Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command hosted a group of business and community leaders from Temple for a tour of Fort Hood on Nov. 12.

Fourteen people from the Leadership Temple class began the day at the command’s headquarters building for an informational briefing of the sustainment and support operations at Fort Hood.

Following that, the tour proceeded to test their marksmanship skills at the Electronic Skills Trainer before lunch at the Freeman Cafe Dining Facility.

After lunch, the class received a tour and demonstration of the 226th Military Working Dog Detachment, 178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, as well as a guided tour of the 1st Cavalry Division Museum.

The day concluded with a question and answer session with Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters, Jr., commander of the 13th, in the motorpool of 49th Movement Control Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade.

Leadership Temple is a program designed for Temple Chamber of Commerce members to obtain in-depth knowledge about their community while also learning to become future leaders in Temple.

“Fort Hood is a major component and partner for our community,” said H.B. Macey, an account executive at Perry Office Plus in Temple and the lead organizer of class tour. “The city of Temple is fortunate to have a neighboring Army base with so many soldiers and their families living and working within our town.”

The main purpose of the class visiting Fort Hood was to get a personal knowledge of what soldiers experience day-to-day.

“It’s very easy to read in the newspaper or listen to the media about what is happening on Fort Hood but nothing compares to seeing the organization and structure first hand,” Macey said.

“The class really enjoyed getting to speak with individual soldiers from all ranks and hearing what their day to day life is like.”

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