As a born and raised New Englander, I’ve gotten a nice slice of culture shock during my first months of living in Texas. Up north, pumpkin spice season is in full swing, the leaves are beginning to change colors, and sweater weather is just around the corner. Though I have never been a cold …

When your spouse embarks on his or her new assignment, you must tackle a mission of your own: holding down the fort and keeping your routine at home. Though these times prove to be challenging ones, there are many ways to gain strength and support for you, your spouse, and your family. Here …

Are you planning a weekend vacation soon? Do you want to have fun yet not break the bank? If you can spare some time to plan, you will definitely save money.

COPPERAS COVE — You had better have some tissues handy if you mention to Trisha Stutz or Kayla West that they will soon be crowning their successors on May 13.

From dairy farming to engineering, meteorology, plumbing and law enforcement, the career day at Meadows Elementary School was so fun some students barely noticed the learning.

Child and Youth Services hosted spring break events for youth March 13-17, a weeklong event open to all Fort Hood children registered with CYS.

Investment of time and money is not required to pump up the joy, according to a teacher and her first-grade class at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Killeen.

The weather was perfect for a day of food, music and fun as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service on Fort Hood hosted a family-friendly car show Feb. 18 at the Clear Creek Exchange.

The buzz of excitement and smiles on people’s faces lined the Main Post Exchange from end-to-end as Fort Hood families waited for the start of the Simone Biles “Courage to Soar” book signing event Jan. 18.

Shortly after Ashley Well’s husband returned from a nine-month deployment to Korea, she found out she was pregnant with her third child.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Despite freezing temperature and sleet, more than 44,000 volunteers came out to Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 17 to place holiday wreaths on the graves of service members.

Fort Hood celebrated America Recycles Day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to educate the community about the installation’s new single-stream recycling center.

The world has become a very cynical place. It has become so prevalent in my own life and in my career field that I have become convinced that along with a score of 107 or higher in the General-Technical section of the ASVAB and the ability to type 20 words per minute, cynicism is an addition…

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — As dozens of Fort Rucker Elementary School students took paint to bear to give Sgt. Ted E. Bear a new costume for Halloween, the children learned more than just how good the Fort Rucker icon looks clad in his new Ninja Turtle costume.

Children love the costumes, treats and friendly frights of Halloween parties and going door to door. These can be safe and fun activities for all of us, even younger children. But the Copperas Cove Fire Department wants parents to know that flames can quickly ruin Halloween festivities.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Bill Whittaker walked through the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery three years ago for the dedication of the Korean War memorial, but the Vietnam veteran felt something was missing.

Central Texas College was recently recognized as a leader among colleges offering students college credit for military training and experience. The Prior Learning Assessment Military Best Practice Institution in Texas award was recently presented to CTC by Diane Tompkins and Tricia Thomas-An…

A recent telethon benefiting Fort Hood’s Fisher House raised nearly $25,000 for the “home away from home” that provides military and veteran service members’ families with free housing while the service member or veteran receives medical care at a local military or veterans hospital.

With more than 100 new backpacks filling an office cubicle — all stuffed with fresh school supplies ready to be given to students, members of the Military Child Education Coalition were happy.

Early morning on July 8, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins hopped a fence to walk along the bank of Wind River in Riverton, Wyo. She was looking for Pokémon, the collectable cartoon critters that debuted in Japan in 1996 and proceeded to win the hearts of every fifth-grader since.

PITTSBURGH — German shepherds named Lily, Oliver, Shilo and Faith have been in their new homes for less than a month, but they’ve already made life-altering improvements for the local veterans with whom they’ve been teamed.

Fort Hood’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host its annual Independence Day Freedom Fest celebration on July 4, starting at 4 p.m. at Hood Stadium.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The strength of the Army is only as strong as the relationships that support the soldiers within it. The Army Reserve works to improve the resiliency of those relationships with a chaplain-led program called Strong Bonds.

Fort Hood is celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day, and proclaiming April as Sustainable Environment Month. With an official proclamation, Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood garrison commander and the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership are celebrating environmental stewardship in the region. Th…

KILLEEN — Working in the Copperas Cove school district four years ago, Linda Valentine and Susan Kinder saw a need to provide additional support for disabled students transitioning out of high school. At that time, Valentine was working as a substitute teacher in special education classes, w…

Fort Hood chaplains and chaplain assistants prayed for peace, the fallen and wounded, families and the nation Feb. 19 at the Fort Hood National Prayer Breakfast. More than 400 other Fort Hood soldiers and family members joined in prayer and found camaraderie among those at the annual gathering.

KILLEEN — More than 750 Shoemaker High School students, staff and Fort Hood area dignitaries celebrated retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker’s 92nd birthday at the high school bearing his name Feb. 18.

Family readiness leaders and volunteers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are ramping up to ensure soldiers and families are prepared and supported during the brigade’s nine-month rotation to South Korea, set to begin in February.

KILLEEN — About 500 volunteers braved the cold Saturday to collect 6,500 wreaths from the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, at the annual Wreath Retrieval ceremony.