MEDIA ADVISORY: First Team Troopers return from deployment to Afghanistan
FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters will be welcomed home during a ceremony scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30 at 12:15 a.m. on Cooper Field. This first flight of Soldiers is returning from a deployment to Train Advise Assist Command-South in Kandahar in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
The small contingent of Soldiers deployed from Fort Hood on Feb. 10, and were led by Brig. Gen. Miles Brown, Deputy Commanding General – Forward.
Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP to Master Sgt. Jacob Caldwell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending media should meet their escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on T.J. Mills Blvd. no later than 11:30 p.m. Thursday evening on Aug. 29.
Soldiers will be available for interview about the groups mission after the ceremony.
Photo 01 – Maj. Gen. Paul T. Calvert, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, shakes hands of First Team Troopers from the division headquarters on Feb. 10, 2019 as they depart Fort Hood for their deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Photo 02 – Brig Gen. Miles Brown presents end of tour awards to Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division headquarter earlier this month at Kandahar Airfield. The Troopers were deployed to Afghanistan in support of operation Freedom Sentinel.
Note: More images are available at the following web address: https://www.facebook.com/Division-Forward-Company-1st-Cav-580368835763615/
FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials will host the next Fort Hood Family Housing Town Hall event from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 29 in Howze Auditorium here.
This town hall is part of an ongoing Armywide effort to inform residents of current policies for resolving issues and to personally connect with Soldiers, Army families and other residents to ensure obligations are being met to provide them safe and quality housing.
During the town hall, commanders of sponsoring units for each housing area will provide an update on the progress made toward resolving key issues and provide specific information pertaining to their respective on-post communities.
FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center hosted its annual Women’s Equality Day observance, which celebrates the Aug. 26, 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. Guest speaker for the August 23 celebration was Althea Green, Ph.D.
Green, a former senior enlisted advisor to the Army Surgeon General, shared her journey to the voting booth after her family moved from Trinidad to the U.S. Virgin islands where she became a U.S. citizen. After discovering she could not vote in a presidential election, she moved to the mainland. It still would be 20 years before she could cast her vote in a presidential election because of her military assignments to Hawaii and Alaska, both of which require different residency requirements to vote.
Lt. Col. Liz Cain, commander, Warrior Transition Unit, opened the program and reminded the audience that “inclusion, not exclusion” makes for a better society. Sgt. 1st Class Quashanda Johnson performed a related poetry reading, while Col. Richard Malish, commander, CRDAMC, provided closing remarks.
WEST FORT HOOD, Texas — Operational Test Command (OTC) will open its new Technology Integration Center here 9 a.m. Aug. 28, aiming to connect its test technology developers and users world-wide with other engineers, analysts, technicians and academia.
The center will also provide an anchor point for OTC to better collaborate with the Army Futures Command, Fort Hood and III Corps, as well as its Central Texas academic, community, and industry partners.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Army Test and Evaluation Command’s (ATEC) Technology Integration Center (ATIC) is an opportunity to educate and inform the community, current and potential partners, on OTC’s mission, capabilities and technology challenges and opportunities, according to Mr. John W. Diem, OTC’s Executive Director.
ATIC dedication will be complemented in the morning by a “Cyber Information Sharing Pledge” charter signing between OTC, Killeen Independent School District, Central Texas College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas and the announcement of a TAMU-CT research park.
That afternoon, TAMU-CT will host a forum on why a Virtual and Physical Research Park make sense to the Central Texas region.
“We will announce a community, university, and Fort Hood partnership,” said Diem.
“The ATIC will allow us to bring other government, industry and academic partners together routinely and expeditiously,” he continued. “We are looking to find the best tools while sharing expertise and technical insights with other organizations to leverage and promote collaboration of technology.”
After the charter signing, events will transition by bus to the TAMU-CT campus for a working lunch and panel discussion with OTC and Army Futures Command with an audience expected to drive ATIC lab and research park activities.
The day-long event will include a ribbon cutting and building dedication to Arthur Roy “Art” Woods III, OTC’s Operational Testers’ Hall of Fame inductee of 2007. The Hall of Fame honors Soldier and Civilian commitment to putting the best possible equipment into the hands of Soldiers.
The new 8,500 square-foot facility cost approximately $4.6 million.
The center will have global connectivity with reconfigurable workspace that is expected to reduce costs while increasing efficiency by finding the best ways to design operational tests using the latest technology and methods, while consolidating a number of buildings into one location.
Designed to be reconfigurable for a wide variety of uses, it will host engineers, data scientists, analysts, testers and soldiers who will be looking at the best ways to design and execute operational tests using the latest technology and methods.
Technology demonstrations by Electronic Proving Ground, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Redstone Test Center, Huntsville, Alabama; Aberdeen Test Center, Aberdeen, Maryland; and Project Manager Instrumentation, Targets and Threat Simulators, and SOF Training Systems, Orlando, Florida will present static displays manned by Soldiers.
Media wanting to cover the morning events should contact the USAOTC Public Affairs Office, at (254) 288-9110, or email: email@example.com, no later than Noon Tuesday, Aug. 27.
A public affairs escort will meet the media at the West Fort Hood Clarke Road gate at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Media wanting to cover the afternoon event should contact Dr. Karen Clos, Chief Communications & Advancement Officer, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, at (254) 519-5744, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Noon Tuesday, Aug. 26.
9 to 9:30 a.m. — Building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony
9:30 to 9:45 a.m. — Transition to adjacent building
9:45 to 10:45 a.m. —Research Park discussion; Virtual Research Park Announcement; Cyber Security presentation; Cyber Academy charter signing ceremony
11:30 a.m. — Events transition to Texas A&M University-Central Texas for working lunch and panel discussion with academia, OTC and Army Futures Command.
12 to 12:45 pm – Attendees arrive at TAMU-CT, lunch service begins
12:45 to 2 pm – Research Park Panel (TAMU System, OTC, Army Futures Command, Deloitte)
2 to 3 pm – Envisioning a Regional Research Park with Stephen Frayser, Association of University Research Parks Board Member
3 to 3:30 pm – Connecting Local Research and the Economy
Media is not required to attend the entire day, but since an escort will be required in the morning, must arrive at the designated time to receive access to the event. Media who are unable to attend all or portions of the day’s events can request photos or submit questions in advance or after the event.
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 U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Technology Integration Center grand opening will include a ribbon cutting and building dedication to Arthur Roy “Art” Woods III, OTC’s Operational Testers’ Hall of Fame inductee of 2007. The Hall of Fame honors Soldier and Civilian commitment to putting the best possible equipment into the hands of Soldiers. (U.S. Army video by Pfc. Erin Swisher, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
The U.S. Army Operational Test Command will open its new Technology Integration Center aiming to connect its test technology developers and users world-wide with other engineers, analysts, technicians and academia. The center will also provide an anchor point for OTC to better collaborate with the Army Futures Command, Fort Hood and III Corps, as well as its Central Texas academic, community, and industry partners. (U.S. Army video by Pfc. Erin Swisher, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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, email@example.com, 979-575-9078.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.