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  • July 30, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack

    Sgt. Kameron A. Womack

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 27 from an apparent gunshot wound in his off post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack, 24, whose home of record is listed as St. Louis, Mo., entered active-duty service in August 2008, as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2014.

    Womack deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2010 to January 2011 and from May 2012 to February 2013.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials closed the House Creek Bridge on West Range Road at 7 a.m. July 30 to all traffic to ensure public safety
    after engineers discovered major structural issues with the bridge.
     
    Tactical military vehicles will continue to use the low-water crossing for track and wheeled vehicles and the one-way elevated bridge for wheeled vehicles. All other traffic -- commercial, privately owned vehicles and non-tactical military vehicles (buses/vans/sedans) -- will be diverted to Tank Destroyer Boulevard and Farm-to-Market Road 116 and then to Gatesville or to Elijah Road.
     
    Directorate of Public Works officials expect the bridge to be closed for as long as 12 months in order to fund, contract and complete the necessary repairs. Fort Hood officials have posted appropriate signage.

  • July 25, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense has released the name of a Fort Hood Soldier who died July 24 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

    Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr., 20, whose home of record is listed as Kenosha, Wis., entered active duty service in October 2012 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2013.

    Hamilton deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to March 2014.

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

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

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  • July 30, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack

    Sgt. Kameron A. Womack

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 27 from an apparent gunshot wound in his off post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack, 24, whose home of record is listed as St. Louis, Mo., entered active-duty service in August 2008, as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2014.

    Womack deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2010 to January 2011 and from May 2012 to February 2013.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

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  • July 30, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack

    Sgt. Kameron A. Womack

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died July 27 from an apparent gunshot wound in his off post residence in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack, 24, whose home of record is listed as St. Louis, Mo., entered active-duty service in August 2008, as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2014.

    Womack deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2010 to January 2011 and from May 2012 to February 2013.

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

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials closed the House Creek Bridge on West Range Road at 7 a.m. July 30 to all traffic to ensure public safety
    after engineers discovered major structural issues with the bridge.
     
    Tactical military vehicles will continue to use the low-water crossing for track and wheeled vehicles and the one-way elevated bridge for wheeled vehicles. All other traffic -- commercial, privately owned vehicles and non-tactical military vehicles (buses/vans/sedans) -- will be diverted to Tank Destroyer Boulevard and Farm-to-Market Road 116 and then to Gatesville or to Elijah Road.
     
    Directorate of Public Works officials expect the bridge to be closed for as long as 12 months in order to fund, contract and complete the necessary repairs. Fort Hood officials have posted appropriate signage.

  • July 25, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense has released the name of a Fort Hood Soldier who died July 24 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

    Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr., 20, whose home of record is listed as Kenosha, Wis., entered active duty service in October 2012 as an M1 armor crewman. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2013.

    Hamilton deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2013 to March 2014.

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

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

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have lifted all boil water notices for Fort Hood. All testing has been completed and all tests came back with clean results.

    American Water, Fort Hood's water utility provider, issued a statement that all drinking water meets regulatory requirements at 11:06 a.m. July 16.

    Normal Stage 1 water conservation measures remain in place. Stage 1 measures include:

    (1) No watering of all types of landscaping between the hours of 1-5 p.m. daily. No water runoff allowed from areas being watered.

    (2) No operating of fund-raising or organizational car washes between the hours of 1-5 p.m. daily.

    (3) All personnel will minimize use of water for irrigation of landscaping and vehicle washing and will not waste potable water.

    (4) No use of potable water to wash driveways, sidewalks or buildings for general cleaning. Exceptions may be authorized for certain activities (e.g.

    spill response, contract actions, etc.)

    (5) If residents experience problems with water flow or leaks, they should call the Directorate of Public Works service desk at (254) 287-2113.

     

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    DATE: July 15, 2014 7:12:51 PM CDT

    UPDATE: Fort Hood moves from emergency water conservation to normal water conservation measures

    FORT HOOD, Texas --  Fort Hood moved from emergency water conservation to normal water conservation measures this afternoon as significant progress was made in replenishing the installation's water supply.

