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  • July 27, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Kyesha Lashell Harris-Foster

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 25 of injuries suffered in a May 25 traffic incident in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Kyesha Lashell Harris-Foster, 28, whose home of record is listed as Upper Marlboro, Maryland, entered active-duty service in March 2009 as a pharmacy specialist. She was assigned to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, Fort Hood, since June 2012.

    Harris-Foster's awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon.

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

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

  • July 21, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Brian Michael Luckey

     

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on July 18 near Harker Heights, Texas.

    Spc. Brian Michael Luckey, 22, whose home of record is listed as Yreka, California, entered active-duty service in July 2012 as an cannon crewmember. He was assigned to the 3rd Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since November 2012.

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

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    Through an agreement with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Great Clips is set to join nine other Exchange barbershops currently operating on Fort Hood.

    The introduction of Great Clips at the Great Place is expected to help the Exchange evaluate military consumers’ demand for name-brand hair-care services.

    Through an agreement with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Great Clips is set to join nine other Exchange barbershops currently operating on Fort Hood.

    The introduction of Great Clips at the Great Place is expected to help the Exchange evaluate military consumers’ demand for name-brand hair-care services.

  • July 9, 2015 National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army tours Fort Hood Photos by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

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    Col. Jeffery Thompson (left), commander of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with Lt. Col. Spence, a member of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army, have a discussion in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. Members of the commission visited with Fort Hood troops and unit leaders prior to a public meeting in Killeen, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

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    Capt. Kyle Rogers (right), commander of Company F, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with members of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army about the capabilities of the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system during their visit at Robert Gray Army Airfield, West Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

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    Sgt. Paul Charbonneau (right), a standardization noncommissioned officer with Company F, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with members of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army about the specifications and maintenance of the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system during their visit at Robert Gray Army Airfield, West Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

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    The Honorable Robert Hale (right), a member of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army, sits inside of an AH-64 Apache helicopter as he is briefed about the capabilities of the aircraft to communicate with other aircraft by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mike Harris, aviation mission survivability officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, during the commission’s visit to Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

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    Retired Gen. James Thurman (left), a member of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army, speaks with UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter medical evacuation pilots with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, about air and ground capabilities during a visit at Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

     

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    WASHINGTON - New policy for the noncommissioned officer evaluation report due out in January, includes a limit on how many “most qualified” ratings can be handed out by a Soldier’s senior rater.

    WASHINGTON - New policy for the noncommissioned officer evaluation report due out in January, includes a limit on how many “most qualified” ratings can be handed out by a Soldier’s senior rater.

  • UPDATE: The time for the ceremony has been changed to 11:30 a.m.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The U.S. Army's 48th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade will change commanders at 11 a.m. July 9 at Cooper Field here.  In addition, the unit will also uncase the brigade colors, signifying an end to their mission in support of Operation Unified Assistance in West Africa.

    Col. Sven C. Erichsen will pass command of the brigade to Col. Christopher J. Cox.

    Cox comes to Fort Hood from Carlise Barracks, Penn., where he graduated from the Army War College.  Erichsen will serve as the director for plans and operations, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, headquartered on Edgewood Arsenal, Md.

    Cox will be joined by his wife Michelle.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. On July 9, media should meet at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 10:15 a.m.

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  • July 27, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Kyesha Lashell Harris-Foster

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 25 of injuries suffered in a May 25 traffic incident in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Kyesha Lashell Harris-Foster, 28, whose home of record is listed as Upper Marlboro, Maryland, entered active-duty service in March 2009 as a pharmacy specialist. She was assigned to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, Fort Hood, since June 2012.

    Harris-Foster's awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon.

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

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

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  • July 27, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Kyesha Lashell Harris-Foster

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 25 of injuries suffered in a May 25 traffic incident in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Kyesha Lashell Harris-Foster, 28, whose home of record is listed as Upper Marlboro, Maryland, entered active-duty service in March 2009 as a pharmacy specialist. She was assigned to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, Fort Hood, since June 2012.

    Harris-Foster's awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon.

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

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

  • July 21, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Brian Michael Luckey

     

    Spc. Brian Michael Luckey

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on July 18 near Harker Heights, Texas.

