MOAA

David Yeilding speaks during Friday’s meeting of the Military Officers Association of America local chapter at Yank Sing in Killeen.

KILLEEN — David Yeilding provided a history lesson on the relationship between Killeen and the military during the Central Texas chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meeting Friday at Yank Sing.

As the guest speaker for the monthly meeting, the retired history professor titled his speech “Bell County and Fort Hood: Good Friends.”

“Bell County’s historic assets attracted Native Americans to this area perhaps as far back as 14,000 years ago, and those assets still attract people in the 21st century,” he said. Those resources are economic opportunity, available water, available land and a convenient location.

These days, Fort Hood and Bell County have a symbiotic relationship and a shared history.

“What’s good for one is good for the other,” Yeilding said.

The local chapter has more than 60 members from all branches of service who meet monthly at Yank Sing Chinese restaurant in Killeen. While the national chapter of the association focused on military pay, compensation and benefits for those who currently serve, are separated or retired, the local chapter is looking to support the next generation of military leaders through ROTC scholarships.

For more information on MOAA, go to www.moaa.org/chapter/centraltexas.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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