FORT HOOD, Texas – A major winter storm swept over Texas, leaving millions of residents without power, water and food for several days.

As a result of 205 consecutive hours of freezing and below temperatures, power grids and water treatment facilities were crippled with failures and burst pipes, leaving people stranded in freezing homes and rapidly running out of groceries and fresh water. Fort Hood maintained electricity and water throughout the storm, yet some Soldiers and their families residing in Fort Hood housing and barracks experienced storm-related outages. Most Fort Hood Soldiers and civilian employees reside in surrounding communities that were severely impacted by the storm.

Though the devastation is widespread, service members, families and communities have shown profound resiliency and team work to help each other weather this catastrophic event. Included in this release are examples of the volunteerism, selfless service and efforts of Fort Hood Soldiers to help weather the storm.

Media are welcome to report on these stories and share the imagery courtesy of the U.S. Army.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images were saved from Fort Hood unit social media pages. Higher resolution photos are not available. 


Soldier delivers firewood to neighbors

Staff Sgt. David Guzman, a native of The Bronx, N.Y., from 96th Transportation Company, 553d Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, delivered several truck loads of firewood to families without heat and power in the Copperas Cove area.

(Source: Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/553DCombatSustainmentSupportBattalion/posts/3647610515351467

For more information related to this story, contact the 1st Cavalry Division public affairs office at [email protected].

 

 


“Always Ready” Soldier helps his fellow Soldiers, people displaced by hotel fire

Over the last week, Staff Sgt. Marquis Fuse, a native of Williamstown, N.J., of 303d Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade sacrificed his time to assist Soldiers through the storm. Staff Sgt. Fuse and his family also opened their home to a fellow Soldier and his family because the storm knocked out their power. Taking it a step further, Staff Sgt. Fuse allowed Soldiers to store food in his extra freezer and transporting clothing and supplies to others in need.

Following the fire at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Killeen on Feb. 19, 2021, Staff Sgt. Fuse at a local church hosting displaced hotel guests, helping direct donations to their right places and keeping close accountability of people in the church, helping the emergency services personnel ensure all were safely accounted for.

(Source: Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=742406446422559&id=600232330639972

For more information related to this story, contact the 504th EMIB public affairs office at [email protected].


Trooper delivers firewood around the community

Sgt. Jerry Ellis, a native of Bradenburg, Ky., of Ghostrider Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment made firewood runs for his neighbors and Troopers to keep their homes warm.

(Source: 3rd Cavalry Regiment)

https://www.facebook.com/3dUSCAV/photos/a.10152107398491450/10159101284051450/

For more information related to this story, contact the 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs at [email protected].


Trooper takes quick action to keep buddy safe

Spc. Hayden Allen, a native of Mansfield, Texas, from Pioneer Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment, noticed a broken pipe in his friend’s room and immediately took action to fix it. Spc. Allen’s teammate was not in his barracks room the pipe burst, so Spc. Allen truly embodies putting people first by keeping an eye on his fellow Troopers’ barracks while they’re away.

(Source: Instagram)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLewXj4h-FT/?igshid=zr2stxnv1ob4

For more information related to this story, contact the 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs at [email protected].


Soldier braves the cold to keep Soldiers informed and safe

Spc. Dayna Fyffe, a native of Pahokee, Fla., from Bravo Company, 303d Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, helped over 200 Soldiers across the “Always Ready” brigade stay warm and safe while also helping place over 75 work orders through Fort Hood’s Directorate of Public Works. When the roads buildings were virtually inaccessible, Spc. Fyffe showed outstanding initiative by keeping Soldiers and DPW updated on work order statuses and being the eyes and ears on the ground when no one else could be there.

(Source: Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=740589243270946&id=600232330639972

For more information related to this story, contact the 504th EMIB public affairs office at [email protected].


Troopers keep each other fed and warm

Staff Sgt. Ryan Sorcelli and Mrs. Sorcelli and family, natives of Lancaster, Calif., made daily trips to the Field Artillery Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment barracks with hot food for the Troopers and dropping off wood for Troopers off-post to heat their homes.

(Source: Instagram)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLdW2PahC0_/?igshid=1jls7cwzd8chz 

For more information related to this story, contact the 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs at [email protected].


BBQ delivered to 300 troops in barracks

Spc. Brenden Pickles, of Hillsbourgh, Ore., from 3d Cavalry Regiment, coordinated with a local non-profit organization Hogs for a Cause to deliver over 300 plates of barbecue and the fixings so Troopers didn’t go hungry. Many dining facilities on Fort Hood experienced intermittent power and water outages, causing many Troopers to seek meals from other sources.

(Source: Instagram)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLfmGcYBA8a/?igshid=1mszssela1thw

For more information related to this story, contact the 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs at [email protected].

 


Cavalry troopers partner with the community to drive out hunger

Troopers from the 1st Armored Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division volunteered their time to provide meals to over 400 families at the Food Care Center in Killeen, Texas on Feb. 21, 2021. Much of the brigade is deployed to Europe, but their families and fellow troopers back home are taking care of each other and their community

(Source: Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/194101230213/posts/10164593918075214/?d=n

For more information related to this story, contact the 1st Cavalry Division public affairs office at [email protected].


Trooper and his pup help deliver food

Private 1st Class Tobey Bolinger, a native of Puyallup, Wash., of Echo Company, 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division laced up his boots and packed his rucksack full of groceries to deliver among his neighboring Fort Hood village for a family with a 14-month old baby. But not before grabbing his pooch to come along for the trek.

(Source: Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/202369659514/posts/10159406254049515/?d=n

For more information related to this story, contact the 1st Cavalry Division public affairs office at [email protected].

 


Engineers split wood to help the community

Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Battalion braved the wintry conditions to provide firewood for residents without power to keep their homes warm.

(Source: Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/333331857077/posts/10157937584687078/?d=n

For more information related to this story, contact the 36th Engineer Brigade public affairs office at [email protected].