating the Soldier and protecting the privacy of his family," said Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood Director of Public Affairs.

    The searchers know the identity of the Soldier they are looking for and Fort Hood officials are keeping the family informed of the search efforts.

    In keeping with standard Army policy, because the Soldier is still missing, Fort Hood officials will not release the name.

    Several media outlets have queried Fort Hood officials asking them to disclose the name of the missing Soldier. Fort Hood officials will not do so because there are ongoing search operations and an investigation.

    Fort Hood officials are respecting the family's privacy and will not provide any additional information until the appropriate time.

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    DATE: April 19, 2017 4:51:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 7: Deliberate search continues for missing individual

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood emergency responders have continued their search efforts over the past nine days in cooperation with many community and state agencies. Involved agencies volunteered their specific expertise in support of search operations. The search continues to follow a deliberate process according to Fort Hood's emergency search parameters.

    Agencies who have assisted Fort Hood emergency responders include Texas Task Force One boat and dog teams, U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Texas Game Warden's lake search teams, Morgan's Point Resort Fire Department dive and sonar search teams, Soldiers as part of Fort Hood's Crisis Response Battalion ground search teams, and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade helicopter assets.

    More than 800 individuals have been involved in the search so far. The search is now focused on areas where it is most likely an individual would be found thus far into the search including debris piles and key areas such as dams. Waterways included in the search include Clear Creek, Cow House Creek, House Creek and Belton Lake along with their surrounding terrain.

    Fort Hood officials will continue their search until the missing individual who was swept into flooding waters in Clear Creek on April 11 is found or it is determined otherwise by the experts involved in the search.

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    DATE: April 13, 2017 4:40:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 6: Search team officials conduct media engagement

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Directorate of Emergency Services deputy director, Chris Zimmer, alongside Texas Task Force One deputy of operations, Jim Yeager provided additional information about ongoing rescue operations during a media engagement at 1 p.m. April 13 at the search effort command post location.

    Zimmer stated, search teams using a deliberate search pattern which is adjusted periodically based on collective expertise, continued to search land and water areas downstream from the incident site to include connecting waterways which eventually empty into Belton Lake.

    Yeager added, more ground and dog search teams from TTF1 were added along with boats equipped with sonar assets operated by Texas State Game Wardens and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger to search outflow areas of these waterways into Belton Lake.

    Additionally, media who were present, interviewed Sgt. Gregory Holmes, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade.

    Holmes, who is one of the Soldiers participating in the search, described the difficulty of the terrain and vegetation that encompasses the search area.

    When asked what motivated him to be part of the search, he stated this is the right thing to do to search for a member of the Fort Hood family. 

    Holmes further stated that if it was him, he knew the Fort Hood community would do the same to help bring closure to his family.

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    DATE: April 13, 2017 1:40:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 5: Search and rescue teams increased their effort to find the missing individual April 13, as water levels reduced allowing teams access to more locations.

    Teams continue to search land and water areas downstream from the incident site for several miles. Today more ground and dog search teams were added along with additional boat teams launched from the staging areas on West Range Road and Turkey Run Road.

    There will be a media availability at noon April 13 at the incident site. The Directorate of Emergency Services deputy director will provide an update on the search progress. Media crews will be able to film the search teams launching for their afternoon search.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. Media covering the event should meet public affairs representatives at the Fort Hood visitors’ center at 11:30 a.m. The incident site is in a remote area; media should wear appropriate footwear for rough terrain.

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    DATE: April 12, 2017 3:40:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 4: Updated photos and Broll of the April 12 ongoing search efforts

    Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt) Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt)  
    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   Fort Hood emergency services officials deployed additional 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers and Texas Task Force One search and rescue teams with their search dogs at first light April 12. The groups are conducting a thorough search based on a deliberate search pattern as derived from an analysis of topography and meteorological conditions. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters were immediately deployed and also continue to search from the air. Emergency crews have prepositioned a UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter at the staging area ready to respond if the individual is located.  

     

    Broll of the emergency efforts are at the below link. Users must register with DVIDS to get the high resolution broadcast quality link:

    To download the broadcast quality video, click here.

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    DATE: April 12, 2017 12:21:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 3: Texas' Task Force One joins the search for missing person in Clear Creek

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood emergency services officials deployed 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers and Texas’ Task Force One search and rescue teams, with their search dogs at first light Wednesday. The groups are searching from Turkey Run Road where Clear Creek crosses the road and from House Creek Bridge on West Range Road. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters are also searching from the air. Emergency crews have prepositioned a medical evacuation helicopter at the staging area ready to respond if the individual is located.

    “I want to personally thank the more than 80 emergency responders, including Task Force One search and rescue teams, who have worked tirelessly to support this critical, ongoing effort,” said Col. Todd Fox, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander. “We’re doing everything we can to locate the driver and we are very appreciative of the assistance offered and rendered by our Central Texas neighbors.”

    All low-water crossing remain closed. Old Georgetown Road remains closed at Henson Creek.

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    DATE: April 11, 2017 9:00:00 PM CDT

    UPDATE 2: Driver's vehicle recovered without driver inside

    Fort Hood, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have confirmed the vehicle being searched for has been found, but not the individual. Search and rescue efforts will continue throughout the evening.

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    DATE: April 11, 2017 4:07:19 PM CDT

    UPDATE 1: All Fort Hood low-water crossings, Old Georgetown Road remain closed 

    FORT HOOD, Texas - More than 70 emergency personnel including swift-water rescue teams and air assets including two AH-64 Apache Helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, continue search efforts at Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road.

