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  • May 26, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr.
    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 23 in the Bell County Jail, Belton, Texas.

    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr., 45, whose home of record is listed as Detroit, Michigan, entered active-duty service in April 2005 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2015.

    Nelson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to September 2009 and from September 2006 to September 2007.

    Nelson's awards and decorations include the three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and three Overseas Service Ribbons.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s range control office will facilitate Memorial Day family visits to cemeteries within their Live Fire Training Areas from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. May 29 on Fort Hood.

    Family members who wish to visit cemeteries must call Range Operations at (254) 287-3130 or (254) 287-3321 to access the live-fire area. No vehicle pass is required for Memorial Day 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.

    Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries. Roads which may be used are: East Range; Hubbard; West Range; and Owl Creek roads.

    Contact Gregory Simpson at the Range Control Operations office, (254) 553-1943 or (254) 287-3130. His email is gregory.l.simpson16.civ@mail.mil.

  • May 14, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Ellsworth Allen Raup
    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 9 from injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas.
     
    Staff Sgt.  Ellsworth Allen Raup, 33, whose home of record is listed as Waynesville, Missouri, entered the U.S. Marine Corps in April 2002 and afterwards entered the U.S. Army in February 2010 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. He was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion, Fort Hood, since March 2011.
     
    Raup deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2004 to September 2004, September 2007 to February 2008 and in support of Operation New Dawn from July 2011 to July 2012.
     
    Raup's awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Explosive Ordnance Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Recoilless Rifle.
    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 11-12 at various locations on 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 will use more than 400 role players in 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 12.

    During the exercise, the emergency warning system loudspeakers will be used to simulate commands, e.g. "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 11.

    In the event of an actual incident, exercise operations will be suspended if needed to facilitate any necessary response. Fort Hood leadership reminds area residents they should always remain vigilant of suspicious activity. If someone sees something they feel is suspicious, they should report it to law enforcement immediately at (254) 288-COPS.

    Media interested in covering the exercise must register here by 5 p.m. May 9. On May 11, Public Affairs representatives will meet media at the south-side parking lot of the visitor's center at 8 a.m. There will only be one convoy out to the site for the exercise.

  • May 4, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. John Andrew Stobbe
    Sgt. John Andrew Stobbe

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive May 1 at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. John Andrew Stobbe, 31, whose home of record is listed as Beaverton, Oregon, entered the U.S. Army in September 2004 as an M1 Armor Crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2014.

    Stobbe deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2005 to November 2006 and from June 2008 to May 2009. He also deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from September 2010 to August 2011 and to South Korea from June 2015 to February 2016.

    Stobbe's awards and decorations include one Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, five Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled and track vehicles. 

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The second annual III Corps Lemonade Day ribbon cutting ceremony will commence 11 a.m. April 29 and serve as the official kick-off for Lemonade Day this Saturday.

    A brief ceremony will be held in the front entry area of III Corps Headquarters. The Fort Hood Garrison Commander, Colonel Todd Fox will provide opening remarks.

    A select group of Lemonade Day participants will setup their lemonade stands and sell lemonade to VIP guests and III Corps Soldiers and staff following the presentation. These young entrepreneurs have been preparing for Lemonade Day by learning the basics of business and have unique stories to tell press and guests. This event is a snapshot of what Saturday 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 seventh year that the Fort Hood area has participated in the program. Lemonade Day is sponsored by Fort Hood National Bank, along with Fort Hood Family Housing and Lend Lease (US) Community Fund, and local sponsors H-E-B and CenturyLink with support from the Directorate of Family, Moral, Welfare and Recreation.

    Media interested in covering this event should register at the Fort Hood Press Center here. The gate time for this event is 10:30 a.m. and media should meet public affairs representatives at the Marvin Leath Visitors center located on T. J. Mills Boulevard.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas --  Maj. Gen. J.T. Thomson, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, will participate in a Tell Me A Story event. The event will take place 5:30 p.m., April 26 at the 1st Cavalry Family Readiness Center here. Media representatives interested in covering the event, please click here.

     

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  • May 26, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr.
    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 23 in the Bell County Jail, Belton, Texas.

    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr., 45, whose home of record is listed as Detroit, Michigan, entered active-duty service in April 2005 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2015.

    Nelson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to September 2009 and from September 2006 to September 2007.

    Nelson's awards and decorations include the three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and three Overseas Service Ribbons.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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  • May 26, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr.
    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 23 in the Bell County Jail, Belton, Texas.

    Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr., 45, whose home of record is listed as Detroit, Michigan, entered active-duty service in April 2005 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2015.

    Nelson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to September 2009 and from September 2006 to September 2007.

    Nelson's awards and decorations include the three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and three Overseas Service Ribbons.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s range control office will facilitate Memorial Day family visits to cemeteries within their Live Fire Training Areas from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. May 29 on Fort Hood.

    Family members who wish to visit cemeteries must call Range Operations at (254) 287-3130 or (254) 287-3321 to access the live-fire area. No vehicle pass is required for Memorial Day 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.

    Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries. Roads which may be used are: East Range; Hubbard; West Range; and Owl Creek roads.

    Contact Gregory Simpson at the Range Control Operations office, (254) 553-1943 or (254) 287-3130. His email is gregory.l.simpson16.civ@mail.mil.

  • May 14, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Ellsworth Allen Raup
    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 9 from injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas.
     
    Staff Sgt.  Ellsworth Allen Raup, 33, whose home of record is listed as Waynesville, Missouri, entered the U.S. Marine Corps in April 2002 and afterwards entered the U.S. Army in February 2010 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. He was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion, Fort Hood, since March 2011.
     
    Raup deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2004 to September 2004, September 2007 to February 2008 and in support of Operation New Dawn from July 2011 to July 2012.
     
    Raup's awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Explosive Ordnance Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Recoilless Rifle.
    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 11-12 at various locations on 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 will use more than 400 role players in 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 12.

    During the exercise, the emergency warning system loudspeakers will be used to simulate commands, e.g. "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 11.

