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FORT HOOD, Texas – The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, will host an assumption of responsibility ceremony on Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. on Cooper Field where Command Sgt. Maj. Brian W. Adams will assume responsibility of the brigade.

Adams, incoming brigade command sergeant major, is a graduate of all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System through the Sergeants Major Course- Class 69, Cavalry Leader Course, Scout Leader Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, and Master Resilience Trainer Course.  His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, and a Master of Science degree in Leadership from Trident University.  

Command Sgt. Maj. Steven L. Campbell, outgoing brigade command sergeant major, has completed all levels of NCOES and is a graduate of USASMA Class 63. Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and an Associate in Criminal Justice from Troy State.

The history of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, can be traced to Aug. 29, 1917, when it was first constituted in the Regular Army as Headquarters, 2nd Cavalry Brigade.  It was organized on Dec 27, 1917, at Fort Bliss, Texas, as an element of the 15th Cavalry Division.  The early years of the Brigade consisted of rigorous training and patrolling of the Mexican border.  Operating from horseback, the cavalry was ideal for fighting in the harsh desert terrain along the Mexican border. Today, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stands ready to lead the way to any contingency area world-wide to accomplish any mission that the future might bring.

The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team will replace the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, in the upcoming winter rotation as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the United States’ commitment to Atlantic Resolve.

The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team has previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Atlantic Resolve. 

Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP to Lt. Col. Jennifer Bocanegra via email at Jennifer.J.Bocanegra.mil@army.mil and Sgt. Brayton Daniel at Brayton.R.Daniel.mil@army.mil. 

Attending media should meet their escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on T.J. Mills Blvd. no later than 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, Dec. 2.

1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade hosts Assumption of Command ceremony

Story by: U.S. Army Sgt. Alex Romey

Fort Hood, TX – During a traditional ceremony held on Cooper Field on Nov. 29, Col. Christopher Jones took command of the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade “WAGONMASTERS.”

Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, presided over the ceremony which included the military traditions of conducting a pass and review on horseback and passing the unit guidon to the incoming commander.

Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, passes the colors to Col. Christopher Jones incoming commander for 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade “Wagonmasters,” during an assumption of command ceremony on Cooper field Nov. 29 at Fort Hood, Texas. The passing of the colors symbolizes Jones’s new assumption of command over the Wagonmaster Brigade. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Cheyne Hanoski)

During his remarks, Richardson highlighted the brigade’s professionalism, work ethic and dedication, while also commenting on Jones’ long history of selfless service, cultivating positive command culture and his extensive experience as a logistician and leader while supporting operations around the globe.

Jones has served with the Army logistics career field for almost 20 years and has successfully held positions as a staff officer and leader at every level of command while supporting a variety of operations and exercises including joint and Special Operations in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.  He recently completed a Master’s of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School in Washington, D.C. followed by a tour with the Department of the Army G-4 in the Logistics Initiatives Group.

“I am astonished on a daily basis by what the Wagonmaster Brigade does to keep this Division moving forward,” Richardson said. “Producing combat power and lethality, and leading the Army in building readiness across all warfighting functions.”

The 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, “Wagon Masters” provide combat support and combat service support including supply, maintenance, transportation, field services, human resources, and financial support to 1st Cavalry Division units deployed and at home station. Over the past year, the brigade supported Operation Allies Welcome at Dulles International Airport, VA. Currently, elements of the brigade are providing sustainment support to operations in Europe and the Middle East while also preparing 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division equipment to deploy in the months ahead.

As the brigade begins the next chapter in its history, it will continue under Jones to accomplish its mission anywhere, at any time, supporting the rest of the Division as it continues to maintain a global presence.

“Tonight I will sleep much better,” Richardson said. “Knowing that we have Colonel Chris Jones at the helm of the hardest working, most proficient and professional sustainment brigade I have ever served with, the Wagonmasters of the 1st Cavalry Division.”

In his remarks, Jones thanked the III Armored Corps and 1st Cavalry Division leaders for warmly welcoming him and his family to Fort Hood. He also recognized gold star family member Ms. Kathleen Perry and several retired Command Sergeants Major who attended the ceremony.  He then thanked the Troopers and families of the Wagonmaster Brigade.

“It’s easy to see how the First Team is a cohesive team of teams led by adaptive leaders, masters of the fundamentals who are ready to seize the initiative ,” Jones said. “The 1st Cavalry Division is set to fight and win decisively at the point of contact with the enemy.”

