Fort Hood News Archive

FORT HOOD, Texas — To promote esprit de corps with Soldiers, Family members and guests, Fort Hood will celebrate its annual Thanksgiving holiday meal competition Nov. 24 at five of its dining facilities here.

Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps commanding general, along with senior leaders and personnel with the 407th Army Field Support Brigade Installation Food Service Team will judge the traditional Thanksgiving meal to recognize dining facilities for their outstanding performance in support of the traditional holiday meal.

To win the title, the dining facilities will be judged on display and dining area appearance, food service operations and food service personnel.

Additionally, Families and Retirees are invited to purchase a Thanksgiving meal at any of the dining facilities Nov. 27.

Media interested in attending the competition should register here. On Nov. 24 media should meet public affairs representatives at 11 a.m. in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor Center for an escort to a dining facility.


VIDEO UPDATE: Click here to view a People First Highlight Video: (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division)



11/20/2020 2:14 p.m.

III Corps’ “Operation People First” team-building initiative expands to Forts Bliss, Carson, Riley

FORT HOOD, Texas — III Corps’ “Operation People First” continues for Soldiers, Families and Civilian workers across all III Corps units and their communities.

“We are announcing “Operation People First,” an initiative that ensures Soldiers, families, and civilians, are always at the core of what we do. Throughout this initiative, Soldiers should expect engaged, personal leadership,” said Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General. “Leadership is a contract between the leader and the led. Ultimately, Soldiers should expect that leaders know their teams; are invested in taking action to solve problems; and are committed to both demonstrate and enforce standards.”

“Operation People First” prioritizes a back-to-basics, people-first approach to leadership and focuses on the fundamentals of engaged personal leadership to build trust with Soldiers, Families, Civilians and military communities.

“Our goal is to promote a positive culture across our formations. Soldiers should demand that leaders put their welfare, professional development and readiness first,” said Command Sgt. Major Cliff Burgoyne, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major. “Our Soldiers, families, and civilians across our teams can expect that leadership will seek your input and listen to your concerns. We will be highly trained, disciplined and fit, and give our people time with their loved ones.”

Operation People First will be conducted in three phases. The first phase prioritizes getting to know Soldiers and building trust; it began Oct. 19 and runs through early December and concludes with III Corps-wide People First Action Weeks. Phase two will incorporate leader certification programs and a servant leadership forum. Phase three will culminates in assessments that analyze the effectiveness of the initiative. This is a 12-month initiative that will be refined based on bottom-up feedback.

Operation People First is for all III Corps Soldiers across Fort Bliss, Texas (1st Armored Division); Fort Hood, Texas (1st Cavalry Division); Fort Carson, Colorado (4th Infantry Division); and Fort Riley, Kansas (1st Infantry Division); as well as, other III Corps units and locations.

Feedback from Soldiers, family members, and our civilian personnel is a key component for Operation People First. Soldiers should rely on their chain of command to resolve concerns or make suggestions, at the unit level; however, the commanding general’s hotline is available 24/7 at (254) 618-7486.



Media may download and share the Command Team’s video announcement and People First highlights at the following links:

People First Highlight Video: (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division):


People First Social Media links:

4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson

1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss

1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood

1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley


The Army selected 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment as the winner of Army Award for Maintenance Excellence for Fiscal Year 2020 in the large group category.

The unit will receive the award during a ceremony on Nov 23 at 9:00 a.m.

The Army Award for Maintenance Excellence Program is conducted each year to recognize Army units and/or activities that have demonstrated excellence in maintenance operations. Each unit is evaluated on their effectiveness, ensuring that Soldier competency is maintained.

Assessments of each unit in the categories of attitude and effective leadership are rated with a benchmark based on those of past winners, and the tenets of exceptional maintenance processes that were exhibited are validated and ranked.

Once units are selected they will compete in 3 phases until the winners are selected for each the small, medium and large unit category as the HQDA AAME winners.

