Fort Hood News Archive

FORT HOOD, Texas – Make wellness your 2020 resolution by scheduling preventative health and wellness exams like hearing and vision tests and various cancer screenings.

The exams give a more specific look at a person’s health status and can better identify immediate threats to their well-being or elevated risks for chronic diseases.

Throughout the year, Army Medicine highlights specific diseases and health conditions. January kicks off with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

More than 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, according to the Center for Disease control and Prevention (CDCP). It also is preventable with two screening tests: Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV).

According to the CDC, the Pap test looks for cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes. HPV vaccines can protect women against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to get screening tests regularly starting at age 21.

The CDC also stresses that HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer and recommends the HPV vaccination for children between the ages of 11 to 12 to help prevent cervical and other kinds of cancer.

If you are 30 years old or older, you have three options: you can get a Pap test only, an HPV test only, or both an HPV and a Pap test together. If your test results are normal, you can wait three years to be tested again if you had a Pap test only, or five years to be tested again if you had an HPV test only or both an HPV test and a Pap test together.

Early cervical cancer may not cause symptoms. Advanced cervical cancer may cause abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. Left alone, abnormal cells may eventually progress to cancer. The good news is the cells are slow growing, so it can take a decade or longer for this to happen, according to the CDC.

Cervical cancer is highly curable when found and treated early. Be proactive about your health care. Make your appointment today.

 

 

 

For more information contact Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office

POC: Mikaela Cade, (254) 288-8005; mikaela.t.cade.civ@mail.mil Email

Web site: http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas — The East Range Road post-access gate will be closed from Jan. 23-Feb. 11 to allow for the replacement of the failing culvert system on East Range Road, south of the gate.

For residents traveling from Gatesville, Texas, it is recommended that they travel to Fort Hood via West Range Road.

For residents traveling from eastern towns such as Leon Junction, Texas, or other eastern routes it is recommended that they travel to Fort Hood via TX-36 south to FM 439 to gates on the east side of the post.

 

Honoring Our Heroes & Restoring the Rhythm of Lives:

Caliber Collision Partners with Dallas Cowboys to Support Our Troops & First Responders

Two-Day Event at Fort Hood Highlights Heroes Day, Changing Lanes Graduation and Car Donations to Military Families

(Lewisville, Texas – January 21, 2020) – Continuing their proud, patriotic partnership, Caliber Collision and the Dallas Cowboys will launch their 2020 celebration of America’s military with a star-studded road show Jan. 23-24 at Fort Hood.

Highlighted by three-time Super Bowl champion and Air Force veteran Chad Hennings, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and renowned mascot, “Rowdy,” the Fort Hood event will recruit soldiers to compete in a series of athletic skills tests akin to the NFL Combine. After the Caliber/Cowboys’ tour makes similar stops at bases in San Antonio (JBSA-Sam Houston) and Fort Worth (NAS-JRB), the competition’s preliminaries will be held March 20 at the home of the Cowboys, AT&T Stadium. This year, for the first time, Caliber and the Cowboys will also invite select First Responders to participate.

On the 4th Annual “Heroes Day” – April 4 at AT&T Stadium – 50 finalists will compete to become this year’s champion and punctuate a day-long salute to the brave men and women that protect both America’s interests abroad and local communities here at home. In addition to the competition, attendees will enjoy family festivities and have on site access to resources provided by military service non-profit partners.

“The Cowboys organization is privileged to partner with Caliber in support of our service men and women,” says Hennings, who piloted 45 missions into Iraq during the Gulf War before embarking on his successful nine-year career in the NFL. “I’m excited to watch fellow veterans, first responders and members of all of our military branches compete in actual NFL drills and support each other in a day of family fun. The impact of this event will be felt far beyond the combine.”

Further rallying the troops, the Fort Hood road show will celebrate 2020’s first graduating class of transitioning soldiers from Caliber’s Changing Lanes Academy, and will also feature Caliber – along with partner, GEICO – gifting two NABC Recycled Rides® vehicles to deserving military families. Helping soldiers transition to civilian life, Changing Lanes Academy provides graduates of its 18-week program with a $12,000 tool box and an employment offer from Caliber. Caliber Collision, through the NABC’s Recycled Rides® program, has donated nearly 500 vehicles to date. For this gifting, cars were donated by GEICO and restored by the 13 Changing Lanes Academy graduating Fort Hood soldiers, and will be presented to two Gold Star spouses.

“Caliber is inspired to serve our communities and we have a special affinity for supporting those who sacrifice their lives to protect the freedoms we value,” says Caliber CEO Steve Grimshaw. “We will continue investing in programs like Heroes Day, the Changing Lanes Academy and NABC’s Recycled Rides® because these are programs that enable us to live out our purpose of ‘restoring the rhythm of your life’ every single day.”

To launch the Caliber/Cowboys 2020 road show, the following festivities are scheduled for soldiers stationed at Fort Hood:

Thursday, January 23rd

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Chad Hennings, Cheerleaders and Rowdy at the Sprockets Facility (on base) – Autographs, interviews and photo opportunities with some of the stars of America’s Team.