Col. Christopher Jones, incoming commander for 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade “Wagonmasters,” renders honors alongside his wife, Jehan (middle) and his daughter Sophie Ava (left) as the Wagonmasters and U.S. colors pass by, during an assumption of command ceremony on Nov. 29 at Fort Hood, Texas. “This Brigade remains ready to sustain the First Team during, through and following transitions of mission phases of operations, to innovate and to best sustain, enable and to enhance the 1st Cavalry Division,” Jones said. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Cheyne Hanoski)

The Wagonmaster Brigade stands ready to provide logistical support to the entire 1st Cavalry Division here at Fort Hood and across the globe and wherever the Division is needed.

“It is said that the most dangerous times in operations are during transitions,” said Jones. “But I know that my assumption of command is simply a change of leadership, not a change in your mission and purpose. The brigade remains ready to sustain the First Team during, through and following transitions of mission phases of operations, to innovate and to best sustain, enable and to enhance the 1st Cavalry Division.”

FORT HOOD, Texas – III Armored Corps and Fort Hood will host a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at III Corps Headquarters to celebrate the holiday season here.

Lt. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe, III Armored Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, will preside over the ceremony.

Guests will be invited to sing along to traditional holiday songs. Music will be provided by the 1st Cavalry Division Band and caroling led by the Meadows Elementary Choir.

Following the tree lighting, families will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa in the east atrium. Food and beverages donated by local businesses will be served in the west atrium.

Media who plan to cover the ceremony must call (254) 449-5298 no later than 3 p.m. Dec. 1 for escort. The gate time for the event is 4:30 p.m.

FORT HOOD, Texas — 1st Cavalry Division and 3d Cavalry Regiment Troopers will participate in the Salado Lighted Christmas Parade, Dec. 1, 2022.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Royal and Main streets and run south to north along Main Street.

The parade is free and open to the public.

Fort Hood units partner with communities throughout central Texas and beyond, routinely supporting community events with assets to include guest speakers, music and exhibits.

Media representatives interested in covering the event should contact 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs at gabriela.s.thompson2.mil@army.mil by 12 p.m., Nov. 30th.

Media who RSVP should arrive at the Salado General Store, located at 1 Royal Street, Salado, Texas 76571 at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

FORT HOOD, Texas – The 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade will host an assumption of command ceremony on Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. on Cooper Field where Col. Christopher S. Jones will assume command of the brigade.

Jones is seasoned logistician who has successfully led Soldiers while supporting operations around the world including the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.  He recently completed a Master’s of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School in Washington, D.C. followed by a tour with the Department of the Army G-4 in the Logistics Initiatives Group.

The 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, “Wagon Masters” provide combat support and combat service support including supply, maintenance, transportation and field services, human resources and financial support to 1st Cavalry Division units deployed and at home station. Over the past year, the brigade supported Operation Allies Welcome at Dulles International Airport, VA. Currently, elements of the brigade are providing sustainment support to operations in Europe and the Middle East while also preparing 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division equipment to deploy in the months ahead.

1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade was established August 22, 1957 as the division’s headquarters detachment consisting of administration, logistics, medical and transportation companies and the band. Today, the brigade is one of the most modern logistics brigades in the U.S. Army. The brigade stands ready to provide sustainment support to the First Team anywhere in the world.

Jones will be available for a brief interview immediately following the ceremony.

Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP to Maj. Tim Watts via email at timmy.d.watts.mil@army.mil or by phone at (254) 423-6167 and Staff Sgt. Ashley Dotson at ashley.n.dotson5.mil@army.mil.

Attending media should meet their escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on T.J. Mills Blvd. no later than 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 29.

 

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center administrative offices and clinics will modify their hours of operation Nov. 24-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day federal holiday. Emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services will not be affected and remain open every day.

Monroe and Bennett Health Clinics will be closed, and the Killeen Medical Home will combine its services with Harker Heights Medical Home Friday, 25 Nov. Active-duty service members enrolled in Monroe or Bennett Health Clinics should seek care at the Thomas Moore Health Clinic that day.

The Copperas Cove, Russell Collier, West Killeen, and Harker Heights Community Based Medical Homes, Thomas Moore, Troop Medical Clinic 12 & 14 Soldier Centered Medical Homes, CRDAMC Internal Medicine, Family Medicine Residency and Pediatric clinics and services will be open Friday, Nov. 25.

All CRDAMC clinics and pharmacies will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24.