    The "Boil Water Notice" order remains in effect until officials from American Water receive confirmation from laboratory analysis that the water quality meets drinking water standards. Samples across the installation were collected today and testing is ongoing.

    All units are authorized to conduct physical training on July 16.

    All military and Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Contract personnel should contact their employers for reporting times.

    Fort Hood Child Development Centers will be open at the normal time to receive children.

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and outlying clinics are 100% medically operational.  Patients should plan to keep their appointments at respective clinics.

    Normal water conservation measures, known as Stage 1 measures, include:

    (1) No watering of all types of landscaping between the hours of 1300 - 1700 daily. No water runoff allowed from areas being watered.

    (2) No operating of fund raising or organizational car washes between the hours of 1300 - 1700 daily.

    (3) All personnel will minimize use of water for irrigation of landscaping and vehicle washing and will not waste potable water.

    (4) No use of potable water to wash driveways, sidewalks, or buildings for general cleaning. Exceptions may be authorized for certain activities (i.e. spill response, contract actions, etc.)

    (5) Report all water leaks to FH Service Desk.

     

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    DATE: July 15, 2014 10:30:58 AM CDT

    UPDATE: Water tanks 50 percent full; conservation and boiling water continues

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Water pressure and flow are increasing across post, however, the need for boiling water will continue for 48 hours. Sampling across the post will be conducted during the next 24 hours until clean water results are verified. 

    Fort Hood remains in Stage 4 water restrictions until further notice. Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only. Customers are highly encouraged to conserve water, using only for drinking, cooking and/or personal hygiene until situation is completely resolved. This includes prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools, non-essential indoor and outdoor use, etc. The quality of water has not been affected, just the quantity at this point.

    If residents experience problems with water flow, they should call the Directorate of Public Works service desk at (254) 287-2113.

     

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    DATE: July 14, 2014 5:59:04 PM CDT

    UPDATE: Progress made in restoring water; however, delayed reporting by military personnel for July 15

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Although progress has been made in restoring water availability here, the III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander has authorized delayed reporting by military personnel for July 15. All units will cancel physical training.

    Soldiers and Airmen will report to work at 9 a.m. Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Contract personnel should contact their employers for reporting times.

    Fort Hood Child Development Centers will be open at the normal time to receive children.

    Physical fitness centers will be open beginning at 9 a.m.

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and outlying clinics will resume normal hours and staffing July 15.  All outpatient clinics will be operational and patients should plan to keep their appointments at respective clinics.

    In light of the continued conservation status, surgeries will continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.   Patients with scheduled surgical procedures can expect to receive instructions directly from their care team.  Labor and Delivery will  assume a modified operations plan.  Patients should call the Triage Nurse at (254) 288-8398 or (254) 288-8400 for instructions.

    The Emergency Department, Inpatient Services, Pharmacy, Lab,  and Radiology will continue normal operations.  Beneficiaries with emergent medical concerns should report to the Emergency Department for care.

    CRDAMC staff should plan to report as scheduled.


    The "Boil Water Notice" order will remain in effect until officials from American Water receive confirmation from laboratory analysis that the water quality meets drinking water standards.

    Fort Hood officials will continue to monitor the water situation throughout the evening.  If projected improvements are slower than currently anticipated, the command may implement changes to this schedule and to current reporting procedures.

    Fort Hood military and civilian personnel are encouraged to check for updates with their commanders/supervisors, on the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com, Fort Hood Facebook at www.facebook.com/forthood, local radio and television stations on Tuesday morning.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1  officials reported that their main water line is repaired.

    Fort Hood officials anticipate water pressure will return to normal here tomorrow morning.

    Fort Hood remains in Stage 4 water restrictions until further notice.

    Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only. Customers are highly encouraged to conserve water, using only for drinking, cooking and/or personal hygiene until situation is completely resolved.

    This includes prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools, non-essential indoor and outdoor use, etc. The quality of water has not been affected, just the quantity at this point.

