Killeen Independent School District administrators took a field trip to Fort Hood hosted by the 1st Cavalry Division to build on a long history of partnership with the local community schools.
Killeen ISD is always looking to build and enhance the existing relationship with Fort Hood, said J.J. Johnson, the district’s director of student, district and community relations.
The administrators were here to get a little slice of what occurs on post daily.
“I’m calling it the Fort Hood Field day,” Johnson said.
Leadership from more than 50 campuses participated alongside various adopt-a-units.
The day included a demonstration by the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment, a trip to the air assault course, lunch at the Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial Dining Facility, and a visit to the Warrior Skills Training Center and Medical Simulation Training Center.
“I think when you see a soldier, you see someone with a job and someone that has something to do,” said Nancy Duran, principal of Meadows Elementary School at Fort Hood. “You don’t really appreciate or sense the sacrifice that comes with that job until you see them doing it.”
Duran said when soldiers put on the uniform, they put on a commitment that can’t be taken off.
It opened some people’s eyes as to what soldiers do, said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Felix, an escort for the administrators and the fire support noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
Seeing the instructors and the way they communicated with the soldiers going through the air assault course, you see the level of detail that is paid to their safety, Duran said.
“I am terrified of heights, but if they would have let me, I would have repelled,” she said. “For me to be afraid of heights and say I would be willing to repel is a big, big deal but I feel I would be in good hands with those instructors.”