Fort Hood News Archive

FORT HOOD, Texas – The III Armored Corps hosted eight representatives during a Congressional delegation visit Sept. 18.

Members from the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee of Oversight and Reform met with junior enlisted Soldiers and junior enlisted spouses, received updates from command teams, Department of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and the Fort Hood Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program.

“The past several months have been difficult and challenging at Fort Hood,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, III Corps deputy commanding general.

“We will work collectively with our communities, Fort Hood units, U.S. Army Forces Command, the Department of the Army and our elected officials to address these complex and challenging issues,” said Richardson.

Members of the congressional delegation included Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif; Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas; Rep. Gilbert Cisneros, D-Calif.; Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.; Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass.; Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas; and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

FORT HOOD, Texas – The III Armored Corps is ready to support the congressional delegation that is scheduled to visit Fort Hood on Sept. 18.

Members from the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee of Oversight and Reform are visiting Fort Hood to meet with Soldiers and leadership teams to receive information on several high-profile events that have happened on the installation over the past several months.

“We are fully committed to supporting the congressional delegation and having an open discussion with the congressional members about the recent events at Fort Hood,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, III Corps Deputy Commanding General.

“Our goal is to provide them detailed information to ensure they have a full understanding of the challenges facing Fort Hood, and what we are doing right now to address the issues,” said Richardson.

Members of the congressional delegation include Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif; Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas; Rep. Gilbert Cisneros, D-Calif.; Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.; Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass.; Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas; and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

Media who wish to cover this press conference should be in the southside parking lot of the visitors center for setup at the Fort Hood sign by 4:30 p.m. Broadcast media should be prepared to use XLR cable to plug into our multbox for sound.

FORT HOOD, Texas — “Rumors of an active shooter on Fort Hood are false; no shots were fired.

An active duty Soldier made homicidal threats towards his leadership and is currently in custody by Fort Hood law enforcement officers.

Again, no shots have been fired and an active shooter situation did not occur on Fort Hood.” said Tom Rheinlander, Director, Fort Hood Public Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command will host their 55th birthday celebration Sept. 21-25.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect how Fort Hood, Texas and the rest of the nation operates, this year’s celebration will be conducted virtually.

This year, the 13th Corps Support Command Association, community partners, families and current and past 13th ESC Soldiers will participate in a virtual fun run Sept. 21 and a cake cutting ceremony on Sept. 23.

On Sept. 25, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the 13th ESC Memorial. The wreath laying honors the 111 Soldiers and Airmen who lost their lives in defense of the nation while serving with 13th ESC since 9/11.

Also on Sept. 25, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, who was assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion, will be inducted into the Sustainer HOF by Mr. Donnie Robinson, the 13th ESC Safety Officer. Ferguson was mortally wounded while barricading a conference room door from an attacker and sacrificing his own life to protect his fellow Soldiers.  His final act of valor saved the lives of 14 Soldiers and one civilian.

Although this year’s celebration will be conducted under COVID-19 conditions, having the celebration is important for the command.

“Being able to uphold the rich customs, courtesies and traditions the Army and this unit has experienced over decades helps maintain a sense of normalcy,” said Sgt. Maj. Erick Detrich, 13th ESC Operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge.

COVID-19 has been front-and-center since earlier in the year, and the 13th ESC and 1st Medical Brigade have spent the year supporting those efforts.

“On this, the 13th ESC’s 55th birthday, things are extremely different now than they were a year ago,” said Col. Matthew H. Ruedi, the 13th ESC Deputy Commander.  “Although COVID-19 continues to change the way we operate as an Army, the work our units have done since the early stages to combat this unpredictable enemy is inspiring and motivating.”

The 13th ESC was activated in Sept. 1965 and has been involved in campaigns such as; Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Calm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve (Iraq), Freedom Sentinel (Afghanistan) and Spartan Shield.

The unit has also embarked on numerous humanitarian and peacekeeping missions in Cuba as part of Operation Sea Signal V, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Strong Support as part of Joint Task Force-Bravo following Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Katrina/Rita hurricane relief efforts in the summer of 2005.