    Fort Hood emergency services responded to a report that one individual in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. April 11.

    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency personnel have reopened all roads except Old Georgetown Road until further notice. All low-water crossings remain closed until further notice.

    Earlier it was reported that one of the occupants was taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville, Texas, by ambulance for treatment. This was later determined to be unfounded.

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    Five photos of the emergency efforts are below.

    CUTLINE: Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast-moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache Helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photos and video by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)

    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO) Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)
    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   UPDATE:  More than 70 emergency personnel including swift-water rescue teams and air assets including two AH-64 Apache Helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, continue search efforts at Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road.  Fort Hood emergency services responded to a report that one individual in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. April 11.  Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency personnel have reopened all roads except Old Georgetown Road and East Range Road until further notice. All low-water crossings remain closed until further notice.  Earlier it was reported that one of the occupants was taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville, Texas, by ambulance for treatment. This was later determined to be unfounded.  *********************************************************  Five photos and B-roll of the emergency efforts are attached.  CUTLINE: Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)  

    Broll of the emergency efforts are at the below link. Users must register with DVIDS to get the high resolution broadcast quality link:

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    DATE: April 11, 2017 9:52:02 AM CDT

    All Fort Hood low water crossings, some roads closed

    Emergency crews respond to vehicles caught in high water

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Beginning at 10:30 p.m. April 10, Fort Hood began to close low-water crossings across the installation due to heavy rain fall and deteriorating weather conditions. Currently, all low-water crossings are closed to any traffic until further notice.

    Fort Hood emergency services have responded to a report that one individual in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road here.

    There are organized search teams with safety gear searching the water’s edge. High water and more forecasted rain are hampering efforts to locate the individual and vehicle.

    Emergency crews also responded to reports of three other individuals in vehicles caught in high water over night. All vehicles had single occupants and all three individuals were able get to safety.

    The following Fort Hood roads and access control point are closed until further notice:  East Range Road, West Range Road, Access Control Point 5 (East Range Road) inbound and outbound, Access Control Point 4 (Warrior Way) inbound, Murphy Road, Turkey Run Road (Between Clear Creek Road and West Range Road), intersection of Tank Destroyer Blvd. and Muskogee Street, and intersection of Tank Destroyer Blvd. and Clark Road.

    Everyone should monitor weather news and take precautions. If you approach an area with water covering the roadway, TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN.

    More information will be released as it becomes available here on the Fort Hood Press Center. There is currently no safe access to the site of the incident. Emergency crews have cordoned off the area for the safety of the crews and to prevent any further incidents.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood emergency responders are testing their active-shooter response techniques during their annual full-scale exercise May 10-11 at the Copeland Soldier Service Center.

    This is a planned training exercise designed to test Fort Hood’s ability to rapidly react to an active shooter on post. On May 10, more than 70 role players helped simulate what would happen during an actual active-shooter event testing the response skills of Fort Hood emergency responders. The exercise also included additional scenarios that required the Central Texas emergency responders to respond and coordinate with Fort Hood emergency responders. City officials from Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, and Temple all participated in this joint response.

    The second day, May 11, of the exercise will test the recovery aspect of the scenario. Various Fort Hood agencies will go through the steps of patient tracking at area hospitals and working with the role-players simulating family members of injured and deceased.

    Photos and Broll of the May 10 Fort Hood Annual Full Scale Exercise

    Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt) Fort Hood DES and Texas Task Force One search and rescue personnel coordinate their search efforts at the staging area on Turkey Run Road April 12 looking for Fort Hood's missing person. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt)  
    Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue searching for an individual whose car was swept into the creek by fast moving waters over the roadway just before 6 a.m. April 11. In addition, a 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, AH-64 Apache helicopter conducts an aerial search for the missing individual.  (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary Mittlesteadt, III Corps PAO)   Fort Hood emergency services officials deployed additional 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers and Texas Task Force One search and rescue teams with their search dogs at first light April 12. The groups are conducting a thorough search based on a deliberate search pattern as derived from an analysis of topography and meteorological conditions. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters were immediately deployed and also continue to search from the air. Emergency crews have prepositioned a UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter at the staging area ready to respond if the individual is located.  

     

    Broll of the May 10 Fort Hood Full Scale Exercise. Users must register with DVIDS to get the high resolution broadcast quality link:

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and bestselling author, will talk about building resilience as individuals and communities working together during Fort Hood’s Military Spouse Appreciation Day event 2-3 p.m. May 12 at Palmer Theater.

    Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event is open to all military identification card holders and their invited guests.

    Media who wish to cover this event, should register here. On May 12, media should meet public affairs representatives at the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors’ center at 1:15 p.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps and Fort Hood officials will host a Lemonade Day ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. May 4 in the front entry area of III Corps Headquarters here.

    The Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Todd Fox and the Killeen Director for Lemonade Day Amanda Stephens 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 this event by learning the basics of business through the Lemonade Day Entrepreneur Workbook and have unique stories to tell the guests.  This Fort Hood event is a snapshot of what the coming weekend will look like with lemonade stands dotting the Fort Hood area communities, which traditionally celebrate Lemonade Day on the first Saturday in May.

    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 by other military communities across the country.  Lemonade Day participants have spent the last few months learning how to start, own and operate their 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 seventh year that the Fort Hood area has participated in the program. 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 Stephens 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 2:15 p.m. May 4 at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Country singer Pat Green will perform free for all military identification card holders at 6:30 p.m. April 27 at Hood Stadium.