    Once water delivery has resumed to Fort Hood, customers can expect to experience the following scenarios as the distribution lines are systematically recharged:

    - Water service will be restored incrementally across the installation. Some areas may experience low water pressure, or not have water service, until late today July 14 or morning of July 15.

    - All personnel should continue to follow the instructions in the boil water notice until the notice is lifted by American Water. The boil water order is expected to remain in effect until at least the morning of July 16.

    - Water sampling will be conducted by the water utility provider in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules before the boil water order is lifted.

    - Water utility crews will be flushing the system as part of bringing the system back online; this is a routine operation of the utility system.

    - Some customers may see discolored water (yellow and/or brown) as the system is being re-charged. This will clear up as the water is being used and the system is flushed. If residents have discolored water, they should run an outside faucet for 10 minutes and check again. If the problem persists, call the Directorate of Public Works service desk at (254) 287-2113. Use caution before doing laundry if you have discolored water.

    - Some customers may see milky colored water or have spurts of air coming out of the faucet. This is due to air in the water mains and will clear up with use and flushing of the system.

    - Customers who have restricted flow or low flows out of individual faucets after July 16 should follow their normal service request procedure.

    Water trailers containing potable water are being positioned in housing areas. Residents should contact community mayors for additional information.

    Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Killeen water supplies are also affected. For information, visit their city Web sites at http://www.ci.copperas-cove.tx.us/; http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/ or http://www.killeentexas.gov/.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- American Water, Fort Hood's water utility supplier, has issued a "Boil Water Alert" for customers in all housing areas, all of main cantonment of Fort Hood, including CRDAMC due to the loss of potable water supply from Fort Hood's water supplier.

    The "Boil Water Notice" order will remain in effect until officials from American Water receive confirmation from laboratory analysis that the water quality meets drinking water standards.

    Click here for the American Water Notice.

  • UPDATE: The III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander has directed that only key and essential personnel report to Fort Hood July 14 due to the current water shortage conditions. Soldiers, DA civilian employees and contractors should check with their supervisors for clarification on who must report to work.

    All child development centers, including Meadows CDC, the designated CDC for use by key and essential personnel, will be closed.

    CRDAMC outpatient services on Fort Hood and at the Copperas Cove Medical Home will be cancelled and need to be rescheduled. Harker Heights and Killeen Medical Homes will be open for appointed patients.

    Surgeries will occur as scheduled unless cancelled on a case by case basis by your provider.  Oupatient clinic procedures will be cancelled and rescheduled.

    CRDAMC staff should report as per a Training Holiday schedule. Check with your supervisors and refer to the CRDAMC Homepage/Facebook for additional guidance.

    Fort Hood military and civilian personnel are encouraged to check for updates on the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com, Fort Hood Facebook at www.facebook.com/forthood, local radio and television stations.

     

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    DATE: July 13, 2014 4:08:47 PM CDT

    UPDATE: The III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander has authorized delayed reporting for July 14. All units will cancel physical training.

    Soldiers and Airmen will report to work at 9 a.m. Department of the Army civilians will report to work at normal reporting times. Contract personnel should contact their employers for reporting times.

    Fort Hood Child Development Centers will currently be open at the normal time to receive children.

    Effective immediately, physical fitness centers have closed their showers.

    As command decisions are made, changes in the current reporting procedures may call for adjustments to this schedule.

    Fort Hood military and civilian personnel are encouraged to check for updates on the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com, Fort Hood Facebook at www.facebook.com/forthood, local radio and television stations.


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    DATE: July 13, 2014 11:59:17 AM CDT

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Effective immediately, Fort Hood is in Stage 4 (Critical) Emergency Water Conservation as a result of an interruption in the main water supply line that serves the post from the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (BCWCID No.1).

    Consumption of water by all customers shall be limited to essential use only until the water supply interruption is corrected, which at this point county officials believe to be late Sunday. Customers are highly encouraged to conserve water, using only for drinking, cooking and/or personal hygiene until situation is resolved.

