Fort Hood News Archive

Today the 1st Cavalry Division once again assumes training and readiness authority and administrative control of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

This action by the III Armored Corps, headquartered at Fort Hood, supports their strategy of maintaining lethality through force modernization, continuity of sustainment, and a mastery of foundational training through streamlined resource management. 

This is the third time in the history of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment that they have served under the command of the 1st Cavalry Division, most recently in 2007. 

3rd Cavalry Regiment remains a separate brigade under the III Armored Corps who maintains command authority for employing the “Brave Rifles” during warfighter exercises and to support worldwide missions. 

“We are excited to re-establish a closer training and resourcing relationship with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, which will enhance our readiness and war-fighting capability. Both of our organizations share a rich history of serving in combat together as part of the U.S. Cavalry,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, the commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division. “Bringing the Brave Rifles under the 1st Cavalry Division streamlines the management of resources and allows the two units to integrate unique capabilities to improve both units’ readiness to accomplish their wartime missions.”

Col. David Bowers, commander of the 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, furls the brigade colors at a casing ceremony held on West Fort Hood, Texas, on September 16, 2022. The brigade deploys to Europe to support the US Army’s V Corps mission. (US Army Photo by Sgt. Richard Barnes)
Col. David Bowers (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Evan Pacer, command team for the 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, case the colors in a ceremony held on West Fort Hood, Texas, September 16, 2022. The Brigade deploys in support of the US Army’s V Corps mission. (US Army Photo by Sgt. Richard Barnes)

FORT HOOD, Texas – The III Armored Corps’ 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade stationed here deployed this week to Europe in support of our NATO allies, the US Army V Corps, and U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command areas of operations to assure NATO allies, deter aggression and support operations throughout the region.

Soldiers from the brigade, alongside other U.S. units and Partner Nations, will support current U.S. missions on the European continent.  The brigade conducted significant training and preparation activities to be ready for this mission, using multiple warfighter exercises and real world support to local law enforcement as critical training enablers.

“The ‘Always Ready’ Brigade is a beacon of professional military intelligence Soldiers who stands ready to answer the call to support our allies and partners, regardless of location or mission,” said Col. David Bowers, commander of the 504th EMIB. “We are proud to represent the III Armored Corps, Fort Hood, and the United States in this vital mission supporting and reassuring our NATO allies and partners.”

FORT HOOD, Texas – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe will assume duties as commander of III Armored Corps from Lt. Gen. Pat White during a change-of-command ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the III Armored Corps Headquarters Flagpole.

Bernabe most recently served as the commander of the 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, and will be promoted to lieutenant general before the change of command. Prior to his assignment to the 1st Armored Division, he served as the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe.

Bernabe, an infantry officer, is a 1992 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and is no stranger to Fort Hood. He commanded the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, here and on rotation to Korea, from 2014 to 2016.

White has been in command of the III Armored Corps since June of 2019, and during his tenure, he also served as the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve from September 2019 to September 2020.

Media wishing to cover the change of command ceremony should register here by noon Oct. 3. On Oct. 4, media will meet the public affairs escort at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood along with the Texas Crime Prevention Association will host the Texas National Night Out Press Conference kicking off National Night Out in Texas 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center located at 69004 T.J. Mills Blvd., here.

This is the 39th Annual National Night Out which was created by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in 1984 to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.  The intent is to heightened crime and drug prevention awareness, create police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This will be the fifteenth year Texas has had the option to hold National Night Out on the first Tuesday in August or October.  National Night Out continues to grow in popularity throughout the State of Texas and is one of the most effective tools available to combat crime and drugs in our communities. It creates a powerful network among neighbors and empowers individual households to fight crime and drugs at the grass root level – block by block, according to LT. Andrew Samarripa, Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services Law Enforcement Division

Texas has won 1st place for 24 of the 25 years of award submissions for our National Night Out involvement with events held all across Texas. According to NATW, Texas had more than 1,500 registered NNO events in 2019 prior to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,985 registered NNO events in 2021. Putting this into perspective, one registrant may be a city with 45 neighborhood block parties.  This year, we have more than 1,500 registered so far.