    In addition, this event will showcase a Kids Zone, which begins at 4 p.m. There also will be food trucks on site and alcohol sales will be available.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and the concert will start at 6:30 p.m.

    After rising through Texas' college-town and dance hall scene years ago, Green earned himself major-label support in Nashville and became the poster child of Texas music for a whole generation of fans.

    His list of achievements includes more than 2 million albums sold, three Grammy nominations and a sold out Houston Astrodome.

    Green has released six albums in eight years, sending singles like "Wave on Wave" and "Let Me" up the charts. He has toured with Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and others.

    Media who wish to cover this event, should register here. On April 27, media should meet public affairs representatives at the Fort Hood visitors’ center south-side parking lot at 4:30 p.m.

  • April 21, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Justin Antwan Lewis
    Pvt. Justin Antwan Lewis  

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died April 17 of apparent gunshot wounds in Killeen, Texas.

    Pvt. Justin Antwan Lewis, 19, whose home of record is listed as Henderson, North Carolina, entered active-duty service in August 2016 as a cavalry scout. He was assigned to 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, since February 2017.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the Killeen Police Department, Killeen, Texas.  Point of contact for the investigation is Ofelia Miramontez, Public Information Officer, Killeen Police Department. Miramontez's phone number is (254) 501-8941/8807 and her email is omiramontez@killeentexas.gov.

     

  • April 18, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. David Folly Ananou

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who apparently drowned and was later found by Temple law enforcement authorities April 16 just off Temple Lake Park in Belton Lake, Belton, Texas.

    Spc. David Folly Ananou, 30, whose home of record is listed as Baltimore, Maryland, entered active-duty service in October 2014 as an infantryman. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since March 2015.

    Ananou awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Medal.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the Temple Police Department. For more information contact Shawana Neely, Temple Police PIO, at sneely@templetx.gov.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood's Bronco Youth Center is partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs of America for a night of family fun 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Bronco Youth Center here.

    This partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs brings families together in the local community for a night of youth activities.

    Media desiring to attend the event must register here no later than 3 p.m. April 20. On April 20, media should meet public affairs representatives at the south-side parking lot of the visitors' center at 5 p.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- A diver working with local search teams died April 16 after extraction from House Creek and transportation to an area hospital April 15.

    The diver, a volunteer with the Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team, was evacuated by ground ambulance to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, stabilized, and transported by air to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. The diver did not survive and died early Sunday morning.

    Further details are being withheld until the family has been notified and a review of the circumstances surrounding the incident is complete. 

    At approximately 6:30 p.m. April 15, Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services boat team personnel requested additional assistance for a diver in distress in House Creek, where teams were continuing to search for an individual missing since April 11.

    Additional fire and emergency services assets were dispatched to the area to assist, in conjunction with more divers from the Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team.

    "We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the diver's family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time," said Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood.  "We are grateful to everyone who has participated in this operation over the past 6 days, especially our local and regional partners assisting in the search." said Funk.

    Separate investigations will be conducted by Fort Hood officials and the Morgan's Point Resort Police Department. To safeguard the investigative process, Fort Hood will not release further details at this time.

    Point of contact for the Morgan's Point Resort Police Department is Chief of Police, Fred Churchill, at 254-742-3252 or Fred.Churchill@mprtx.us.

  • Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II receives the III Armored Corps colors from Gen. Robert Abrams, U.S. Army Forces Command commanding general, during the III Corps Change of Command ceremony, Wednesday. Funk has taken over command of III Corps and Fort Hood from outgoing commanding general Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland. (Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs) Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, outgoing III Corps and Fort Hood commander; Gen. Robert Abrams, commander for U.S. Army Forces Command; and Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II, incoming III Corps and Fort Hood commander, salute the U.S. colors during the III Corps Change of Command, April 12. (Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)  
    Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II delivers his remarks at the III Armored Corps Change of Command ceremony, April 12. Funk took command of III Corps and Fort Hood from outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland. (Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)   Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, outgoing III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, reminisces over his 32 months as III Corps commander after passing the command over to Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II during the III Corps Change of Command ceremony, April 12. MacFarland is heading to Joint Base Langley-Eustis to assume duties as deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. (Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)  

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    FORSCOM hosts III Corps passing of the colors ceremony

    FORT HOOD, TEXAS – Gen. Robert B. Abrams, U.S. Forces Command commanding general, passed the III Corps colors to Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II at 4 p.m. April 12 at the III Corps Headquarters flagpole here. 

    Outgoing III Corps commander Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, who took command of III Corps and Fort Hood Aug. 9, 2014, is departing for his new assignment as deputy commanding general/chief of staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

    Prior to the change of command ceremony, an end-of-tour medal presentation for MacFarland was held in the West Atrium of the III Corps headquarters followed by a promotion ceremony for Funk to lieutenant general.

    The passing of the colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming commander is a long-standing military tradition that represents the passing of allegiance of soldiers assigned to the unit. 

  • Jill Cone, spouse of retired Gen. Robert W. Cone, former III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, and Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, outgoing III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, unveil a plaque dedicating the residence of the III Corps and Fort Hood commander in honor of General Cone during a ceremony April 12 on Fort Hood. Cone died last year following a five-year battle with cancer. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert People, 13th PAD)    A plaque hangs on the entry way of the III Corps and Fort Hood commander’s residence in honor of retired Gen. Robert W. Cone, former III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, whom died last year of cancer. The plaque was unveiled today during a dedication ceremony. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert People, 13th PAD)

    Jill Cone, spouse of retired Gen. Robert W. Cone, former III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, and Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, outgoing III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, unveil a plaque dedicating the residence of the III Corps and Fort Hood commander in honor of General Cone during a ceremony April 12 on Fort Hood. Cone died last year following a five-year battle with cancer. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert People, 13th PAD)

        A plaque hangs on the entry way of the III Corps and Fort Hood commander’s residence in honor of retired Gen. Robert W. Cone, former III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, whom died last year of cancer. The plaque was unveiled today during a dedication ceremony. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert People, 13th PAD)
  • April 7, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Daniel William Wildeman

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was pronounced deceased April 4 after being transported from his barracks to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center here.

