Fort Hood test site for new FAA regs

Thanks to years of successfully flying unmanned aircraft systems alongside manned aircraft, Fort Hood officials were selected to help write future regulations for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bob Ulrigg, air traffic and air space officer for Fort Hood, was one of two airfield officials chosen to serve on the FAA-Defense Department workgroup to integrate unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, into Class D airspace. This classification refers to airspace around a towered airport.

“We’re trying to figure out how to do it safely,” Ulrigg said.

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Rose L. Thayer

Military police gear stolen

COPPERAS COVE — A burglar made off with more than $1,400 in military police gear Thursday in Copperas Cove.

According to the Copperas Cove Police Department, the gear was taken from a vehicle in the 1200 block of South Farm Road 116. The items taken included a Taser, soft body armor and “miscellaneous military police gear.”

The burglary of the vehicle was reported around noon Thursday, according to the department’s website.

Department spokesperson Sgt. Julie Lehman said Friday that a full report for the incident had not been filed yet, and she could not give further details.

As of Friday, no arrests were made in connection with the burglary.

Chris McGuinness

Thousands of Field Artillery officer jobs open to women

The Army opened about 3,600 Field Artillery officer positions to women.

The move was officially announced in a directive issued March 4 from Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

“Opening these positions ensures the Army is properly managing the talent of all our service members, balancing readiness and the needs of a smaller force, and positioning all soldiers for success with viable career paths,” said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Human Resources Policy Directorate, Army G-1. “We notified Congress last year of the pending opening of 13A (field artillery) positions to female officers, from those in cannon battalions down to platoon-level.”

The openings do not include positions in Special Operations, she said.

“The Army’s plan to re-validate performance standards is all about increasing total force capability and preparing the force for future mission requirements,” Sheimo said. “Army senior leaders are committed to providing the most ready all-volunteer force, which sustains its capability to defend this great nation at home and abroad.”

The number breaks down to about 1,900 positions within the active component, and about 1,700 in the Reserve components, she said.

Army News Service

Online ToolBox offers Army leaders

a gateway of resources, references

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — U.S. Army Forces Command unveiled last week a new tool for Army leaders. The Leader Development ToolBox is an online resource for leaders across the Army: officer, noncommissioned officers and others.

The site — — connects leader-development expertise across the Army while benefiting from the participation of and contributions by military and civilian leaders Armywide.

The ToolBox website links the institutional Army to the operational Army — providing, leadership news, practical tools, and best practices across the Total Army Force: including active, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

“It is imperative that we get leader development right,” said Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command. “We must develop and retain our very best leaders who are convinced the Army Profession is the most worthwhile endeavor in which they will engage.”

The ToolBox codifies the Army senior leaders’ vision and strategy for leader development of all Army professionals.

U.S. Army Forces Command

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