Fort Hood News Archive

The 1st Cavalry Division Band will host an Armed Forces Day concert at 7 p.m. May 15th at the Tablerock Amphitheater in Salado, TX.

The concert will honor all of our Armed Forces and admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The event will be held outside while incorporating COVID-19 precautionary measures. Attendees are reminded to bring masks, and follow CDC approved mitigation measures.

Attendees may bring their own snacks and beverages and concessions will be available on site.

Parking will be available as members of the First Team will be onsite to direct traffic.

In the event of inclement weather, announcements and changes to the location will be made on the 1st Cavalry Division Band Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/1stCavBand

Media wishing to attend must RSVP to Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, christopher.r.brautigam.mil@mail.mil no later than 3 p.m. May 14.

By: Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold

13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Public Affairs

New Soldier, 2nd Lt. Kyra Bryant, examines the blood alcohol content wheel to familiarize herself with the number of drinks and their effects on someone at a certain weight. Creating positive change on Fort Hood is something leaders continue to strive for. As the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command incorporates initiatives that have the “Great Place” and the Army on the cusp of a change, identifying the knowledge and skills new Soldiers need is even more crucial.
ASAP prevention coordinator LoNika Harris speaks with Soldiers and leaders on how the program benefits them. The Green Company, 13th ESC, held Army Substance Abuse Program training for Soldiers new to the unit May 10 during the company’s third cycle.

FORT HOOD, Texas – Creating positive change on Fort Hood is something leaders continue to strive for.  As the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command incorporates initiatives that have the “Great Place” and the Army on the cusp of a change, identifying the knowledge and skills new Soldiers need is even more crucial.

The Green Company, 13th ESC, held Army Substance Abuse Program training for Soldiers new to the unit May 10th during the company’s third cycle.

The Guardians of the 13th ESC’s newest company orients new Soldiers and leaders to a baseline shared understanding of the Army’s and unit’s values and expectations during each two-week training cycle.

“Everything is aimed at education and empowering Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Saleskie Nazario, 4th Platoon Sergeant, Green Co.  “The goal is to equip them with all the information they need to identify problematic tendencies and eliminate them by reporting and assisting when help is needed.”

In order for the Soldiers to get the most out of these important training events, much like the cadre who are charged with transforming them into “Agents of Change,” the best experts from across Fort Hood are brought in to assist.

ASAP prevention coordinator LoNika Harris, had the opportunity to speak with Soldiers and leaders on how the program benefits them.

“We provide services which are proactive and responsive to the needs of the Army’s workforce, while putting emphasis on substance abuse deterrence, prevention and education,” Harris said.  “We want to ensure Soldiers and leaders understand the effects and consequences of substance abuse and gambling disorders.“

As Harris spoke with Soldiers and leaders about the dangers of binge drinking, Soldiers acknowledged finding it humorous when a friend may get sick after drinking too much, and Harris pointed out the seriousness and danger associated with the act.

“I hope when you see that individual vomiting you realize it’s a stage of alcohol poisoning,” Harris explained.  “Alcohol poisoning is serious, but when we are drinking, it’s not something we think about.”

Training opportunities like ASAP provide Soldiers and leaders with knowledge they may often overlook, and it’s one of the reasons to stress their importance early.

“ASAP is also a good tool for preventive measures,” Nazario said.  “The Army needs to get back to being more proactive, and less reactive.”

For the 13th ESC Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Ronald R. Ragin, initiatives like the Green Co. will help create transformational change across the 13th ESC, III Corps and the Army.

“We became an Army where we checked the block and it cost us to overlook the most important part of our Army; our people,” Ragin said.  “Leaders that don’t get on board will be held accountable.”

These training opportunities not only give Soldiers and leaders knowledge for themselves, it also gives them insight to help lead, coach and mentor others once they get to their new units.