    Sgt. Daniel William Wildeman, 40, whose home of record is listed as Panama City, Florida, entered active-duty service in July 2008 as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since April 2015.

    Wildeman deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2009 to July 2010 and from June 2012 to February 2013. 

    Wildeman's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. No further information will be released at this time to protect the investigative process.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works Environmental officials will host their 2017 Fort Hood Earth Day event and tree planting from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 7 at the pavilion area behind Fort Hood's Rod & Gun Club.

    The purpose of the event is to increase environmental stewardship on the installation by engaging children of military and Central Texas families.

    The event begins at 9 a.m with a Tree Planting Ceremony and recognition by the Texas Forest Service as a Tree City community for the 12th year.

    Nearly 1030 students in grades 3rd-5th from Killeen Independent School District's Duncan, Oveta Culp Hobby, Venable Village, Peebles and Clarke elementary schools along with Copperas Cove Independent School District's Clements/Parsons Elementary school and Temple Independent School District’s Scott Elementary school will participate in the event.

    Each school session will include presentations from organizations like Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates, Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas A&M University Central Texas, CenTex Sustainable Communities Partnership, and DPW Environmental.

    Students will see displays, performances by the Shoemaker High School's Pandemonium Band and animal presentations by Zoomagination.

    Media who wish to cover this event must register here. On April 7 at 8:30 a.m., media should meet public affairs at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's welcome center.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials will welcome more than 150 injured veterans and their supporters as they cycle through the installation at 9 a.m. April 6 on the fourth of their six-day, 500-mile Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge from Houston to Fort Worth.

    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 at the Fort Hood Press Center by noon April 5. 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 post.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - A Child Abuse Prevention Month/Month of the Military Child proclamation signing will be held at 11 a.m. April 4 at the III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters, Bldg. 1001, West Atrium.

    This event launches the Fort Hood 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month/Month of the Military Child campaign. 

    The event is open to all military identification card holders to honor military children and bring awareness to the prevention of child maltreatment. 

    Media who wish to cover this event, should register here. On April 4, media should meet public affairs representatives at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors center at 10:30 a.m.

  • Maj. Gen. (promotable) Paul E. Funk II  

    The previously issued photo was incorrect. Please use the attached image of Maj. Gen. (Promotable) Paul. E. Funk II.

    FORT HOOD, TEXAS – Maj. Gen. (promotable) Paul E. Funk II signed III Corps assumption of command orders March 31.

    Funk will command the III Corps staff and its subordinates in Exercise Courageous Hammer, running from April 3-12 at Fort Hood and various other U.S. installations. The exercise builds staff skills in planning and executing military operations under a range of realistic wartime conditions in austere environments.

    The general and his family have a long history with Fort Hood and the other units assigned to III Corps, including assignments to Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Fort Riley, Kansas. The Funks look forward to continuing the long-standing partnerships and relationships with neighboring communities that make Fort Hood and other Army installations great places to work and live.

    Upon completion of the exercise April 12, Funk will be promoted to lieutenant general and will receive the III Corps colors from outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland. Details on the formal ceremonies in mid-April will be published in a subsequent release.

  • March 28, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Jonathan Garrett Garcia
    Sgt. Jonathan Garrett Garcia  

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of injuries suffered  in a motorcycle accident March 26, Harker Heights, Texas.

    Sgt. Jonathan Garrett Garcia, 29, whose home of record is listed as Georgetown, Texas, entered active-duty service in April 2007 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since November 2016.

    Garcia deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2009 to May 2010 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2011 to February 2012. 

    Garcia's awards and decorations include a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

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

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are currently under investigation by the lead agency, the Harker Heights Police Department.

     

  • March 1, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier CWO2 Andre George Nance
    CW2 Andre Nance

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the military history of a Soldier who was found unresponsive Feb. 27 in an on-post hotel at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andre George Nance, 34, whose home of record is listed as Randallstown, Maryland, entered active-duty military service in February 2004. He was attending the warrant officer advance course at Fort Rucker and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Corps, Fort Hood, since December 2012.

    Nance deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2009 to April 2010, January 2012 to March 2012 and June 2014 to March 2015.

    Nance's awards and decorations include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Aviation Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons and Army Service Ribbon.

     

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Point of contact for the investigation is Chris Grey, chief of public affairs, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Quantico, Virginia. Grey's email is christopher.p.grey.civ@mail.mil.

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    Broll of the event can be found here https://www.dvidshub.net/video/511169/2017-fort-hood-education-summit

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    FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood officials will meet with Central Texas education officials from nine area school districts and local higher education institutions at the 2017 Fort Hood Education Summit Feb. 23 at Club Hood here.

    Throughout the day, senior educations officials from Central Texas school districts will work with school liaison officers and other Fort Hood officials collaborating on unique challenges facing military students attending area schools.

    Media who wish to cover the event will be able to film the collaborative small group session at 1:30 p.m. followed by a subject matter expert panel discussing the outcomes of the earlier breakout sessions and closing remarks by Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general.

