Fort Hood range cemeteries open Memorial Day weekend

The Fort Hood live-fire training areas’ cemeteries will be open for Memorial Day visits from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday for families and others.

No vehicle passes will be required for these visits. Range operations will have guides available to assist families and monitor cemeteries.

Signs will be posted along roads giving directions to the cemeteries.

Roads that may be used to get to the cemeteries are East Range, Hubbard, West Range and Owl Creek roads.

For access to the cemeteries or more information, call Fort Hood Range Operations at 254-287-3130 or 3321.

Rose L. Thayer

Soldier gets six years of probation for Starlite Station arson

BELTON — A Fort Hood soldier was sentenced to probation last week in connection with an arson at a local night club.

Spc. Jacob H. Lugmayer, 20, of 3rd Cavalry Regiment, was sentenced by Judge Martha Trudo to six years deferred probation, according to court records.

Lugmayer and another man, 34-year-old William R. Twist, were arrested and charged with arson in connection with multiple fires set in December at Starlite Station nightclub on South Fort Hood Street.

The fires caused minor to moderate damage to the manager’s office and other areas in the facility, according to a statement from the Killeen Police Department. Lugmayer told police the fires were set to cover up a burglary of the club.

Lugmayer pleaded guilty April 29.

Twist pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to five years of deferred probation April 1.

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Chris McGuinness

Federal investigators: Fort Hood man tried to smother child

WACO — A 23-year-old Fort Hood man will remain in jail while awaiting trial after investigators said he tried to smother a small child earlier this month.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ruled Tuesday that Charles Anthony Bartley will remain in jail without bond as he waits to face a felony charge of assaulting a minor with a deadly weapon. According to a criminal complaint, Bartley attempted to smother his 14-month-old stepson with a pillow May 7.

The child’s mother said she walked down the stairs to find Bartley forcing the child’s face into a pillow.

Bartley stopped what he was doing, left the residence and turned himself in to military police.

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Chris McGuinness

MOAA gets update on new Darnall hospital construction

KILLEEN — Lt. Col. Michael Williams provided an update of the $534 million facility set to replace the Fort Hood hospital next year to members of the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America during the club’s monthly meeting Friday.

The new Darnall is 60 percent larger than the current facility built in 1965 to support a post population of about 17,000, said Williams, a project manager for the western region of the U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency.

At nearly 1 million square feet, the building features easy navigation among the clinics, a pneumatic tube system to transport everything from medical samples to trash, pharmaceutical robotics to mitigate medication errors and four healing gardens.

Construction should finish in November, after which crews can begin to move in the 54,000 pieces of equipment purchased for the hospital, Williams said. Then, staff training will begin.

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Rose L. Thayer

Carter confident 2009 shooting victims will get Purple Hearts

KILLEEN — Members of Congress and the local community came together Monday to solidify their support for the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shootings.

“Fairness is coming; it’s going to happen, because it’s got to,” Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, said standing before the site of the planned Nov. 5 memorial near the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

He was joined by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, and retired Lt. Col. Allen West, a former congressman from Florida and Fox News contributor, in calling for Purple Heart medals and related compensation for the wounded and the surviving family members of the 13 killed that day. The legislation, which was added to the National Defense Authorization Act, would also call the shooting an act of terrorism instead of workplace violence.

This is the third time Carter has attempted to pass the legislation through the authorization act.

“We will continue until we see medals pinned upon the breasts of those who deserve them,” Carter said.

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Rose L. Thayer

Foul play not suspected in Fort Hood soldier’s death in Kosovo on May 9

No evidence of foul play was found during the ongoing investigation into Staff Sgt. Heidi Ruh’s death in Kosovo, officials said Friday. Ruh’s body was found May 9 by a civilian at a running track at Camp Bondsteel, according to the Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East. The 32-year-old was a Fort Hood soldier deployed to Camp Bondsteel.

As the investigation continues, foul play is not suspected, but not ruled out, said Chris Grey, spokesman for U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in Quantico, Va. No further information is being released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigative process, he added.

Rose L. Thayer

Sec. of Army discusses strategic capabilities in Europe

WIESBADEN, Germany — The soldiers of U.S. Army Europe had the opportunity Friday to gain Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh’s insights into the command’s strategic capabilities and activities in Poland and the Baltics.

McHugh’s time at the U.S. Army Europe headquarters is part of a broader visit to U.S. Army locations in Europe that includes observing a large-scale, multinational training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, and a firsthand look at paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade training with Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian allies across the Baltics. The exercise has taken on added significance in light of recent actions by Russia in Ukraine. Members of 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team are participating in the exercise.

Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., Army Europe commander and a former Fort Hood commander, highlighted USAREUR’s essential role in supporting multiple geographic combatant commands with strategic access and facilitation not only for Europe, but for units deploying worldwide.

Sgt. Daniel Cole, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

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