    Spc. Brian Michael Luckey, 22, whose home of record is listed as Yreka, California, entered active-duty service in July 2012 as an cannon crewmember. He was assigned to the 3rd Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since November 2012.

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

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    Through an agreement with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Great Clips is set to join nine other Exchange barbershops currently operating on Fort Hood.

    The introduction of Great Clips at the Great Place is expected to help the Exchange evaluate military consumers’ demand for name-brand hair-care services.

    Through an agreement with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Great Clips is set to join nine other Exchange barbershops currently operating on Fort Hood.

    The introduction of Great Clips at the Great Place is expected to help the Exchange evaluate military consumers’ demand for name-brand hair-care services.

  • July 9, 2015 National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army tours Fort Hood Photos by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

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    Col. Jeffery Thompson (left), commander of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with Lt. Col. Spence, a member of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army, have a discussion in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. Members of the commission visited with Fort Hood troops and unit leaders prior to a public meeting in Killeen, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

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    Capt. Kyle Rogers (right), commander of Company F, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with members of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army about the capabilities of the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system during their visit at Robert Gray Army Airfield, West Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

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    Sgt. Paul Charbonneau (right), a standardization noncommissioned officer with Company F, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, speaks with members of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army about the specifications and maintenance of the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system during their visit at Robert Gray Army Airfield, West Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

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    The Honorable Robert Hale (right), a member of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army, sits inside of an AH-64 Apache helicopter as he is briefed about the capabilities of the aircraft to communicate with other aircraft by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mike Harris, aviation mission survivability officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, during the commission’s visit to Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

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    Retired Gen. James Thurman (left), a member of the National Commission for the Future of the U.S. Army, speaks with UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter medical evacuation pilots with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, about air and ground capabilities during a visit at Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Julie Wallace Myles, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) (Released)   

     

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    WASHINGTON - New policy for the noncommissioned officer evaluation report due out in January, includes a limit on how many “most qualified” ratings can be handed out by a Soldier’s senior rater.

    WASHINGTON - New policy for the noncommissioned officer evaluation report due out in January, includes a limit on how many “most qualified” ratings can be handed out by a Soldier’s senior rater.

  • UPDATE: The time for the ceremony has been changed to 11:30 a.m.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The U.S. Army's 48th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade will change commanders at 11 a.m. July 9 at Cooper Field here.  In addition, the unit will also uncase the brigade colors, signifying an end to their mission in support of Operation Unified Assistance in West Africa.

    Col. Sven C. Erichsen will pass command of the brigade to Col. Christopher J. Cox.

    Cox comes to Fort Hood from Carlise Barracks, Penn., where he graduated from the Army War College.  Erichsen will serve as the director for plans and operations, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, headquartered on Edgewood Arsenal, Md.

    Cox will be joined by his wife Michelle.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. On July 9, media should meet at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 10:15 a.m.

  • July 8, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Capt. Lakito Bynum

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 4 of possible natural causes in El Salvador.

    Capt. Lakito Tarraze Bynum, 36, whose home of record is listed as Oakland, Mississippi, entered active-duty service in April 1996 as an ammunition specialist and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 2009 and served as a civil affairs team leader. He was assigned to 81st Civil Affairs Battalion, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

    Bynum deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2004 to November 2005 and from September to October 2010. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2011 to June 2012 and in support of the Civil Affairs Engagement Program from February to July 2015.

    Bynum's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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

  • July 8, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Spc. Jason Darryl Kane

    UPDATE: The corrected date and time of the incident is 4:51 a.m. July 6.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident at 4:51 a.m. July 6 in Maxdale, Texas.

    Spc. Jason Darryl Kane, 24, whose home of record is listed as Surry, Maine, entered active-duty service in November 2010 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. He was assigned to the 47th Ordnance Disposal Company, 79th Ordnance Battalion, Fort Hood, since February 2012.

    Kane deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March to November 2014.

    Kane's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal.

    There currently is no photo available. When a photo is available this press release will be updated at www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) will hold an open meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. July 9 at the Marriott Courtyard in Killeen.