    Breakout session will be held on special education, higher education, information awareness and student success.

    Distinguished panel members include:

    -          Nanette Pigg, Installation Management Command School Program Manager;

    -          Betsy King, Region 12 Field Supervisor for the Alternative Education Program;

    -          Lt. Col. Eric Flake, program director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Air Force Medical Command;

    -          Retired Col. Jack Ballantyne IV, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Military Child Education Coalition; and

    -          Mike Engen, Fort Hood Education Services Officer

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood officials will meet with Central Texas education officials from nine area school districts and local higher education institutions at the 2017 Fort Hood Education Summit Feb. 23 at Club Hood here.

    Throughout the day, senior educations officials from Central Texas school districts will work with school liaison officers and other Fort Hood officials collaborating on unique challenges facing military students attending area schools.

    Media who wish to cover the event will be able to film the collaborative small group session at 1:30 p.m. followed by a subject matter expert panel discussing the outcomes of the earlier breakout sessions and closing remarks by Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general.

    Breakout session will be held on special education, higher education, information awareness and student success.

    Distinguished panel members include:

    -          Nanette Pigg, Installation Management Command School Program Manager;

    -          Betsy King, Region 12 Field Supervisor for the Alternative Education Program;

    -          Lt. Col. Eric Flake, program director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Air Force Medical Command;

    -          Retired Col. Jack Ballantyne IV, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Military Child Education Coalition; and

    -          Mike Engen, Fort Hood Education Services Officer

    Media attending should register here. On Feb. 23, media should meet public affairs representatives at 1 p.m. in the Southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors’ center.

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  • February 22, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Michael Luis Garcia

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who died Feb. 17 from injuries suffered during a vehicle training incident at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

    Pvt. Michael Luis Garcia, 29, whose home of record is listed as Fayetteville, North Carolina, entered active-duty military service in March 2016 as an indirect fire infantryman.

    He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since July 2016.

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

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

    Circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

    No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigative process.

  • February 21, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne
    Pfc. Brian P. Odiorne  

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense announced Feb. 21 the death of a Fort Hood Soldier who died Feb. 20, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne, 21, whose home of record is listed as Ware, Massachusetts, entered active-duty military service in October 2015 as a cannon crewmember.

    He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since May 2016.

    Odiorne's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Medal. He will be posthumously awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

    No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigative process.

  • CORRECTION: The Army will add a new armored brigade combat team not specifically Fort Hood. 

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Our incredibly busy Soldiers and Families deserve the best possible quality of life. 15+ years of war and operational deployments have caused strain on our people and our equipment, and our facilities are beginning to show their age. We have made our challenges known to the Army's leadership and they are responding. Soldiers will see changes soon.

    Immediate improvements in quality of life come from expanded Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offerings, such as free advance screenings of Hollywood films at the Palmer Theater, and a potential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Camp here this year.

    On Feb. 17, WWE star wrestler Paul Wight, a.k.a. "The Big Show," will be at the Clear Creek Post Exchange from 10am to noon.

    On Feb. 18, the Georgetown Area Car Club and Sun City Corvette Club will be showing off a collection of classic and modern cars at the Clear Creek Post Exchange from 10am to 2pm.

    On Feb. 25, Fort Hood Soldiers will participate in the Dallas Cowboys' Combine at AT&T Stadium.

    On Feb. 26, Fort Hood Soldiers will take advantage of Military Appreciation Day with the Austin Spurs basketball team.

    The Clear Creek Post Exchange will continue to bring in star guest authors, such as recent guests Megyn Kelly and Simone Biles.

    We are excited about partnerships with regional sports teams that bring college and professional athletes to Fort Hood. Baylor men's basketball coach Scott Drew hosted a clinic at the Bronco Youth Activity Center and later brought the Bears to play Jackson State in Abrams Gym last December.

    Fort Hood has a $65M plan to renovate and build new barracks here, and we have requested $135M more to improve living conditions. Investment in infrastructure is an Army top-five priority.

    Better-resourced gyms will ensure the best facilities to work on fitness, a key aspect to health and readiness. We also have a plan to convert the Warrior Way Post Exchange building into a gym.

    Upgrades to food courts include a new Qdoba and a Starbucks coming soon. We will upgrade Legends Pub at Club Hood, as well.

    Our brigades are busier now than they have ever been, and we are going to grow the Army so that four Soldiers will no longer have to do the work of five.  Fort Hood will add at least one more Armored Brigade Combat Team to take some of the deployment strain off the three already here. Changes to the Army’s deployment practices will encourage unit cohesion and reduce turbulence in our Soldiers' lives. 

    Soldiers who need help have engaged leaders with a variety of programs and resources, such as the best Resiliency Campus and Resiliency Campaign in the military. Learn more about Resiliency programs here: http://www.hood.army.mil/resiliency_campus/  http://www.hood.army.mil/cloud.aspx

  • February 13, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Christie Marie Anderson
    Staff Sgt. Christie Marie Anderson  

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive Feb. 6 at her off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Christie Marie Anderson, 44, whose home of record is Hazen, Arkansas, entered active-duty military service in August 2007 as a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer. She was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since October 2014.

    Anderson deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from February 2011 to November 2011.

    Anderson's awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the Killeen Police Department, Killeen, Texas.  Point of contact for the investigation is Ofelia Miramontez, Public Information Officer, Killeen Police Department. Miramontez's phone number is (254) 501-8941/8807 and her email is omiramontez@killeentexas.gov.

