Fort Hood News Archive

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood’s Air Assault School will hold a Memorial/Dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at the school renaming the school after Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley who is famous for his role in the la Drang Valley, Vietnam, battle in 1965 featured in the movie “We Were Soldiers.” The Air Assault School is located at Murphy Road and T.J. Mills Boulevard here.

“Plumley’s legacy will provide an inspiring example to other Soldiers, and through the memorializing of the facility in honor of him, we have the opportunity to validate the values that he personified: Loyalty, Honor, and Selfless Service. This dedication will honor his contributions and commitment to the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood tenant units and the United States Army,” said 1st Lt. Chadrick Dewitt, Phantom Warrior Academy executive officer.

Plumley’s daughter, Debra Funkhouser, will be present and is available for media interviews.

Media desiring to attend the event should contact the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office at (254) 287-9993/0106 no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 19. On Aug. 20 a public affairs representative will meet the media at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, stationed here.

The 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade will replace the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the United States’ commitment to Operation Freedom Sentinel.

“Our team continues to advance the advisor profession forward as we prepare for our upcoming deployment to the CENTCOM AOR,” said Brig. Gen. Charles J. Masaracchia, 3rd SFAB commander. “We are prepared to advise, support, liaise and assess our partnered foreign security force as they work to bring peace and stability to their country.”

The Brigade continues to train and build readiness as they prepare for an upcoming unit validation exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

The 3rd 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. 3rd 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.

For more information, contact the 3d SFAB public affairs officer, Maj. Jeff Grimes,, 979-575-9078.

FORT HOOD, Texas — At approximately 10 p.m. Aug. 15, an Indiana Army National Guard Soldier died from injuries suffered in a tactical vehicle accident in the training area here.  

The name of the Soldier is withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama will investigate the incident.

For more information, contact the Indiana Army National Guard at


The 1st Cavalry Division will hold a Distinguished Service Recognition ceremony Thursday, August 15th at 8:30 a.m. at Cooper Field.

Among those to be recognized during this ceremony are a Soldier who saved someone from drowning, two Soldiers who treated an injured motorcyclist, as well as four retirees, and several other Soldiers and Family members who will be recognized for excellence and volunteering efforts.

Media wishing to attend the ceremony should RSVP to SFC Michael Garrett at no later than Wednesday, August 14th at 5 p.m.

All interested media will be escorted from the media parking area at the T.J. Mills Blvd. Welcome Center to Cooper Field and should arrive by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 15.


FORT HOOD, Texas – First Army Division West will host a change of command ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 7 on Cameron Field here.

Maj. Gen. Frank W. Tate will assume command of First Army Division West from Maj. Gen. Erik C. Peterson, who has commanded the unit since June 26, 2017.

Maj. Gen. Tate is currently serving as the Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Defense, Ministerial Advisory Group-Defense in Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Peterson will become the next Director of Force Development in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 in Washington D.C.

Lt. Gen. Thomas S. James Jr., Commanding General of First Army at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois, will preside over the ceremony.

Both Maj. Gen. Tate and Maj. Gen. Peterson will be available following the ceremony for brief media interviews.

Media representatives interested in covering the event, should contact Michael A. Parker, 120th Infantry Brigade’s public affairs NCOIC, at (254) 669-3416  or email: no later than 4 p.m  Aug. 6.

On Aug. 7, a Public Affairs representative will meet the media at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 8:00 a.m. for an escort on post.

The 1st Cavalry Division is proud to announce the assignment of Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Thomas C. Kenny as the next Division Command Sergeant Major.

Kenny is currently serving as the 25th Command Sergeant Major of the United States Corps of Cadets at West Point.

“CSM Kenny is a proven combat leader who has served in a variety of diverse leadership positions from Bradley commander to Brigade Command Sergeant Major, to his most recent position as the Command Sergeant Major for the Corps of Cadets at West Point,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Calvert, Commanding General, 1st Cavalry Division. “I have no doubt that Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Kenny will make an immediate impact on this formation and his demonstrated talent, leadership ability, and care for Troopers will increase the readiness and lethality of our tremendous formation.”

No date has been set for Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Kenny’s assumption of responsibility.

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Capt. Kevin Barry

FORT HOOD, Texas — A Fort Hood Soldier is credited with saving the life of a Towne Services moving company employee who suffered a heart attack while working inside the Soldier’s home recently.

In recognition of his heroic actions, Capt. Kevin Barry, an officer in Fort Hood’s 36th Engineer Brigade, will be presented with an Army Commendation Medal at 2:30 p.m. July 26 in the 36th Eng. Bde. headquarters at 9219 Battalion Ave. here.

Barry performed life-saving measures when one of his movers collapsed under cardiac arrest. The Army captain immediately checked for responsiveness before proceeding to rescue breathing and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Barry then alerted the neighbors to the situation, coordinated a 911 call, and applied wet towels and ice to the victim’s body, all while performing CPR on the victim until emergency medical technicians arrived. The victim was successfully transported to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition.

