Fort Hood Family Housing announces plan for new construction, renovation

Fort Hood Family Housing announced June 25 it will reinvest $69 million to renovate and replace existing housing not included in the project’s initial development period scope of work, which ended in 2006. The reinvestment scope of work includes converting 172 duplex-style homes into 86 single-family homes and performing significant utility infrastructure upgrades throughout West Chaffee Village, the construction of 64 new single-family homes in North Wainwright Heights and the demolition of 518 vintage Cape-style homes in Walker Village. The construction and renovations will take nearly three years to complete and will bring Fort Hood Family Housing’s end state to about 5,900 homes.

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Fort Hood soldier accused of fleeing scene of crash in Austin

A Fort Hood officer and son of a NFL coach is facing a felony charge, after police said he caused a vehicle crash in Austin and fled the scene.

First Lt. Matthew Philbin, 26, son of Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, was arrested April 29 on a third-degree felony charge of failure to stop and render aid in connection with the March 23 crash.

According to a report published by the Miami Herald on June 24, Austin police said Philbin was allegedly driving the wrong way down a one-way street and struck another vehicle.

Philbin is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. A court date for Philbin was scheduled for July 7.

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Chris McGuinness

AUSA awards 61 scholarships

BELTON — The Central Texas-Fort Hood chapter of the Association of the United States Army hosted its annual scholarship banquet June 25 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Central Texas is home to the nation’s largest AUSA chapter, which enabled it to award $62,000 in scholarships to local active-duty or retired soldiers, Department of the Army civilians employed at Fort Hood, and members of their immediate families.

“They’re an important part of the fabric of the community,” said retired Gen. Carter F. Ham, the event’s guest speaker. “This is one way to demonstrate that.”

In other AUSA business, past president Bobby Hoxworth passed the gavel to president John Crutchfield, and other new members were sworn in.

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Erinn Callahan

Soldier who tried to sell explosives

on Craigslist gets 10-month sentence

WACO — A Fort Hood solider who stole plastic explosives and tried to sell them online will spend nearly a year in prison.

A federal judge last week sentenced Spc. Tyler Glen Patrick to 10 months in prison, three years of supervised probation and a $1,000 fine.

According to federal investigators, Patrick attempted to sell a 1¼-pound block of C4 explosive on Craigslist.

He stole the explosive following a field exercise at Fort Hood.

Patrick was arrested Dec. 17 by federal authorities in Copperas Cove.

According to Fort Hood officials, Patrick was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

He pleaded guilty to the charges April 3.

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Chris McGuinness

Economist assesses state infrastructure, economy

Assessing the national, state and local economy was the focus of the seventh annual Economic Conference on Friday at Central Texas College’s Anderson Campus Center.

The conference, hosted by the Fort Hood Economic Region, featured the Perryman Group founder and economist M. Ray Perryman.

The Fort Hood Economic Region, which is comprised of organizations within Belton’s Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, brought hundreds of listeners to hear Perryman’s views of the economy.

Perryman said the local area is ahead of the national trend.

The key for the next 20 years for Texas is to continue to have infrastructure such as highways and water to support growth and to have smart, well-trained, well-educated individuals who can keep up with the modern, global, technological society, he said.

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Rachael Riley

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