  • Qdoba Mexican Eats manager Sheri Flores, flanked by the Fort Hood Garrison command team of Col. Todd Fox and Command Sgt. Maj. Antonio Leija, Jr., and Exchange representatives, cuts the ribbon to mark the grand opening of Qdoba Feb. 6 at the T.J. Mills Food Court. This is the first Qdoba in the Central Texas area and the seventh to open on a military installation. (Photo by Heather Graham-Ashley, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     

    Qdoba Mexican Eats manager Sheri Flores, flanked by the Fort Hood Garrison command team of Col. Todd Fox and Command Sgt. Maj. Antonio Leija, Jr., and Exchange representatives, cuts the ribbon to mark the grand opening of Qdoba Feb. 6 at the T.J. Mills Food Court. This is the first Qdoba in the Central Texas area and the seventh to open on a military installation. (Photo by Heather Graham-Ashley, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Army & Air Force Exchange Service at Fort Hood hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6 for the opening of a new restaurant in the T.J. Mills Road AAFES Food Court – Qdoba Mexican Eats.

    This is the first Qdoba Mexican Eats in the Central Texas area and the seventh at an Exchange facility, according to an AAFES press release.

    The addition of Qdoba Mexican Eats to Fort Hood’s food court lineup supports the AAFES’s mission to offer the popular, name-brand dining experiences Soldiers and their families demand, the release said.

    For more information on Qdoba Mexican Eats, visit their Web site at www.qdoba.com.

    Additionally, AAFES officials said 100 percent of Exchange earnings are returned to service members and their families in the form of funding for military quality-of-life programs – in 2015, the Exchange returned $3.2 million in earnings to the Fort Hood community.

  • February 7, 2017 Army CID Investigating Soldier’s Death at Fort Hood Staff Sgt. Steven K. Hines

    QUANTICO, Va., Feb 7, 2017 – The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is investigating the death of Staff Sgt. Steven K. Hines, whose body was discovered Sunday at approximately 10:00 p.m., about 50 yards behind building 2201 on Fort Hood, Texas. 

    Hines was a CID special agent assigned to the 11th MP Bn (CID), Fort Hood, Texas.    

    According to CID agents investigating the death, they do not suspect foul play at this time, but have not completely ruled it out while they continue to conduct a complete and thorough death investigation. Special agents from outside of Fort Hood have been brought in to head up the death investigation. 

    “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our agents,” said Maj. Gen. Mark S. Inch, the provost marshal general of the Army and commanding general of CID. “The Criminal Investigation Command is a very small and close knit organization.  Losing one of our own deeply affects us all.  We will do everything in our power to support the Hines family during this very difficult time.” 

    Hines joined the Army in July, 2007.  His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2) and the Army Driver Badge.

    No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigative process. 

    For more information on CID visit www.cid.army.mil.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Lt. Gen. Sean B. McFarland , III Corps and Fort Hood's commanding general, will host a Texas Legislative Day Feb. 3 here.

    Texas Legislative Day is a day-long event that will bring together 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 desiring to cover the event should register here no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 2. A public affairs representative will meet media at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 3.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps and Fort Hood is hosting a Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support (VETS) Court graduation ceremony 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at the III Corps Headquarters building here.

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will serve as commencement speaker and three military veterans will be recognized as the very first graduates of the new program.

    Each of these veterans entered the program in early 2016 when charges were filed against him or her for misdemeanor offenses.  Each has completed a rigorous program of court supervision, treatment and counseling with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and mentorship from a community veteran mentor.  As a result of their successful completion of the program, the charges filed against each of these veterans have been dismissed.

    The Fort Hood VETS was launched in January 2016 by Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske with support from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, Richard L. Durbin, Jr., U.S. Probation and U.S. Pretrial Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Fort Hood military community.

    The VETS Court program diverts veterans who have committed low-level criminal offenses out of the traditional criminal justice system and into a program of intensive supervision, treatment, and monitoring.  To be eligible for the program, veterans must have a mental health issue that relates both to the veteran’s military service and to the charged criminal offense.  The program then seeks to address the root causes of the criminal conduct by treating the underlying mental health issue, supporting the veteran through community supervision and mentorship, and building connections to the VA Healthcare system and Texas Veterans Commission that will endure beyond participation in the VETS Court program.

    In addition to the three graduates, eight additional veterans are currently in VETS with new applications being reviewed on a biweekly basis.

    Media desiring to attend the event must register here no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 26. On Jan. 27, media will meet a  public affairs representative at the south side parking lot of the visitors' center at 2:15 p.m. Additionally, A brief media availability with Senator Cornyn and other VETS Court stakeholders will follow the ceremony.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program will host its Winter 2017 mega job fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Club Hood here.

    The job fair is open to transitioning soldiers, veterans, retirees, their spouses, DA civilians and members of the local community.

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

    The event is open to all Department of Defense ID cardholders and the general public. Club Hood is located at 24th Street and Wainwright Drive, Bldg. 5764.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. On Jan. 24, media will meet a  public affairs representative at the south side parking lot of the visitors' center at 10  a.m. 

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Tax Center will host an opening ceremony 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23,  which is the first day that the Internal Revenue Service will accept electronically filed returns, here.

    The center provides full-time tax preparation and filing services to Soldiers, Family members and DoD ID card holders and will operate on an appointment basis.

    To schedule an appointment,  call 254-287-3294 or 254-288-7995; visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Hood-Tax-Center-167037666695426/  or stop by the center which is located in Building 13, on 52nd Street,  just west of III Corps Headquarters building.

    Media desiring to cover this event should register here no later than 8 a.m. Jan. 22. On Jan. 23, media should meet public affairs at the south side parking lot of the visitors' center at 9:45 a.m.

