FORT HOOD, Texas – The Warrior Way Commissary will reopen at 9 a.m. Oct. 7 after completing all needed repairs.
The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander directed the closure to ensure the continued health and safety of commissary patrons, contractors, and employees while work was being completed.
“Our directorate of public works team completed all repairs needed working hand in hand with Defense Commissary Agency officials. Public health officials inspected the work and cleared the way for the commissary’s reopening,” Col. Chad Foster, USAG Fort Hood commander said.
The Clear Creek Commissary will return to its normal operating schedule Tuesday through Sunday, being closed on Monday.
FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, its primary care clinics, and COVID-19 testing sites will modify hours Oct. 8-11 in observance of the Columbus 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 8 Oct. 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
Closed Friday – Monday, Oct., 8-11
Thomas Moore Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing (Active Duty only)
Friday, Oct., 8
Friday, Oct., 8
Bennett and Monroe pharmacies will be closed
All other pharmacies normal operating hours
Saturday, Oct., 9
Clear Creek PX Pharmacy
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All other pharmacies closed
Monday, Oct., 11
All pharmacies closed
All CRDAMC clinics and pharmacies will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Oct., 12.
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.
On Thursday, the Bell County Sheriff Department will present the Life Saving Award to three troopers from 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division for their actions on June 19, 2021, which led to saving the life of a fellow service member.
News media are invited to cover the awards presentation at 1 p.m. in the Howze Auditorium Theater, Building 33000 Legends Way (previously Battalion Ave).
Gate call is at 12 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact the following members of the 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs office:
FORT HOOD, Texas – The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (1ACB) chaplain and the behavioral health officer presented a pre-deployment spiritual readiness and behavioral health brief on Tuesday at the 1st Cavalry Division Memorial Chapel.
U.S. Army Capt. Robert Jackson, 1ACB chaplain, and U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Kim, Ph.D, brigade behavioral health officer, teamed up to arm Air Cav soldiers with the tools they need for personal readiness. The session topics included mental health, stress management, substance abuse deterrence, spiritual fitness, sleep quality, and tips for healthy relationships.
“If you put too much stress on your leg, it’s gonna break,” said Kim. “Mental stress is a similar concept. There could be external factors, but sometimes we do it to ourselves because we’re thinking about something too much. If we’re unable to handle the things we’re thinking about or emotionally reacting, that causes stress as a part of itself.”
During the session, soldiers were encouraged to interact with the presenters to foster a more open dialogue and consider their personal thoughts and experiences. Increasing awareness of resources available to them was one of the main reasons for the brief.
“We all come from different backgrounds and have our different beliefs,” said Jackson. “The brigade has people that are ready to help you deal with the stressors that you face. We provide resources to give you the strength to overcome life’s circumstances so you can accomplish the mission and do what needs to be done.”
The atmosphere at Memorial Chapel invited self-reflection and honest conversation. The location choice was no coincidence. Briefing in the chapel removed soldiers from their typical work environment and established a non-threatening tone for the event.
Jackson described chaplains as “mission enablers,” drawing a parallel with other critical mission support military occupations across the Army. “Helicopters don’t fly themselves. When you learn to overcome life’s circumstances, you can accomplish the mission, do what the Army needs you to do, and you can be better.”
Air Cav leaders are committed to suicide prevention through enhanced access to resources and information for all Soldiers and increased support to military families. Every life is valuable; there are people available when you need them.
For more information about the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, please contact Capt. Taylor Criswell, brigade public affairs officer, at email@example.com.
FORT HOOD, Texas – 3d Cavalry Regiment unveiled the sign outside the 19th Street Chapel, officially renaming it Lucky 16 Chapel in a brief ceremony Oct. 4, here.
The renaming is part of a holistic endeavor to spread the regiment’s brand throughout their area of responsibility on Fort Hood to pay homage to their long history, rooted in cavalry traditions.
“By renaming this chapel to the Lucky 16 Chapel today, we pay homage to our shared cavalry lineage,” said Col. Kevin D. Bradley, commander of the 3d Cavalry Regiment. “Whether our troopers gather on the lawn or inside these chapel walls, they will be doing it in the spirit of the cavalry and the Lucky 16,” he said.
With their regimental numbers combined, the 2d Cavalry Regiment, 3d Cavalry Regiment and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment equal 16. A Lucky 16 event occurs when at least two of the regiments are co-located or perform missions together.
The first gathering occurred in 1979 when 2d Cavalry Regiment and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment began a close working relationship in Nuremburg, Germany, beginning a tradition known as the Lucky 13.
Years passed and relationships strengthened and expanded, eventually including the 3d Cavalry Regiment to form the Lucky 16. Only 11 previous Lucky 16 events have occurred since the tradition began in 1979.
