Fort Hood News Archive

By Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

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FORT HOOD, Texas – The Exchange is where heroes work, and the Fort Hood Exchange is looking to expand its ranks at the main store, Express and all Exchange food locations.

“The PX offers training, competitive pay and great benefits, as well as a rewarding atmosphere,” said Fort Hood Exchange General Manager Chris Haefner. “The Exchange is family serving family, and we are looking forward to growing that family with those who have a passion for serving Soldiers and the Fort Hood community.”

Benefits for regular full-time and part-time Exchange associates include paid vacation and sick leave. Additionally, the Exchange’s associate transfer program helps military spouses retain employment during Permanent Change of Station (PCS), allowing them to keep their benefits and build toward retirement.

The team’s deep passion for serving sets the Exchange apart. Associates share a special bond with service members—85 percent have a military connection. They have served in the Armed Forces or are the parent, spouse or extended family member of someone who is wearing or has worn the country’s uniform.

At the Exchange, 45 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of veterans, military spouses or dependents. The Exchange is closing in on its goal of hiring 50,000 veterans and military spouses.

Anyone interested in an exciting career with the Exchange can visit ApplyMyExchange.com or contact the Fort Hood Exchange Recruiting office at (254) 532-9514, menu option 5, to find out more.

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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.

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NOLANVILLE, Texas — Fort Hood and their neighboring communities Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Nolanville, Belton, Salado, Gatesville, and Lampasas make up the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities
Partnership.

The Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Jason A. Wesbrock and mayors from each of the communities will gather from 1-2 p.m. April 8 at 100 Gold Star Ave, Nolanville, Texas, to sign a memorandum of agreement to renew the Cen-Tex Partnership for an additional three years.

The ceremony also will include a tree planting with the garrison commander and mayors; a signing to proclaim April as Sustainable Environment Month; and recognition ceremony for individuals from each partner community with the 2021 Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership Environmental Ambassador Award.

Awardees include community members, staff, youth, and the members of the 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade for their efforts in fostering community service and promoting beautification, conservation,
pollution prevention, and recycling through youth and community initiatives.

Mayor Andy Williams, City of Nolanville, will present an apple tree to each community to be planted and to represent the collaborative partnership in promoting sustainability within the region.

For more information, please call Christine Luciano, (254) 535-1008, or email christine.a.luciano.civ@mail.mil or Kerry Fillip at (979) 204-2570 or kfillip@nolanvilletx.gov.

Media covering the event, should meet at 100 Gold Star Ave, Nolanville, Texas, and either park off Mesquite St. or Dober St. due to limited parking.

Volunteers work to prune and beautify a scent garden in Nolanville, Texas, March 28. Thirty-nine volunteers, including Soldiers from the 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, tackle three separate projects in support of Keep Nolanville Beautiful’s World Water Day service event. (U.S. Army photo by Christine Luciano, Fort Hood DPW Environmental)

NOLANVILLE, Texas — The 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade kicked off their Sunday lending a helping hand to their community partner and supporting the World Water Day: Nolan Creek Matters service event hosted by Keep Nolanville Beautiful here, March 28.

Soldiers and their children volunteered alongside residents, students from Texas A&M University, Central Texas Chapter Master Naturalists and the Girl Scouts.

Kelly Ann Blanchard, coordinator, Keep Nolanville Beautiful, organized the event to bring awareness to the importance of waterways, hosting three projects simultaneously.
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1st Lt. Drake Nixon, Executive Officer, HHC, 13th ESC, annotates notes on his training slides March 30. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, held stand-down training to address extremism.
HHC, 13th ESC’s Commander, Capt. Vidal Freeman, ensures Soldiers from the unit know that behaviors that go against the Army Values, such as extremism, will not be tolerated in the unit, or Army.

By: Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold, 13th ESC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas- Success in the Army is dependent on building disciplined, cohesive teams who trust, respect and care for one another.  In order to maintain that solidarity, discrimination, hate and harassment must be combated at every opportunity.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, held stand-down training to address extremism March 30.

On Feb. 5, the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, signed a memorandum implementing a strategy to address extremism, and the stand-down is the first initiative in a deliberate campaign to identify and eliminate extremist behavior in the workforce.

“Extremism and domestic terrorism are a persistent threat,” said Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Garcia Jr., the 13th ESC Equal Opportunity Leader.  “Whether it’s racially motivated, anti-government or any single issue, we must continue to support and enforce the Department of Defense standards.”

