Fort Hood News Archive

WEST FORT HOOD, Texas — U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Command Sgt. Maj. William A. Justice (left) and OTC Commander Col. Ronald R. Ragin (right) had a gift exchange Thursday with Brig. Gen. Hyun, Seungha (center) who is Commander of the Test and Evaluation Group for the Republic of Korea Army. Hyun visited OTC to become familiar with operational test and evaluation processes and to share good practices, while enhancing the relationship between both Armies. (Photo by Michael M. Novogradac, U.S. Army Operational Test Command)

By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas–Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Dental Health Activity bid farewell to Col. William Greenwood and welcomed Col. Stefan Olpinski in a change of command ceremony on Hildner Field here July 18.

Olpinski comes to Fort Hood from Joint Base San Antonio where he was the DENTAC commander. He entered active duty in 1993 with his first assignment at Fort Carson, Colorado. Throughout his career, he’s served in a variety of positions throughout the country and overseas.

Greenwood’s next assignment will return him to practice where he will attend to the dental health and needs of Soldiers at Hunter Airfield, Georgia.

The Fort Hood DENTAC currently operates six dental clinics with 179 subordinate units to support the dental readiness of all III Corps and Fort Hood Soldiers.

 

 

Col. Stefan Olpinski receives the guidon from Col. Rafael Caraballo, Dental Health Command-Central commander signifying his assumption of command of the Fort Hood DENTAC in a ceremony here July 18. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

By Sgt. 1st Class Ian Seymour, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command 

FORT BENNING, Georgia – Army Rangers here are evaluating three Mystery Ranch backpack variations by jumping out of U.S. Air Force C–130 Hercules aircraft.

The three commercial off the shelf variants tested by Soldiers with the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 3rd Battalion included an Assault Pack, Patrol Pack, and Recce Pack.

Forty-seven Soldiers from the 75th Regimental Special Troops Battalion conducted 45 static line infiltration training jumps on Benning’s Fryar Drop Zone, using the backpacks as part of their combat equipment load.

The new backpacks range from 3,200 cubic inches for the Assault pack to 6,200 cubic inches for the Recce pack, according to Lt. Col. Dave Dykema, with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s (OTC) Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He said the new backpack variations provide modularity to support various mission requirements not supported by the Army’s legacy All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE) backpack.

“The ABNSOTD was professional and user friendly,” said Capt. Joshia Auerbach, the 75th’s Regimental Air Officer.

“They responded to our need rapidly, and tested the equipment in a manner that was quick and efficient for the Ranger Regiment, expertly incorporating testing into our training schedule.”

“These rucksacks provide a modern load carrying solution that can now be certified for static line airborne operations,” said Staff Sgt. Jake Leveille, 75th Regimental Air NCO.

Spec. Thomas Lewis, Squad Rifleman, said he understood the importance of operational testing the new backpacks.

“Participating in this test provided me with insight on how the Army ensures our equipment is safe and suitable, before fielding it to the force,” he said.

“Soldiers enjoy getting involved in training hard during operational testing,” said Dykema.

“They have the opportunity to operate and offer up their own suggestions on pieces of equipment that can impact development of systems that future Soldiers will use in support of combat missions,” he added.

Highly-instrumented test drops help test overall survivability of equipment used during airborne operations, according to Dykema.

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About the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate:

The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina — whose lineage traces directly back to the original Parachute Test Platoon of 1940 — is home to the U.S. Army’s only operational test paratroopers, who conduct operational testing for joint airborne contingency and Special Operations Forces in support of the acquisition decision-making process. To provide airdrop certification of all airborne and airdropped equipment, ABNSOTD plans, executes and reports on its operational tests and field experiments, which impacts doctrine, training, organization and materiel.

As the Army’s only independent operational tester, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas is celebrating “50 Years of Operational Testing,” which began Oct. 1, 1969. The unit enlists the “Total Army” (Active, National Guard, and Reserve) when testing Army, joint, and multi-service warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using typical Soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable. OTC is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to its ultimate customer — the American Soldier.

The 1st Cavalry Division will hold a Retreat Ceremony in honor of Command Sergeant Major Shane Pospisil, the division’s senior enlisted leader, July 19 at 2:30 p.m. on Cooper Field.

Pospisil has been named the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord and I CORPS command sergeant major.

His successor has yet to be named.

Media wishing to attend this event can RSVP to SFC Michael Garrett by email at michael.b.garrett16.mil@mail.mil no later than 5 p.m. on July 18.

Media attending this event should meet at T.J. Mills Blvd Main Gate media parking area no later than Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. for escort to the event and interview.

FORT HOOD, Texas — IRONHORSE Troopers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment are scheduled to conduct a Family Day event during Gunnery Table VI  training July 17 at 9 a.m. on Fort Hood.

This training qualifies Bradley crews on their main weapon system and improves readiness in the 1st Cavalry Division. In addition we will have medical evacuation training using helicopters. Troopers’ Families, friends and Alumni have been afforded the unique opportunity to attend the training and observe their favorite 1st Team Troopers in a tactical environment.

Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP to Capt. Mitch Cucinotta via phone at 513-582-7090 or via email at mitchell.t.cucinotta2.mil@mail.mil.