Friday, January 24th

  • 10:30 a.m.: Caliber’s Changing Lanes Academy graduation at the Phantom Warrior Center – Honorees include military service members who have completed the 18-week course to earn their Technical Certification
  • 11 a.m.: NABC’s Recycled Rides® Donations – Caliber and GEICO will be donating two vehicles, through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides® program, which repairs and donates vehicles to help military members transition back to civilian life.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Combine Competition Sign-ups at Abrams Gym BLDG. 23001, 62nd Street – Members of the military will be encouraged to enter the NFL-like Combine competition on March 20th at AT&T Stadium.

Media Desiring to cover the events should call 254-287-0106/9993 or 254-449-5298 no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 22. On Jan. 23 a public affairs representative will meet the media at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at 10:30 a.m. for an escort onto the installation. The gate time for the events on Jan. 24 is 10 a.m.

For more information regarding Caliber Collision’s programs and support of our country’s service men and women, please visit www.calibercollision.com.

About Caliber Collision Centers

Caliber Collision’s purpose is Restoring The Rhythm Of Your Life®, including our customers, partners, clients and the communities we serve. Caliber Collision consistently ranks among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry across more than 1,100 locations in 37 states. For more information about Caliber, please visit www.calibercollision.com.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 1st Cavalry Division’s 120th Quartermaster Company is scheduled to be evaluated here January 22 as part of the Department of the Army’s Phillip A. Connelly Field Feeding Competition.

The 120th will convoy to the training location where they will be evaluated as they prepare dinner in a Mobile Kitchen Trailer.

An additional Mobile Kitchen Trailer will be delivered by Chinook to the training area. Once the MKT is on the ground the team will set up the kitchen and use it to cook breakfast the following morning.

Media will be able to shoot footage of convoy operations to the training site, meal preparation at the training site, and the arrival and sling load operations involving the aircraft delivered MKT.

Media interested in attending the event should RSVP to Sgt. 1st Class Michael Garrett at michael.b.garrett16.mil@mail.mil by 5 p.m. January 21. Attending media should meet at the media parking area at the Fort Hood Welcome Center on T.J. Mills Blvd. no later than 2:15 p.m. January 22.

FORT HOOD – The Clear Creek Exchange will host Candace Cameron Bure for a book signing Jan. 22.

Cameron Bure is best known for her acting roles on “Full House” and the Hallmark Channel, as a former co-host of “The View” and for her bestselling books. Soldiers and Fort Hood families can have a copy of her newest book “Grow, Candace, Grow” signed during the event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Candace Cameron Bure to the Fort Hood Exchange,” said General Manager Daniel Wise. “The Exchange is excited to give Soldiers and their families an opportunity to meet a favorite celebrity.”

Wristbands will be distributed on the day of the event with the purchase of “Grow, Candace, Grow” from the Exchange. Fort Hood shoppers can show their purchase receipt to receive a wristband. Books must be purchased at the Clear Creek Exchange. Wristband quantities are limited and are distributed first come, first served.

For more information, contact the Clear Creek Exchange at (254) 532-7000.

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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 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 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 Marisa Conner at 214-312-5111 or connermar@aafes.com.

Follow the Exchange:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shopmyexchange
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shopmyexchange
Instagram: @shopmyexchange

FORT HOOD – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shopping privileges have expanded to all veterans with service-connected disabilities, veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former prisoners of war and primary family caregivers for veterans who are enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. In all, 4.1 million Americans are eligible for the new benefit.

This new privilege was specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019. The Department of Defense officially announced the expansion Nov. 13.

“It is an honor to welcome our Nation’s heroes back to their Exchange,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran. “They fought for us. They sacrificed for us. They deserve this.”

The new patron group will also have access to commissaries and family, morale, welfare and recreation (FMWR) retail facilities located on U.S. military installations.

Before the expansion, only veterans with 100 percent service-connected disabilities could shop in person. (Active-duty service members, their dependents and military retirees also have in-store and online privileges.)

All honorably discharged Veterans can shop the military exchanges online now, through a benefit that was secured in 2017. Since then, veterans have saved more than $6 million in sales tax. Veterans can determine their eligibility to shop online at ShopMyExchange.com/vets.

Veterans who need additional information about the in-store patronage expansion can visit the Veterans section on the Exchange’s Community Hub at https://publicaffairs-sme.com/Community/veterans.

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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 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 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

Follow the Exchange:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shopmyexchange
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shopmyexchange
Instagram: @shopmyexchange

By Michael M. Novogradac, U.S. Army Operational Test Command Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — Twenty-one students from five Central Texas-area colleges took part in a Career Exploration Day here Tuesday with the Army unit responsible for testing all new and modernized equipment.

A short briefing began the day-long event, with an up-close look at a Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system, M1A2 Abrams tank, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and then climaxing with some small arms hands-on training at Fort Hood’s Warrior Training Center where students manned a simulated gun truck in a convoy down the streets Baghdad and a shoot house full of bad guys and hostages.