    In the event of an actual incident, exercise operations will be suspended if needed to facilitate any necessary response. Fort Hood leadership reminds area residents they should always remain vigilant of suspicious activity. If someone sees something they feel is suspicious, they should report it to law enforcement immediately at (254) 288-COPS.

    Media interested in covering the exercise must register here by 5 p.m. May 9. On May 11, Public Affairs representatives will meet media at the south-side parking lot of the visitor's center at 8 a.m. There will only be one convoy out to the site for the exercise.

  • May 4, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. John Andrew Stobbe
    Sgt. John Andrew Stobbe

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive May 1 at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. John Andrew Stobbe, 31, whose home of record is listed as Beaverton, Oregon, entered the U.S. Army in September 2004 as an M1 Armor Crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2014.

    Stobbe deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2005 to November 2006 and from June 2008 to May 2009. He also deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from September 2010 to August 2011 and to South Korea from June 2015 to February 2016.

    Stobbe's awards and decorations include one Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, five Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled and track vehicles. 

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The second annual III Corps Lemonade Day ribbon cutting ceremony will commence 11 a.m. April 29 and serve as the official kick-off for Lemonade Day this Saturday.

    A brief ceremony will be held in the front entry area of III Corps Headquarters. The Fort Hood Garrison Commander, Colonel Todd Fox will provide opening remarks.

    A select group of Lemonade Day participants will setup their lemonade stands and sell lemonade to VIP guests and III Corps Soldiers and staff following the presentation. These young entrepreneurs have been preparing for Lemonade Day by learning the basics of business and have unique stories to tell press and guests. This event is a snapshot of what Saturday 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 seventh year that the Fort Hood area has participated in the program. Lemonade Day is sponsored by Fort Hood National Bank, along with Fort Hood Family Housing and Lend Lease (US) Community Fund, and local sponsors H-E-B and CenturyLink with support from the Directorate of Family, Moral, Welfare and Recreation.

    Media interested in covering this event should register at the Fort Hood Press Center here. The gate time for this event is 10:30 a.m. and media should meet public affairs representatives at the Marvin Leath Visitors center located on T. J. Mills Boulevard.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas --  Maj. Gen. J.T. Thomson, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, will participate in a Tell Me A Story event. The event will take place 5:30 p.m., April 26 at the 1st Cavalry Family Readiness Center here. Media representatives interested in covering the event, please click here.

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new $51M Operational Readiness Training Complex 10 a.m. April 22 at North Fort Hood.

    Planning for the ORTC began in 2005, and this first phase of ORTC facilities broke ground on  Nov. 16, 2012.  With the completion of these facilities, the training capacity of NFH increases by 880 people.

    Facilities include 800 open-bay bed spaces, 80 officer or senior noncommissioned officer spaces, a dining facility with a 1,428 personnel feeding capacity and an 11,462 SF battalion headquarters.  This project will add 176,836 SF of building space to NFH.

    Media interested in covering this event should register at the Fort Hood Press Center here. The gate time for this event is 9:30 a.m. and media should meet public affairs representatives at the entrance to North Fort Hood located on TX HWY 36 just south of Gatesville, Texas.

  • 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 14 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 13. 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 8:30 a.m. for an escort on post.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works Environmental officials will host their 2016 Fort Hood Earth Day event and tree planting from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 15 at the pavilion area behind Fort Hood's Rod & Gun Club here.

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

    The event begins with a recognition and proclamation signing at 9 a.m., which will be followed by a 9:30 a.m. Tree Planting Ceremony.

    Nearly 675 students in grades 3rd-5th from Killeen Independent School District's Duncan, Oveta Culp Hobby, Venable Village, Peebles and Clark elementary schools along with Copperas Cove Independent School District's Clements/Parsons Elementary schools 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 15, media should meet public affairs at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center. 

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Office of the Governor has awarded the installation a $3.47M grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program.

    "Fort Hood officials are very appreciative to the Office of the Governor of Texas and Texas Military Preparedness Commission officials for selecting Fort Hood as a recipient of a $3.47M grant through the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant Program. Being selected for this award could not have been accomplished without a truly combined effort led by the City of Killeen with significant support from the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport, Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, Bill Shine from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and Fort Hood's Directorates of Aviation Operations, Public Works, and  Plans, Training,, Mobilization & Security. This grant will renovate and modernize the Army's radar approach control facility at the Robert Gray Army Airfield on West Fort Hood. Since RGAAF shares its runway and control tower with the Killeen Regional Airport, the modernization to the radar system will not only benefit Army aviators but commercial pilots and air carriers across Texas who use the airport. Additionally, it is grants like this that allows us to continually improve Fort Hood's infrastructure, giving our men and women in uniform the facilities to safely train in defense of our Nation," said Col. Todd Fox, Garrison Commander, Fort Hood.

     

  • The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration event is set for Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center in Temple to honor and say thanks to Central Texas Vietnam Veterans.  The event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Avenue of Flags in front of the medical center located at 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive in Temple.  Veterans, community partners, Veterans organizations, and the public are invited to join us as we recognize our Vietnam Veterans for their service.

    ""We are proud to be one of the commemorative partners across the nation

    who have pledged to host an event to recognize our Vietnam Era Veterans for

    their service," said CTVHCS Acting Director Olawale Fashina, M.D.  "A

    highlight of our ceremony will be the pinning of a commemorative pin onto

    each Vietnam Era Veteran in attendance - a  perfect way for us to recognize

    them and to let them know we have not forgotten them or their sacrifices."

     

    Immediately after the ceremony, health fair with VA services will be open to all Veterans as well as a Vietnam Veteran poster display open to Veterans and the public.   Vietnam Veterans and their families will be further honored with a luncheon.

     

    Nine million Americans served during the Vietnam War period and as of September 30, 2015, there were 7.103 million Vietnam Era Veterans living. VA projects that by September 30, 2016, the number will fall to 6.953 million. In 2007, the 110th Congress incorporated language in H.R. 4986 authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. An inaugural ceremony was held at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("The Wall") in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012.  Beginning in late 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) became a commemorative partner with the Department of Defense (DoD) to host "Welcome Home" events across all administrations to proudly support this noble endeavor.  The Commemoration recognizes all who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location. 

