Fort Hood News Archive

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials are hosting two community led events for Soldiers and Families Dec. 11 here.

FedEx Freight will deliver more than 500 real Christmas trees to military families at 8;30 a.m. Dec. 11 at Hood Stadium as part of the Trees for Troops program

Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to members in all branches of the U.S. military and their Families, through donations, sponsorship, grants and the work of many volunteers.

Since 2005, more than 243,955 free, farm-grown Christmas trees have been provided to troops and military Families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops.

In their 17th annual holiday gift giving event, Celebration of Love with support from numerous Central Texas communities will provide more than 2,000 Fort Hood Soldiers and their Families with bicycles, gifts and holiday meals at 10 a.m.

Media who desire to cover these events should call 254-449-5298 no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 10. On Dec. 11, media will meet a public affairs representatives at 8 a.m. in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center for an escort to the events.

FORT HOOD, Texas – Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division have been training and testing to earn the prestigious Expert Soldier Badge and the Expert Infantry Badge.

Troopers who have earned the badge will be recognized in a ceremony 10:30, Dec. 11 at Cooper Field here.

The Expert Soldier Badge and the Expert Infantry Badge are special skill badges that, when earned, demonstrate a Soldiers expertise in Soldier competencies and their ability to perform Warrior tasks.

The training and testing for this badge is tough, realistic, and mission focused.  The badge is awarded to those who attain excellence in physical fitness and marksmanship and a high standard of expertise in land navigation and performing warfighting tasks.

Media interested in attending the ceremony must RSVP with Master Sgt. Miriam Espinoza at miriam.espinozatorres.mil@mail.mil by 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Attending media will meet their escort at 9:45 a.m. on Dec 11. At the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center leaders have postponed the community flu-shot event planned for Saturday, Dec. 12.

Beneficiaries over age 3 who want to get the vaccine before it is available at the medical treatment facility may use the TRICARE network.  TRICARE participating network pharmacies offer the flu vaccine at no cost.  Beneficiaries are encouraged to call the network provider of their choice to confirm they are network providers, and are offering the vaccine.

Flu vaccines for children under 3 are available at CRDAMC medical clinics in limited quantities.  Parents with children under 3 years of age should contact their child’s primary care provider to confirm availability and schedule an appointment.

Beneficiaries that use a TRICARE non-network pharmacy may have to pay out-of-pocket expenses and file a claim from reimbursement.  To find a participating network pharmacy, visit https://militaryrx.ecpress-scripts.com/fin-pharmacy or call 1-877-363-1303.

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By Maj. Eric V. McDonald, Test & Evaluation Officer, Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

FORT RILEY, Kansas — 1st Infantry Division Soldiers here recently finished operational testing of a new heavy assault bridge designed to cross wet and dry gaps, both natural and man-made.

The Joint Assault Bridge (JAB), is a track-wheeled armored engineer vehicle built on a modified M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis.

With an integrated hydraulic bridge launcher system, the next generation vehicle is designed to provide assault-bridging capabilities to provide freedom of maneuver to modern armored forces.

The Army currently requires an updated assault bridge to replace the aging Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB), according to Lt. Col. Christopher Ingenloff, the test officer from U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, Texas.

The JAB is specifically designed to replace the AVLB and provide freedom of maneuver on the battlefield while keeping pace with armored forces, said Ingenloff.

During the 11-day operational test, of force-on-force training, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, and 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conducted over 40 natural gap crossings and 22 combined-arms breaches of anti-vehicle tactical obstacles.

“The amount of hands-on training we received, really gave all of us confidence in the equipment and our capabilities going into the field problem,” said Sgt. Molly Atkinson, a vehicle commander from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Engineer Battalion.

Trainers from Program Executive Office Combat Support & Combat Service Support, Warren, Michigan, and Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, gave detailed and all-inclusive new equipment operator training, field-level maintenance new equipment training, and training on doctrine, tactics and techniques during the weeks before the operational test.

“Gap crossings and breaching operations are complex missions that require our engineer assets to work in concert with maneuver,” said Capt. Mitchell Ables, Company Commander for Bravo Company, 1st Engineer Battalion. “The JAB allowed us to maintain tempo throughout.”