Paired with 11 U.S. Army Operational Test Command (OTC) mentors, some students left considering a career as an Army Civilian employee.

“I’d love to work somewhere like this, doing the testing and the analysis,” said Melanie A. Peavy, a student at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

“I learned a lot about testing and I’m actually super excited. You get to see all of the work that’s put into it, but you also get to make sure it’s going to work for the military in the field and it’s going to perform the way they designed it to,” continued the future aerospace engineer.

“They’re fighting for us,” said Peavy. “I’m not over there fighting but if I was, I would want something that works.”

One OTC mentor with nearly 20 years in operational testing said he talked with students about how their degree paths can open up opportunities to work at OTC or the Army in general.

“They ask a lot of questions about opportunities in the Army and how things work,” said Bill McKiernan, a senior test plans manager in OTC’s Maneuver Test Directorate.

“I hope they get an appreciation for service to their nation,” he continued. “It’s a valuable service that we do that contributes to defending the nation and freedom around the world. It’s not about the money; it’s about job satisfaction. It’s a great place to work. It’s a great place to serve.”

Most students heard about OTC’s Career Orientation Day by receiving an email through their school’s career center.

“I have always been a history buff and always been interested in the military side of things,” said Brent E. Smith, a junior studying electrical engineering at the College Station campus of Texas A&M University.

“So it’s really awesome to see the Grey Eagle and the M1 Abrams Tank – you know, things you always see on TV, and to actually be able to see them in real life, how they operate and to see the engineering side of it. You get to think about, ‘O.K. How can we improve this? What kind of data and analytics do we look at to improve this system to save lives?’”

Smith said, “I would love to be a civilian engineer working on these types of projects. It would be a great opportunity for me because I’ve always had a passion for these types of things.”

OTC’s Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff Col. Fred Snyder told the students the Army could use their youth and knowledge.

“The way the world works today, the work force we have is extremely skilled, but we need some new brain power and new energy for the future,” he said. “We must invest now to test for the future, and ladies and gentlemen, you are the future.”

Snyder presented the students the idea of how their fields of study could be applied in support of the military and government.

A tanker himself, he talked about how the M1 Abrams tank was first tested in 1980, and is still used today.

“That M1 right there, dating all the way back to 1980, we still use that tank today with several upgrades making it more lethal than it has ever been, and every one of those upgrades have been tested by OTC,” he explained.

“As you get ready to graduate,” he said, “I want you to think about this. Do you want to go and work for an organization that has a real mission, has a real purpose, has a modest and consistent paycheck, where you add value to the organization, or do you want to graduate and chase money for an unreliable paycheck. A lot of young folks today have the education but only see dollar signs, and wonder why they are miserable all the time, or why they are unemployed.”

OTC actively recruits from some of the top area colleges and universities and is looking for Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics talent, to diversify the future workforce.

Students from Texas A&M University College Station, University of Texas San Antonio, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Texas A&M University Central Texas, and University of Texas Austin attended the event.

For job postings in the world of operational testing go to USAJOBS.gov and search for “ATEC.”

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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 provide data on 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.

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program will host its 43rd Mega Career Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Club Hood with more than 180 vendors representing more than 20,000+ employment opportunities.

The event is open to all job seekers, Soldiers, spouses and civilians. Non DOD ID card holders must obtain a pass from the Marvin Leath Visitors center prior to coming on post.

Parking at Club Hood is reserved for handicapped and career fair support personnel only. Job seekers may park at Hood Stadium (off Clear Creek); on 22nd & 23rd Streets (East of First Army Division West Head Quarters) between Battalion and Old Battalion Avenues; or at the Warrior Way Exchange. Free shuttle service runs continuous from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., signs are placed strategically to direct job seekers to parking and to Club Hood.

The Mega Career Fair is free and requires no registration for job seekers. For more information, call (254) 288-5627.

Media who would like to cover this event should register here. On Jan. 14, media covering the event should meet public affairs at 9:30 a.m. in the Southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

 

KILLEEN, TX — The 1st Cavalry Division is proud to announce Christmas with the Cav, which consists of two concerts held in Killeen and Copperas Cove and features local high school students playing with the 1st Cavalry Division Band.

The first concert is scheduled for 19 December, at 7 p.m. at the Grace Christian Center in Killeen.

The second is scheduled for 20 December at 7 p.m. at the Lea Ledger Auditorium in Copperas Cove.

Media are invited to attend. If you RSVP we will look for you at the event and facilitate interviews for you.

Media can RSVP to Lt. Col. Christopher Brautigam at christopher.r.brautigam.mil@mail.mil no later than 4 p.m. Thursday the 19th.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials are hosting Celebration of Love and Caliber Collision for their annual holiday gift giving event at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 here. 
In their 16th annual 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. The evening will culminate with a car provided by Caliber Collision being gifted to a Fort Hood Family.
III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commanding General, MG Ken Kamper along with President and founder of Celebration of Love, Tom Ramsey, will provide remarks. 
Media who wish to cover this event should call 254-449-5298 no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Media will meet a public affairs representatives at 5:15 p.m. in the southside parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center for an escort to the event.