Fort Hood News Archive

Story by Staff Sgt. Ashley Dotson, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – This morning, the 1st Cavalry Division hosted a special ceremony on Cooper Field to transfer the Medal of Honor award presented to 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment Trooper, Cpl. Tibor Rubin for his selfless and valorous actions during the Korean War from 1950-1953.

“This division earned its distinguished reputation as the world’s premier armored force because of legends like Cpl. Tibor Rubin who demonstrated courage and selflessness on the battlefield and while in captivity,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, who presided over the ceremony. “We are grateful for his service and sacrifice and will continue to honor him along with hundreds of other 1st Cavalry Division heroes who made this division what it is today-America’s First Team.”

Several members of Cpl. Rubin’s family, including his daughter, Rosalyn (Rosie) Rubin, nephew, Robert Huntley, and niece, Deborah Kessler, traveled to Fort Hood to donate the Medal of Honor originally presented to Rubin by President George W. Bush during a White House ceremony on Sept. 25, 2005 at the U.S. Army Center for Military History to be displayed in the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters.

“Thank you to the Rubin family, Robert, Rosalyn and Deborah,” Richardson said. “Although it has been 72 years since Tibor demonstrated such courageous actions, his legacy lives on with us. We will continue to honor him and use his story to inspire our troopers with his sacrifice and dedication to duty.”

The medal will become part of the First Team’s newly renovated Heritage Hall located inside the division headquarters, which will also include a variety of displays to honor the division’s rich history and increase awareness and appreciation among newer members of the First Team for the division’s heroes.

“When Rosie asked me about transferring his Medal of Honor to the 1st Cavalry Division I could not think of a better home for his medal to be enshrined,” began Huntley. “He would be so proud that it is in a place where past, present and future Soldiers can come view his story and medal and hopefully inspire those Soldiers who may be called upon to go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Huntley, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, shared how his uncle ‘Teddy’ inspired him to follow in his footsteps and join the Army even though he had endured many challenges and struggles as a prisoner of war for two and a half years in horrific conditions.

“What I realized after some time in the service is that he embodied all of the great virtues that so many of our service members had throughout our entire history,” Huntley continued. “Personal courage, a great sense of loyalty and duty to his fellow service members, and a great sense of honor to America.”

During their visit, Rubin’s family members were invited to a tour of “CAV country” including the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, the 3-8 CAV footprint and one of Fort Hood’s newest structures, the National Mounted Warrior Museum, which will hold some of the 1st Cavalry Division Museum displays that is now closed.

“It is really hard for me to speak about my dad,” said Rosie Rubin with a tearful smile as she motioned to the medal in the display case. “I know my dad would be so happy to know that it is here at Fort Hood. He loved the veterans, he loved you and he always taught us to never give up. Thank you for this honor today.”

According to his biography, Rubin was born to Jewish parents in Hungary in 1929. During World War II, he was captured by Nazis and sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp for men in Austria.

“Uncle Ted’s life journey is fascinating,” started Kessler. “His choice to join the Army came from his liberation from a Nazi concentration camp, when American Troops rolled in and saved his life. At that moment he made a pledge if he ever made it to the U.S., he would join this military-the Army. And true to his word he did.”

Following his liberation by U.S. Army Soldiers, he immigrated to the United States and enlisted in the Army. In 1950, he was deployed to Korea to fight on the front lines with the 3-8 CAV.

Huntley highlighted Rubin’s decision to to remain with his comrades as a prisoner of war instead of being sent to his home country of Hungary.

“He chose to stand behind the country that liberated him and his family,” said Huntley. “The country he whole heartedly believed offered him the freedom and the opportunity he would find nowhere else.”

“Corporal Rubin represents the best of the 8th Cav and First Team Troopers. We are so grateful that his family donated his MoH to be on display here at Fort Hood for all Troopers to see. We honor him in our HQs, with our conference room being named after him. His story is on our walls and is briefed to all new WARHORSE Troopers during newcomer briefings and unit Spur Rides,”  said Lt. Col. Sean M. Castilla, 3-8 CAV commander.  “His story is an example of what is so great about America. An immigrant; liberated from a concentration camp in WWII by the American Army; comes to America and joins the Army out of gratitude.”

Fifty years after returning from the Korean War, Rubin was recognized by receiving the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during the period from July 23, 1950 to April 20, 1953.

Huntley shared that although time passed before Rubin received this honor, he was very proud.

“Cpl. Rubin overcame so much adversity and his devotion to duty and love for our great nation are among the reasons we are so proud that he is part of the 8th Cavalry’s lineage. He will forever be a part of WARHORSE,” Castilla also said.

The 1st Cavalry Division proudly recognizes 43 Medal of Honor Recipients who served among the division’s ranks from its inception through the Global War on Terrorism along Legend’s Way with Medal of Honor placards, Cpl. Rubin’s placard is located near the Howze Theater.

Rosie Rubin said she would love to come back when Heritage Hall is complete and see the new Troopers learning about the First Team’s story and her father’s piece of the legacy.

 

 

For more: https://www.army.mil/article/257858

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Freedom Fest is set from 4 to 10 p.m. June 24 at Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange here.

