KILLEEN — Two Fort Hood soldiers drove away with free rides Oct. 3 after a ceremony at Automax of Killeen.

Automax of Killeen, in partnership with the Association of the U.S. Army, presented two 2018 Ford Mustangs to two Fort Hood soldiers — the Fort Hood soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year. The soldiers are both part of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Sgt. Tyler Hamby, a Dallas resident who currently works in satellite communications for 1st Cavalry Division Artillery and the 2018 Fort Hood Soldier of the Year, was passionate about what drove him to success.

“I joined the Army in 2015,” Hamby said. “I needed direction in my life. And since I joined, I feel like I have come a long way and done a lot of growing.”

Hamby said he did not have a lot of positive role models in his life, which was also a forcing function for his desire to be successful.

“I want to be a positive role model for others,” Hamby said. “I did not have a lot of positive role models in my life.”

Staff Sgt. Dustin Nixon, a Dallas resident and infantryman with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is the 2018 Fort Hood NCO of the Year.

“The first thing I asked when I found out I was getting a car is, ‘What’s the price limit?’” Nixon said. “And I was excited about getting the car — Automax of Killeen is always showing support to our soldiers.”

William Curl, Automax of Killeen business manager, was proud to hand the keys to the two new Ford Mustang owners.

“It is a neat feeling — it is not every day you are given a new vehicle,” Curl said. “We wanted to show our appreciation for the things the soldiers do. Every year, we recognize their hard work, dedication and sacrifice.”

Automax of Killeen has been giving cars to the Fort Hood soldier and NCO of the year for the past seven years.

“This is a wow moment for these soldiers,” said Larry Phelps, president of Central Texas–Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. “This is another example of how Automax supports soldiers.”

In addition to receiving a car from Automax of Killeen, they received new Army dress uniforms and opportunities to participate in AUSA national activities.

“My advice for those who want to win is to put yourself out there — you aren’t going to lose anything,” Nixon said. “And who knows, you might get a free car.”

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