    This includes prohibition of lawn irrigation, washing of vehicles, filling of pools, non-essential indoor and outdoor use, etc. The quality of water has not been affected, just the quantity at this point.

    Updates provided from the county will be posted as they become available. We encourage all residents to visit the Fort Hood Press Center site (www.forthoodpresscenter.com) and/or III Corps Facebook page (facebook.com/forthood) for updates on this situation.

    Copperas Cove and Killeen water supplies are also affected. For information, visit their city Web sites at http://www.ci.copperas-cove.tx.us/ or http://www.killeentexas.gov/.

    Additional information or concerns regarding this matter should be directed to Fort Hood public affairs at (254) 449-4023 or query@forthoodpresscenter.com.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Article 32 Investigation in U.S. vs. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen is complete. The investigating officer's purpose was to hear evidence and make a recommendation to the special court-martial convening authority whether charges should be referred. The charges are now before the special court-martial convening authority for his decision in this case. The Manual for Courts-Martial outlines the procedural requirements for courts-martial.

    As with all criminal investigations and proceedings, the accused is considered to be innocent unless or until proven guilty.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Directorate of Emergency Service officials here remind Fort Hood residents and individuals entering post that the use of consumer fireworks are prohibited in all areas of the installation.

    Individuals entering Fort Hood gates will be asked to declare if they have fireworks. Should the individual reply "yes," then they will be given two options: place fireworks in an amnesty box or leave the installation.

    If an individual replies "no" and fireworks are found during random vehicle searches, the military police will be called and the individual will be ticketed. This ticket is $150 fine for possession of fireworks under Possession/Discharge of Fireworks/Pyrotechnics; USC Title 18, Section 1382.

    Anyone found in possession of fireworks in post housing or barracks rooms will be subject to the same policy and fine.

    Tickets will also be issued to those found discharging fireworks on the installation to include Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA). If damage to property occurs while discharging fireworks, the individual will be fined at a greater amount.

    Residents are encouraged to attend a public display such as Fort Hood's Independence Day Celebration or attend other Central Texas fireworks shows on July 4.

    People living off of the installation are asked to follow their city's ordinances and check the county's burn ban before using fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause thousands of burn and eye injuries each year and are also a leading cause of wild land fires.

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  • Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, speaks with his troops at his farewell ceremony June 25. Schroeder is headed to be the senior noncommissioned officer for U.S. Army Forces Command, the largest command in the Army.  

    Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, speaks with his troops at his farewell ceremony June 25. Schroeder is headed to be the senior noncommissioned officer for U.S. Army Forces Command, the largest command in the Army.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials will bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder, III Corps and Fort Hood’s top noncommissioned officer, at 9 a.m. June 25 at the III Corps Headquarters here.

    Schroeder leaves Fort Hood for his new assignment as the U.S. Army Forces Command Command Sergeant Major at Fort Bragg, N.C. 

  • June 24, 2014 Fort Hood hosts Independence Day Celebration Pat Waters and Max Stalling head musical entertainment lineup

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood's Independence Day Celebration will begin at 5 p.m. July 4 in Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange.

    Musical entertainment will include Pat Waters and the Chainlink Band, as well as, Max Stalling and his band playing their original music from 6-8 p.m.

    This will be followed by two 1st Cavalry Division Bands performing from 8-9:30 p.m. "Warrior's Call"  will cover rock-n-roll hits and "Crossfire Brass Band" is a brass band covering popular music.

    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 5-9:30 p.m. Alcohol will be sold during the event.

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

    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 MWR Web site at www.HoodMWR.com.

    Prohibited items at the Independence Day Celebration are explosive weapons, firearms, knives, clubs, brass knuckles, glass containers (except baby bottles), pets, alcohol and fireworks. Permitted items include: strollers, blankets, lawn chairs, small wagons, cameras and video recorder/camcorders. As a security precaution, items such as backpacks and handbags are subject to search. Certified service animals are permitted.