Another Company Commander, Capt. Stephen Schnorf, of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, said, “The opportunity for us to conduct combined-arms breaching operations on this scale, with this much land, assets, and time, while simultaneously testing the JAB was a win-win.”

The operational test was led by the Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, from Fort Hood, Texas.

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About the U.S. Army Operational Test Command:

As the Army’s only independent operational tester, OTC tests Army, joint, and multi-service warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using typical Soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable. OTC is required by public law to test major systems before they are fielded to its ultimate customer — the American Soldier.

The Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate conducts operational tests of combat engineer, chemical, transportation, military police, quartermaster, ordnance and medical service systems in order to provide our senior leaders with the necessary information to field the highest quality equipment for the warfighter.

FORT HOOD, Texas – The III Armored Corps received the assessment and recommendations from the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee which were released today from the Headquarters, Department of the Army.

The report’s finding and recommendations identified areas Fort Hood leadership has taken action on through its Operation People First campaign launched on Oct. 19.

“III Corps has made significant changes since the events over the summer to prioritize a people-first approach to leadership that promotes a positive culture at Fort Hood and across the Corps,” said Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General. “Our efforts through Operation People First already addresses some of the recommendations from the review committee, and we look forward to implementing their additional recommendations.”

“Operation People First” is a campaign that 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.

The corps-wide program has three primary tenets:  getting to know Soldiers, leaders taking action to ensure trust and discipline is maintained, and leaders holding leaders accountable if standards are not met.  Operation People First is a year-long campaign designed to produce enduring positive cultural change across the force.

III Corps will share insights and best practices with the Army’s new People First Task Force.

Since October, more than 4 million man-hours have been devoted to team-building activities for the 90,000 Soldiers assigned to III Corps at Forts Hood, Bliss, Carson, and Riley.

Other areas that the independent review identified as areas where improvement is needed includes the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program, which the Army will establish the criteria for improving the program.

At Fort Hood, one of the programs that has been highly successful is the SHARP 360 training facility – an interactive, immersive Soldier traioning experience that was identified as a best practice by the review committee.

“The 360 facility is used for engagement training, so it’s actually hands-on scenario-based training,” Capt. Valleen Thomas, 1st Cav. Div. SHARP program manager, explained. “Soldiers can go through scenarios, which they may face in their units or even outside post at a club. We put them in the shoes of a sexual assault victim and show them how to intervene to stop the situation before it progresses into a sexual assault.”

The independent review committee also identified that the culture and climate at Fort Hood needs improvement.

“While culture takes time to improve, the climate of an organization is a direct responsibility of the leadership,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Cliff Burgoyne, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major. “We are committed to putting our people first, rebuilding trust, investing in our Soldiers, holding leaders accountable, and providing a safe, secure, and positive climate for all Soldiers.”

The committee was formed at the request of the Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, to conduct an assessment into the Fort Hood command culture and climate after questions and concerns were voiced by family members, Congress, and various Hispanic advocacy groups during the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillen.

The Fort Hood Independent Review Committee’s findings and recommendations can be found here: http://www.army.mil/forthoodreview.

UPDATE: Gate time for media changed to 11:30 a.m. in order to allow media to view the Pentagon Press Briefing prior to the III Corps commanding general press conference at 1:45 p.m.

FORT HOOD, Texas – III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Pat White will hold a press conference at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 8 on the results of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee’s report and provide an update on the People First initiative to build trust and cohesive teams.

Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville appointed the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee, comprised of five highly qualified experts, to examine the command climate and culture at Fort Hood and the surrounding military community after questions and concerns were voiced by family members, Congress, and various Hispanic advocacy groups during the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillen. The committee visited Fort Hood from Aug. 30 to Sept. 15 and the results will be officially released tomorrow.

Accredited media desiring to attend the Dec. 8 press conference must register here no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 7. On Dec. 8 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 11:30 p.m. for an escort to the 1:45 p.m. event.