Pharmacies

Friday, Nov. 25

Bennett and Monroe pharmacies will be closed

All other pharmacies are unaffected and will be open normal operating hours.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Clear Creek PX Pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

All other pharmacies will be closed.

All CRDAMC clinics and pharmacies will resume normal operations on Monday, Nov. 28.

TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent, emergent care needs or COVID-19 symptoms should seek assistance at the CRDAMC emergency department during this timeframe.

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

The Nurse Advice Line is also available 24/7 by calling (800) TRICARE or 1- 800- 874-2273, Option 1.

This advice line affords Fort Hood area residents, entitled to military health care, the opportunity to talk with registered nurses about their specific 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 the Patient Appointment Service at 254-288-8888. Through this patient portal, beneficiaries can also request pharmacy refills, and access health information like laboratory results, radiology results and immunization records.

Story by: Army Sgt. Darrell Stembridge

1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, TEXAS – 1st Cavalry Division hosted members of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov. 16, to continue building strong relationships within the Greater Fort Hood Community.

“As the chamber coordinator for Leadership Killeen Program, I am always amazed each year when I bring a new class to Fort Hood to see all the hard work done to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their family members,” said Roni Nail, program manager, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. “This starts all the way at the top at III Corps and goes down to the Soldiers in 1st CAV.”

During the tour, Killeen business professionals visited Fort Hood and the People First Center (PFC), where they were able to see the Army leading efforts to find ways to put an end to unproductive behaviors and build unit trust.

Cpt. Rosa Meeks, III Corps Headquarters logistics officer, welcomes members of the Killeen Chamber of Commerce to the People First Center Nov. 16, on Fort Hood, Texas. The Killeen Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing vision, leadership and support to business and community leaders to create economic prosperity.

Leadership Killeen: the program which brought the members to Fort Hood, is designed to enhance leadership within the community through shared knowledge and skill building.

“The entire day was not only entertaining, but extremely informative as well,” said Tanner Carlson, Leadership Killeen student. “Learning how the base operates, as though it is its own city, was eye-opening and really humanized the soldiers and the entire base as a whole and I believe Fort Hood is actively making strides to address and improve how they have been perceived from a local and national standpoint.”

The training at the PFC ensures Troopers are being reinforced by professionals to maintain a healthy organized culture within the workplace and their daily lives.

“The center certifies leaders on fundamentals of engaged leadership,” said Cpt. Rosa Meeks, III Corps Headquarters logistics officer. “It is a platform for immersive collective training aimed to build organizational competencies that build cohesive teams, reinforces trust, and generates lethality.”

Troopers across all of Fort Hood can use the resources at the PFC to build skills they are able to take back with them to their unit to help create a better community and promote healthier behaviors.

“It is a location for resources and information that support Operation People First in order to reduce harmful behaviors, while building trust and cohesion amongst ourselves,” said Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Arrellano, People First Center representative. “The People First Center is the wake up that the Army needs.”

One of the topics that members of the Killeen Chamber of Commerce were intrigued with was how to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. This Army program, known as SHARP, was demonstrated by a team of Troopers using real life scenarios.

Killeen Chamber of Commerce gathers at the People First Center Nov. 16, on Fort Hood, Texas. Troopers worked with chamber members to help promote positive interactions within the workplace.

“On the third day of training we make the Troopers act out real life scenarios of bad behavior, ” said Meeks. “These Troopers were able to go over what they’ve learned in the past couple of days and execute scenarios that were out of their comfort zone.”

The SHARP program explains that everyone plays an important role in prevention at every level within units, organizations, and communities.

“I believe this program will have a massive impact on the Army,” said Arrellano. “As long as the training is continued to be done consistently and right.”

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood will celebrate its annual Thanksgiving holiday meal competition Nov. 22 at six of its dining facilities here.

The Third Armored Corps and Fort Hood Command teams will judge the traditional Thanksgiving meal to recognize dining facilities staff 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 for $10.05 at any of the dining facilities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22.

Media who wish to cover this event should call (254) 291-2317 by 4 p.m. Nov. 21.

On Nov. 22, meet public affairs representatives at 10:30 a.m. in the south side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor Center for an escort to the dining facility competition.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Directorate of Emergency Services will close all outbound traffic and close select inbound lane traffic at the Bernie Beck Gate, Fort Hood’s main gate, from 7:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 to support painting of the barriers leading up to the gate here.

Fort Hood officials ask motorists to slow down and exercise caution watching out for personnel conducting painting at these locations.

Services provided at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center will continue as normal during these hours.