    The Independence Day Celebration will be a day chocked full of fun and excitement for all involved, so make plans to bring the whole family today and celebrate our independence with all of us on Fort Hood. The Independence Day Celebration is sponsored by Fort Hood Recycle, USAA, HEB, Jack Hilliard Distributing, University of Phoenix and Yamaha. (Sponsorship does not imply endorsement.)

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    Note to Editors and News Directors:  Because of traffic limitations in the event area, no media will be escorted onto the installation after 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.

    Media interested in attending any of the Freedom Fest activities need to meet escorts at the South parking lot across from the Visitor Control Center at the Fort Hood Main Gate. Escorts will be available for media pick up at 5 p.m.

    Media interested in covering the event should contact Wilson Mathews, III by 5 p.m. July 2 at (254) 287-2007.

     

    About Fort Hood Family and MWR

    The Fort Hood Family and MWR supports the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. The “Great Place” is home to over 394,000 military personnel, Family members, retirees and civilian employees. Family and MWR enhances quality of life by providing numerous recreation and services designed to equal those available to their civilian counterparts, which encourages growth and a feeling of self-reliance within the military community.

  • Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, the new III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, speaks at his 9 a.m. June 24 welcoming ceremony outside III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Heather Graham-Ashley, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, the new III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general, speaks at his 9 a.m. June 24 welcoming ceremony outside III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Heather Graham-Ashley, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs)

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers, civilians, family members and Central Texas community leaders will welcome Maj. Gen. Kendall P. Cox, Fort Hood's new III Corps deputy commanding general, at 9 a.m. June 24 at the III Corps Headquarters here.

    Cox comes to Fort Hood from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., where he served as deputy commanding general for military and international operations.

    Cox will replace Maj. Gen. James Richardson. Richardson left Fort Hood May 16 to take command of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

    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 8:15 a.m. June 23 for an escort to the ceremony.

  • June 18, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Sergei Joseph Hearst

     Sgt. Sergei Hearst

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died June 13 from an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas.

    Sgt. Sergei Joseph Hearst, 26, whose home of record is listed as Sioux Falls, S.D., entered active-duty service in June 2007 as an infantryman. He was assigned to Troop F, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2012.

    Hearst deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2009 to June 2010.

    Hearst's awards and decorations include two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge and Markmanship Qualification Badge Sharpshooter with Rifle.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

     

     

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Army Career and Alumni Program will host its Summer 2014 mega job fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18 at Club Hood here.

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

    The Fort Hood Mega Job Fair features 175 local, state, national and international employers and government agencies representing 30,000-50,000 employment opportunities across the nation and overseas.

    More than 5,000 job seekers are expected to attend the event.

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

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Select III Corps and Fort Hood units will host the 2014 Jr. ROTC Cadet Leadership Course June 16-20 here.

    The week-long course gives cadets from the local school districts an opportunity to practice leadership skills in an unfamiliar environment and an opportunity to experience living and interacting with their peers from other schools in a military environment. 

    Leadership course activities include rappelling, obstacle courses, drown proofing, first aid and land navigation.

    A media day is planned for 8:30 a.m. June 18 with opportunities for the leadership reaction course, low-rope course, drown-proof training, and selected first-aid tasks.  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 8 a.m. June 18 for an escort on post.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley will host a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Army at noon June 13 in the III Corps Headquarters building here.

    In keeping with Army tradition, the oldest and youngest Soldier on post will assist with the cake cutting.

    Media desiring to cover the event should contact the III Corps Public Affairs office at (254) 287-0106/9993. A Public Affairs representative will meet the media at the Southside Parking Lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 11:15 a.m. June 13 for an escort on post.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Sixteen Soldiers and one civilian, will be honored at a formal retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. June 27 at III Corps Headquarters, here.

    The senior retiree at the ceremony is Maj. James D. McGinn, Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 20 years of service.

    Others being honored include:

    Maj. Santos H. Arroyo, 5th Brigade, United States Army Cadet Command, Waco, Texas. He will retire after 23 years of service.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Edward L. Johnson, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 30 years of service.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Calvin D. White, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 35 years of Service.

    Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Kenney III, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 29 years of service.