    The public is invited to attend, make oral comments, and/or provide written statements to the commission. Anyone wanting to make a concise oral statement to the commissioners can sign up at the venue prior to the meeting or by emailing Don Tison, the NCFA’s Designated Federal Officer, at: dfo.public@ncfa.ncr.gov. Speakers tiime is allotted on a first-come first-served basis within the two-hour allotted time period.

    All speakers are asked to confine their remarks to addressing the criteria outlined below. Written comments will be accepted at any time. Members of the public can leave comments for the commissioners at the meeting or via the NCFA website at: http://www.ncfa.ncr.gov/publicComments.html.

    NOTE: Media interested in covering this event should contact Col. Kristen Dixon prior to the event at (571) 294-2915.

    The NCFA has been charged by Congress to examine the structure of the Army and policy assumptions related to the size and force mix. The commission has been tasked with making recommendations on modifications to the structure of the Army based on current and anticipated mission requirements and acceptable levels of national risk consistent with available and anticipated future resources.

    The commission will also specifically examine the transfer of Army National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Regular Army.

    The commission will issue its report no later than Feb. 1, 2016.

     

  • July 7, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Warrant Officer Sean Michael Young

    Warrant Officer Sean Michael Young

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 5 from an apparent gunshot wound at his off-post residence in Copperas Cove, Texas.

    Warrant Officer Sean Michael Young, 35, whose home of record is listed as Waterloo, Iowa, entered active-duty service in October 2006. He was assigned to 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since February 2014.

    Young deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2009 to January 2010.

    Young's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, two 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 Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Aviation Badge and Parachutist Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

     

     

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  • July 2, 2015 UPDATE: Fort Hood hosts Independence Day Celebration Jon Christopher Davis, Lone Star Attitude Band and 1st Cavalry Division Band in entertainment lineup

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- During Fort Hood's Independence Day celebration July 4, the Directorate of Emergency Services will close the Clear Creek Gate from approximately 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. for safety purposes during the fireworks display.  The gate will reopen following the fireworks show.

    All other gates on Fort  Hood will operate on their normal schedule.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood's Independence Day Celebration will begin at 4 p.m. July 4 in Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange.

    Musical entertainment will include Jon Christopher Davis and Lone Star Attitude Band and 1st Cavalry Division Band will perform from 6-9:30 p.m.

    Concluding this year's party is an extravagant 30-minute fireworks presentation beginning at 9:30 pm. Hood Stadium seats are usually filled quickly, so participants should come out early to hold their viewing spot.

    During the event, food trucks will be selling food and beverages along with family readiness group food and beverage booths and other sponsored booths from 4-10 p.m. Alcohol will be sold during the event.

    The Independence Day Celebration is a free event and open to the public.

    Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must enter and exit Clear Creek Gate (through the left visitors' lane for access) or obtain a pass from the Visitors' Welcome Center. Drivers and passengers 18 and older must have a valid photo ID.

    On-post shuttles will be running approximately every 15 minutes. All individuals utilizing the bus service under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For a list of shuttle stops, visit Fort Hood's Family and DFMWR Web site at www.hoodmwr.com/4july/index.html.

    Prohibited items at the Independence Day Celebration are explosive weapons, firearms, knives, clubs, brass knuckles, glass containers (except baby bottles), pets, alcohol, fireworks, and pop-up/canopy tents.

    Concealed and open carry of firearms does not apply on Fort Hood because it is a federal installation.

    Permitted items include: strollers, coolers (will be searched), camelbacks (will be searched), umbrellas, blankets, lawn chairs, small wagons, cameras, video recorder/camcorders, service animals (guide dogs, etc.).

    The Independence Day Celebration is sponsored by Fort Hood Recycle, Net Zero Waste 2020, H-E-B, University of Phoenix, USAA, Southern New Hampshire University, DELL, Omni, Central Michigan University, AMG, Noodles & Company, Uber, Kool Smiles, Fort Hood National, PODS, Townsquare Media. (Sponsorship does not imply endorsement)

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    NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Media interested in attending any of the Independence Day activities must register here. Media should meet escorts at the South parking lot across from the Visitor Control Center at the Fort Hood Main Gate at 5 p.m. All television satellite/microwave trucks can only enter the installation at the Clarke Road-North entrance on U.S. Hwy. 190 at noon.

