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FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, its primary care clinics, and COVID-19 testing sites will modify hours Jan. 15-18 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday. 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, Jan. 15.  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.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

 Respiratory Drive -Thru Clinic

Friday, Jan. 15

Closed

Saturday, Jan. 16 & Sunday, Jan. 17

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18

Closed

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

Friday, Jan. 15

6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 16 – Mon, Jan. 18

Closed

Pharmacies

Friday, Jan. 15

Bennett and Monroe pharmacies will be closed

All other pharmacies normal operating hours

 

Saturday, Jan. 16

Clear Creek PX Pharmacy

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All other pharmacies closed

Monday, Jan. 18

All pharmacies closed

 

All CRDAMC clinics and pharmacies will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

 

TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent, emergent care needs or COVID-19 symptoms should seek assistant 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 www.tricareonline.com 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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For more information contact:

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Public Affairs Office

Mikaela T. Cade

Chief, Public Affairs

(254) 288-8005

(254) 338-6087

mikaela.t.cade.civ@mail.mil

Web site: darnall.tricare.mil

FORT HOOD, Texas – Brig. Gen. Ronald R. Ragin, Commanding General of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, will host the Change-of-Command ceremony for the 1st Medical Brigade on Jan. 14 at 10:00 a.m. on Cameron Field.  After two years in command, Col. Robert F. Howe, will hand over the reins of the brigade to incoming Commander, Col. Roger S. Giraud.

Under Howe’s command, the 1st Med. Bde. has been instrumental in the COVID-19 medical response in San Antonio, New York, and the Southwest United States region, while continuing to deploy globally providing medical service and support during missions and training exercises.

Interested media should call Capt. Tyson Friar prior to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at (580) 284-3185 or email tyson.l.friar.mil@mail.mil.  On Jan. 14 media will meet with the public affairs point of contact in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 9:15 a.m.

by CRDAMC PAO

FORT HOOD, Texas – Due to inclement weather all CRDAMC outpatient clinics and pharmacy locations will have a delayed opening tomorrow Jan. 11.

Clinic appointments will begin at 11 a.m.  Patient appointments scheduled from 8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. will be rescheduled.

The Respiratory Drive-Thru will open at 11 a.m.

COVID-19 second-dose vaccinations for healthcare workers, first responders, and high-risk patients will begin at 11 a.m.   All patients in reporting groups from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. should report to CRDAMC at 11 a.m. to receive the second dose.  All other groups should report at their scheduled time block.

All scheduled surgeries will be delayed. Medical center staff will contact surgical patients who have surgical procedures scheduled prior to 11:00 a.m. to provide reporting instructions or reschedule.

The CRDAMC Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery and all inpatient wards will remain open for patient care.

Beneficiaries with primary care clinic appointments scheduled before 11:00 a.m.  may call the Patient Appointment line at 254.288.2888 to reschedule appointments.  The Patient Appointment line will open at 10:00 a.m.  Beneficiaries may also use www.tricareonline.com  to reschedule their appointments.

CRDAMC Personnel reporting times

All scheduled shift workers should report for duty at their scheduled shift time.

All other military and civilian personnel should report at 10:00 a.m.

Personnel experiencing delays or difficulties reporting to work, please contact your supervisor.

 

Updates will be posted to the CRDAMC webpage at darnall.tricare.mil and Facebook

page “Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center.”

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials have authorized delayed reporting for Soldiers and Department of the Army (DA) civilians for Jan. 11 here.

Due to extreme weather conditions and dangerous roads, physical training has been cancelled and no road guards will man intersections on post during that time period. Active-duty military personnel will report no-earlier-than noon. The officials also authorized delayed reporting for DA civilians no-earlier-than 11 a.m.

However, mission essential personnel are to report in accordance with their supervisor’s instructions.

Contracted personnel should report in accordance with their program/project manager’s instructions.

The Fort Hood Child Development Center will be open only for mission-essential personnel child care starting at 5:30 a.m. All other child development centers and school age care sites on the installation will open at 10 a.m.

Any further updates will be posted on the Fort Hood Press Center and the Fort Hood Facebook page.

Employees can also monitor local news stations and https://home.army.mil/hood for the latest updates on the weather. Drivers should use extreme caution while driving on area roads.

Sgt. 1st Class Vatasana Phorimavong, a jumpmaster with the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Air Operations noncommissioned oficer-in-charge conducts an inspection of a Soldier rigged with the T-11R Single Pin parachute to ensure he is combat ready for airborne operations. (Photo by Michael Zigmond, Photographer, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command)

By Mr. William Slaven, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate,  U.S. Army Operational Test Command

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — Certified parachute test jumpers here finished 23 risk reduction jumps with the T-11R Single Pin Troop reserve parachute, making sure it works as it should during equipment test jumps.