Media who wish to cover this ceremony, should register here. On July 26, media should meet public affairs representatives in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

By Sgt. 1st Class Leonel Rubio, Research, Development, Test and Evaluation NCO, Aviation Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – The latest countermeasures designed to improve Army aircraft survivability were tested here by helicopter aircrews based out of Fort Hood, Texas.

Soldiers from the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment belonging to 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, with Fort Hood, Texas’ 1st Cavalry Division deployed to Redstone Test Center to fly UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM).

According to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Toby Blackmon, a test officer with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Aviation Test Directorate (AVTD), CIRCM operational testing provides data on an improved countermeasure system with upgrades that greatly improve on the current Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) that has been used for years on Army aircraft while deployed.

“Due to the evolving battlefield threats, the CIRCM comes at a pivotal time for Army aviation in order to improve the survivability of our crews that will be deploying in support of combat operations,” said Blackmon.

The CIRCM takes advantage of the current aircraft backbone and integrates itself with existing aircraft systems, while displaying within the Pilot Vehicle Interface (PVI) which displays aircraft systems messages for the pilot.

A test team of Aviators, Army Civilians, and Contractors partnered with aircrews from the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) Aviation Flight Test Directorate to carry out the CIRCM test.

Aircrews first received New Equipment Training (NET) from the Product Manager (Infra-red) IR Countermeasures (based at Redstone Test Center, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) prior to conducting flights.

“It is imperative the aircrews have a clear understanding of how to employ the system correctly before we send them up in the air to conduct missions,” said Mr. Dave Rogers, CIRCM Assistant Test Officer with AVTD.

Crews conducted eight missions yielding over 40 hours of test data, which consisted of air assault, air movement and aeromedical evacuation missions in both day and night environments.

CIRCM test events were designed to test the system under an operationally realistic environment while providing the test unit with training and support to improve overall readiness.

“We designed the test events to cover all the potential environments that aircrews may find themselves in,” said Blackmon.

To deliver that realistic operational threat environment, the U.S. Army’s Center for Countermeasures provided a Multi-Spectral Sea and Land Target Simulator (MSALTS) to engage the aircrews as they performed the missions, forcing the test unit to react and employ tactics, techniques and procedures as if they were conducting combat operations.

“I could have not asked for a better test unit than the 3-227th guys,” said Blackmon. “They exemplify what an Army Aviator should be.

“From planning and executing the missions to the invaluable feedback provided to the test team, the data collected from the post mission surveys will provide a real assessment on the strengths and weaknesses of the system,” he added.

Pilots and crew received critical training during the test event.

“The test has provided training that has made a positive impact on unit readiness and will put us ahead of the curve when the system gets fielded,” said 1st Lt. Peter Zeidler, 3-227th test unit officer-in-charge.

One Pilot in Command, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane V. Alcock said, “I like the feature of having another countermeasure that can defeat an infrared threat.”

The Army Evaluation Center (AEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland will leverage data gathered from CIRCM testing to support an Operational Evaluation Report (OER).

Additionally, CIRCM testing will inform a 3rd Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Full Rate Production decision for the Army.


About the U.S. Army Operational Test Command:

Operational testing began Oct. 1, 1969, and as the Army’s only independent operational tester, OTC is celebrating “50 Years of Operational Testing.” 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 Aviation Test Directorate at West Fort Hood, Texas, plans and conducts operational tests and reports on manned and unmanned aviation-related equipment to include attack, reconnaissance, cargo and lift helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, tactical trainers, ground support equipment, and aviation countermeasure systems.


Ironhorse Soldiers rely on their drivers training while negotiation dangerous terrain at Fort Irwin, California, during a previous NTC rotation.

FORT HOOD, Texas — Attention to detail and synchrony of efforts are at an all-time high for the Ironhorse Brigade as units across the formation gather to conduct drivers training in preparation for the summer of 2019 training cycle.  From the end of May to the middle of June, troopers from across Ironhorse Brigade have conducted initial and refresher drivers training on Fort Hood and the Fort Hood Training Area to ensure all drivers and vehicle commanders are prepared to tackle the challenge of moving to and from the training areas.


Brig. Gen. Charles Masaracchia and Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Harris, command team of the 3rd SFAB, unfurl the brigade’s colors during an July 16 activation ceremony here.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade officially activated at Fort Hood during a ceremony at Abrams Physical Fitness Center Tuesday morning. The brigade, led by Brig. Gen. Charles Masaracchia and Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Harris, started its mission at the Great Place last year, but was formally activated as a brigade under the Army’s Security Force Assistance Command this week. U.S. Army Forces Command Commanding General Gen. Michael Garrett was host of the activation.