“Lucky 16 is about preserving and remembering our history,” said Bradley. “Building camaraderie through stories of past deployments, past gatherings, and strengthening our bond as members of these diverse, inclusive, and adaptive regiments,” he continued.
Several members of all the Lucky 16 regiments were present at the ceremony, including Col. Todd Hook, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Commander and former commander of 3d Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Billy Graham, a former member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the current deputy chaplain for III Corps, delivered the invocation for the ceremony.
Many others attended the Oct. 4 ceremony also have deep cavalry history, yet one is unique.
Sergeant Major Jaime Rubio, the operations sergeant major for the 3d Cavalry Regiment has served in all three of the Lucky 16 regiments, recently arrived to Fort Hood.
“I am very happy to have served in all of the Lucky 16 regiments,” said Rubio. “I look forward to serving with everyone in the regiment and am humbled to carrying on the traditions of the cavalry, ‘Blackhorse’, ‘Dragoons’ and the ‘Brave Rifles,’ he continued.
Though there has not been an official Lucky 16 gathering since 2019, the next gathering is already in the making. 3d Cavalry Regiment will travel to Fort Irwin next summer for their scheduled training.
“Today is a down payment on May of 2022 where we will reconvene at Fort Irwin on the back side of the regiment’s National Training Center rotation,” said Bradley.
3d Cavalry Regiment staff, leaders and families helped make several improvements inside and outside the newly renamed Lucky 16 Chapel prior to the Oct. 4 ceremony, including landscaping, painting walls and hanging Lucky 16 memorabilia on the chapel walls.
There is also a special room inside Lucky 16 Chapel – a lactation room for nursing mothers- that provides a safe, private space where mothers can bond with their babies during the duty day, further fostering an inclusive environment throughout the regiment.
“…Being a mother and a soldier is something that must be supported if we are to achieve the culture we strive for,” said Bradley.
Chapels and affiliated services are an integral part of soldier support and building cohesive teams in the Army.
“The Chaplain Corps is older than the Army,” said retired Colonel Greg Schannep, a former 2d Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment chaplain.
“You wear the uniform, you do physical training with them, so there’s that automatic bond,” Schannep said. “Sometimes you have to go to them, because they can’t or won’t come to the chapel…so it was a blessing to be able to do that,” he continued. Schannep retired in 2004 after serving 28 years as an Army chaplain.
Cavalry is more than just its meaning. It guides all the Lucky 16 regiments in their daily lives and missions.
“Cavalry isn’t a branch or a unit, it’s a mindset, said Bradley. “It is about bringing all branches, all backgrounds, all experiences under the symbol of the cross sabers to form a lethal, combined arms team capable of tackling the toughest of mission in any terrain on any given day,” he continued.
WICHITA, Ks. — Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun was captured by enemy forces on Nov. 2, 1950 when he volunteered to stay behind to care for wounded Soldiers.
On Sept. 25, 2021, he finally returned home. This past week, leaders from 1st Cavalry Division travelled to Kansas to give Chaplain Kapaun a hero’s welcome along with thousands of others as the chaplain’s remains were carried onto US. soil.
“Chaplain Kapaun’s remains remained in North Korea and Hawaii for 70 years, “said Maj. Gen. John Richardson, commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division. “Today and this week was symbolic, and the division will never forget our fallen comrade,”
Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on April 11, 2013 by President Barak Obama for his actions during the Korean War. Eight years later, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting announced that Kapaun’s remains had been positively identified after being previously interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a grave marked as unknown.
Chaplain Kapaun was born in Pilsen, Kansas. He left his hometown on Dec. 16, 1949, to serve with the post-World War II peacekeeping forces. He first arrived in Yokohama, Japan where he joined the 1st Cavalry Division and was later assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment in June 1950.
Shortly after his arrival Japan, North Korea fighters invaded South Korea and Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division were amongst the first to assist.
As the 8th Cav fought through North Korea, Chaplain Kapaun continued his duties by tending to the Soldiers’ welfare and spiritual needs. He also risked his own life to render medical aid, pray with the wounded and bury the dead.
“He was a chaplain, but he was a leader chaplain.” Richardson said. “He put his Soldiers before himself. He put his fellow men before himself and that inspired those around him. That inspiration is what helps a unit make it through the tough times.
“That is something we can all walk away with, the idea that your personal presence and inspiring people through your presence is a powerful leadership lesson,” Richardson added.
As the 3-8 CAV drew closer to the Chinese border, they were oblivious to the 125,000 Chinese fighters already in the country and encircling their location.