For additional information on Operation People First:

https://forthoodpresscenter.com/iii-corps-operation-people-first-team-building-initiative-expands-to-forts-bliss-carson-riley/

FORT HOOD, Texas — III Corps and Fort Hood will host a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 3 at III Corps Headquarters to celebrate the start of the holiday season here.

Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, will preside over the ceremony. Anyone with a military identification card is invited to sing along to traditional holiday songs.

Music will be provided by the 1st Cavalry Division Band. Following the tree lighting, Families will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa at a safe social distance.

Food and beverages donated by local businesses will be served including hot cocoa, pizza and plenty of holiday cookies. The tree will remain on display until Jan. 6.

Media who wish to cover the event, should register here. On Dec. 3, media should meet public affairs representatives at 4:45 p.m. in the south side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

FORT HOOD, Texas – FedEx Freight will deliver more than 500 real Christmas trees to military families at 8 a.m. Dec. 11 at Hood Stadium as part of the Trees for Troops program.

In keeping with COVID-19 safety procedures, a change for this year’s give away of trees is recipients must obtain a voucher with a designated time slot at the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Headquarters (Bldg. 9212) prior to Dec. 11.

Vouchers are currently available from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays at the BOSS HQS for E1-E4 Soldiers and Families until Dec. 4.

After Dec. 4, military active duty or dependent identification card holders may obtain a voucher while supplies last.

The voucher must be presented the day of the event to receive a tree. Social distancing and masks are required when picking up a tree.

For complete details on this program, visit https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/trees-troops/4823666/54571 or https://www.facebook.com/forthoodfmwr/.

Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to members in all branches of the U.S. military and their Families, through donations, sponsorship, grants and the work of many volunteers. For more information, visit www.treesfortroops.org.

Since 2005, more than 243,955 free, farm-grown Christmas trees have been provided to troops and military Families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops.

Media interested in attending the event, should register here. On Dec. 11, media should meet the Public Affairs escort at 7:30 a.m. in the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitor Center for escort to the site.

by CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas—Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will realign its Soldier Centered Medical Home footprint to increase access to safe, high-quality healthcare for III Corps Soldiers.

Thomas Moore Health Clinic, Monroe Health Clinic, Bennett Health Clinic and Troop Medical Clinic-12 are part of the Army’s Soldier Centered Medical Home concept which uses a multidisciplinary healthcare team approach to improve and enhance individual and unit medical readiness. SCMHs provide Soldiers with a gamut of healthcare services such as primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory and health prevention screening and education to meet their healthcare needs.

Based on proximity to their physical location, units are assigned to specific troop medical clinics. The intent is that by making comprehensive medical care available to them close to where they work, Soldiers will get the care they need and get back to their units quicker.

“Key to the success of SCMHs is the integration of the organic unit medical team with the hospital medical providers and staff. Soldiers are familiar with their providers and providers are going to know the Soldiers better,” said Lt. Col. Michael Moore, officer-in-charge of the reorganization. “It provides continuity for both the Soldiers and the staff, even during deployments and training exercises. Medical readiness is much more easily managed in an environment where line and medical personnel align.”

Moore said the realignment of units assigned to SCMHs is necessary to allow for predicted shortages across the Army of active-duty physician assistants and operational medical officers who serve as primary care managers at SCMHs.

“We need to optimize the ability to provide cross-coverage between III Corps, 1st Cavalry Division and medical treatment facility personnel so we can ensure total force readiness,” he added.

“The reorganization will be accomplished in scheduled, sequential phases. We are working closely with III Corps leadership to ensure a smooth, successful, and well-coordinated reorganization with minimal disruption to medical care. All services and operations will remain the same, the only change for affected units will be the physical location of their primary care team.”

 

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By CRDAMC Public Affairs

 

FORT HOOD, Texas — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Respiratory Drive-Thru screening zone located near the CRDAMC Emergency Department will expand its operating hours.

Effective Nov. 30, the RDT new operating hours will be from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

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

Beneficiaries may  view COVID-19 and Influenza test results using the TRICARE Online (TOL) Patient Portal.   For more information, please visit www.tricareonline.com

 

 

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 For more information contact

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Public Affairs Office

(254) 338-6087