There will be interview opportunities with  Vicki Stonaker, president of the Texas Crime Prevention Association, Chief Jason O’Malley, Pflugerville Police Department, Chief Joseph Chacon, Austin Police Department,  and Col. Ann M. Meredith, 89th Military Police Brigade commander.

Media wishing to attend should call (254) 291-2317 by 8 a.m. Sept. 27.

On Sept. 27, media should meet Fort Hood Public Affairs representatives at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center near the Fort Hood entrance sign at 9:30 a.m.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas –   Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 months through 4-year-old at the hospital’s pediatric clinic from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., on Sept. 27 and 28. The vaccine will be offered for eligible beneficiaries on a walk-in basis.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, this new recommendation adds nearly 20 million children younger than 5 years of age to be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, giving families greater confidence and reassurance to have their children safely participate in childcare, school and other activities.

For more information visit COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens | CDC

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center physician, Lt. Col. Daniel Brillhart, received the Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony at the hospital, Sept. 7.

Brillhart received the medal for injuries sustained during combat operations in Somalia exactly two years ago to the date.

Despite being wounded, then Maj. Brillhart provided medical care and evacuation to U.S. and partner forces wounded after being ambushed with small arms fire and a vehicle born explosive device detonating 50 meters from their position. After providing initial care for the wounded, Brillhart and his team manned fighting positions for an additional 72 hours, inflicting heavy losses on enemy forces.

The CRDAMC command team, staff, and Brillhart’s family were excited to see him receive the medal.

“Lt. Col. Brillhart is an outstanding instructor and clinician who contributes to our Emergency Medicine Residency, Graduate Military Education Program, and Advanced Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship,” said Col. Daniel Moore, CRDAMC commander. “Dan has also been a primary instructor at our Joint Emergency Medicine Exercise, leveraging his extensive combat medicine experience. I am very confident in the skills of Lt. Col. Brillhart and appreciate his dedication to the Army and to Army Medicine.”

The JEMX is CRDAMC’s premier medical exercise. JEMX 2022 trained over 2,000 services members from 70 units representing over 60 medical specialties and multi-national medical personnel. Brillhart helped establish the exercise in 2018 and has been one of the primary officers in charge of training every year since its inception.

Brillhart and his team endured stiff enemy resistance while manning the fighting positions during the attack and providing medical treatment to over two dozen friendly casualties, which ultimately allowing the element to fight their way back to friendly lines without further losses.

“The men that I served with out there on the ground, they were there, and it was a day that I had trained my whole life for,” said Brillhart. “What I didn’t know at the time was that surviving that day, wasn’t the only thing, it was that you were going to have to survive that day for every day thereafter.”

Brillhart went on to thank his wife Karen, “an unending source of support,” his children, Olivia, Nate and Cooper, “who are a never-ending source of inspiration,” as well as his friends and colleagues who have supported and encouraged him throughout the years.

Fort Hood, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center command team, Col. Daniel Moore, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Forker, Jr., present Lt. Col. Daniel Brillhart, physician, CRDAMC, with the Purple Heart during an award ceremony held at the hospital Sept. 7. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney Jackson, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

 

Fort Hood, Texas –Brillhart poses with his family, Cooper, Olivia and Nate following the award presentation while his  wife, Karen, participates via FaceTime. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney Jackson, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center named Staff Sgt. Phillip M. Hubbard, radiology specialist, the 2023 winner of the CRDAMC Best Medic Competition, and Cpt. Matthew J. Perdue, physician assistant, as the runner-up in a ceremony at the hospital, Sept. 9.

Six Soldiers competed in an eight-event, two-day competition, which included a combat water survival test, day and night land navigation, a combatives tournament and a ruck march. The two will go on to compete in the Medical Readiness Command-West Best Medic Competition in October.