“Substance abuse whether it’s illegal drugs, controlled drugs, alcohol or gambling disorders is incompatible with the Army’s Readiness, physical and mental fitness and the Army Values and Warrior Ethos,” Harris said.  “It is important for ASAP to provide prevention education to every Soldier that cycles through the Green Company before that Soldier is assigned to his or her new unit.”

FORT HOOD, Texas –The 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command established it’s Green Company in April to set up incoming Soldiers for success, and better care for its people.

Green Co. drives transformational change across the 13th ESC by welcoming, teaching, training and assessing inbound Soldiers.  The company establishes a baseline regarding 13th ESC standards, tactical knowledge and organizational culture designed to proactively combat the three corrosives (sexual harassment/assault, suicide, and racism/extremism), build trust and successfully transition Soldiers to their gaining unit.

At 10 a.m. May 12, Green Co. will train using the Leader’s Reaction Course, an obstacle course designed to exercise problem solving and teamwork.  Green Co. leadership, cadre and new Fort Hood participants will also be available to discuss and answer questions regarding the aspects of the two-week program, and it’s effectiveness in providing improved care of the 13th ESC’s newest Soldiers.

In the event of adverse weather, the start time will be delayed.

Interested media should call or email Capt. Tyson Friar prior to 4 p.m. May 11 at (580) 284-3185 or tyson.l.friar.mil@mail.mil.  On May 12 media will meet with the public affairs point of contact in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m.

The first of two houses are demolished, April 29, in celebration of funding for new housing projects, which will give Fort Hood 600 new homes. (U.S. Army photo by Blair Dupre, Fort Public Affairs)
Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, commanding general of Installation Management Command, answers questions during a press conference after the ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Blaire Dupre, Fort Hood Public Affairs)
Phillip Carpenter, chief operating officer of Lendlease, speaks during the Fort Hood Family Housing Development Ceremony April 29. Fort Hood Family Housing is a Lendlease privatized military housing company. (U.S. Army photo by Blair Dupre, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

FORT HOOD, Texas — Army senior leaders joined with representatives of Lendlease Inc., the parent company of Fort Hood Family Housing, to begin the process of replacing nearly 600 homes in Chaffee and McNair Villages during a ceremony at Fort Hood April 29.

The project is part of a $1.1 billion renovation effort that will target six posts throughout the Army.

Fort Hood received the lion’s share of the allocation, with nearly half — $420 million — of the funds being awarded to the Great Place.

Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, the U.S. Army Installation Management Command commanding general, was one of the guest speakers at the ceremony. Before giving thanks to his civilian partners and the Fort Hood community, Gabram paused to reflect on his own time at Fort Hood.

“This is a little personal to me,” Gabram said. “Fort Hood’s like coming home. I’m proud to have spent 16 years of my 37 years in this uniform, here at Fort Hood.”

The general said this project is about much more than just money.

“I know some have said, frankly, ‘Hey we’re just throwing money at this.’ That could not be further from the truth,” he said, noting that he meets weekly with garrison commanders and their housing partners, ensuring command emphasis remains focused on the Army family and on-post housing issues. “Just for scale, there are just over 87,000 privatized homes in the Army. As of yesterday, from all those homes, we had 80 displaced families, and 30 of those are from pre-planned renovations. In other words, only 50 out of 87,000 homes. Just a year ago, that number of displaced families was much higher.”

Gabram went on to say that his time at Fort Hood had shaped his family and his career, and held a special place in his heart. He also said that he has great hope for the renovation project as it advances.

“It’s super exciting,” Gabram said. “I want to say the purpose here today is to showcase the Army’s partnership with Lendlease, and our joint commitment to improving the inventory of privatized housing here at Fort Hood and across the Army.”

The new houses will be three bedroom, two-and-half bath homes for junior enlisted Soldiers; the largest community of Soldiers on post. The initiative’s goal is to provide open floor plan homes with modern fixtures, such as luxury vinyl flooring and granite countertops. The project also aims to increase the total storage space to allow for maximum comfort and ease of living for young families.

