By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Fort Hood Herald
Fort Hood is set to celebrate Earth Fest Friday, a tradition that has lasted for more than 10 years.
In recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day, military families and the local communities are invited for a free day of fun from 3 to 11 p.m. at Hood Stadium.
People can enjoy free food and beverages provided by USO, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Redbull.
Other features of the event include environmental displays, the Budweiser Girls, inflatables, skydivers and lots of door prizes.
There will be four live bands, featuring Bugz with Friends, Maren Morris,Wicked Brew and Johnny Cooper.
It is an event for everyone: children, families and even single soldiers," said Christine Luciano, outreach coordinator for the Deapartment of Public Works' Environmental Division. "The best part is that it is all free."
Also during the event, Fort Hood will be presented the Secretary of the Army Sustainability Award for its Tree City USA designation by the Texas Forest Service.
The post is also being recognized for its memorandum of understanding with the cities of Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and Gatesville for the Sustainable Communities Initiative, in which all work together to develop and achieve regional environmental goals.
A ceremonial tree planting will take place in recognition of Arbor Day.
The event will also feature 35 environmental presenters for about 1,000 fifth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from the surrounding communities.
Hood Stadium is closed to the public during the school event, Luciano said.
She said the division has many programs that focus on enhancing mission readiness and environmental excellence at Fort Hood.
"The Environmental Division takes advantage of opportunities to educate and engage soldiers and their families to take responsibility for improving their community and serving as environmental stewards," she went on to say.
"Fort Hood has a sustainable mind set that supports the Army's mission, today, while preparing for tomorrow's challenge. It is all about working together to help make the green Army stay green."
It takes community involvement, she said, and Earth Fest is an opportunity everyone to learn about how they can make small changes in their daily routine to help the environment.
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