“An enemy infiltration overran 3-8 CAV’s command post,” said Lt. Col. Nicholas Sinclair, commander, the current 3-8 CAV commander. As command and control broke down across the battlefield, Kapaun helped rescue more than 30 wounded Soldiers and ministered to countless others.”
Chaplain Kapaun stayed back to care for wounded Soldiers and let himself get captured knowing well that he would become a prisoner of war.
The Code of Conduct did not exist until after the Korean War. The experience of Kapaun and other POWs helped shape the current policy.
“The 1st Cavalry Division owes a debt of gratitude to Chaplain Kapaun and his family,” said Command Sgt .Maj. Shade Munday, command sergeant major, 1st Cavalry Division. “We are thankful to have him back home after 70 years. His heroism and sacrifice for our country will never be forgotten.
“1st Cavalry Division will continue to highlight his legacy and honor his memory as a Cav Trooper. The Kapaun family has our continued support and our eternal gratitude,” Munday added.
Chaplain Kapaun died as POW on May 23, 1951 after falling ill and forced to isolated from other captives. POWs who remember Kapaun credit their survival to the chaplain, who would often sneak out of camp and risk his own life to get them extra food.
“Chaplain Kapaun provided spiritual resistance that was absolutely necessary in the prisoner of war camp, by doing so he made himself a target.” Sinclair said. “The Chinese saw what kind of influence he was within the camp and because of his actions he was held in solitary confinement.”
For more than 70 years Chaplain Kapaun’s remains were unidentified, as many Soldiers still are to this day. But on Sep. 25, hundreds of people watched form the windows and flight line of Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport as an American Airlines flight landed with Kapaun’s remains. He was accompanied by his family from Hawaii, who long awaited his return.
That same day a motorcade carrying Chaplain Kapaun’s remains traveled to a the small town of Pilsen, Kansas, Kapaun’s hometown. The road leading to his home parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, was lined by veterans and locals with American flags to welcome him home.
The 1st Cavalry Division was also there to honor Chaplain Kapaun both as a beloved priest in the community and as an American hero. Several events were planned for the community to visit Chaplain Kapaun’s remains from Sept. 25–29, to include a vigil and Mass that thousands attended just outside Wichita, Kansas
Then on Sept. 29, thousands of friends and followers lined the streets of downtown Wichita as Chaplain Kapaun’s remains were escorted by horse-drawn caisson to his final resting place.
“It’s absolutely powerful to me as a member of 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, that we are able to be here in person and honor him with our color guard,” Sinclair said.
His remains will remain entombed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception where the community can come visit him.
“I draw strength and determination form those who came before us and I don’t think you can draw much more strength than from Chaplain Kapaun,” said Richardson. “He was a role model for all of us, an inspiration.”
By Capt. Taylor Criswell
1st Air Cavalry Brigade Public Affairs Officer
FORT HOOD, Texas – Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st Air Cavalry Brigade finishes People First Action Week recognizing outstanding individual soldier contributions.
Capt. Trevor Schmitt, commander of HHC, held a close-out formation Oct. 1 near the brigade headquarters to wrap up a vigorous week full of personnel, equipment and family readiness activities. Each soldier selected for recognition was introduced by their supervisor who took a moment before the coins were presented to tell the formation why they selected that particular trooper.
“Hard work pays off, but nobody’s going to tell you when,” said Schmitt. “They didn’t know they were getting a coin. They didn’t know they were getting an award. They’re [working this hard] because they have that flag on their shoulder and U.S. Army on their chest.”
The care and pride that each NCO felt for their troopers was abundantly clear. Several section non-commissioned officers (NCO) nominated troops to be recognized based on their high levels of individual contribution to the unit. Without hesitation or reservation, each NCO vividly described the work ethic and mission dedication of their soldiers.
“It takes a lot of work to move this brigade out the door and it does not happen without the work of everybody in this formation,” said Schmitt. “I know you guys have been working your tails off and it’s due time that we recognize a lot of the star performers that we have here today.”
At the conclusion of the presentation, the unit promoted young Pvt. Tristan Wade to private first class. Wade’s first line supervisor, Spc. Braylon Estis proudly changed out the rank on his battle-buddy’s chest and patrol cap.
For more information about the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, please contact Capt. Taylor Criswell, Brigade Public Affairs Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story by: 1st Lt. Hayley Haka, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade Public Affairs Officer
FORT HOOD, Texas – Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, returned to the place he calls home to celebrate with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (1ACB).
In honor of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 100th birthday, Gabram visited Fort Hood on Sept. 22 to attend 1ACB’s alumni social gathering sponsored by the Army Aviation Association of America. Lt. Gen. Gabram was the “Air Cav” commander from 2008 to 2010. He also served 1st Cav. Div. as the chief of staff and deputy commander.