    Because of traffic limitations in the event area, no media will be escorted onto the installation after 5 p.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Effective immediately, in accordance with Department of Defense directives, Fort Hood and the Directorate of Emergency Services will no longer conduct vehicle registration operations at the Fort Hood Visitor Welcome Center. 

    DOD Identification card holders (Soldiers, registered family members, retirees and DOD civilians) will no longer need to possess DOD decals on their vehicles in order to gain access to the installation. 

    DOD ID card holders will be allowed to proceed directly to Installation Access Points and present their DOD ID cards to security personnel.

    Fort Hood and the DES acknowledge that this process is different than previous access requirements and will have a transitional period from June 30 until  Aug. 31 as well as an information campaign to ensure the transition is as convenient as possible in accordance with the directive requirements. 

    During this transitional period which will end on Aug. 31, DOD ID card holders may present their state-issued driver's license as a form of identification as previously permitted.

    DOD ID card holders will continue to be able to escort passengers inside of their vehicles (who are in possession of a valid ID card, such as a state-issued driver's license).

    Between June 30 and Aug. 31, NON-DOD ID card holders who are driving will be required to be on an Installation Access Pass issued at the Visitor Welcome Center. Passengers in these vehicles will only be required to produce a valid ID card to security personnel.

    Beginning Sept. 1, all Non-DOD ID card holders will be required to report to the Visitor Welcome Center and be included on the Installation Access Pass in order to be allowed access to the installation.  This includes the driver and all passengers, except children 17 years or younger who may be vouched for by another adult occupant. 

    Also, all NON-DOD ID card holders who walk onto post or ride a bicycle will also be required to obtain a pass from the Visitor Welcome Center.

  • June 29, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Michael D. Carrasco

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of injuries suffered when an automobile struck his bicycle at 1:30 a.m. June 27 in Killeen, Texas. He was pronounced deceased at 9:30 a.m. at Baylor, Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

    Pvt. Michael David Carrasco, 22, whose home of record is listed as Mamaroneck, New York, entered active-duty service in November 2012 as a computer detection system repairer. He was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

    Carrasco's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

     There is currently no photo is available. When a photo is available this press release will be updated at www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood will change commanders at 9 a.m. July 2 at the III Corps Headquarters flagpole here.

    Col. Matthew W. Elledge will pass command of the Garrison to Col. Todd M. Fox.

    Fox comes to Fort Hood from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, where he served as director of operations and plans for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Elledge will retire after 27 years of service.

    Fox will be joined by his wife Cathy.

    Media who wish to cover this event should register here. On July 2, media should meet at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 8:15 a.m.

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    WASHINGTON - Military Occupational Specialty 12B, combat engineer is now open to all female enlisted Soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27.

    The June 16 directive from Army Secretary John McHugh makes available 20,563 additional positions for women and opens the last of the 16 engineer MOSs, which were closed to women. The only positions not open to women in engineering are in certain special operations units.

    WASHINGTON - Military Occupational Specialty 12B, combat engineer is now open to all female enlisted Soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27.

    The June 16 directive from Army Secretary John McHugh makes available 20,563 additional positions for women and opens the last of the 16 engineer MOSs, which were closed to women. The only positions not open to women in engineering are in certain special operations units.

  • June 24, 2015 Chairman hosts town halls with Fort Hood troops, families Discusses threats, budget, diversity at Hood
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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- With less than 100 days remaining in his final term as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, spent a full day here interacting with Soldiers and their Families, and thanking them for their service and sacrifice, June 19.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- With less than 100 days remaining in his final term as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, spent a full day here interacting with Soldiers and their Families, and thanking them for their service and sacrifice, June 19.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Twenty-three Army warriors representing major commands from across III Corps will compete in the 2015 III Corps Best Warrior Competition June 23-26 here.