  • January 18, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Zackary Phillip Partin
    Spc. Zackary Phillip Partin  

    Correction: Spc. Partin's correct unit is Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who was found unresponsive Jan. 12 in his barracks room, here.

    Spc. Zackary Phillip Partin, 24, whose home of record is Oakwood, Illinois , entered active-duty military service in November 2012 as a radio operator. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since May 2016.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Point of contact for the investigation is Chris Grey, Chief of Public Affairs, USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Quantico, VA. Grey's email is christopher.p.grey.civ@mail.mil.

    No photo was available at the time of this release. When a photo is available this release will be updated on FortHoodpresscenter.com

     

  • January 17, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Zackary Phillip Partin

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who was found unresponsive Jan. 12 in his barracks room, here.

    Spc. Zackary Phillip Partin, 24, whose home of record is Oakwood, Illinois , entered active-duty military service in November 2012 as a radio operator. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since May 2016.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Point of contact for the investigation is Chris Grey, Chief of Public Affairs, USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Quantico, VA. Grey's email is christopher.p.grey.civ@mail.mil.

    No photo was available at the time of this release. When a photo is available this release will be updated on FortHoodpresscenter.com

  • January 12, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Alex Mathew Dean Taylor
    Sgt. Alex Dean Taylor  

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive at his place of duty Jan. 11 here.

    Sgt. Alex Mathew Dean Taylor, 23, whose home of record is listed as Texas City, Texas, entered active-duty military service in March 2012 as an aviation operations specialist.Taylor was assigned to the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, since July 2016.

    Taylor's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Aviation Badge, Air Assault Badge  and Army Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Point of contact for the investigation is Chris Grey, Chief of Public Affairs, USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Quantico, VA. Grey's email is christopher.p.grey.civ@mail.mil.

  • Correction: The guest speaker's correct name spelling is Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Kevin Stuart.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 1st Medical Brigade Equal Opportunity office will host a Martin Luther King Day observance from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Grande Ball Room at Club Hood.

    The guest speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Kevin Stewart formerly with the 1st Medical Brigade and Medical Research and Material Command.  The event is open to all military identification holders. For more information, call 287-6242.

    Media who wish to cover this event, should register here. On Jan. 12, they should meet public affairs representatives and the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 1 p.m.

  • January 9, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Barron V. Reichelt
    Spc. Barron Von Reichelt  

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who died Jan. 7 from injuries suffered during a automobile accident on South Range Road, here.

    Spc. Barron Von Reichelt, 24, whose home of record is Las Vegas, Nevada, entered active-duty military service in January 2015 as a cannon crew member. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since April 2016.

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

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials will host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $24M Training Support Center 10 a.m. Jan. 10 here.

    The new center will be dedicated in honor of 1st Cavalry Division, Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sgt. Mike Castaneda Pena who was killed in action Sept. 5, 1950 at Waegwan, South Korea.

    The new 160,975-square-foot facility will support soldiers training requirements by providing training aids, devices and simulators. It also allows for consolidation of many of our former training support facilities, resulting in a greater than 50-percent reduction of buildings spread across the installation.

    In addition, the  facility also serves to enhance military-civilian community relations such as Boy's and Girl's Scouts, local community organization visits, spouse camaraderie events and others.

    Media wishing to cover this event should register here no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 9. On Jan. 10, media should meet public affairs at the Southside parking lot of the visitors' center at 9 a.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command will host a capabilities exercise (CAPEX) at 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at the underground training facility on West Fort Hood.

    During the CAPEX, a nuclear disablement team, an explosive ordnance disposal team and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Team (CRT) will conduct demonstrations. A CBRN platoon will also conduct a demonstration of a decontamination line during the CAPEX.

    In addition to the demonstrations, the CRT and the 1st Area Medical Laboratory will have static displays including an M1135 Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Radiological Vehicle (NBCRV).

    Members of the media who wish to cover this event will witness the command’s specialized skill sets in support of its enduring mission requirements to Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

    The 20th CBRNE Command is a one-of-a-kind formation that commands CBRN, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and other specialized units. The command comprises 85 percent of the Active Army’s EOD and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Units.

    For more information on the mission of the 20th CBRNE, contact Maj. Ryan Donald, 20th CBRNE Command public affairs office in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, at ryan.m.donald2.mil@mail.mil.

    Media wishing to cover this event, should register here no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 9. On Jan. 12, media should meet public affairs at the southside parking lot of the visitors' center at 7:15 a.m.

  • January 5, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Kai Yemale Yancey
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     FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials released the name of the Soldier who died Jan.1 from complications from an illness at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

    Pfc. Kai Yemale Yancey, 26, whose home of record is El Paso, Texas, entered active-duty military service in February 2015 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since 2016.

    Yancey's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

  • January 4, 2017 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Randal K. Anderson
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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of an apparent gunshot wound Jan. 2, 2017, in Killeen, Texas.

    Pfc. Randal Kenneth Anderson, 22, whose home of record is listed as Sutter Creek, California, entered active-duty service in February 2015 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 7rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd  Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since June 2016.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident remain under investigation.

  • December 28, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Paige Elizabeth Briles
    Pvt. Paige Briles

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive at an on-post residence Dec. 24 here.

    Pvt. Paige Elizabeth Briles, 21, whose home of record is listed as Kaplan, Louisiana, entered active-duty military service in February 2015 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

    Briles was assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, since November 2016.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Point of contact for the investigation is Chris Grey, Chief of Public Affairs, USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Quantico, VA. Grey's email is christopher.p.grey.civ@mail.mil.