Along with the 600 new homes, an additional 1,300 homes will be renovated. Renovations will include exterior painting, infrastructure and interior improvements. Also, more than 2,300 homes will have roof replacements.

The ceremony’s conclusion was marked by the demolition of two of the homes intended for replacement. The Fort Hood commanding general, Lt. Gen. Pat White, struck the ceremonial first blow after two excavators began the process.

“This is about taking care of our people,” White said. “It’s just about people because that’s who the Army is.”

Following the ceremony, key participants shared their vision for the project as it moved forward. Among those at the ceremony was U.S. Congressman Roger Williams of Texas’ 25th District, who said that the renovation represents a positive and exciting development for the community.

“It’s going to take care of our kids, who take care of us,” Williams said. “It’s gonna tell all of America that our young men and women are the most precious we’ve had and we’re going to take care of them.”

FORT HOOD, Texas – Congressional representatives will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center.

A congressional delegation comprised of U.S. Representatives from California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas along with members of the House Armed Services Committee arrived to Fort Hood May 5, to receive updates from III Corps senior leaders about Operation People First and progress addressing the findings of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee.

In attendance are Jackie Speier, District 14 California; Jim Banks, District 3 Indiana; Chrissy Houlahan, District 6 Pennsylvania; Sara Jacobs, District 53 California; Marc Veasey, District 33 Texas; and Sylvia Garcia, District 29 Texas.

The congressional delegation was also accompanied by the tri-chairs of the Headquarters Department of the Army People First Task Force during a two-day visit to Fort Hood. The delegation met with Fort Hood leaders, conducted focus groups with command teams, female officers, junior enlisted soldiers, and law enforcement personnel. They also toured Fort Hood barracks, housing, and motor pools.

An updated People First fact sheet can be found here, and a new People First placement can be found here.

Media who wish to cover this event should register here by 4 p.m. May 5. On May 6, media representatives should meet public affairs representatives at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center at 12:30 p.m. for setup.

“Out of abundance of caution, after receiving a credible report, Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services cleared a motor pool here of Soldiers and Civilians. It was later proved to be a false report. There was never an active shooter incident on Fort Hood and there is no danger to the public,” Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood Director of Public Affairs.

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FORT HOOD – Everybody thinks their animal companion is the cutest. Now, military pet owners at Fort Hood can show off their big dogs or top cats with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Hills Pet Nutrition Patriot Pet Just Say “Treat” Photo Contest.

From May 1-31, military shoppers at Fort Hood can submit a patriotically themed photo of their pet or pets—whether they be furry, feathered or scaly—at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes for a chance to win $3,000 in Exchange gift cards.

Two grand-prize winners will receive a $500 Exchange gift card, while eight runners-up will receive $250 Exchange gift cards.

“Pets can be a great source of comfort and support for Warfighters and their families,” said Fort Hood Exchange main store manager Teresa Palu. “The Patriot Pet Just Say ‘Treat’ Photo Contest is the Exchange’s way of celebrating these very special members of the military family—and giving their owners a chance to win an Exchange gift card on the side.”

Entries must include the pet’s name, entrant’s legal first and last name, mailing address, email address, phone number and their local Exchange. Photos must be submitted as-is without computer enhancement. All entries must be submitted online.

All authorized Exchange shoppers 18 years or older can enter, including honorably discharged Veterans who have verified their eligibility to shop the Exchange online. Veterans can visit http://bit.ly/VetForLife for more information. Complete contest rules can be found at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes.

Entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time May 31. Winners will be selected on or around June 15.

 

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.2 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes: For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Trey Williams, 254-289-5967 or williamstreyt@aafes.com

Lendlease Inc. hosts $420M housing development ceremony at Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas — Lendlease Inc. and senior Army officials hosted a $420M housing development ceremony at 10:30 a.m. (CT) April 29 here.

Fort Hood Family Housing, a subsidiary of Lendlease, is slated to receive these funds to be invested in the demolition of and subsequent new construction of nearly 600 new junior enlisted homes; roof replacements on more than 2,300 homes; and medium renovations at more than 1,300 homes.