     

     For more information about the 50th Anniversary Commemoration and other events, visit:

    http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/News/50th_Anniversary_Vietnam_War_Commemoration.asp <

    http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/News/50th_Anniversary_Vietnam_War_Commemoration.asp >  .

     Vietnam Veterans are encouraged to RSVP for the event by calling 254-498-1320 or by email to deborah.meyer@va.gov <

    For more about CTVHCS facilities and to keep informed, visit the website at:

    http://www.centraltexas.va.gov   or https://www.facebook.com/CentralTexasVA  

     

    Media wishing to attend, should call Deborah Meyer, Public Affairs Officer,

    at 254-743-2376 prior to the event.

  • March 24, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Steven Daniel Lewis
    Staff Sgt. Steven Daniel Lewis

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive March 22 at his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Steven Daniel Lewis, 33, whose home of record is listed as Tulare, California, entered the U.S. Navy in January 2002 and subsequently entered the U.S. Army in May 2007 as an intelligence analyst. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since December  2013.

    Lewis deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2008 to September 2009 and in support of Operation New Dawn from December 2010 to October 2011.

    Lewis' awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy and Marine Expeditionary Medal, three Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Medals, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, U.S. Navy Submarine Insignia, Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Recoilless Rifle, Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Pistol.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood will host a change of responsibility ceremony 10 a.m. March 21 in the III Corps Headquarters Building here.

    During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Cosper, senior noncommissioned officer advisor of the Garrison, will transfer his responsibilities to Command Sgt. Maj. Antonio Leija Jr.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here. Media should meet public affairs at the southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center at 9:15 a.m. March 21.

  • March 16, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Brian M. Reed
    Staff Sgt. Brian Reed

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive March 14 at his off-post residence in Copperas Cove, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Reed, 40, whose home of record is listed as Corpus Christi, Texas, entered active-duty service in August 2005 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. He was assigned to the 79th Ordnance Battalion, Fort Hood, since October 2015.

    Reed deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2006 to September 2007 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2011 to April 2012.

    Reed's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation with valor, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Senior Explosive Ordnance Badge, Explosive Ordnance Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas--The grand opening of the Intrepid Spirit Center here, March 9, marked a significant milestone in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, according to Brig. Gen. Rodney Fogg, III Corps deputy commanding general for support. He said the Army's newest weapon in the fight against TBI, post-traumatic stress and pain management is meant to send a clear message to Soldiers and Family members battling the effects -- you are not alone.
  • March 8, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Sean McGregor Vanderwal
    Sgt. Sean Vanderwal

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of injuries suffered in an automobile accident March 6 near Georgetown, Texas.

    Sgt. Sean McGregor Vanderwal, 25, whose home of record is listed as New Castle, Pennsylvania, entered active-duty service in April 2014 as a military policeman. He was assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, since February 2016.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this accident are under investigation.

  • UPDATE: B-Roll is available at https://www.dvidshub.net/video/451628/james-meredith-visit-fort-hood.

     

     

    Spc. Jacqueline Dowland
    13th Public Affairs Detachment

    James H. Meredith (2nd from right), a prominent civil rights activist, and Gary L. Hackbarth (left), George Lewis (2nd from left)  and Robert Taylor (right), veterans from 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th MP Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, respond to questions from the local and national media during a African American Black History Month Observance event Feb. 25, 2016, at Fort Hood. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Skripnichuk, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)
    James H. Meredith (left), a prominent civil rights activist, talks with Col. Rosendo t. Guieb, commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, during a meal at an African American Black History Month Observance event Feb. 25, 2016, at Fort Hood. For Meredith, the 89th MP Bde. is special since it was the unit responsible for his safety during his historic attendance to the University of Mississippi in 1962. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Skripnichuk, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- James Howard Meredith, the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi, was honored Feb. 25 during an annual Black History Month observance here.

    During the observance, Meredith met with three former Soldiers from Task Force Echo, assigned to Fort Hood’s 720th Military Police Battalion, 4th Army, who once ensured Meredith’s safety as he attended the University of Mississippi in 1962.

    It was over breakfast at the installation’s Club Hood the morning of the observance that Meredith first met with Cpl. Robert Taylor, Spc. George Lewis and Pfc. Gary L. Hackbarth, three dedicated Soldiers who were deployed for Operation Ole Miss in the early 60's. The four men reflected on the historic events that have forever bonded them.

    “I never saw Meredith back then because I was pulling security at the perimeter of the campus,” said Taylor. “So, today is a big deal for me to finally meet him.”

    Meredith agreed by stating that he’s, “… happy to meet these fellows for the first time. I’m so happy that I lived to see it.”

    Meredith, then a 29-year old Air Force veteran, attempted to register at the University of Mississippi on Sept. 20, 1962, as a transfer student from the all-African-American Jackson State College in Jackson, Miss., after being inspired to further his education despite his school of choice being completely white at the time.

    "Before I could engage in business at the level I desired," said Meredith, born June 25, 1933, in Kosciusko, Miss., "the system would have to be broken."

    Inspired by then-president John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith wanted to exercise his constitutional rights by putting pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans by enrolling at the state-funded university. When Meredith was barred twice from registering, he enlisted the assistance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.

    “What I did at Ole Miss had nothing to do with going to classes,” said Meredith. “My objective was to destroy the system of white supremacy.”

    Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s assistance was instrumental in Meredith’s successful enrollment at the university after Kennedy contacted then Democratic Governor of Mississippi, Ross Barnett, convincing him to let Meredith enroll and attend the university.

    Once enrolled, Meredith faced challenges as riots broke out on the campus. National Guardsmen and other federal troops, including 150 military police Soldiers from Fort Hood, deployed to the Ole Miss campus to ensure Meredith’s safety. Escorting him to class, searching vehicles and pulling security, under the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the troops ensured no further rioting happened on campus.