Activities are free and open to the public. They include children’s inflatables, beverage sales, food trucks plus a Zoo Imagination station.   Cassadee Pope will start the evening off with X Ambassadors headlining the event.

The 30-minute fireworks show is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are paid by profits from the Fort Hood recycling program.

Freedom Fest is a free event and open to the public. Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must obtain a pass from the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Welcome Center. Drivers and passengers 18 and older must have a valid photo ID.

On-post shuttles will be running approximately every 15 minutes from 4 to 11 p.m. 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 https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/freedom-fest/5597274/69292.

“We are holding our Freedom Fest earlier this year because over 75 percent of our Military Families live in the cities, towns, and villages that surround Fort Hood,” said Col. Chad R. Foster, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Hood. “This year, we want our soldiers to enjoy the community celebrations being held with their families. Also, when we conduct our Freedom Fest, nearly 500 individuals from across Fort Hood work in various capacities to make the event happen. This means that while others are celebrating the Independence Day holiday, they would be working. Having Freedom Fest on Jun 24th supports these goals.”

Media who wish to cover the event should call (254) 449-5298 no later than 3 p.m. June 23. On June 24, media will meet a public affairs representative in the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center at 4 p.m. for an escort to the location.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas — “Bell County Judge David Blackburn issued a Drought Disaster Declaration for all of Bell County on June 22. The declaration bans the sale or use of fireworks for Bell County unless a permit is obtained, which is mostly
limited to public events. Although Fort Hood is a federal entity and not within the jurisdiction of the judge’s order, the intent of the declaration is for all to use extreme caution if hosting a fireworks event which Fort Hood will do.

“Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services is taking definitive steps to ensure that the fireworks display at our Freedom Fest held June 24 is a safe event for the community to enjoy. Due to the dry conditions, the DES is working with our local community fire departments to have preventative fire coverage during the display.

“The Killeen and Copperas Cove Fire Departments will provide fire crew coverage along I-14/HWY 190. The Fort Hood DES Fire Department will have additional fire crews stationed in and around the fireworks display area before and during the event. Additionally, the Fireworks display launch area will be watered down as an added safety measure prior to the event.

“Prior to conducting the fireworks show at the Freedom Fest, Fort Hood officials will consider all contributing factors including outside temperatures, wind direction and humidity levels to determine it is safe to proceed.”

— Tom Rheinlander, Director, Public Affairs, US Army Garrison-Fort Hood

UPDATE: On-post shuttles will be running approximately every 15 minutes from 4 to 11 p.m.

 

Fort Hood hosts annual Freedom Fest celebration

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Freedom Fest is set from 4 to 10:30 p.m. June 24 at Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange here.

Activities include children’s inflatables, beverage sales, food trucks plus a Zoo Imagination station.   Cassadee Pope will start the evening off with X Ambassadors headlining the event.

The 30-minute fireworks show is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are paid by profits from the Fort Hood recycling program.

Freedom Fest is a free event and open to the public. Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must obtain a pass from the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Welcome Center. Drivers and passengers 18 and older must have a valid photo ID.

On-post shuttles will be running approximately every 15 minutes from 4 to 11 p.m. 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 https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/freedom-fest/5597274/69292.

Media who wish to cover the event should call (254) 449-5298 no later than 3 p.m. June 23. On June 24, media will meet a public affairs representative in the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center at 4 p.m. for an escort to the location.

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Freedom Fest is set from 4 to 10:30 p.m. June 24 at Hood Stadium located behind the Clear Creek Post Exchange here.

Activities include children’s inflatables, beverage sales, food trucks plus a Zoo Imagination station.   Cassadee Pope will start the evening off with X Ambassadors headlining the event.

The 30-minute fireworks show is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are paid by profits from the Fort Hood recycling program.

Freedom Fest is a free event and open to the public. Members of the general public in privately owned vehicles must obtain a pass from the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Welcome Center. Drivers and passengers 18 and older must have a valid photo ID.

On-post shuttles will be running approximately every 15 minutes from 3 to 11 p.m. 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 https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/freedom-fest/5597274/69292.

Media who wish to cover the event should call (254) 449-5298 no later than 3 p.m. June 23. On June 24, media will meet a public affairs representative in the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center at 4 p.m. for an escort to the location.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Fort Hood Fire Department continues to work toward containing the Wildland Management Area fire which is currently estimated at 250 acres and is now 90 percent contained.

Firefighters also engaged an 80-acre second fire in the vicinity of Clabber Creek Multi-Use Range and that fire is also now 90 percent contained.

In addition to these two fires, the fire department responded to a third fire near Blackwell Mountain on the Fort Hood firing ranges. That wildfire is estimated at approximately 60 acres and is now 60 percent contained.

Firefighters will continue to utilize aerial suppression from CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters to drop water on hot spots and dozers for ground attack operations as needed.

Mutual aid from area communities and the Texas A&M Forest Service were not requested during the current operational period. Texas A&M Forest Service personnel remain on standby if needed.

More information will be released on www.FortHoodPressCenter.com as it becomes available.

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center administrative offices and clinics will modify hours Friday June 17-21 in observance of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Federal Holiday.

