1st Cavalry to case colors today

The 1st Cavalry Division will case its colors during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today at Cooper Field, officials announced Friday.

Brig. Gen. Michael Bills and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Barteky will case the unit colors to symbolize its movement to a new theater of operation.

About 300 of the nearly 1,000 soldiers assigned to the division headquarters will to deploy to Afghanistan this summer, according to the release. The First Team will serve as the headquarters for Regional Command South with a mission focused on advising and training the Afghan National Security Forces.

Rose L. Thayer

303rd MI Battalion returns home

About 140 soldiers with the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, returned from Afghanistan last week.

The battalion served in Regional Command East providing intelligence across the area of operations, said Lt. Col. Samuel E. Fiol, battalion commander.

“Overall, it went very well,” he said of the mission. Fiol said family support contributed to this success.

“It was your support back on the homefront that has allowed us to focus on our mission in Afghanistan and for this we are extremely grateful,” he said. “Be proud of what these soldiers contributed.”

Rose L. Thayer

Car Wash Barn expands to Fort Hood

A Killeen car wash business is expanding its operations to Fort Hood.

Plans to build Car Wash Barn facilities came to fruition earlier this year and should begin construction before the end of the year, said Curtis Emmons, owner of Car Wash Barn.

A Fort Hood location on Clear Creek Road near the new post exchange will provide a midway point in the current market with locations already in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Temple, Emmons said. It also will provide a closer location for soldiers who already use the company’s facilities. It should be open by March.

Mason W. Canales

ACS hosted youth job fair

Hundreds of young people, ages 16-22, checked out the many employers on hand at the Youth and College Career Fair on June 11 at Club Hood.

More than 50 industries were represented, including law enforcement, customer service, education and the armed services.

According to Susan Kamas, executive director for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, teens and young adults face a competitive summer job market but that’s not unusual.

“It’s always been tough in our particular area,” Kamas said. “Some of the jobs have gone away ... machines do what young people used to.”

She said employers are looking for “soft skills” such as being responsible, the ability to get along with one’s supervisor and peers, wearing appropriate dress and following the rules.

Read the full story at KDHnews.com.

Gail Dillon

Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences.

Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations.

To obtain these preferences, the commission will survey a number of active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve service members during the next few months, with plans to survey retired service members as well. The survey will ask participants to value individual elements of their compensation package in relation to each other, Maldon said.

People can provide input on the commission’s public website, www.mcrmc.gov, and written comments may be mailed to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, Post Office Box 13170, Arlington, VA 22209.

American Forces Press Service

Marines begin offering violence prevention course

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — A new training program was implemented to detect and prevent future tragedies such as the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood.

The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., conducted its annual Violence Prevention Awareness and Recognition Course this week. The class is given by senior instructors from Armada, a contracted security company.

The two-hour course identified the warning signs and behavioral indicators of violence, the escalation of potentially dangerous, described how to properly report warning signs and indicators and defined an active shooter.

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

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