    “I knew the only way to beat Mississippi was with the United States military,” said Meredith.  “I had not just the United States Army fighting my war against Mississippi, but President Kennedy sent in the best of the United States Army.”

    Despite the tumultuous atmosphere and being ostracized daily, Meredith persevered, graduating from the University of Mississippi a year later with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Meredith received his diploma alongside his white classmates, as the first African-American graduate of Ole Miss.

    The U.S. Army has proven groundbreaking in their progressive efforts toward equality, represented by the presence of African-American Soldiers in their ranks since the Revolutionary War, he said. The presence of Soldiers deployed to Mississippi to assist Meredith in his civil rights quest is another example of the Army’s commitment to equality.

    “Meredith wasn’t doing what he did for himself,” Taylor said. “He was doing it so that other people would have the same opportunity. He showed incredible personal courage by pursuing his goal to the bitter end.”

    Original Fort Hood Sentinel article for Operation Ole Miss dated Oct. 19, 1962, is available here.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Resiliency Campus will host a media open house Feb 24 for an opportunity to see how the Army is training and equipping Soldiers and Families to perform their best and overcome the unique challenges of military life.

    Media desiring to cover the event will observe Master Resilience Training for Unit Leaders; a briefing designed to help company commanders and first sergeants foster resilience within their units and 'Medal of Honor' workouts, where Soldiers will take on rigorous physical training designed to challenge and inspire them, by relating the exercises to the actions of real-world Medal of Honor recipients. 

    Media desiring to cover the event must register here. Gate time for the media is 6 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Dr. Stedman Graham, chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a Chicago-based management and marketing consulting firm and a New York Times best-selling author of 11 self-help books, will discuss leadership and the “Nine-Step Success Process” as the keynote speaker for Fort Hood’s Education Summit at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Community Events Center.

    The 2nd Annual Education Summit brings together Fort Hood leadership and nine Central Texas independent school district superintendents for an exchange of information, concerns and ideas on current initiatives and pending legislation to ensure the families of military connected students are being taken care of and fully informed.

    Graham, an Army veteran has delivered his leadership message throughout the country and globally to corporations, professional associations, government and civic organizations, colleges/universities and community groups. His message is based upon the importance of self-awareness as one establishes their identity as a leader.

    Media who wish to cover this event will be able to film Graham’s presentation followed by a short interview session in the Fort Hood Community Events Center.

    To register, click here. On Feb. 24, media should meet at the Fort Hood Visitor’s center south-side parking lot at 12:45 p.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps Equal Opportunity offices and the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, with support from the 89th Military Police Brigade, will host an observance to celebrate African American/Black History Month at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Club Hood.  

    The observance will commemorate the contributions, accomplishments, and history of African Americans over the last 100 years.

    The event will feature guest speaker James Meredith, a civil rights icon and Air Force veteran, who was the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi.

    African American/Black History Month is celebrated each February by the Department of Defense to honor the remarkable accomplishments of African American men and women. Today, there are more than 103,000 African American Soldiers serving in the Army’s active component; more than 44,000 in the Army Reserve and more than 55,000 in the Army National Guard.


    Media who wish to cover this event are invited to a media engagement from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Media must register here. On Feb. 25, media should report to the Southside parking lot of the Fort Hood visitors' center at 8:30 a.m.

  • 82nd Airborne Division drops into Fort Hood
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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team dropped nearly 800 paratroopers and dozens of heavy equipment pallets here from 1,000 feet in the air Feb. 9 as part of an exercise to sustain and validate their training for the Global Response Force mission. 

    The exercise began before sunrise as C-17 Globemasters and C-130 Hercules aircraft delivered the Soldiers and equipment to the Fort Hood training range.

    Upon landing, the Fort Bragg, North Carolina, unit began setting up a command post and creating a headquarters element within hours of arrival to coordinate their movements.

    The unit is participating in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise here.

    After the command post and headquarters was completed, the troops assembled and prepared for a day of movement and tactical exercises throughout the Fort Hood training area, including air assault and close quarters combat tactics. They also linked up with 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, another GRF unit, for armor support during the operation.

    Col. Colin Tuley, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. commander, stated that the biggest lesson for the unit was the importance of readiness.

    “We’re never going to know where our nation is going to need us to go,” Tuley, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., said. "So we have to train our youngest Soldiers and leaders to be agile, adaptive, flexible, and able to react to any mission our nation calls us to do, anywhere in the world.

    "Soldiers coming together to conduct these high-risk operations in an area where they’ve never been before, helps build confidence and competence in our young paratroopers," he said. "They’ll go home after this exercise feeling better about themselves, their unit and what they can do."

    Command Sgt. Maj. Beau Barnett, command sergeant major, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., said that the Soldiers were motivated to be dropping onto an unfamiliar drop zone to take part in the training.

    “We normally jump into Fort Bragg [on] our Sicily drop zone, so everyone gets used to the location," Barnett, from Tuscaloosa, Ala.,  said. "Coming here to Fort Hood is different. It allows us to practice setting up our training objective.”

    Brig. Gen. Brian Winski, the 82nd Abn. Div. deputy commander, and one of the first boots to hit the ground from the morning’s airborne operations, took the time to thank III Corps for their continued service overseas.

    “It’s great to train here," Winski said. "As we speak, III Corps is fighting with the 82nd Abn. Div. in Iraq. The 82nd is the land component command subordinate to the Joint Task Force, which is III Corps, Lt. Gen. [Sean] Macfarland and his team. So we’re fighting together in Iraq right now, and we’re training hard right here at Fort Hood together.”

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- More than 800 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers from the division's Assault Command Post will parachute onto Fort Hood's Antelope Drop Zone at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

    Col. Colin Tuley, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, will conduct interviews upon landing to discuss the beginning of the division's emergency deployment readiness exercise.

    The exercise is in preparation to help support the Global Response Force. The GRF is a joint services task force mission that provides combatant commanders with options to respond to national and international crisis.  The U.S. Army maintains units with varying capabilities in an on-call status to meet the nation’s needs.