Media wishing to attend must RSVP not later than 3 p.m. Friday, 20 November to MSG Miriam Espinoza, and Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam,

Attending media will linkup with their escorts at 8:15 a.m. Monday, 23 Nov. at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas—As COVID-19 still threatens the health and safety of the community, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center healthcare professionals encourage everyone to get immunized against the flu this year.

“This flu season is complicated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we can reduce the complication by being proactive and ensuring we all get the flu shot. While it will not protect you against COVID-19, flu vaccination is an important tool in preventing the influenza infection. Plus, flu vaccination has been shown to help reduce the overall impact of possible respiratory illnesses,” said Capt. Eduardo Mendezlanda, Army public health nurse. “So by getting vaccinated this season, people not only help themselves but also their community because they will reduce potential simultaneous demand to our clinics and hospitals due to COVID-19 and the flu.”

Even if you don’t think you’re susceptible to getting the flu, Mendezlanda said that getting vaccinated yourself means you’re protecting those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as babies and young children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions.

“Protection from flu vaccination sets in after two weeks of receiving the vaccine so please get your flu shot as soon as possible,” Mendezlanda added. “In addition to getting an influenza vaccine, everyone should take flu antiviral medication if you are diagnosed with the flu and your doctor prescribes it.”

The Centers for Disease Control recommends annual seasonal influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age and older and has set a goal that 65 percent of adults and children be vaccinated against the flu. According to the Defense Health Agency, its goal is to meet or exceed that vaccination rate throughout the military by December.

Typically during each flu season, military hospitals vaccinate active-duty servicemembers first, then high-risk patients and health care workers and then the rest of the community.

“But beneficiaries do not have to wait until CRDAMC receives its stock of the flu vaccine and starts the vaccination process to get your shot,” Mendezlanda said. “TRICARE is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible and has put out lots of information on how beneficiaries can get their shot from authorized pharmacies at low or no cost.”

Information from the TRICARE website states that beneficiaries need to verify whether their hospital or clinic has the flu vaccine in stock before attempting to obtain the flu vaccine in the network. If not in stock, they may obtain the flu immunization from any network pharmacy that accepts TRICARE.

However, if a physician or nurse practitioner gives the vaccine, it is considered an office visit and TRICARE will not authorize payment. The Health Department is not a TRICARE authorized establishment, so there may be out of pocket costs to the beneficiary if they utilize their service. (For more detailed information visit:

While getting the flu shot is paramount in protecting against the flu, Mendezlanda said you can take steps to decrease your risk of infection.

“You can help prevent the spread of the flu simply by consistently doing everyday preventive actions such as avoiding close contact with those who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth,” he said. Also, it’s important to stay informed and up to date on the latest guidelines by official military health agencies’ and the CDC’s websites.”





FORT HOOD, Texas –Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of Thanksgiving. The medical center remains open every day for emergency, labor and delivery and inpatient care services, however, all other services will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

All CRDAMC clinics and pharmacies will resume normal operations on Monday, November 30.


Primary and Urgent Care Services

Thursday, Nov. 26


 Respiratory Drive Thru Clinic

Thursday, Nov. 26


Friday, Nov. 27


Saturday, Nov. 28

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29

10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Thomas Moore Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing (AD only)

Thursday, Nov. 26


Friday, Nov. 27

6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29



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


Thursday, Nov. 26


Friday, Nov. 27


Bennett, Monroe and Harker Heights Community Based Medical Home pharmacies will be closed

Saturday, Nov. 28

Clear Creek Pharmacy will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29



Beneficiaries with urgent or emergency care needs should seek assistance at the CRDAMC Emergency Department.


For questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call the 24 hr. APHN COVID-19 hotline at 254-553-6612.


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 TRICARE online at or by calling Patient Appointment Service at 254.288.8888. At TRICARE online, you can make and cancel appointments as well as request, pharmacy refills, and access health information like laboratory results, radiology results, and immunization records.