Outpatient clinics including Community-Based Medical Homes will be open for scheduled appointments Friday, June 17. Beneficiaries are encouraged to keep their scheduled appointments.

The hospital remains open every day for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services.

Monroe and Bennett Health clinics will be closed Friday, June 17. Active Duty Service members enrolled to either of those clinics should seek care at Thomas Moore Health clinic.  All other clinics and services will be open.

Pharmacies

Friday, June 17
Bennett and Monroe pharmacies will be closed.
All other pharmacies normal operating hours.

Saturday, June 18
Clear Creek PX Pharmacy
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All other pharmacies closed.

All CRDAMC clinics and pharmacies will resume normal operations on Tuesday, June 21.

TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent, emergent care needs or COVID-19 symptoms should seek assistant at the CRDAMC Emergency Department.

The Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (800) TRICARE or 1- 800- 874-2273, Option 1. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area entitled to military healthcare may talk to registered nurses about urgent health issues, guidance on non-emergency situations, and information about self-care for injuries or illnesses.

Beneficiaries can make or cancel appointments through the Patient Portal at patientportal.mhsgenesis.health.mil  or by calling Patient Appointment Service at 254-288-8888. You can make and cancel appointments through the Patient Portal as well as request, pharmacy refills, and access health information like laboratory results, radiology results, and immunization records.

You are invited to cover and take part in the 1st Cavalry Division’s  Medal of Honor Transfer ceremony on Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. on Cooper Field, Fort Hood, Texas, in honor of 3-8 CAV Trooper, Corporal Tibor Rubin.

During this event, Cpl. Rubin’s family including his daughter, nephew and niece, will donate the Medal of Honor he was originally presented by President George W. Bush during a White House ceremony on Sept. 25, 2005 to the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters.

This original medal will be displayed inside of the headquarters as part of a new heritage display to respectfully honor Cpl. Rubin’s legacy and service and to increase awareness and appreciation among newer members of the First Team for the division’s heroes.

Cpl. Rubin’s family members plan to travel to Fort Hood to take part in the ceremony and receive a tour of CAV country including the 1st CAV Horse Detachment and the 3-8 CAV and the 1st CAV division headquarters building.

The family will also have an opportunity to walk around one of Fort Hood’s newest structures, the National Mounted Warrior Museum, and view newly completed heritage displays around the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters to honor the historical artifacts previously displayed at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum that is now closed.

Cpl. Tibor Rubin was awarded the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during the period from July 23, 1950 to April 20, 1953. He is the only Holocaust survivor to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

For additional information on Cpl. Rubin and the actions he performed during the Korean War to earn the Medal of Honor, please check out the Army.mil links below:

Cpl. Rubin biography: https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/rubin/citation/printable.html

 

Cpl. Rubin Medal of Honor citation: https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/rubin/citation/printable.html

Interview with Corporal Tibor Rubin (MoH Recipient): https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/rubin/video/rubin.html

 

The 1st Cavalry Division proudly recognizes 43 Medal of Honor Recipients who served among the division’s ranks from its inception through the Global War

on Terrorism along Legend’s Way located behind the division headquarters building. Cpl. Rubin’s placard is located near the Howze Theater.

 

Media desiring to cover this event must RSVP to Master Sgt. Miriam Espinoza at miriam.espinozatorres.mil@army.mil no later than 5 p.m. on Jun. 22.

A public affairs representative will meet the media at the south parking lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center located on T. J. Mills Blvd. at 9 a.m. for an escort to the event.

If you are unable to physically attend the ceremony, you may check out our live stream of the event on Facebook or share the 1st Cavalry Division’s social media content and news story which will be posted at the links below:

Twitter: @1stCavalryDiv

Instagram: @1stcavalrydivision

Facebook: www.facebook.com/1stCavDiv

Website: https://www.army.mil/1stcav/

 

 

FORT HOOD, Texas -The Fort Hood Fire Department is responding to a third fire near Blackwell Mountain on the Fort Hood firing ranges.

The 50-acre fire is 30 percent contained. A CH-47 and a UH-60 helicopters are on location making water drops.

Although producing a large volume of smoke, there is currently no danger to any infrastructure on Fort Hood’s cantonment area.

More information will be released on www.FortHoodPressCenter.com as it becomes available.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood firefighters are working to contain the Wildland Management Area fire which remains at 250 acres and is now 70 percent contained.

The second fire in the vicinity of Clabber Creek Multi-Use Range is approximately 80 acres and is 50 percent contained.

Mutual aid from area communities and the Texas A&M Forest Service has been completed. Texas A&M Forest Service personnel remain on standby if needed.

“The fire was not started by any type of training . The area where the flames started is not a live fire area, nor was there any training of any type being conducted in that area at the time,” Col. Chad R. Foster, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander.

The Directorate of Emergency Services, Directorate of Public Works and units will continue with air drops on hot spots, blading operations, and ground attacks. So far, there have been more than 96 airdrops utilizing 2,000-gallon and 600-gallon Bambi buckets.

More information will be released on www.FortHoodPressCenter.com as it becomes available.