The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) tested the chute from both rotary winged and fixed winged high performance aircraft to eliminate the potential for premature reserve activations.

Any necessary changes were made to address the previous version’s premature activation thought to be caused by wind blast, according to Lt. Col. Derek Johnson Chief, Test Division at ABNSOTD.

“Testing promotes and delivers a safe, and more durable piece of equipment to the Warfighter,” said Johnson. “Soldiers relish in participating in day-to day testing. It ignites their enthusiasm to rig and load a piece of equipment which will ultimately serve our future Soldiers during combat missions.”

After the risk reduction jumps, ABNSOTD conducted 53 operational static line jumps during daylight hours to be fully certified by the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Command located at Natick, Massachusetts.

While employing a host of risk reduction measures to ensure potential test items are safe and effective from the intended user’s standpoint, test events with the T-11R kicked off with new equipment training.

Parachute Riggers participated in New Equipment Training to learn the assembly of the chutes new components and closing of the pack tray.

“There is a huge increase in the amount of information that is provided to Soldiers who are given the opportunity to practice what they are learning in the form of hands-on training,” said Mrs. Shonda Strother, editor with ABNSOTD.

Testing new airborne equipment enables Soldiers the opportunity to provide feedback to the Army concerning current Soldiers needs in the field, according to Staff Sgt. Robert Whan, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment’s Battalion Air NCO.

All airdrop test iterations were airdropped with Soldiers in full combat equipment as if they were jumping into a combat operation.

“The T-11R Single Pin reserve parachutes were then inspected for any damage in order to make sure they can hold up to the high demands of the airborne mission,” said Sgt. 1st Class Katherine Greene, ABNSOTD’s T-11R test noncommissioned in charge.

The new T-11R Single Pin pack tray is manufactured from the same materiel as the current issue item. The current T-11R version has a square shaped look while the redesign has a rectangle shape.

The re-designed pack tray includes a change where the reserve ripcord handle is now a single pin pull, and a change in the geometry of the reserve handle eliminates the risk of windblast.

A plastic viewing window also assists the jumpmaster when inspecting the curve pin during jumpmaster personnel inspection. The reserve handle remains a textile type.

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About the U.S. Army Operational Test Command:

The Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based ABNSOTD plans, executes, and reports on operational tests and field experiments of Airborne and Special Operations Forces equipment, procedures, aerial delivery and air transportation systems in order to provide key operational data for the continued development and fielding of doctrine, systems or equipment to the Warfighter.

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command is based at West Fort Hood, Texas, and its mission is about ensuring that systems developed are effective in a Soldier’s hands and suitable for the environments in which Soldiers train and fight. Test units and their Soldiers provide feedback, by offering input to improve upon existing and future systems with which Soldiers will ultimately use to train and fight.

 

 

By CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center leaders and the Defense Health Agency are proud to announce the launch of the brand new CRDAMC website! This new website can be found at https://darnall.tricare.mil  and contains many new features that will help CRDAMC beneficiaries’ access information easier.

“Standardizing military hospital and clinic websites will help our patients across the Military Health System to access all of the information they need to manage their health care and their TRICARE benefit,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, DHA director. “This change will make it easier for our service members, retirees, and families to find the information they need to navigate and access health care information. As our service members and families move across the country and around the world, having a standard website will be one less thing they will have to learn at their new location.”

All military hospitals and clinic websites will move to the same, new platform. This means you will have the same, high quality web services from wherever you are around the world. Are you planning to move or going through a permanent change of station (PCS)? The standard website layout and features will make your transition easier. You won’t have to learn a new site after you PCS.

 

For more information contact:

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Public Affairs Office

(254) 288-8005

Mikaela Cade, Chief Public Affairs

Fort Hood, TX 76544

mikaela.t.cade.civ@mail.mil

 

Eisenhower Lewis
Eisenhower Lewis was one of more than several hundred beneficiaries to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Carl R. Danall Army Medical Center Dec. 21 as part of OPERATION SAFEGUARD, Fort Hood’s vaccination effort.
Pearlene Lewis
Pearlene Lewis was one of more than several hundred beneficiaries to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Carl R. Danall Army Medical Center Dec. 21 as part of OPERATION SAFEGUARD, Fort Hood’s vaccination effort.

FORT HOOD, Texas — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center was one of the first sites in the country to start administering the newly approved COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 15.

CRDAMC and its Fort Hood partners surged to ensure that all first-responders and medical personnel were afforded the opportunity to receive the vaccine. The number of medical personnel now protected by the first of the two-dose series measures in the thousands.