HHC, 13th ESC’s Commander, Capt. Vidal Freeman, ensured Soldiers understood there was no misinterpretation of the training’s intent.

“Ideology that encourages discrimination, hate and harassment against others will not be tolerated,” Freeman said.  “I expect the core principles of dignity and mutual respect to guide the actions of personnel in this unit at all times.”

Every year, approximately 130,000 diverse Soldiers from different cultures join the Army, and developing their character and instilling the Army Values is a non-stop mission.

“Being in the Army is an honor and privilege,” Freeman said.  “You serve in one of the most respected institutions in America.  You are held to a higher standard and must set the right example.”

The Army has always been a values-based organization.  When Soldiers raise their right hands and swear or affirm their commitment to the Army and nation, the expectations set for them change.

“The oath lists the values that I expect myself and my peers to live up to,” said Maj. Casey Colbeth, 13th ESC.

The Army values have not changed and harmful behaviors and activities such as extremism have no place in Army formations.

“We all raise our right hand in defense of the nation and the rights granted through the constitution,” explained 1st Lt. Drake Nixon, Executive Officer, HHC, 13th ESC.  “But that doesn’t grant you free speech at the cost of others and without repercussions.”

Over the last year specifically, many real-world situations occuring through the news or on social media have landed service members and DOD employees intentionally, or inadvertently, in situations that are considered extremist or go against the Army Values or DOD policies.

“The vast majority of men and women perform their duties with integrity and do not support extremism,” Freeman said.  “However, recent events have shown we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat such ideologies within our organizations.”

The Army remains committed to upholding the DOD policy that prohibits actively advocating, or participating in organizations that advocate, supremacist, extremist or criminal gang doctrine, ideology or causes, and asks Soldiers to remain vigilant.

“People can slip through the cracks,” Dixon said.  “That’s why we need service members and others to be looking out for extremist behavior in one another.”

At the end of the day, it’s up to individuals to ensure they are upholding the standards to which service members and DOD employees are held.

“Make sure we watch what we say, what we do, what we like or retweet on social media and the places we go,” Freeman said.  “If we do that, we should be safe from possible repercussions from interpreted, or misinterpreted, actions.”

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs

 FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center officials announce COVID-19 vaccine first and second dose appointments available March 30,  April 1 and 2, for eligible beneficiaries age 16 and older.

Beneficiaries can schedule a first dose appointment online at www.tricareonline.com or by phone through the Patient Appointment Line at (254) 288 – 8888.

To book a second dose appointment, please call the Patient Appointment Line at (254) 288-8888. All vaccinations are by appointment only; walk-ins are not permitted.

Active Duty personnel should contact their unit/chain of command for their vaccine schedule.

Beneficiaries should bring a valid DOD ID card and their CDC vaccination card if receiving the second dose.

Abrams gym, building 23001, is located on 62nd Street and Support Avenue. The vaccination site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CRDAMC is administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to persons age 16 and older, including healthy uniformed personnel and others authorized to receive vaccines from DOD.

 

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FORT HOOD – National Vietnam War Veteran Day is March 29, and the Fort Hood Exchange is hosting a contactless pinning ceremony to honor Vietnam Veterans’ service, valor and sacrifice.

The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. March 29 at the Clear Creek Concession Mall located at Bldg. 4250, Clear Creek Blvd. here.

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, can receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin at the ceremony. This lapel pin, which has become a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks, is provided in partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

“These heroes made selfless sacrifices for our Nation,” said Fort Hood Exchange General Manager Chris Haefner. “Many Vietnam Veterans never received the gratitude and respect they deserve. It’s an honor to host this ceremony and share our heartfelt thanks.”

Protecting the military community remains the Exchange’s No. 1 priority, and the PX is taking all necessary precautions to safely honor Vietnam Veterans in this contactless pinning ceremony. Following recommended health guidelines, face coverings and safe social distancing will be required. Fort Hood Exchange associates continue to maintain enhanced cleaning procedures and customer touchpoints are sanitized multiple times daily.

The Exchange has been a Commemorative Partner with the Vietnam War Commemoration since 2013, planning and conducting events and activities recognizing the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families.

All Veterans with service-connected disabilities are now eligible to shop at the PX, as are retirees, active-duty and military dependents. Veterans with service-connected disabilities and their primary family caregivers can find more information on accessing the Exchange at https://ShopMyExchange.com/Vets.