    1st Sgt. Joseph D. Wilgeroth, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 26 years of service.

    1st Sgt. Ruben Samarripa, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire with 26 years of service.

    Master Sgt. Eric B. Gehring, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 26 years of service.

    Master Sgt. Raymond E. Walker, Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 27 years of service.

    Master Sgt. Winifred L. Lewis, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 23 years of service.

    Master Sgt.  Donald L. Thomas, 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 24 years of service.

    Sergeant 1st Class John J. Gaviria, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 20 years of service.

    Sergeant 1st Class Robert L. Rocha, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 20 years of service.

    Sergeant 1st Class Beverley E. Steed, 3d Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 20 years of service.

    Sergeant 1st Class Robert J. Trout, 1st Brigade Combate Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 20 years of service.

    Staff Sgt. Jasonica T. Hollowman, 106th Signal Brigade, 7th Signal Command, San Antonio, Texas. She will retire after 26 years of service.

    James T. Cooney,  21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 40 years of federal service.

    Media desiring to cover the event are requested to call III Corps Public Affairs office for a gate time.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Initial charges were filed March 7 against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen and allege 21 specifications of charges related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and conduct of a nature to bring discredit to the armed forces.

    The Article 32 hearing in this case reconvened at 8a.m. June 4. The scheduled session heard both prosecution and defense witness testimony. Prosecutors presented two days of testimony from ten witnesses.  The defense concluded by presenting testimony from two witnesses.  Both the prosecution and defense offered closing remarks.  

    The Investigating Officer Lt. Col. James Varley concluded the Article 32 hearing at 2 p.m. June 4.

    Varley will provide his recommended disposition of the case to the Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., commander, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), who is the special court-martial convening authority in this case.

    The accused is considered to be innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.

    When the special court-martial convening authority makes a decision to take action or forward the case to the general court martial convening authority, a statement will be released on the Fort Hood Press Center.

  • QUANTICO, Va. (CID Public Affairs) -- Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI are investigating an on-post shooting that occurred at the Liberty Village Housing Area basketball court yesterday at approximately 8:30 p.m. The housing area is not on the main post and is in an area where there are no gate guards, but is patrolled by Military Police from Fort Hood.

    A non-DOD affiliated civilian male was allegedly assaulted and then shot by an unknown individual(s) following a brief argument. The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital.  

    Anyone who has information in relation to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Fort Hood Military Police at (254) 287-4001. No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood Police have responded to reports of shots fired in the vicinity of Liberty Village.

    It appears to be an isolated incident and Emergency Service Personnel are currently on the scene evaluating the situation.

    Anyone who has information in relation to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Fort Hood Police at (254) 287-4001.

    Updates will be posted as soon as releasable information is available.

    There is no current danger to residents or public. The incident has been resolved and is under investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- The opening session of the pre-trial investigation, Article 32 hearing, in the case of U.S. vs. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was held June 3.

    The session addressed preliminary matters and the investigating officer heard the testimony of seven prosecution witnesses. 

    The hearing will reconvene at 8 a.m. June 4 with the remaining witnesses for the prosecution and any witnesses for defense.

    The accused is presumed innocent of all charges and specifications unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.

    Media wishing to cover the second day of the hearing should call (254) 449-4023 to confirm. Media who attended the opening session are already accredited. The gate time is at 7:15 a.m. at the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor's Center here. Satellite trucks should report to the Clarke Gate entrance at 7:15 for escort to the courthouse.

  • UPDATE: Broadcast quality B-Roll and soundbites of today's Fort Hood Resiliency Campus and the Soldier and Family Fit Facility ceremony can be found on the links below. Clips include selected soundbites from MG Anthony Ierardi, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commanding general and Cpt. Jason Norwood, Resiliency Campus commandant. 

    B-Roll of June 3 ceremony: http://www.piersystem.com/clients/3439/601313.mp4

    Major Gen. Anthony Ierardi: http://www.piersystem.com/clients/3439/601321.mp4

    Cpt. Jason Norwood: http://www.piersystem.com/clients/3439/601317.mp4 

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general will host an unveiling ceremony of the III Corps and Fort Hood Resiliency Campus and the Soldier and Family Fit Facility 10 a.m. June 3 here.

    Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commander, will speak on how the Fort Hood Resiliency Campus and the Soldier and Family Fit facility empowers Soldiers, Families, civilians and retirees with the tools for life effectiveness through educational and holistic mind, body and spirit programs in order to promote resiliency and overall comprehensive fitness.

    Media interested in covering the event must register here by 5 p.m. June 2. Gate time for the media is 9:15 a.m. June 3.

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  • May 29, 2014 PHOTO UPDATE:Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. Gene Robert Brandes Jr.

    Sgt. Gene Robert Brandes Jr.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive in his barracks room May 27 here.

    Sgt. Gene Robert Brandes Jr., 28, whose home of record is listed as Oakridge, N.J., entered the military in August 2006 as a Patriot Launching Station enhanced operator/maintainer. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since April 2014.

    Brandes deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2007 to November 2008. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2010 to March 2011.

    Brandes' awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

     

  • May 29, 2014 CORRECTION: Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Maj. James D. Mullin

    CORRECTION:  Maj. James D. Mullin's age should reflect 40 and his active-duty service date should be January 1997.

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    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 14 from an apparent gunshot wound in Harker Heights, Texas.
     
    Maj. James D. Mullin, 30, whose home of record is listed as Harker Heights, entered active-duty service in January 2006 as an armor officer. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since November 2013.
     
    Mullin deployed to Afghanistan from February 2004 - June 2005 and again from February 2012 - July 2012.
     
    Mullin's awards and decorations include: two Bronze Stars, one Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge and Parachutist Badge.
     
    There is currently no photo available. If one becomes available, this release will be updated at www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

  • TRAFFIC FLOWING ON, OFF POST

    Fort Hood has resumed normal traffic flow through all installation access control points. Officials on Fort Hood initiated a prudent security measure based on a telephone call received here. After a preliminary investigation, Fort Hood officials decided to re-open the installation.

    "We take force protection very seriously on Fort Hood, and will take prudent measures when necessary," said Col Christopher Garver, III Corps Public Affairs Officer.

     

  • PRECAUTIONARY SECURITY MEASURES ENACTED ON INSTALLATION

    Effective immediately, all inbound traffic into Fort Hood has been blocked at all access control points due to a potential force protection issue. All outbound traffic is flowing normally. We will update this status when appropriate.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- Effective immediately the following Installation Access Control Points (IACP) will be closed on III Corps Training Holidays.

    The first day this will be implemented is May 23 as this is the next training holiday in conjunction with the Memorial Day weekend:

     - Highway 195 Extension
     - Santa Fe Ave.
     - Tank Destroyer Blvd. -West to Copperas Cove
     - Old Copperas Cove Road -West Fort Hood
     - Mohawk Road - West Fort Hood
     - 79th Street

    The pedestrian gate will only be closed when the Killeen ISD W. Ward Elementary School is closed.

  • May 20, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Gregory Neil Adkins

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died May 18 of a serious medical condition at Scott & White Hospital, Temple, Texas.

    Pvt. Gregory N. Adkins, 19, whose home of record is listed as Sterling Heights, Mich., entered active-duty service in January 2013 as an infantryman. He was assigned to 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, since May 2013.

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

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

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Fifteen Soldiers and one civilian will be honored at a formal retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 30 at III Corps Headquarters, here.

    The senior retiree at the ceremony is Lt. Col. John J. Faria, First ArmyDivision West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 25 years of service.

     Others being honored include:

     Maj. Angelica M. Salazr, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood Texas. He will retire after 25 years of service.

     Chief Warrant Officer 3 Lorie L. Ford, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 22 years of service.

    Sergeant Maj. Ronald A. Mason, United States Army Garrison, Fort Belvoir, Va. He will retire after 29 years of service.

     Sergeant Maj. Gregory S. Minonno, 504th Battle Field Surveillance Brigade,Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 24 years of service.