CRDAMC made the vaccine available for four days to all its personnel, deploying Soldiers and the medical personnel of III Corps. The vaccine was provided on a voluntary basis in accordance with the FDA’s Emergency Use Agreement. With additional vaccine remaining, CRDAMC offered the protection of vaccine-achieved immunity to its at-risk beneficiaries.

On Friday, Dec 18, CRDAMC alerted high-risk patients that vaccine would be available beginning Monday, Dec 21. High-risk beneficiaries include those over 65 and those who have cancer, chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , heart conditions; those in an immunocompromised state; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease; smoking; or type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Hundreds of patients arrived at CRDAMC early on the morning of Dec 21. CRDAMC staff arranged them in groups of thirty to receive the vaccine. Days of planning resulted in a smooth operation. While patients sometimes waited as long as three hours to receive the vaccine, they remained upbeat and cheerful – happy with the communication and professionalism of the CRDAMC staff.

“The flow and overall process was much quicker than anticipated.  The knowledge, education and thoroughness of the staff were nothing less than a 10 out of 10 stars for this type of operation.  I am very grateful the vaccine was available and I was able to receive it,” said CRDAMC patient, Darren Coleman.

CRDAMC leadership was also happy with the way the process of vaccinations has gone so far.

“The patients have been optimistic, patient and full of gratitude for the service. It is truly uplifting to be able to provide preventative medical services to these veterans, Soldiers, Family Members, and retirees. We have moved out as fast and safely as possible. Our goal is to ensure that the spirit of OPERATION WARP SPEED isn’t thwarted in the ‘last mile,’” said Col. Richard G. Malish, CRDAMC commander.

CRDAMC expects to exhaust its current supply of COVID-19 vaccinations by Tuesday – but more vaccines are coming. CRDAMC’s higher headquarters has solicited CRDAMC’s methods and lessons to prepare other military treatment facilities to replicate its success. “We haven’t been perfect,” said Malish, “but this amazing CRDAMC team has faithfully executed OPERATION SAFEGUARD, Fort Hood’s vaccination effort.  We do not anticipate another shipment this year but look forward to being able to provide additional vaccines to our beneficiaries in 2021.”

Eisenhower Lewis
Eisenhower Lewis was one of more than several hundred beneficiaries to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Carl R. Danall Army Medical Center Dec. 21 as part of OPERATION SAFEGUARD, Fort Hood’s vaccination effort.
Pearlene Lewis
Pearlene Lewis was one of more than several hundred beneficiaries to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Carl R. Danall Army Medical Center Dec. 21 as part of OPERATION SAFEGUARD, Fort Hood’s vaccination effort.

FORT HOOD, Texas — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center was one of the first sites in the country to start administering the newly approved COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 15.

CRDAMC and its Fort Hood partners surged to ensure that all first-responders and medical personnel were afforded the opportunity to receive the vaccine. The number of medical personnel now protected by the first of the two-dose series measures in the thousands.

CRDAMC made the vaccine available for four days to all its personnel, deploying Soldiers and the medical personnel of III Corps. The vaccine was provided on a voluntary basis in accordance with the FDA’s Emergency Use Agreement. With additional vaccine remaining, CRDAMC offered the protection of vaccine-achieved immunity to its at-risk beneficiaries.

On Friday, Dec 18, CRDAMC alerted high-risk patients that vaccine would be available beginning Monday, Dec 21. High-risk beneficiaries include those over 65 and those who have cancer, chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , heart conditions; those in an immunocompromised state; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease; smoking; or type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Hundreds of patients arrived at CRDAMC early on the morning of Dec 21. CRDAMC staff arranged them in groups of thirty to receive the vaccine. Days of planning resulted in a smooth operation. While patients sometimes waited as long as three hours to receive the vaccine, they remained upbeat and cheerful – happy with the communication and professionalism of the CRDAMC staff.

“The flow and overall process was much quicker than anticipated.  The knowledge, education and thoroughness of the staff were nothing less than a 10 out of 10 stars for this type of operation.  I am very grateful the vaccine was available and I was able to receive it,” said CRDAMC patient, Darren Coleman.

CRDAMC leadership was also happy with the way the process of vaccinations has gone so far.

“The patients have been optimistic, patient and full of gratitude for the service. It is truly uplifting to be able to provide preventative medical services to these veterans, Soldiers, Family Members, and retirees. We have moved out as fast and safely as possible. Our goal is to ensure that the spirit of OPERATION WARP SPEED isn’t thwarted in the ‘last mile,’” said Col. Richard G. Malish, CRDAMC commander.

CRDAMC expects to exhaust its current supply of COVID-19 vaccinations by Tuesday – but more vaccines are coming. CRDAMC’s higher headquarters has solicited CRDAMC’s methods and lessons to prepare other military treatment facilities to replicate its success. “We haven’t been perfect,” said Malish, “but this amazing CRDAMC team has faithfully executed OPERATION SAFEGUARD, Fort Hood’s vaccination effort.  We do not anticipate another shipment this year but look forward to being able to provide additional vaccines to our beneficiaries in 2021.”