    The division regularly conducts this type of training to give paratroopers the chance to deploy their equipment and employ their skill sets.  It reinforces their capability to bring the full force of the 82nd Airborne Division to any mission, anywhere in the world.

    Media interested in attending the jump must register here no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The gate time for the media is 5:15 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center on T.J. Mills Blvd.

  • Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general for III Corps and Fort Hood, welcomes visitors to the groundbreaking ceremony for a massive renewable energy project at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. The project is the largest renewable energy project the Army has ever done and will include both solar and wind energy. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Katherine Hammack, assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, gives her remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony a massive renewable energy project at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
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    Hon. Katherine Hammack (center), assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, along with others, digs up a shovel-full of dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fort Hood renewable energy project on Thursday on West Fort Hood. The project, which will include both solar and wind energy, is the Army's largest project of its kind and is expected to be finished by the end of fiscal year 2016.  (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
    Rep. John Carter, Texas 31st Congressional District, gives his remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a renewable energy project Jan. 28 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army Photo by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

     FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood, federal and local officials broke ground here during a ceremony for a massive energy project for the installation, Jan. 28.

    The ceremony, fittingly on a sunny and windy day in Central Texas, marked the beginning of the largest renewable energy project in the Army to date.

    "Well, I expected it to be sunny in Texas, but I didn't quite expect this much wind," said Hon. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy and Environment. "So, it is a wonderful thing and it certainly emphasizes the reason why we have this project here."

    The project, the largest and first of its kind, will include both and on-post solar farm and an off-site wind turbine farm, which has the capacity to generate 65 megawatts of electricity for the installation, saving taxpayer money during the duration of the contract.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, said over the course of the contract awarded to Apex Clean by the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army will avoid paying approximately $168 million.

    "Not only will we gain a sustainable energy source, supplying nearly half of our energy needs, but it will be at a lower price than the power generated by fossil fuels," said Uberti. "It is fitting that the largest project of this type is at Fort Hood, Texas, because as I'm learning, everything in Texas is big."

    Hammack agreed.

    "There're a lot of firsts here. It's the first hybrid project, wind and solar, in the Army, it's the first to combine on-site and off-site energy and it is the largest," Hammack said. "As was said, everything is bigger in the state of Texas, so right now Texas has the distinction of contributing the most to renewable energy in the Army."

    Brian Dosa, Fort Hood director of Public Works, said the solar farm on Fort Hood will consist of over 63,000 solar panels covering an area of 132 acres of installation land.

    "Maybe a different way to look at that is that's equivalent to about 10 football fields with end zones of solar panels," Dosa said.

    According to Mark Goodwin, president and chief operating officer, Apex Clean energy, the off-site wind turbine farm will be located in Floyd County, Texas. He explained how this off-post location could provide the power to Fort Hood.

    "We have approximately 20 turbines and they are on a collection string that connects into an interconnection substation and then that connects to the grid," Goodwin said, "and then we have a partner utility that that will take the power from the wind farm and deliver it to the base. So, it is putting power onto the grid and then what Fort Hood is doing, they are reaping the benefit as a big savings in what they are paying now …"

    Goodwin said the upstart capital of the project will be $100 million, but Hammack said there are more benefits from the project than simply saving tax-payer money over the course of the contract.

    "What we want to do is make sure we're utilizing all the resources that are available," Hammack said. "We want to make sure that the fossil fuels that we do use are used for our mobility, where you have fewer choices. We have choices in the energy used to power our installations."

    Rep. John Carter, Texas 31st Congressional District congressman, agreed there are more added benefits to the venture.

    "Using renewables makes sense on … military posts throughout the country," Carter said. "More importantly, and what we're all about here at Fort Hood, it frees up money to be able to make better Soldiers here on Fort Hood. So, if it's cheaper energy, it gives us more money in our pockets to spend on training up the best warriors in world."

    Hammack noted that the federal government is the largest energy user in the U.S., and that the Army is the largest facility energy user. She added that the future looks bright with many more projects similar to this one to launch Armywide.

    "Last year, [the Army's energy bill] cost us $1.3 billion, and when we look at this project here that is going to save money across the term of the contract for the Army, that is money that we can put elsewhere, to critical missions, and that's important to us," Hammack said. "I'm proud of the work we've done so far and I look forward to the Army continuing to lead by example in energy efficiency and in renewable energy projects."

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in coordination with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood, will hold a groundbreaking event here at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 on West Fort Hood.

    The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), will speak at the event on behalf of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood.

    Once complete, this large-scale hybrid solar and wind renewable energy project will produce 65 megawatts of alternating current with a projected cost avoidance of at least $168 million in energy costs over the next few decades here.

    This is the Army's first hybrid renewable energy project that includes both off- and on-post power generation. It is also the largest single renewable energy project to date. Once complete, the project will provide Fort Hood with an on-site solar system providing 15 megawatts AC and the remaining energy coming from a 50 megawatt off-site wind facility.

    The Army is committed to partnering with industry and utilities on renewable energy projects that will strengthen energy security and sustainability at our installations and the surrounding communities.

    This project brings the Army closer to the Defense Department's commitment to clean energy with the promise to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025.

    Immediately following the event, a media availability with representatives from the primary organizations associated with this project will be held at the groundbreaking site.

    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Montague Youth Center, Bldg. 70020, Clement Dr., Fort Hood.

    Media who wish to cover the ceremony should register here. On Jan. 28, media should meet Fort Hood Public Affairs at the Fort Hood visitor's center south side parking lot at 9 a.m.

    For more information on U.S. Army energy initiatives, visit the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) Web site at www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/oei. The OEI was established by the Secretary of the Army in September 2011 to serve as the central management office for partnering with U.S. Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, 10 megawatts or greater, leveraging private sector financing. The OEI public affairs office can be reached at (703) 601-1137.

    For more information on Defense Logistics Agency Energy, visit the DLA Energy Web site at www.dla.mil/energy.aspx. Defense Logistics Agency Energy provides the Department of Defense and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The DLA Energy public affairs office can be reached at (703) 767-5042.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program will host a Mega Job Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Club Hood.