Whether supporting the community or warfighter at home or overseas, the 13th ESC has made an impact for 55 years.

“Everything our Soldiers and leaders have done in the past year has helped continue to build on the lasting legacy of our prestigious unit,” Ruedi said.  “Like those who served, fought and sustained the warfighter for 55 years, 13th ESC’s success would be impossible without them.”

Due to social distancing protocols, there will be limited attendance for the cake cutting ceremony and wreath laying.  Those wishing to view the events, please visit the 13th ESC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/13ESC.

 

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The 1st Cavalry Division announces that they will conduct M109A7 Paladin first fire on 16 September 2020.

 

The GREYWOLF Brigade, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, received the new M109A7 Paladin as part of the Army’s continued modernization efforts. The M109A7 Paladin is an enhanced artillery system that offers key-support for a variety of potential combat missions. The M109A7 Paladin includes upgrades to its hull, turret, engine and suspension systems to offer increased reliability, survivability and performance.

 

The first fire will begin around 10:00 a.m.

 

Media desiring to cover the first fire event must RSVP to Master Sgt. Miriam Espinoza at miriam.espinozatorres.mil@mail.mil no later than 3.p.m on Sep 15.

 

Media attending will conduct a COVID screening prior to entry on Fort Hood and must provide their own masks. Media will also be required to wear a helmet and vest for range safety, which will be provided upon arrival.

 

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 0835 a.m. for an escort to the event.

Air Defense Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, headquartered at Fort Bliss, Texas, provided invaluable data and observations during operational testing of the Army’s newest Integrated Air and Missile Defense System during August, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. (U.S. Army photo)

By Lt. Col. David P. McCoy, Test Division Chief, Air and Missile Defense Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, New Mexico — Air Defense Artillery Soldiers recently entered the last phase for operational testing of the newest Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) system.

The test, which validates the Army’s proposed command and control system for use with the Patriot Missile System, began in June 2020 and draws to a close during September.

“This new system will redefine the way that Patriot moves and fights on the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. Ashton Boyd, a missile defender with extensive knowledge of both Patriot and the new Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) currently under test.

“It provides an increased footprint for the coverage of selected strategic assets, as well as an enhanced infrastructure for tactical data communications.”

Boyd, along with other Air Defense Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, headquartered at Fort Bliss, Texas, provided invaluable data and observations to the test team as they exercised the new system’s combat mobility and modularity from August 24 to 28.

The IBCS, which is a key component of the AIAMD strategy, provides improved digital command and control capabilities for the battlefield commander that vastly expands his — and his staff’s — ability to plan for current and future operations.

As demonstrated in the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Air Defense Soldiers might be called upon to move their system one or more times during combat to meet changing requirements, both operational and strategic, in the fight against enemy air threats.

“At first, we were surprised by the increased time required to prepare the system for cross country movement to a new location, but it forced us to leave our comfort zone and use our assigned personnel in a more efficient manner,” said Sgt. Kevin Melancon, an Engagement Operator with the unit.

“The new capabilities the system brings to the table require upgraded equipment that now require the focus of the entire unit to support.”

Earlier in the week, 3rd Battalion Soldiers found the new drills and procedures both difficult and time-consuming to master in the plus-100 degrees Fahrenheit desert heat.

As the week progressed, the Soldiers adapted to the labor-intensive requirements of the system under test, and quickly developed confidence in their newly-acquired weapon system.

“I feel I can safely speak on behalf of my soldiers when I say that we had a great experience during the test,” said 1st Lt. Octavio Magana, Platoon Leader for Fire Control and Engagement Operations. “Everyone was enthusiastic and worked through all challenges as a team. Overall, the test made us a more cohesive unit.

“The IBCS is a game changer,” Magana added. “It improves our existing Patriot system with an increased decision-making capability and added time to better analyze data for incoming threats.”

FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division are scheduled to hold a ceremonial cake cutting to celebrate the division’s 99th birthday on Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters.

Media are invited to attend.