Attending media will meet their media escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on July 17 no later than 8:45 a.m.

FORT HOOD, TX – In a unique event elements of the 1st Cavalry Division’s Artillery are scheduled to conduct a joint live-fire training exercise with the Marine Corps on July 18 at Fort Hood.  The purpose of this event is to strengthen interoperability relationships between the two individual branches of U.S. military. It is critical to continuously train with our military counterparts to increase lethality and maintain overmatch against future threats.

This exercise is conducted in a tactical environment and protective equipment as well as tactical transportation will be provided.

Media interested in covering this event should RSVP to SFC Michael Garrett by email at michael.b.garrett16.mil@mail.mil no later than 5 p.m. on July 17.

Attending media should meet at the media parking area at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center on T.J. Mills Blvd no later than 11:50 a.m. on July 18.

FORT HOOD, Texas — IRONHORSE Troopers from 1st Squadron, 7th Regiment are scheduled to conduct a Family Day event during Gunnery Table VI  training July 17 at 9 a.m. on Fort Hood.

This training qualifies Bradley crews on their main weapon system and improves readiness in the 1st Cavalry Division. In addition we will have medical evacuation training using helicopters. Troopers’ Families, friends and Alumni have been afforded the unique opportunity to attend the training and observe their favorite 1st Team Troopers in a tactical environment.

Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP to Capt. Mitch Cucinotta via phone at 513-582-7090 or via email at mitchell.t.cucinotta2.mil@mail.mil.

Attending media will meet their media escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on July 17 no later than 8:45 a.m.

Fort Hood, Texas – The 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade is scheduled to conduct a change of command ceremony July 19 at 9:00 a.m. on Fort Hood’s Sadowski Field.

 

Col. David A. Thomas, brigade commander, will relinquish command to Col. Brian C. North.

 

Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP via email at 11thTTSBpublicaffairsoffice@gmail.com or phone at 254-553-8995.

 

Attending media should meet their escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on T.J. Mills Blvd. no later than 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, July 19.

 

By Gloria Montgomery, CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, TX –Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and Fort Hood’s Emergency Medical System (EMS) providers were recently recognized by the American Heart Association for their pursuit of excellence and commitment to improving the cardiovascular care of patients suffering from severe heart attacks or STEMI.

“The EMS team here is really building a system of care in this community,” said AHA’s director of quality, education and analytics, Larissa DeLuna, who presented the EMS team with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award July 2 at the Fort Hood hospital. “No matter where you are in this community, if you have a STEMI heart attack, this EMS knows how to perform tests and diagnostics to treat you at this facility or to transfer you to another hospital.”

Every year, according to the American Heart Association, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs, which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools,  training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“CRDAMC/Fort Hood EMS is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart-attack patients,” said Frederick Reed, CRDAMC’s EMS chief. ““We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.”

CRDAMC earned the award by meeting protocols and performance standards in the treatment of patients.

“Part of that process was to educate our EMS personnel on the data points and the need for documentation in the patient care report,” he said. “By understanding this we are able to provide better patient care in a timely manner.”

According to Christopher Kolb, CRDAMC’s Mission Lifeline coordinator, accurate patient tracking is key to receiving the award.

“Mission Lifeline sets the age of the patients that we must track for the information that goes into getting the award,” said Kolb. “We also must meet time on Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) within 10 minutes of patient contact, as well as track if the patient received Aspirin and Nitroglycerin (Nitro). We must also get the patient to the right hospital in a certain amount of time.”

Reed said there is no standard time element in meeting response call times, but he said fire departments use the Advance Life Support response standard, which is 12-minutes from the time the department received the 911 call.

“We have been meeting the 12 minute or less response time at around 95 percent,” he said.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud CRDAMC/Fort hood EMS for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training, and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

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Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and Fort Hood’s Emergency Medical System (EMS) providers accept the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for cardiac-care excellence July 2 from Larissa DeLuna, AHA’s director of quality, education and analytics. The award recognizes EMS providers for implementing quality improvements in treating people who have severe heart attacks. From left, Christopher Kolb, Heidi Lavka, Tiffany Livingston, DeLuna, Fred Reed and Rebecca Smith. (U.S. Army photo by Gloria Montgomery, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

FORT HOOD, Texas—The Security Force Assistance Command will host the activation ceremony of the 3d Security Force Assistance Brigade here at Abrams Physical Fitness Center, July 16 at 1000.

The ceremony will recognize the 3d SFAB as an official formation in the SFAC and U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).

The 3d SFAB is comprised of approximately 820 professional combat advisors who are selected, trained and equipped to support combatant commanders by integrating with foreign security forces. 3d SFAB trains, advises, assists, accompanies and enables local security partners to build their capabilities and capacity to achieve regional security in support of U.S. security interests. The brigade represents a permanent solution to our force structure to provide a professional advising force to improve the effectiveness of our partners and achieve regional stability.

Media who wish to cover this event, contact Maj. Jefferson Grimes at 979-575-9078 or jefferson.t.grimes.mil@mail.mil. On July 16, media should meet public affairs representatives at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 9:00 a.m. here.