FORT HOOD, Texas — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center received its initial shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine and began inoculating healthcare workers and first responders within hours on Dec. 15; igniting hope that there is a light at the end of the global pandemic tunnel.

“Offering the vaccine to our healthcare workers and first responders is critical to ensuring we have a healthy and ready medical  force to provide care to the Soldiers and beneficiaries at Fort Hood,” said Col. Richard G. Malish, commander, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. “Being one of the first military hospitals to acquire and deliver the vaccine puts CRDAMC in a terrific position to begin affording the Soldiers, Family members, and retirees of ‘The Great Place’ protection through immunity. We have embraced the intent of OPERATION WARP SPEED and are moving out quickly and safely.”

After offering the vaccine to all healthcare workers and first responders, CRDAMC will continue distribution following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in accordance with the Department of Defense’s deliberate and phased approach to distribute the vaccine to beneficiaries safely.  CRDAMC’s distribution plan, termed OPERATION SAFEGAURD by Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Pat White, will follow the plan advancing the vaccine to mission forces, immediate response forces, contingency response forces, deploying Soldiers, essential personnel, and high-risk beneficiaries. Soldiers and other healthy beneficiaries can expect to receive the vaccine during the second or third distribution wave in 2021.

Similar to the rest of the Nation, TRICARE beneficiaries in Central Texas can expect the process to span several months.

CRDAMC officials encourage community members to continue to practice protection measures like wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and exercising virtual health options for medical needs.  Community members can limit their exposure and prevent the spread of the virus until wider distribution of the vaccine is complete.

The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to volunteers in accordance with the CDC guidelines following its approval for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 11. The vaccine is administered in two doses about 21 days apart.  The vaccine is being administered at the main hospital and Shoemaker Soldier Readiness Processing Center. Recipients will receive Vaccination Record instructions for receiving the second dose, at the time of their first doses.

Col. Karin Nicholson an intensive care doctor at CRDAMC, expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I have a strong belief that this is going to be very, very effective in protecting us from the COVID virus,” said Nicholson.

Cecanti Williams, a licensed vocational nurse at CRDAMC, prepared the first vaccine doses for administration to her colleagues at Fort Hood.

“I’m thankful for being here and being able to help make history,” said Williams.

CRDAMC leaders plan to provide weekly updates about the vaccine plan and provide updates about the implementation.

Video from today’s event is available here: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/776929/first-covid-19-vaccination-administered-fort-hood

Photos from today’s event are available here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6457199/first-covid-19-vaccine-administered-fort-hood

The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, holds an awards ceremony to recognize 88 Soldiers across the Installation and the Florida National Guard for earning their Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) or Expert Infantry Badge (EIB), Dec. 11 at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, holds an awards ceremony to recognize 88 Soldiers across the Installation and the Florida National Guard for earning their Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) or Expert Infantry Badge (EIB), Dec. 11 at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, holds an awards ceremony to recognize 88 Soldiers across the Installation and the Florida National Guard for earning their Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) or Expert Infantry Badge (EIB), Dec. 11 at Fort Hood, Texas.

FORT HOOD, TEXAS – The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, holds an awards ceremony to recognize Soldiers across the Installation and the Florida National Guard for earning their Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) or Expert Infantry Badge (EIB), Dec. 11, here.

The EIB and ESB recognizes Soldiers who meet the highest standard of performance in physical fitness, warfighting tasks and readiness. While the EIB is limited to infantryman, the ESB highlights Soldiers outside of Infantry and Special Forces.  It also recognizes those outside of the medical communities who have the opportunity to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge.  Both badges are a symbol of technical and tactical proficiency and are only awarded to those that best demonstrate excellence in their fields.

Over 600 Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade and 50th Regional Support Group of the Florida National Guard began training to earn the coveted EIB or ESB last month.

At the start of test week, Dec. 7, 433 were still in the race and today, 88 Soldiers have met all requirements and stand proud having earned the title of “expert” Soldier or Infantryman.

Command Sgt. Maj. Phil Barretto, United States Army North (Fifth Army), spoke at the ceremony.

“Today, each of you are the example for future leaders to follow and have set the conditions for a culture that lends to taking care of Soldiers, improving skill sets and enhancing your squads,” said Barretto. “As I stand here and look at each of you, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride.  I want you to know, it is an honor to have you in my squad because each of you displayed the competencies needed to make our squad stronger and I have no doubt you’ll continue to do so.”

Soldiers that did not qualify for the ESB or EIB during this iteration of testing, will have 24 months to train and attempt again.