“Just two days ago, I had the honor of presenting Lt. Col. Dan Brillhart with the Purple Heart medal that he earned for his actions in combat,” said Col. Daniel Moore, commander CRDAMC. “The skill sets that you guys are demonstrating are the skill sets that we use outside of this facility to serve the fighting strength of our Army, so this is a great example of that.”

Hubbard described various ways to prepare for the physical aspect of the event. Like throwing on a 35 lb. plus backpack and running around through the neighborhood with his wife, Ericka, or throwing his 6-year-old daughter, Hazel, and 2-year-old son, Alastor, over his shoulders and picking up their electronic four-wheeler when they’re not working. “So I got a kid on my shoulder, a ruck sack and then a four-wheeler in my hand just trying to get after it as much as I can,” he said.

Hubbard worked as cadre, led best medic competitions in organizations in the past, and says the events are ingrained in his mind.

Now, he and Perdue will move on to represent CRDAMC at the Medical Readiness Command-West Best Medic Competition; and Hubbard is expecting it to be tough.

“I expect to be way more painful than this competition,” he said. “This competition is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to those levels of competition. I expect myself and the captain to really have to push it harder. There are going to be a lot more competitors out there and folks that have done enough to win at their organization. So it’s going to be a bit tougher to go out with a bunch of folks that have already proven themselves out there in the competition.”

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Fort Hood, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center command team, Col. Daniel Moore, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Forker Jr., present trophy’s and and plaques to Staff Sgt. Phillip M. Hubbard, radiology specialist, CRDAMC, the 2023 winner, and Cpt. Matthew J. Perdue, physician assistant, runner-up, of the CRDAMC Best Medic Competition in a ceremony, Sept. 9. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney Jackson, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

 

At 10:00 September 23, 2022, the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command will host a Remembrance Ceremony to honor our fallen and wounded comrades who have served with us, at the Hildner Field, next to Building 39009, Fort Hood, Texas. The ceremony is part of a larger set of festivities to celebrate our heritage and our Soldiers, which will be observed from 22-30 September, 2022.

We encourage all local media outlets to come, honor with us, and to publish and broadcast this event to aid our veteran and civilian community in likewise paying their respects.

The 13th ESC has an illustrious history in providing for the maneuver units within III Corps, and the Soldiers and their Families who have made that history possible are not to be forgotten.

Please RSVP by 12:00 PM, Thursday, 22 September, 2022. Interested parties concerning this event or any events in Birthday Week can contact Staff Sgt. Christian Nevitt at christian.a.nevitt.mil@army.mil.

Those that choose to come can meet Staff Sgt. Nevitt at 9:15 AM, at Marvin Leath Visitor Center, 69004 T.J. Mills Blvd, Fort Hood, TX 76544.

DIVARTY Activates New Battery | Article | The United States Army

Story and photos by Pfc. Jacob Nunnenkamp, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Sam M. Pearson, commander of the 6th Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment passes the guidon flag to Cpt. Zemas K. Andargachew during Delta Battery, 6th Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment’s, activation ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, Sept. 7. This gesture symbolized Andargachew’s assumption of command of Delta Battery. 

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – The 1st Cavalry Division Artillery Brigade (DIVARTY) hosted an assumption of command ceremony at Charles B. Allen Hall Sept. 7 to activate a new battery in the division.

Cpt. Zemas K. Andargachew assumed command of Delta Battery, 6th Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Gonzales assumed the responsibility as the acting battery first sergeant.

“Today marks a page in air defense history, as Cpt. Andargachew takes command of the first man-portable air defense system battery of the first maneuver-short range air defense battalion within a division,” said Lt. Col. Sam M. Pearson, commander of the 6th Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and after serving nine years in the Army, this is Andargachew’s first assumption of command. He is the first to command this newly formed battery.