     1st Sgt. Mark A. Jackson, 125th Base Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. He will retire with 24 years of service.

     Master Sgt. Tony C. Talley Jr., Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 27 years of service.

     Master Sgt. O'Neil O. Edwards, III Corp Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 22 years of service.

     Sergeant 1st Class Bruce E. Adams, 420th Engineer Brigade, 416th Theater Engineer Command, Seagoville, Texas. He will retire after 24 years of service.

     Sergeant 1st Class Beverly A. Lavers, 11th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command, Grand Praire, Texas. She will retire after 20 years of service.

     Sergeant 1st Class Shelondia N. Barksdale, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 22 years of service.

     Sergeant 1st Class Michael W. Jenkins Jr., Warrior Transition Battalion, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. He will retire after 20 years of service.

     Sergeant 1st Class Leonard DeJesus, 166th Aviation Brigade, First Army Division West, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 22 years of service.

    Sergeant 1st Class Allen M. Turner, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. He will retire after 21 years of service.

     Staff Sgt. Synetta M. Peete, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 20 years of service.

     Gayle S. Shull, United States Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas. She will retire after 39 years of federal service.

     Media desiring to cover the event are requested to call III Corps Public Affairs office for a gate time.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- On behalf of the Soldiers, Civilians, Families, and members of the III Corps and Fort Hood community, I would like to congratulate Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder on his selection to serve as the command sergeant major for United States Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Schroeder is a proven combat leader and one of the most professional Soldiers I have ever met.  It has been my privilege and honor to serve alongside him in previous assignments and here at III Corps and Fort Hood.  I am confident he will provide the same expert and insightful advice to the Forces Command commanding general as he has provided to me.

    While the community of The Great Place will miss Command Sgt. Maj. Schroeder and his wife Marta, we can rest assured the Schroeders will continue to do what they do best – leading from the front, taking care of Soldiers and Families, and ensuring we have trained and ready forces to answer the nation’s call.

    Phantom Warriors!

     

    -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley

       III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general

  • UPDATE: To clarify visits to the cemetery are on Sunday, May25. If visitors need to access the roads listed below through the Fort Hood main cantonment area, a visitors pass will be required.

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Fort Hood live-fire training areas’ cemeteries will be open for visits 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday) May 25 for legacy Families and others.
     
    No vehicle passes will be required for these Memorial Day visits.

    Range operations will have guides available to assist Families and monitor cemeteries.
     
    Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries.

    Roads which may be used to get to the cemeteries are: East Range, Hubbard, West Range and Owl Creek roads.
     
    For access to the cemeteries or more information, call Fort Hood Range Operations at (254) 287-3130 or 3321.

  • May 13, 2014 Death of a Fort Hood Soldier Staff Sgt. Heidi Lynn Ruh

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Multinational Battle Group-East, Kosovo Force, announced the death of a Fort Hood Soldier who died at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo from a non-combat related incident May 9.

    Staff Sgt. Heidi Lynn Ruh, 32, whose home of record is listed as Barrington, Ill., joined the military in January 2003 as a biomedical equipment specialist and was assigned to 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, and attached to Kosovo Force's Multinational Battle Group-East.

    Ruh deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2011 to July 2012. She deployed to Kosovo in January 2014.

    Her awards and decoration include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Driver and Mechanic badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

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

  • CW2 Deric Michael Rasmussen

    CORRECTION: Chief Warrant Officer Rasmussen's unit should read Company C, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood.

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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Chief Warrant Officer Deric Michael Rasmussen, 33, whose home of record is listed as Oceanside, California, died May 11, in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat incident. 

    Rasmussen joined the military in January 2003 and was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood since January 2013.

    Rasmussen deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2007 to September 2007. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2014.

    His awards and decoration include two Joint Service Commendation Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Aviator Badge.

    Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- "We here at III Corps and Fort Hood are deeply saddened by the passing of Killeen Police Department Detective Charles Dinwiddie today.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of Detective Dinwiddie and with the city of Killeen." said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general.

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