     

  • UPDATE: Fort Hood officials announced a 4 p.m. gate time Dec. 17 for media attending the Baylor Basket Ball game. Media should meet public affairs representatives at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors center.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball head coach Scott Drew will meet with media at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Fort Hood’s Bronco Youth Center. Drew will preview the Dec. 17 game between Baylor and Jackson State that will be played at Abrams Physical Fitness Center here.

    Following the press conference, Drew and members of his coaching staff will conduct a youth basketball skills clinic to children 6th grade and below of military families beginning at 10 a.m. in the youth center. Registration for this event has already been completed.

    The No. 4-ranked Bears will face Jackson State at 5 p.m. Dec. 17 in the first-ever matchup of Division I college basketball programs played at Fort Hood. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest-Plus. Baylor previously played the first college basketball game on post when they faced Division III Hardin-Simmons last season on Dec. 16, 2015, a game the Bears won 104-59.

    Media seeking credentials for the Dec. 10 Baylor and Fort Hood press conference should register here no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 9. On Dec. 10, media will meet Fort Hood public affairs representatives at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 9 a.m. for escort to Fort Hood's Bronco Youth Center.

    Media seeking credentials for the Dec. 17 Baylor vs. Jackson State game should e-mail their requests to David_Kaye@baylor.edu no later than Dec. 11.

  • UPDATE: The championship round of 2016 Fort Hood Combatives Tournament was held earlier than previously scheduled.

    The 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Cavalry Regiment earned the team title in the tournament. The Brave Rifles took the team title with 123 points, ten more than the 48th Chemical Brigade. The First Team’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade came in third in team scoring with 51 points.

    Here are the individual results for each weight class:

    Bantamweight:

    1st - 1st Lt. Abigail McCauley, 91st Engineer Battalion. 2nd - Pvt. Victoria Gonzalez, 48th Chem. Bde. 3rd - Pfc. Tiana Cox, 48th Chem. Bde.

    Flyweight:

    1st - Spc. Toribio Fuentes, 3rd Cav. Regt. 2nd - Spc. Nicholas Rigsby - 720th Military Police Bn. 3rd - Spc. Willam NunezDuran - 720th MP Bn.

    Lightweight:

    1st - Staff Sgt. James Bruner, 1st Air Cav. Bde. 2nd - Pvt. 1st Class Aaron-Jamal Jacob, 48th Chem. Bde. 3rd - Spc. Noel Can, 720th MP Bn.

    Welterweight:

    1st - Cpl. Joshua Smith, 664th Ordnance Company. 2nd - Spc. Narcisso Rosado, 62nd THAAD. 3rd - 1st Lt. Benjamin McCoy, 48th Chem. Bde.

    Middleweight:

    1st - 1st Lt. Alexander Carpenter, 15th MI Bn. 2nd - Spc. Kalyntae Williams, 3rd Cav. Regt. 3rd - Sgt. Tyler Wilkins, 1st Air Cav. Bde.

    Cruiserweight:

    1st - Capt. Chris Wright, 115th BSB. 2nd - Spc. Demitrius Portalatin, 11th Sig. Bde. 3rd - Staff Sgt. John Bronson, 15th MI Bn.

    Light Heavyweight:

    1st - Pfc. Dylan Jahrling, 15th BSB. 2nd - Sgt. Kenneth Duncan, 11th Sig. Bde. 3rd - Staff Sgt. Weston Anthony, 504th MI Bde.

    Heavyweight:

    1st - Spc. Justin Vargas, III Corps MCPOD. 2nd - Spc. Zakaria Rouhi, 664th Ordnance Co. 3rd - Spc. Darnel McGuire, 48th Chem. Bde.

     

    VIDEO UPDATE: 

    The Fort Hood Combatives Tournament 2016 kicked off at Abrams Fitness Center. Soldiers from various units around the installation compete in a number of weight classes in hopes of moving on to the next round. The tournament takes place from December 12-14, 2016. This video highlights some of the action from the first day of the tournament.

    Direct Link to Video: http://www.forthoodpresscenter.com/go/doc/3439/2907798/

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers from units across Fort Hood will descend on Abrams Physical Fitness Center Dec. 12-14 to determine the best Fort Hood fighters in the 2016 Combatives Championship here.

    Combatives is the Army's version of Mixed Martial Arts used to hone warrior skills in hand-to-hand combat.

    Preliminary rounds are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12 at Abrams Physical Fitness Center. Quarter-final rounds are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13. Semi-final and Championship rounds are 4-9 p.m. Dec. 14.

    Weight classes range from bantamweight to heavyweight for both male and female.

    The event is free and open to the public. Those who do not have a DoD identification card must stop by the visitor’s center to gain access onto post.

    Media who wish to cover this event, should register here and then contact Fort Hood public affairs to work out coverage for the various days of the competition at (254) 287-9993/0106/7823.

  • December 7, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown
    Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown  

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Fort Hood Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. 

    Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown, 46, whose home of record is listed as Takoma Park, Maryland, died Dec. 6 at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan, that occurred on Nov. 12. Also, killed in the incident were Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California, who died Nov. 12 and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois, who died Nov. 12.

    Brown entered active-duty military service in March 2004 as a senior data systems integrator.

    Brown was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since July 2012.

    Brown deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2006 to August 2007, November 2008 to October 2009, and December 2010 to December 2011. Brown deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2014 to September 2014. He deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel from September to December 2016.

    Brown’s awards include five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, four Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, four Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and NATO medal.

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