    Slightly less than 200 employers who are looking to add military veterans to their work force will be in attendance. The 2016 SFL-TAP Mega Job Fair is also supported by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and the Texas Veterans Commission.

    Media who would like to cover this event should register here. On Jan. 26, media attending should meet at the south-side parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor’s center at 10:45 a.m.

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    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia -- The Army’s energy needs are getting another boost thanks to a first-ever hybrid solar and wind energy contract with projected savings of at least $168 million in energy costs over the next few decades at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Working with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood, Defense Logistics Agency Energy awarded the contract Jan. 15.

    "This project demonstrates that renewable energy can both decrease costs and increase the security and resiliency of our installations," said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army Energy and Sustainability.

    Once complete, the project will provide Fort Hood with 65 megawatts alternating current, with the on-site solar system providing 15 megawatts AC and the remaining energy coming from a 50 megawatt off-site wind facility.

    The firm-fixed price contract for renewable energy is lower than the projected prices for conventional energy and will provide Fort Hood with greater budget stability for electricity over the 28-year delivery period. 

    This is DLA Energy’s third contract award in the last 15 months supporting the Army in its integration of large scale renewable energy generation.

    Prior to the Fort Hood contract, DLA Energy awarded renewable energy projects on behalf of the Army to tie into 28 megawatts of on-site biomass energy at Fort Drum, New York, and 15 megawatts of on-site solar energy at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

    “These efforts continue to expand our knowledge and the depth and breadth of our program,” said Pam Griffith, director of DLA Energy Installation Energy.

    DLA Energy procures more than $400 million annually in electricity and renewable energy in support of Defense Department installations; however, this is DLA Energy’s first contract that includes provisioning and purchasing electricity from newly constructed on and off-site generation assets using two different renewable energy technologies.

    Since solar and wind are intermittent resources, the deal also includes the purchase of electricity from conventional resources to supplement the renewable energy to ensure Fort Hood’s full electricity demand is satisfied, Griffith said.

    “We are very pleased with the recent award of a large scale renewable energy contract as it will allow Fort Hood to utilize sun and wind resources to generate nearly half of our electricity needs over the course of a year, at a cost lower than we are paying now,” said Army Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood U.S. Army Garrison commander.

    “The 30-year power purchase agreement will lock in these low rates for energy generated from an on-post solar field and wind turbines located in the panhandle of Texas,” Fox said. “We appreciate the hard work and support from the Office of Energy Initiatives, the Corps of Engineers and the Defense Logistics Agency [Energy] who worked with our Garrison staff for more than two years to plan and coordinate this project.”

    In addition to the Army efforts, DLA Energy is also engaged in the acquisition of on and off-site projects supporting various Air Force and Naval facilities located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.   

    “We are focused on delivering solutions that support our warfighters and their mission,” Griffith said. “These projects help improve the sustainability and security of our installations at affordable rates.”

    The Fort Hood project team included representatives from DLA Energy, the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, the Fort Hood Department of Public Works and Environmental Offices and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Headquarters and Fort Worth district offices.

    “We worked diligently with the project team on completing this complex acquisition and are excited to finally reach contract award,” said Andrea Kincaid, chief of DLA Energy Installation Energy’s Renewable Energy team. “Representatives from the serving utility [company] were also integral to the project effort.”

    This project brings the Army closer to President Barack Obama’s announcement of DoD’s commitment to clean energy with the promise to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025.

    A groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Hood is scheduled for Jan. 28.

    As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 88 percent of the military’s spare parts.

    Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, DLA has about 26,000 employees worldwide and supports more than 2,430 weapon systems. For more information about DLA, go to www.dla.mil, www.facebook.com/dla.mil or http://twitter.com/dlamil.

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  • January 6, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Devin Lee Schuette

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Jan. 3 at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Staff Sgt. Devin Lee Schuette, 35, whose home of record is listed as Clovis, New Mexico, entered active-duty military service in May 1999 as an infantryman. In July 2007, he became an intelligence analyst and was assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since March 2013.

    Schuette deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to March 2004, November 2005 to October 2006 and from June 2008 to June 2009.

    Schuette’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, one Army Achievement Medal, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge with Distinguished Service-Bronze Service Star and Parachutist Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.

  • January 4, 2016 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Specialist Victor Badilloalvarez

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Dec. 27 from injuries suffered during an altercation in Kissimmee, Florida.

    Spc. Victor Badilloalvarez, 26, whose home of record is listed as Moca, Puerto Rico, entered active-duty military service in January 2012 as an ammunition specialist. 

    He was assigned to 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since November 2013.

    Badilloalvarez deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2014 to November 2014.

    Badilloalvarez’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, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.

    Circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

     

  • "On behalf of the Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians, and Families of III Corps and Fort Hood, I want to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Laird, known throughout Central Texas as "The Hug Lady."  She has long been associated with Fort Hood for her dedication, support, and genuine care for our Soldiers, Families and Civilian employees.  For more than a decade, she has been personally saying farewell to our troops as they deploy and greeting them as they return.  It is with heavy hearts that we express our gratitude for Elizabeth, not only for her service with the U.S. Air Force, but also in recognition of her tireless efforts to show her appreciation for our Soldiers and her recognition of their many sacrifices.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones; she will be deeply missed."

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

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind located on a major military installation, was established here by Honorable Judge Jeffrey Manske under an agreement between the U.S. Attorney and Chief of Pretrial Services for the Western District of Texas, along with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dec. 11.

    The Veterans Treatment Court at Fort Hood also known as "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment Support" or "VETS Court" will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions, according to a press release.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind located on a major military installation, was established here by Honorable Judge Jeffrey Manske under an agreement between the U.S. Attorney and Chief of Pretrial Services for the Western District of Texas, along with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dec. 11.

    The Veterans Treatment Court at Fort Hood also known as "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment Support" or "VETS Court" will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions, according to a press release.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Baylor men's basketball took on Hardin-Simmons University at Abrams Physical Fitness Center here, Dec. 16, in front of a crowd of 2,000 Soldiers and military Families.