Lendlease announced these improvements April 20 as part of a larger $1.1 billion development project that will improve on-post housing at five military installations in their Army housing portfolio.

Officials from Lendlease Communities, Army Materiel Command, Installation Management Command and Fort Hood will participate in the event. The senior leaders’ remarks were followed by a ceremonial demolition of two homes.

Phillip Carpenter, chief operating officer, Lendlease Communities; Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, commanding general, Installation Management Command; Congressman Roger Williams and Col. Jason Wesbrock, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood, held a press conference following the event. General Edward Daly, commanding general, Army Materiel Command, and Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps commanding general, also attended the event.

 

by  CRDAMC PAO

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center officials announce plans to end or relax several COVID-19 measures enacted more than one year ago to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the community.  The changes, effective May 1, were approved for implementation after careful analysis of data showing decreased infection rates and expanded vaccine availability within the Fort Hood community.

COVID-19 Testing
The Respiratory Drive-Thru and Thomas Moore Health Clinic centralized COVID-19 testing sites will close May 21.

TRICARE beneficiaries can be tested for COVID-19 tests at their assigned patient centered medical homes during regular business hours beginning Saturday, May 1.

Beneficiaries can schedule COVID-19 testing appointments online at  www.tricareonline.com or by calling the Patient Appointment Line at (254) 288-8888.

The Pediatric Clinic will continue to provide testing in the clinic.

The Internal Medicine Clinic  COVID-19 testing site will be located in mobile testing trailers located in front of the hospital.

Active Duty COVID-19 Testing

Monroe, Bennett, Russell Collier, TMC- 12, TMC-14, and Thomas Moore Soldier Centered Medical homes will provide COVID-19 testing for Active Duty services members  during sick call and regular duty hours.

Unit Testing
All testing for unit movement should be coordinated by the unit through the Deployment Readiness Center or Soldier–Centered Medical Home.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Outside Continental United States (OCONUS) Testing
The Emergency Department will provide testing for 48-hour flight testing for OCONUS PCS after normal duty hours. For more information call 254.288.8114.

COVID-19 Testing Results
COVID-19 testing results are available through the TRICARE Patient Portal at www.tricareonline.com.
Beneficiaries can also request results through secure email. Send a completed DD form 2870 and copy of I.D to usarmy.hood.medcom-crdamc.list.roi@mail.mil. Please use “COVID-19 test results” in the subject line.
You will receive a link to the secure email site within two business days of released laboratory results. Results sent via secure email are available for download for seven days.
Patients can also contact Release of Information for assistance with results at (254) 286 -7276, (254) 287- 0912, or (254) 287 – 0884. Please note COVID-19 results are not released over the phone.

COVID-19 Vaccines
Abrams gym will continue to be the site for COVID-19 vaccinations. All eligible beneficiaries age 16 years and older can schedule an appointment for the vaccine. Appointments can be scheduled at www.tricareonline.com or by calling the Patient Appointment Line at (254) 288-8888.

Beneficiaries should monitor social media and the CRDAMC website at www.darnall.tricare.mil for updates regarding appointment availability and special openings.

Face Coverings, Open Access Points and Clinic Screenings
All patients, visitors and staff must continue to wear masks inside the facility.

Restricted access points and mandatory door screenings will end Saturday, May 1.  All public entrances will be open May 1.   Beneficiaries will be screened in clinic areas.

Public entrances will be open Monday  through Friday until 6 p.m. Patients and visitors should use the main and emergency room entrances after 6 p.m. weekdays, weekends and Federal Holidays.

Patients and visitors are asked to complete a self-screening assessment before arriving for an appointment or visiting inpatients. For the health and safety of other patients, visitors, and staff please do not enter the facility if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Appointments
Patients are encouraged to use virtual care options  for routine appointments.

Virtual health options include Secure Messaging through the TRICARE online portal and telephone consultation through the patient appointment line at 254.288.8888 or www.tricareonline.com.   Web visits are also available through the TRICARE online portal.