Veterans who typically do not have access to the post should visit the Marvin Leath Visitors Center to obtain a pass for the ceremony. Contact the Fort Hood PX at (254) 532-7200 with questions.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense and launched by the President in 2012. It will continue through Veterans Day 2025.

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.

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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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FORT HOOD – Hear ye, hear ye! All princesses and princes of Fort Hood kingdom are invited to join the Disney tea party online placemat decorating contest as part of the Exchange’s worldwide Month of the Military Child celebration.

From April 2 to 8, Fort Hood children 17 and younger can download the placemat template at ShopMyExchange.com/momc. After coloring and decorating their placemat, they can submit their completed creation at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes. One grand-prize winner will receive a $50 Exchange gift card, while three runner-ups will each receive a Play-Doh Frozen Olaf’s Sleigh Ride playset.

“At the PX, we like to treat our youngest heroes like royalty,” said Fort Hood Exchange General Manager Chris Haefner. “This online contest is a fun chance for them to be princesses and princes and win some great prizes.”

Military families can visit ShopMyExchange.com/momc for more Month of the Military Child activities, including sweepstakes, contests, coloring pages and more.

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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.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs

 FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Respiratory Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing site located near the emergency department will modify hours beginning March 26.

The RDT will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

48-hour pre-flight testing for official military travel is available through the emergency room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Beneficiaries can manage appointments and view COVID-19 test results using the patient portal at www.tricareonline.com.

 

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By Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Love, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — Certified test paratroopers of the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate completed operational testing for the Next Generation Static Line (NGSL) parachute systems.

For a potential modification or replacement of the T- 11, they trained with the C-17 Mannequin Rack System and metal mannequin dummies before moving on to live drops.

ABNSOTD owns two of the few Mannequin Rack systems in the Army inventory.

“The Mannequin Rack Systems allows us to rapidly test several parachute systems in a relatively low-risk operation and test jumpers work in four-man teams in order to safely operate the system,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Copely, ABNSOTD test parachutist.

“Prior to the airborne operation, we run lots of rehearsals on the ground to ensure we get it right in the air.”

Testing also included the current standard parachute system, the T-11, which U.S. paratroopers are all too familiar with.

Multiple operational demonstrations were done using the C-17 Mannequin rack system.

The parachute systems came from five different vendors, each with some unique characteristics.

“Each system has its own unique capabilities and characteristics, all with the same goal in mind — to safely lower a paratrooper and their equipment to the ground,” said Mr. James “JC” Cochran, ABNSOTD test officer.

Video and still photography collected during the demonstration was used to help determine the way forward for the possible next parachute fielded to U.S. Paratroopers.

The COVID-19 pandemic kept everyone mindful of new testing protocols.

“The new normal test day now begins with social distancing, temperature checks, and medical screening,” said Master Sgt. Melloyd Carter, ABNSOTD test NCO.

“Consequently, paratroopers are a very hard demographic to socially distance,” he said. “Our goal is to keep the Soldiers participating in testing socially-distant and safe during every phase of our operations.”

“Upon arrival each morning, participating Soldiers were given temperature checks by ABNSOTD staff and assigned to a specific work bubble for the day,” Lt. Col. Derek Johnson ABNSOTD Test Division chief added.

“This ensured that the operational Soldiers had minimal exposure to support staff and employees not directly involved with their mission.”

“Operational Testing is about Soldiers,” said Col. Brad Mock, ABNSOTD director.

“It is about making sure that the systems developed are effective in a Soldier’s hands and suitable for the environments in which Soldiers train and fight.”

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About the U.S. Army Operational Test Command:

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

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 to provide key operational data for the continued development and fielding of doctrine, systems, and equipment to the Warfighter.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs

 FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center officials announce COVID-19 vaccine first and second dose appointments available March 23 and 25 for eligible beneficiaries age 16 and older.

Beneficiaries can schedule a first dose appointment online at www.tricareonline.com or by phone through the Patient Appointment Line at (254) 288 – 8888.

To book a second dose appointment, please call the Patient Appointment Line at (254) 288-8888. All vaccinations are by appointment only; walk-ins are not permitted.

Active Duty personnel should contact their unit/chain of command for their vaccine schedule.

Beneficiaries should bring a valid DOD ID card and their CDC vaccination card if receiving the second dose.

Abrams gym, building 23001, is located on 62nd Street and Support Avenue. The vaccination site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CRDAMC is administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to persons age 16 and older, including healthy uniformed personnel and others authorized to receive vaccines from DOD.

 

 

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