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FORT HOOD, TX — The 1st Cavalry Division hosted 17 personnel from Leadership Killeen, at Fort Hood, 18 November, 2020. Leadership Killeen is a program designed by their Leadership Committee, a division of the Killeen Chamber of Commerce. Fort Hood hosted these leaders to provide them insight on the daily lives of Soldiers and operations on Fort Hood while highlighting the professionalism of Troopers and the division’s “people first” focus.

“We wanted to show our neighbors what we do and allow them to get to know the Troopers who serve in and live in their community,” said Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, 1st Cavalry Division public affairs officer. “It was a great opportunity to highlight our Pegasus Strength initiatives as well the equipment and Troopers that make the division the most modern and cohesive team in the Army.”

Participants, chosen by the Chamber of Commerce as leaders in their fields, were given a live demonstration at the Horse Cavalry Detachment, ate with Troopers at the Ironhorse dining facility, visited 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment’s motor pool, and tried out the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT).

At the motor pool, Troopers from 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team set up static vehicle displays, explained their jobs and gave demonstrations which allowed visitors to interact with Soldiers and gain an understanding of the Army’s capabilities.

“I really enjoyed the motor pool and seeing the vehicles, seeing all the different crews and their skill-set,” said Alex Gearhart, Killeen Police Department commander. “They were all very enthusiastic and it was interesting to see how they all worked together.”

This visit is a part of the continuous partnership between Fort Hood, the 1st Cavalry Division and our community.

“We’re neighbors. It’s nice to see what you all are doing – to see the professional Soldiers out here that are great at what they do,” said Gearhart.

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NMWF Contact: Mr. Bob Crouch, (254) 213-5014

KILLEEN, Texas – Fort Hood and the National Mounted Warfare Foundation (NMWF) will conduct an official groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I of the National Mounted Warrior Museum (NMWM) at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19 here.

The ceremony will take place in the vicinity of the new museum’s site, located between the Marvin Leath Visitors Center and the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment stables. Participants in the ceremony will observe the CDC’s guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

The NMWM will be a state-of-the-art, 21st Century museum honoring the legacy of soldiers and units that have served on Fort Hood and the history of mounted combat in the United States Army. Both the 1st Cavalry Division Museum and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Museum will incorporate their collections into the NMWM. The staff from those museums will transfer, along with the artifacts, to the new museum, and the old museums will close, leaving the NMWM as the only museum on Fort Hood.

Officials project Phase I of the 58,000 square foot National Mounted Warrior Museum to open in 2022. Phase I of the Museum will feature 13,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 7,000 square feet of temporary / opportunity exhibit space. Visit for more information, to make a donation, or to order a memorial brick.

Media who wish to cover this event should register here.  On Nov. 19, Media should meet Fort Hood Public Affairs in the Southside parking lot of the visitors center at 9 a.m.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, as one of 89 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019.

“Our team’s recognition by the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program is an honor and a testament to their patient-focused approach to care. They are interdisciplinary professionals that contribute to quality and safety during each phase of the patient’s experience,” said Lt. Col. James Hacker, deputy commander for surgical services.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, CRDAMC is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes only “High Risk” cases. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2020 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2019 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. CRDAMC has been recognized on the “All Cases” Meritorious list.

Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in the following eight clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection.

The 89 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. 72 hospitals were initially recognized on the “All Cases” list and 72 hospitals were initially recognized on the “High Risk” list; the 72 hospitals represent ten percent of the 719 calendar-year 2019 ACS NSQIP hospitals. 50 hospitals are recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” lists, 20 other hospitals are on just the “All Cases” list, and 19 other hospitals are on the “High Risk” list only – yielding 89 hospitals in total. Three hospitals did not consent to having their name released, resulting in 89 of the 92 initial hospitals appearing on the final list.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels.  The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery.  Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows.  ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in nearly 850 adult and pediatric hospitals.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.  The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 82,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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For more information contact:

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Ms. Mikaela Cade, Chief Public Affairs

254.338.6087 (c) 



FORT HOOD, Texas — The American Red Cross of Fort Hood will hold a Lifesaving Awards Ceremony for two Department of the Army Civilians who helped save the life of an unconscious gentleman in a car in El Paso. The Lifesaving Award Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., Nov. 13, here.