Beneficiaries experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their clinics before their appointment for arrival instructions. Call 254.288.8888 during normal business hours to be connected with your clinic.

Army Public Health Nursing (APHN) 24-hour COVID-19 Hotline
The 24-hour COVID-19 hotline will close operations Saturday, May 1.
TRICARE beneficiaries can use the 24-hour Military Health System Nurse Advice Line for medical concerns.  Beneficiaries can call, chat, or video chat with a registered nurse. For more information about the MHS Nurse Advice Line visit www.mhsnurseadviceline.com or call 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) Option 1.

Visitors
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should not plan to visit the facility. Visitors with symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath) will not be allowed in clinical areas.

All patients, visitors, and staff are still required to wear a mask or face covering in the facility.

Patients and visitors will be screened in clinic areas.  Some clinical areas may have adjusted visitation policies based on patient safety protocols.

If you have a question about visitation or accompanying a patient please contact the clinic for information and instructions.

Maintaining a safe environment for our patients and staff is our priority, so we ask that visitors be limited to those essential to the patient’s physical or emotional well-being. We continue to encourage the use of other forms of communication to connect, such as using video- call apps, tablets or cell phones.

Pharmacy
CRDAMC’s Main Outpatient Pharmacy and Clear Creek PX Pharmacy will continue mandatory prescription drop-off service. Patients should drop off prescriptions and return later to pick up. Patients will receive a text message or automated phone call when their prescription is ready. Patients should estimate a three to four hour turn around for pick up.
If you do not receive a phone call or text within 24 hours, please call Main Pharmacy at 254-288-8800  Clear Creek PX Pharmacy at 254-618-7024.

Patient Advocate and AMRAP Ombudsman
The Patient Advocacy and AMRAP Ombudsmen offices are providing virtual and in person support services.
Patient Advocate Office at (254)288-8156  or email  at usarmy.hood.medcom-crdamc.mbx.websitecomments@mail.mil
AMRAP Ombudsmen Office at (254)286-7031,  (254)535-6752 , (254)286-7791, (254)535-2166, or email usarmy.hood.medcom-crdamc.list.ombudsman@mail.mil

Emergency Care for COVID-19
Beneficiaries experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, and inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips, nail beds or other emergent symptoms should seek care at the emergency department.
Call 911 or call ahead to the Emergency Department at (254) 288-8114.

Additional COVID-19 Information and Resources

Army COVID-19 information line 1.800.984.8523

Nurse Advice line at 1.800. TRICARE (800.874.2273), Option 1.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hotline at 1.800.CDC.INFO (800.232.4636)
TRICARE appointment line at 254.288.8888 or 1.800.305.6421
TRICARE Patient Portal https://www.tricareonline.com
CRDAMC website at: www.darnall.tricare.mil or via social media.

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Lendlease Inc. and senior Army officials will host a $420M housing development ceremony at 10:30 a.m. (CT) April 29 here.

Fort Hood Family Housing, a subsidiary of Lendlease, is slated to receive these funds to be invested in the demolition of and subsequent new construction of nearly 600 new junior enlisted homes; roof replacements on more than 2,300 homes; and medium renovations at more than 1,300 homes.

Lendlease announced these improvements April 20 as part of a larger $1.1 billion development project that will improve on-post housing at five military installations in their Army housing portfolio.

Officials from Lendlease, Army Materiel Command, Installation Management Command and Fort Hood will participate in the event. The senior leader remarks will be followed by a ceremonial demolition of two homes.

Phillip Carpenter, chief operating officer, Lendlease Communities; Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, commanding general, Installation Management Command; and Col. Jason Wesbrock, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood, will hold a press conference following the event. General Edward Daly, commanding general, Army Materiel Command, and Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps commanding general, will attend the event.

Media who wish to cover the event should register here by 2 p.m. April 27. On April 29, media should meet public affairs representatives in the south side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m.