“Central Texas is home for my family,” Gabram said, looking out at the rows of the impressive aircraft of 1ACB. “We spent 16 years collectively at Fort Hood and loved every one.”
Though it has been 11 years since Gabram commanded 1ACB, he is still proud of the legacy he left on the “Air Cav.” That legacy is most easily seen on every helicopter 1ACB flies. While under Gabram’s leadership, each helicopter in the formation was adorned with a bright yellow 1CD patch.
“When you have a helicopter providing close air support or coming in to pick you up, and you can see that patch on it, you know you’re in good hands,” said Gabram, on his motivation to bring back the tradition.
His love for 1ACB was evident in the time he spent advising its senior leaders in a professional development session held prior to the social gathering at Fort Hood’s Gen. Richard Cavazos Mission Training Complex.
“1st Cav is all about its people. The Soldiers I led in my time here are what made Fort Hood so special to me and my family,” said Gabram. “Taking care of my Soldiers and their families is what still means the most to me when I look back on my time here.”
During the alumni social, Gabram reconnected with retired Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Vela. The command duo led the “Air Cav” during a combat rotation to Iraq in 2009. The bond they formed during that time is clearly still present more than a decade later.
For more information about the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, please contact Capt. Taylor Criswell, Brigade Public Affairs Officer, at email@example.com.
FORT HOOD, Texas – About 30 troopers from 3d Cavalry Regiment took a break from their daily military lives and headed to Waco for some horseback riding, Sept. 24.
3d Cavalry Regiment unit ministry teams take turns planning monthly resiliency and spiritual fitness events, designed to give their troopers an opportunity to get away from Fort Hood for a day of fun, relaxation and resiliency.
The troopers spent the day at Brazos Bluff Ranch in Waco, getting acquainted with the horses and later going for a horseback ride while discussing ways to cope with daily stressors of work, life and family.
“The purpose of these events is to build resiliency and camaraderie among the troopers and to give them the day off so they don’t have to worry about military responsibilities and duties,” said Captain Rohan Simpson, the Regimental Engineer Support Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment chaplain.
The events are free to troopers, and are very popular throughout the regiment.
“Often, we get more troopers signed up than we can can support,” said Simpson. “These events tend to be very popular and troopers will often sign up before they even know where or what the event is.”
Troopers complete a survey at the end of each event to help unit ministry teams plan and refine future events.
A post-event, anonymous survey revealed a rather interesting take on the Sept. 24 event, highlighting how inclusive they are for all members of the regiment, regardless of spiritual beliefs or practices.
“Though I am not religious, I believe it is crucial to make these types of events available to be around nature and even animals. This was very fulfilling and I am glad I signed up,” a trooper wrote on a survey.
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FORT HOOD, Texas — Earlier today, Brigadier General Thomas C. Friloux, director of the Louisiana National Guard joint staff, presented troopers from Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment with the Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Medal in a ceremony here. Before pinning the medals to each trooper’s lapel, Friloux thanked the troopers for all of their hard work helping the people of Louisiana recover from the devastation left in Hurricane Ida’s wake.“I can’t thank you enough…but the things you did for Louisiana in our time of need will never be forgotten,” said Brig. Gen. Friloux, the director of the Louisiana National Guard joint staff.
45 troopers from the Regimental Support Squadron deployed to Thibodaux, Louisiana Sept. 3, joining soldiers from 61st Quartermaster Battalion, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command as part of the 180-person Task Force Truck response team.
While deployed, Task Force Truck supported Federal Emergency Management Agency and Defense Security Cooperation Agency relief efforts, providing much-needed aid to the people and communities of Louisiana after Hurricane Ida swept through several parishes, causing extensive damage to the area.
“You stayed in some of the most devastated areas of Louisiana, helping us in our time of need, when most of the Louisiana National Guard was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq” said Friloux.
3d Cavalry Regiment and Fort Hood leaders were also present at the ceremony and were equally appreciate of their troopers’ outstanding and timely support to the Louisiana community.
“Members of Task Force Truck, thank you for your hard work. I know the people of Louisiana appreciate the effort you poured into the communities,” said Ltc. Octavia Davis, commander of the Regimental Support Squadron. “I know that you went to areas that were hard to traverse, but you got through,” she also said.
The III Corps command sergeant major, Command Sergeant Major Arthur “Cliff” Burgoyne, a native of Slidell, Louisiana began his Army career in the Louisiana National Guard in 1986, and provided similar disaster response support when Hurricane Andrew swept through Louisiana in 1992.
“I did this same thing when Andrew hit. I’ve been there. What you did down there was incredible and I know you ate well while you were there,” Burgoyne said.
Friloux presented over 100 soldiers from 61st Quartermaster Battalion their medals in a separate ceremony, held Sept. 29 here.
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