VA announces $8M for adaptive sports for disabled veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week the availability of up to $8 million in grant funding to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled service members.

The new program provides grants to eligible entities to plan, develop, manage and implement appropriate adaptive sports activities. Funding may be used for such things as training, program development, equipment, recreation therapists, coaches, sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation and other activities related to program implementation and operation. Get the details at

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Good Neighbors inducted on post

Three community members were inducted as III Corps and Fort Hood Good Neighbors during a dinner July 22 at Club Hood. Lee Callan, John Crutchfield and William Parry III were added to the list of 45 people to earn the title since its inception in 1996.

Callan, a civilian fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot, not only opened his ranch to the 21st Cavalry Brigade for training, the security forces assistance program and more, but he also encouraged neighboring ranchers to do the same.

Crutchfield, president of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, played a large part in establishing an excellent understanding and partnership between the on- and off-post community, and is the current president of the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

Parry is the executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, a Killeen-based nonprofit organization that advocates Fort Hood and all defense-related industries, institutions and organizations in the Central Texas region. He also is a former Fort Hood garrison commander.

Rose L. Thayer

Fort Hood soldier dies from illness

Officials released Friday the name of a soldier who died from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wis., died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

He entered active-duty service in October 2012 as an armor crew member. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since April 2013.

Hamilton was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2013 to March. Hamilton’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Vanessa Lynch

13th Sustainment changes command

Maj. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr. relinquished command of the 13th Sustainment Command to Col. (promotable) Rodney D. Fogg during a ceremony July 23.

Fogg previously served as the executive officer for the commander of the materiel command in Alabama. This is his first time stationed at Fort Hood, and he is joined by his wife, Janie, and one of their three daughters.

Commissioned in 1987 at East Tennessee State University, Fogg has deployed twice to Iraq, once to Haiti and once to Somalia.

“I’m absolutely honored to stand before you today,” Fogg said. “We are so privileged to take command of the 13th Sustainment Command ... humbly stepping up beside those leaders and soldiers who established and sustained the unit’s outstanding reputation and history.”

LeMasters moved to serve as deputy chief of staff for logistics and operations for the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Read the full story at

Rose L. Thayer

Fort Hood honors 29 civilians for actions in April 2 shooting

Army officials recognized 29 civilians last week for their actions during the April 2 shooting that left four dead and 16 injured. The honored civilians included employees of the Directorate of Emergency Services who worked as police officers, firefighters and 911 dispatchers at the time of the shooting.

The individuals were recognized for their contributions to Fort Hood’s response in a moment of crisis.

A total of 13 people received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, eight people were awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, and an additional eight individuals received the U.S. Army Garrison Certificate of Appreciation. According to DES officials, 80 people within DES were identified for some type of award. Read the full story at

Chris McGuinness

After-action review on water shortage

The July 12 water main break may have shut down post for a day, causing thousands of soldiers and Army contractors to not report to work, but Directorate of Public Works Director Brian Dosa said he was proud of the response of leaders and residents.

“It was a good decision not to bring in (all personnel),” Dosa said Friday. “We did a tremendous job working through this crisis with the corps leadership.”

Post officials are conducting after-action reviews to determine ways to improve response should another water crisis occur. In August, Dosa said he will meet with the water district that supplies Fort Hood. Read full story at

Rose L. Thayer

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