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to Master Sgt. Miriam Espinoza at miriam.espinozatorres.mil@mail.mil no later than 2 p.m. on Sept. 11.

All attending media must wear a mask and participate in a COVID-19 screening prior to post entry.

Attending media will meet their escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center in the media parking area no later than 7:45 a.m on Sept. 14.

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PV2 Corlton Chee and his family remain foremost in our thoughts. We honor his service and send our deepest condolences to his parents, sisters, fiancé, young sons, extended family and friends. The Chain of Command and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) have initiated an investigation as is required every time a Soldier dies unexpectedly. While we will strive to be as forthcoming and transparent as possible, we ask everyone to respect the Family’s privacy during this period of grief and to allow us time to conduct a comprehensive investigation.

Foul play is not suspected. At approximately 7 a.m. on Aug. 28, PV2 Chee was running during an early morning workout. He and the members of his 11-man platoon ran as a group to a specified location and were then released to run back to the starting point as fast as they could. The total distance of the run was approximately 2.2 miles. This type of activity is a normal part of everyday physical training in the Army. Witnesses stated PV2 Chee showed no signs of struggling and was running at the front of the group when he collapsed near the end of the run.

Immediately after PV2 Chee collapsed, unit personnel provided initial care until medics and then Emergency Medical Services arrived. Upon arrival, EMS assessed him to be unresponsive and without a pulse. They implemented advanced life saving measures until his circulation returned. He was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and assessed for potential causes of the event, determined to be critically ill, and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with Neurological consultation. On Aug. 29, PV2 Chee was transferred to a higher level care facility based on a worsening of his condition. In consultation with the family, he was transferred to Baylor Scott and White Neurological Intensive Care Unit, in Temple, TX for continued care on evening of Aug. 29.

The Chain of Command reached out to PV2 Chee’s family on the morning of Aug. 28 to inform them of the incident. His leadership made continued efforts to maintain contact with his family and support them through the trying time at the hospital. They continue reaching out to his family over the phone and will provide as much support and information as possible.

Army CID is working closely with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences to further understand the cause of this his death. It is too early in the process to draw any conclusions about why he collapsed or passed away.

The Chain of Command is planning a unit memorial to honor PV2 Chee’s life and service. The Chain of Command has invited his family to attend. With the family’s blessing, Soldiers and Leaders from PV2 Chee’s unit plan to attend his funeral in New Mexico to pay their respects.

We will continue to provide updated information to PV2 Chee’s family and the public as information becomes available.

There has been some confusion regarding the spelling of PV2 Chee’s first name. According to his official military records, his name is spelled Corlton and not Carlton.

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who passed away on Sept. 2 after collapsing following physical training on Aug. 28.
Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, 25, whose home of record is listed as Pinehill, New Mexico, entered the army in February 2020, as a Tank Crewman, and has been assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since July 2020.
Chee collapsed while conducting physical fitness training and was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on Aug. 28. He was then transported to Baylor Scott and White in Temple,TX on Aug. 30 where he passed away with his Family by his side. An autopsy is scheduled with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
The unit leadership will continue to provide support and assistance to his Family during this difficult time.
Chee’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
“Our team is devastated by the loss of Pvt. Chee. Corlton was an amazing Trooper and so full of life and potential.” said Lt. Col. Ron Sprang, commander of 2nd Bn. 12th Cav. Regt. “Every loss effects every single person in this Battalion because we a family of warriors, but this is exceptionally heartbreaking. The entire Thunderhorse team sends our condolences to his family members and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

This incident is currently under investigation.

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 have limited hours during the

Labor Day holiday weekend and will permanently change its normal operating hours after that.

The RDT will be closed Friday Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the holiday. It will be open Saturday Sept. 5 and Sunday Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Effective Sept. 8, the RDT new operating hours will be from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed on Saturdays.

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

Beneficiaries may schedule and cancel appointments and view COVID-19 and Influenza test results using TRICARE Online (TOL). Please visit www.tricareonline.com

 

 

 

 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.