    The nationally-ranked No. 16 Bears (8-1) out of Waco took down the Cowboys (6-5) from Abilene, 104-59. But for the participants, the game meant much more than the final score.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Baylor men's basketball took on Hardin-Simmons University at Abrams Physical Fitness Center here, Dec. 16, in front of a crowd of 2,000 Soldiers and military Families.

    The nationally-ranked No. 16 Bears (8-1) out of Waco took down the Cowboys (6-5) from Abilene, 104-59. But for the participants, the game meant much more than the final score.

  • FORT HOOD, TEXAS - Beginning next month, qualified veterans charged with committing misdemeanors while on Fort Hood will be eligible to participate in a pilot program designed to provide an alternative to a federal conviction.

    The Fort Hood Federal Veterans Treatment Court, "Veterans Endeavor for Treatment and Support" or "VETS," will work to divert veterans with service-connected mental health or substance abuse disorders out of the court system and into enduring treatment solutions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    This initiative will be supervised by United States District Court Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. and run by United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske with the support of United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. for the Western District of Texas.

    This new program at Fort Hood is believed to be the first of its kind on a U.S. Army installation.  It will provide a defendant-veteran whose deployments led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress manifesting in substance abuse which results in a DWI/DUI the opportunity to avoid a federal conviction for that offense if he or she completes a 12-18 month treatment and supervision program with the Veterans Affairs and the Court.

    VETS requires enrollees to engage in intensive multi-stage professional counseling and treatment for issues involving substance abuse, mental health, disability, finances, and other difficulties, including those related to their military service.  They must also abide by strict rules of conduct, follow rigorous treatment plans, and attend mandatory scheduled hearings before Judge Manske.

    The treatment court model also builds upon the Department of Justice 'Smart on Crime' initiative to bolster prevention and reentry efforts to deter crime and reduce recidivism

    "This initiative, directed at veterans, will serve justice by directing them to available resources.  We especially hope to provide alternatives for criminal conviction for veterans whose military service may have contributed to their current conditions and conduct," stated United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.  "We hope this program will lead the way for similar initiatives to develop in other federal jurisdictions near major military bases where veterans congregate."

    VETS is a joint partnership carried out by the United States District Court, United States Attorney's Office, and Pretrial Services Office for the Western District of Texas, the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army III Corps and Fort Hood, and the Military Veteran Peer Network operating with "Bring Everyone in the Zone."

    The initiative was inspired by examples of similar programs in state jurisdictions and the Department of Justice.  More than 160 of these courts exist in state and federal jurisdictions nationwide.

    A media availability is scheduled for noon Dec. 11 at the Maj. Gen. Williams Judicial Center on Fort Hood. News outlets will be able to interview subject matter experts and acquire photos and video of the court.

    Media outlets desiring to attend must register here.  Registered media should meet at the Fort Hood visitors' center south-side parking lot by 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 for an escort to the Court.

     

  • December 8, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Specialist Eric Robert Moses

    Specialist Eric Moses

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Dec. 3 from injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas.

    Spc. Eric Robert Moses, 21, whose home of record is listed as Wareham, Massachusetts, entered active-duty military service in October 2013 as an infantryman.

    He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since February 2014.

    Moses’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services will be formally recognized for its Outstanding Crime Prevention Program during an award ceremony hosted by the Central Texas Crime Prevention Association at 11 a.m. Dec 9 in the Morelia Mexican Grill restaurant in Round Rock.

    Fort Hood was nominated by fellow officers and members of the Central Texas community for its support of crime prevention programs at Fort Hood and its neighboring communities in the Central Texas region.

    In 2015, Fort Hood’s military and civilian police officers resolved more than 900 warrants with a 98 percent apprehension rate of fugitives. Fort Hood resolved these warrants at the lowest level, with fewer than three percent of those apprehensions resulting in incarcerations.

    Media interested in covering this event, should register here.

  • November 30, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Specialist Kayleb Richardlee Harp

    Specialist Kayleb Richardlee Harp

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died Nov. 25 from injuries suffered from a motor vehicle accident in Bee Cave, Texas.

    Spc. Kayleb Richardlee Harp, 24, whose home of record is listed as Colorado Springs, Colorado, entered active-duty military service in June 2012 as a combat medic.

    He was assigned to 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since January 2013.

    Harp’s awards and decorations include Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.

     

  • UPDATE: November 24, 2015, 2:47:00 PM CST

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement:

    "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is under investigation and the names of the deceased will be released after the families have been notified. I want to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the Families and friends of the Soldiers involved in yesterday's crash."

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    DATE: November 24, 2015 12:18:57 AM CST

    FORT HOOD, Texas - A UH-60L helicopter aircraft with four crew members crashed sometime after 5:49 p.m. Nov. 23 in the northeast portion on the Fort Hood Range.

    After an extensive search, emergency crews located the scene of the incident and are reporting the four crew members found deceased.

    The crew was assigned to Division West, First Army. They were on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.

    The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. A board will be assigned to investigate the incident.

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

    As more information becomes available, it will be released here on the Fort Hood Press Center.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas --  The Army chief of staff spoke to Fort Hood troops, witnessed a live-fire demonstration and met with senior leaders Nov. 23 during his visit to the post. 

    Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, addresses Soldiers assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during a visit to Fort Hood. Milley spoke about the state of the Army and the importance readiness plays in the role of mission success during his visit.

    20151123-VH456-A-065 – Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, addresses Soldiers assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during a visit to Fort Hood. Milley spoke about the state of the Army and the importance readiness plays in the role of mission success during his visit. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra, 1st Cav. Div. public affairs)

    Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, looks down at a sand table as Capt. Joseph Guerrero, 3rd Regiment Support Squadron plans officer, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, conducts a range and operations orientation at a range at Fort Hood. Milley saw a platoon conduct a convoy live-fire exercise during his visit and handed out coins to stellar Soldiers identified by their leadership.