“I feel incredibly humbled to be a part of this historic moment,” said Andargachew. “It is my highest professional honor to take the sacred responsibility of command of the Dark Knight Battery.”

Gonzales, the acting first sergeant of Delta Battery, is accepting his first assumption of responsibility after 17 years serving in the army as an air and missile defense crewmember.

“This is exciting, it is an uncharted territory, we are all looking forward to bringing these capabilities to the 1st Cavalry Division,” said Gonzales.

The 6th Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, reactivated on Fort Hood, under the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery earlier this year.

“I would also like to thank the soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and officers that have worked tirelessly toward preparing for this ceremony and their continued efforts to building Delta Battery from the ground up,” said Pearson. “You all have exceeded the expectations set before you and for that I am extremely grateful.”

Story by U.S. Army Sgt. Elliot Alagueuzian, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs Office.

FORT HOOD, Texas – 1st Cavalry Division conducted a maintenance walkthrough on Aug. 29 to assess the needs and readiness of units maintenance while also providing any support they would require to accomplish any mission requirements.

“Service is critical because at the end of the day our job as a maintainer is to make sure we’ve got quality and controlled service being done,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Norman May, 1st Cavalry Division senior maintenance technician, as he emphasized the importance of maintaining vehicles and equipment. “That we’re taking care of our troops as they take their piece of equipment out.”

May continued by comparing maintenance in the Army as being the same as changing the oil of your car. In order to keep Army vehicles rolling they must be properly serviced.

In order to be able to maneuver armored vehicles in large scale combat operations, Army equipment must always be taken care of. However, servicing new vehicles can be challenging according to Staff Sgt. Deborah Harrison, 1st Cavalry Division maintenance non-commissioned officer. She said the walkthroughs help the division to disseminate information on how to keep the equipment serviced.

“Here at the division level, we sit down with a lot of the United States Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command representatives and the guys that fielded and made this equipment,” Harrison said. “We get a lot more background than what some of the junior level Soldiers do, this helps us to share knowledge and build a shared experience of what the equipment is like.”

Since 2018, the Army has evaluated several Armored Brigade Combat Teams and shared the best practices and standards including adding new information to manuals and publications to ensure that it is readily available for Troopers to troubleshoot equipment. Others included Standard Operating Procedures, Supply Support Activities and many more practices which are the cornerstone of good maintenance.

“In the 1st Cavalry Division, we use Sustainment Terrain Walk (STW) program to train and educate leaders on the Army maintenance standard to ensure the standard is clearly understood at the lowest level,” said Lt. Col. Delarius Tarlton, 1st Cavalry Division Director of Sustainment, as he explained how command maintenance is important for units competing for large scale exercises such deployments and unit training. “All of these touchpoints give division leaders an accurate assessment of how their units are conducting maintenance while also providing an opportunity for the subject matter experts to discuss the best practices which will boost unit readiness.”

Col. Chad Chalfont, 1st Cavalry Division deputy commander of support, said he is very passionate about readiness because no matter what missions may arise in the future, STWs will remain critical to maintenance of Army equipment and accomplishment of that mission.

“They help First Team leaders see the challenges and opportunities, resolve issues and reinforce a positive culture for maintenance and supply discipline.” Chalfont said, “Our aim is that at the end of each terrain walk, the unit stands more ready to execute whatever mission they are called upon to do.”

Sustainment is a large part of what has made the First Team America’s premier armored division. It will continue to be that way thanks to the dedication and commitment of the Troopers who maintain their equipment and the leaders who uphold the standards of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Members of the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters conducted a Sustainment Terrain Walk at Fort Hood, August 29, 2022. STWs are part of the division’s vision to maintain vehicles and equipment to remain America’s premier armored division. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Elliot Alagueuzian, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs Office)
Members of the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters conducted a Sustainment Terrain Walk at Fort Hood, August 29, 2022. STWs are part of the division’s vision to maintain vehicles and equipment to remain America’s premier armored division. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Elliot Alagueuzian, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)