On Mar 19, 2020, Department of the Army Civilians Eric Karnjanapanang and Jeffery Bermudez of Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems helped sustain the life of a gentleman who became unconscious in a car in El Paso.. While Karnjanapanang was leaving a Candlewood Suites parking lot, he noticed a gentleman looking idle in his car and determined the gentleman needed assistance. Upon further assessment, Karnjanapang was able to detect that the gentleman was breathing but unresponsive. He immediately alerted the front desk of the hotel about the gentleman’s condition and went back to the scene with fellow civilian, Jeffrey Bermudez. Karnjanapanang directed Bermudez to call 911 while he left the scene to grab a rescue ax from his car. Once he returned, Karnjanapanang and Bermudez broke the windows to the gentleman’s car and unlocked the vehicle to conduct an assessment on the gentleman’s vitals. The gentleman’s pulse was weak, and his breathing was extremely shallow. They removed him from the vehicle and laid him on the ground for continued assessment. Karnjanapang then directed hotel staff members to bring blankets so the gentleman could remain warm until EMS arrived on scene.

The honorees, Eric Karnjanapanang and Jeffery Bermudez, will both be receiving the Certificate of Extraordinary Action award. They were nominated by Wesley McMahand, Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces Regional Program Manager for the American Red Cross, Central and South Texas Region. Awards will be presented by Anjuli Renold, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Heart of Texas Chapter.

What it is

Our National Lifesaving Awards program is an American Red Cross Training Services program that recognizes and honors individuals and teams who save or sustain a life using skills you can learn in a Red Cross Training class.

Why it matters

Inspiring stories are often heard about people who have used their American Red Cross training in difficult situations. Collecting and recognizing lifesaving stories arms us with compelling and inspiring cases we can use to educate the public on the importance of safety and preparedness training.

Who can participate

Anyone can participate in the program; everyday citizens, professional responders, healthcare workers and Red Cross associates like you are all encouraged to submit nominations and share stories through whenever lifesaving skills are used to save or sustain a life.

How it works

Anyone can share a story or nominate an individual or team by submitting a simple online form at


Certificate of Merit

Signed by the President of the United States

  • Red Cross trained individuals or teams
  • Professional responders* including healthcare workers acting while off duty

Lifesaving Award for professional responders

  • Professional responders* including healthcare workers acting while on duty

Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action

  • Individuals or Teams who are not Red Cross trained

Lifesaving Instructor Award

  • Instructors who have taught Red Cross skills to a recipient of the Certificate of Merit or Lifesaving Award

*Note: Professional responders are defined as individuals who have an obligation to respond while on duty as part of their employment, e.g., lifeguards, police, fire and EMS personnel; healthcare workers.

Media desiring to attend the Nov. 13 ceremony must register here no later than 4 p.m. Nov 12. On Nov. 13 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 8 a.m. for an escort to the event.

Statement from Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General:

FORT HOOD, Texas –Today, we invited Specialist Vanessa Guillén’s family to visit Fort Hood as we take an important step together to memorialize Vanessa’s life and service to our Nation.

Vanessa’s life was a catalyst for us to implement action to improve trust, discipline, and teamwork across our formations.

In recent weeks, we began a “People First” initiative that ensures Soldiers, families, and civilians are always at the core of what we do.

All of our 38,000 Soldiers at Fort Hood are important, and, like Specialist Guillén each volunteered to serve our Nation. They deserve our best leadership.

One of the reasons we invited the Guillén family today was to discuss and review design concepts and survey a proposed site of a gate we plan to name in Vanessa’s honor.  Their input is important for our final design that will come to fruition over the next few months.

The gate we designated leads to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment area where Vanessa served. The gate is accessed by thousands of Soldiers, Civilians, and Families every day.

A memorial gate in honor of Vanessa – a proud Texan – will serve as a reminder to take care of each other and inspire the next generation of Soldiers and the surrounding community.


For People First Photo’s Visit The Links Below.