The 1st Cavalry Division’s command team engaged community leaders across Central Texas during May and June, with the goal of re-establishing old connections, educating area leaders on division operations, and thanking the cities and towns for their support.

Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, division commander, Brig. Gen. Douglas Gabram, deputy commander for support, and Col. Viet Luong, deputy commander for maneuver, briefed members of Central Texas chambers of commerce in Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Georgetown, Salado, Temple and Killeen.

“It’s been a great opportunity for me and the First Team staff to reconnect with our valued community leaders,” Bills said.

“We have met and spoke with some of the area’s finest civil leaders, and we look forward to the partnerships we will continue to develop.”

Briefings included an overview of the division and where the unit currently operates around the globe, background information about Fort Hood, and an overview on some of the Army’s overall priorities as outlined by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

“We are thrilled that you are here,” said Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Karen Sheldon to Luong and his staff June 24.

Sheldon said she sees more soldiers move to Georgetown as the population there grows.

“It’s nice to know a little more about Fort Hood and the soldiers stationed there,” Sheldon said. “It’s been a great visit, and we look forward to a continued relationship.”

Luong said he and the division are excited to build on the past relationship with Georgetown.

“It is good that we are reconnecting,” Luong said. “It’s important that we maintain these positive relationships with our community.”

Some area leaders attending the respective meetings included mayors, fire department chiefs, business leaders, and chamber of commerce members and their presidents.

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