    This four-day intensive competition will determine the 2015 III Corps Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

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

    Media are invited to cover events from noon to 3 p.m. June 24 on the Pegasus Scale Range here. Media who wish to attend should register here. Registered media should be at the Fort Hood visitors’ center south side parking lot by 11:30 to be escorted to the range.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials are investigating a fatality accident in the training area. At approximately 7:30 a.m. June 17 four Soldiers from the Texas Military Forces were involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident. One Soldier died and three were injured and transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

    The name of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after notification of next of kin.

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.  

    For additional information, contact the Texas Military Forces State Public Affairs Office at (512) 782-5620 or email at ng.tx.txarng.mbx.pao@mail.mil.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA) is now closed to all guests with the exception of the BLORA Paintball Course, primitive camping No. 1 and primitive camping at BLORA Ranch.

    The areas were closed due to the current flooded condition and anticipated rising lake level associated with the predicted weather forecast, Fort Hood officials said.

    No projected date for re-opening has been determined.  For updates, call BLORA at (254) 287-4907.

     

  • June 15, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Eric A. Gharakhanian

    Sgt. Eric A. Gharakhanian

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive June 10 in his residence at Fort Hood, Texas. He was pronounced deceased by Dr. (Maj.) Jason Smith, attending physician at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center at 9:40 a.m.

    Sgt. Eric Artine Gharakhanian, 28, whose home of record is listed as Glendale, California, entered active-duty service in March 2011 as a human resources specialist. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

    Gharakhanian was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2011 to March 2012.

    Gharakhanian's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • June 12 3:30 p.m. Video Link Available

    VIDEO UPDATE: Watch the ceremony here:

    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/409029/iii-corps-army-birthday-ceremony-2015

     

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    June 11 3 p.m. Links corrected

    PHOTO UPDATE: FORT HOOD, Texas -- Click the thumbnails below to view high-resolution images of Fort Hood's celebration ceremony for the Army's 240th birthday.

    Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, places a set of streamers on the Army flag as Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, holds the flag steady during the celebration of the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

     Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, places a set of streamers on the Army flag as Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, holds the flag steady during the celebration of the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

    Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, places a set of streamers on the Army flag as Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, holds the flag steady during the celebration of the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, places a set of streamers on the Army flag as Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, holds the flag steady during the celebration of the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, and Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, bookend the cake-cutting, with the oldest and youngest Soldiers in the middle -- Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeanne Pace and Pvt. Carlos Jimenez, respectively -- during the celebration of the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, and Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, bookend the cake-cutting, with the oldest and youngest Soldiers in the middle -- Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeanne Pace and Pvt. Carlos Jimenez, respectively -- during the celebration of the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Aircraft from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division perform a fly over at the conclusion of the ceremony celebrating the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Aircraft from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division perform a fly over at the conclusion of the ceremony celebrating the 240th Army Birthday June 11 on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     

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    PHOTO UPDATE: FORT HOOD, Texas -- Click the thumbnails below to view high-resolution images of Fort Hood's celebration run for the Army's 240th birthday.

    Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, is flanked on either end by Brig. Gen. Tim Lai, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general (U.K.), and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, as the command group leads the corps run in recognition of the Army's birthday Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, is flanked on either end by Brig. Gen. Tim Lai, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general (U.K.), and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, as the command group leads the corps run in recognition of the Army's birthday Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, applauds the Soldiers as the pass in front of the III Corps command group at the end of the run in recognition of the Army's birthday Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, applauds the Soldiers as the pass in front of the III Corps command group at the end of the run in recognition of the Army's birthday Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Soldiers run in formation down Battalion Avenue during the Army Birthday run Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     Soldiers run in formation down Battalion Avenue during the Army Birthday run Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Soldiers turn the corner onto Battalion Avenue during the Army Birthday run Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     Soldiers turn the corner onto Battalion Avenue during the Army Birthday run Thursday, June 11, at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Daniel Cernero, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general will host a ceremony celebrating the Army's 240th birthday at 11 a.m. June 11 on Sadowski Field near the III Corps Headquarters building here.

    Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commander, will officiate the ceremony. The celebration will include the placing of battle streamers on the III Corps guidon by Soldiers in period uniforms and an Army Aviation fly over.

    Media desiring to cover the event should register here. A Public Affairs representative will meet the media at the Southside Parking Lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 10:15 a.m. June 11.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Educators from across the U.S. will visit Fort Hood June 17-18 to gain an understanding of military life and the Army’s key education programs.