    20151123-VH456-A-055 – Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, looks down at a sand table as Capt. Joseph Guerrero, 3rd Regiment Support Squadron plans officer, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, conducts a range and operations orientation at the Fort Hood range. Milley also saw a platoon conduct a convoy live-fire exercise during his visit and handed out coins to stellar Soldiers identified by their leadership. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra, 1st Cav. Div. public affairs)

    Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, hands Spc. Trey A. Campagna, driver assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, after leadership identified him as a top Soldier. Milley observed the unit conduct a convoy live-fire exercise before speaking to the unit about readiness and how it shapes the Army for success.

    20151123-VH456-075 – Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, hands a coin to Spc. Trey A. Campagna, driver assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, after leadership identified him as a top Soldier. Milley observed the unit conduct a convoy live-fire exercise before speaking to the unit about readiness and how it shapes the Army for success. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra, 1st Cav. Div. public affairs)

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps and Fort Hood will host a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 1 at III Corps Headquarters here.

    Maj. Gen. John Uberti, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, will preside over the ceremony.

    Guests will be invited to sing along to traditional holiday songs. Music will be provided by the Fort Hood Housing Children’s Choir, Patterson Middle School Choir and 1st Cavalry Division Band.

    Following the tree lighting, Families will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa in the east atrium. Food and beverages donated by local businesses will be served in the west atrium.

    The tree will be on display until Jan. 6.

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

     

     

  • November 19, 2015 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Wilkerson

    SSG Wilkerson

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died of apparent natural causes in his on-post residence Nov. 15.

    Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Wilkerson, 37, whose home of record is listed as Albuquerque, New Mexico, entered active-duty military service in September 1997 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since April 2011.

    Wilkerson deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor from April 2000 to October 2000, to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to March 2004 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February 2005 to February 2006.

    Wilkerson’s awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Baylor University's Head Basketball Coach Scott Drew and Fort Hood's Garrison Commander Col. Todd Fox will host a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Nov.18 on Fort Hood announcing Baylor's decision to host a regular season men's basketball game between Baylor University and Hardin-Simmons University (D-III) at Abrams Physical Fitness Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Media interested in participating in the press conference should register here. On the Nov. 18, media should meet Fort Hood public affairs escorts at 9 a.m. in the south-side parking lot of the visitor's center at Fort Hood's main gate.

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    Proudly wearing yellow t-shirts and sporting yellow wristbands emblazoned with the phrase, #ConnorStrong, a Texas community has rallied behind a 5-year-old boy battling cancer for the third time. Although the boy’s Family is new to Fort Hood and central Texas, the support shown in their honor has been uplifting and life-changing.

    Proudly wearing yellow t-shirts and sporting yellow wristbands emblazoned with the phrase, #ConnorStrong, a Texas community has rallied behind a 5-year-old boy battling cancer for the third time. Although the boy’s Family is new to Fort Hood and central Texas, the support shown in their honor has been uplifting and life-changing.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Budweiser Clydesdale horses will be trotting through Fort Hood for two appearances.

    They can be seen from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the III Corps Express Shoppette and from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 21 in front of the main Army and Air Force Exchange Service shopping center.

    Shoppers and visitors will have a chance to see the horses up-close. Photo opportunities will be available.

    The Budweiser Clydesdales, representatives of Anheuser-Busch for more than 70 years, are on the road at least 10 months every year for appearances around the country.

    The Exchange goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here. 

    Media are invited to cover the event on Friday, Nov. 20. They should meet Fort Hood public affairs media escorts at 2:30 p.m. in the south-side parking lot of the visitors center at Fort Hood's main gate.

  • November 12, 2015 BLORA welcomes 19th season of Nature in Lights Drive through 5.5 miles of holiday light displays

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- For the 19th consecutive season, Fort Hood officials have transformed the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area into a “Winter Wonderland."  Participants of the "Nature in Lights XVII: A Holiday Tradition" display will enjoy more than 115 illuminated, animated LED light displays choreographed to holiday music from 5:30-11 p.m. Nov. 13-Jan. 3. 

    The 5.5 miles of holiday-inspired scenes are open to the public. Gate fees are:

    • Car, mini-van and pick-up - $8
    • Limos, RV & 15 – passenger van - $20
    • 24 – passenger van - $35
    • 47 – passenger van or larger bus - $60

    Santa’s Village offers hot chocolate, homemade cookies, seasonal crafts and a photo with Santa from 5:30–11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Nov. 19-Dec. 13 and from Dec. 17-24. 

    At Santa's Depot, located in the parking lot of the Marina Cove, parents and children can ride a train through a special trail of lights not seen by vehicular drivers. Santa's Depot is open from 5:30–11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Nov. 19-Dec. 13 and from Dec. 17-27.

    The cost for Santa's Depot is $5 per adult or $3 per child, ages 11 and under (lap children, determined by the vendor, ride free).

    Also on-site are pony rides for $5, a petting zoo, concessions under the stars and holiday cartoons on Nov. 14, 21 and 28; and again on Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

    There will be a "Spoke Night" as well at 6 p.m. Jan. 5. Riders should enter the park on the main Cottage Road entrance. The full trail of lights is $3 per motorcycle. There will also be $3 per person train rides, limited to the first 30 passengers.

    The park is open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. While supplies last, each vehicle will receive a Nature in Lights Christmas Ornament on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

    Restroom facilities are outlined in green lights for easy recognition.


    DIRECTIONS:

    Fort Hood:
    Clear Creek Road or Hood Road to Old Ironsides Avenue
    Turn right on to Old Ironsides Avenue
    Turn left on to Martin Drive/East Range Road
    Turn right on to North Nolan Road, go 9 miles
    Turn left on Cottage Road

    Killeen/Copperas Cove:
    Hwy 190 to WS Young north to Rancier Avenue
    Turn right on to Rancier Avenue/Hwy 439
    Turn left on Sparta Road
    Turn right on Cottage Road

    Temple/Belton:
    Interstate 35 exit Hwy West
    Exit Loop 121 North
    Turn left to Sparta Road
    Turn right to Cottage Road

    For more details & directions, (254) 287-2523.

     

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