    U.S. Army Recruiting Command will host the two-day National Educator Tour to show key education professionals one of the U.S. Army’s premier installations and highlight the many opportunities available to Soldiers and their families.

    Members of the tour will view an air assault demonstration, tour Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, an Army education center, and have the opportunity to meet and talk to Soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood.

    Brig. Gen. Troy Kok, USAREC deputy commanding general, will host the event.

    For more information, please contact USAREC Public Affairs at Thomas.n.byrd.civ@mail.mil or call (803) 556-5531.

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    Former Army spouse Stephanie Booth felt both alone and isolated when the mother of four became a full-time caregiver to her injured husband.

    Even though it comforted her knowing Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Unit was providing her husband – a Soldier in transition – with top-notch therapy and medical management, it did not erase the fear and stress associated with her caregiver duties. It was hard on her, she admitted, because in caring for her husband, she had forgotten to care for herself. Her only solace: hiding in her closet to cry and to steal some alone time.

    Fearing her husband would get into trouble if she asked for help, she tackled the job alone, juggling her triple duties as mother, wife and caregiver to her wheelchair-bound husband as best she could.

    Then, last summer, she received a phone call from WTU’s new leadership team personally inviting her to a new spousal and caregiver-support program. It was there where she found her angels: other WTU spouses and caregivers who were in similar situations. Her feelings and emotions were finally validated. She was not alone.

    Former Army spouse Stephanie Booth felt both alone and isolated when the mother of four became a full-time caregiver to her injured husband.

    Even though it comforted her knowing Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Unit was providing her husband – a Soldier in transition – with top-notch therapy and medical management, it did not erase the fear and stress associated with her caregiver duties. It was hard on her, she admitted, because in caring for her husband, she had forgotten to care for herself. Her only solace: hiding in her closet to cry and to steal some alone time.

    Fearing her husband would get into trouble if she asked for help, she tackled the job alone, juggling her triple duties as mother, wife and caregiver to her wheelchair-bound husband as best she could.

    Then, last summer, she received a phone call from WTU’s new leadership team personally inviting her to a new spousal and caregiver-support program. It was there where she found her angels: other WTU spouses and caregivers who were in similar situations. Her feelings and emotions were finally validated. She was not alone.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- III Corps Headquaters will host a retirement ceremony in honor of the Deputy Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood, Maj. Gen. Kendall P. Cox at Cooper Field on Friday, June 5 at 9 a.m.

    Prior assignments include serving as the commanding general of the Transatlantic Division which supports the Army Corps of Engineers missions in the U.S. Central Command’s area of operations, consisting of 20 countries from Egypt through the Arabian Gulf to Central Asia. He also served as the assistant to the Senior Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Commander of the 1st Cavalry Engineer Brigade, at Fort Hood, Texas, which included a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Following command at Fort Hood, Major General Cox was the Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers, with the Army Staff at the Pentagon. He served in that position for seven months before being called back to Iraq to serve as the Reconstruction Advisor to the Commander, Multi-National Corps – Iraq.

    For media interested in attending the ceremony the gate time for the event will be on Friday at 8:00 a.m. at the south side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center.

  • May 27, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier 1st Lt. Dillon Lee Mitchell

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 25 from an apparent gunshot wound at his on-post residence here.

    1st Lt. Dillon Lee Mitchell, 30, whose home of record is listed as Berrien Springs, Michigan, entered active-duty service in August 2008 and was commissioned to the Engineer Corps in January 2013. He was assigned to Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since October 2013.

    Mitchell deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2009 to September 2010.

    Mitchell's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal and Parachutist Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media desiring to cover the Fort Hood portion of the event should register here by 5 p.m. April 21. For more information media may contact the III Corps Public Affairs office at (254) 287-0106/9993. A public affairs representative will meet the media at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8 a.m. for an escort on to post.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lee Jones

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

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

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

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • Reynolds House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Forty-four medals will be presented during the ceremony.

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

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

    By Heather Graham-Ashley

    III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Receiving the Purple Heart validates her experience, Carskadon said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sgt. Geraldo Mora-Cruz

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

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

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

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

     

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