• January 21, 2017

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Costs add up for US military hurricane evacuation in SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Reimbursement costs to military and civilian workers at some South Carolina military bases because of Hurricane Matthew evacuations may reach several million dollars.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

US military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military in Afghanistan said on Thursday that its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in northern Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. troops fired on Afghan homes.

US military probe says American troops fired on Afghan homes in November firefight with Taliban that killed 33 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — US military probe says American troops fired on Afghan homes in November firefight with Taliban that killed 33 civilians.

Obama calls for seamless transition for US military to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called for a smooth handover of control of the U.S. military to incoming commander in chief Donald Trump, as the outgoing president met Wednesday with military leaders for the last time.

Milley, Dailey pay holiday visit to deployed soldiers

WASHINGTON — Upholding the Constitution of the United States can require sacrifices that may be understood only by those who have sworn an oath to defend it, said the Army’s top uniformed leader during a ceremony Dec. 18 on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

Air defense unit hosts second Patriot Open House

SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 69th Air Defense Artillery “Top Notch” Brigade hosted its second Patriot Open House as part of a continued effort to raise awareness of air defense operations Dec. 2 in the U.S. Army Central’s area of responsibility.

Defense contractors say they will seek to control costs in meeting with Trump

The two largest U.S. defense contractors said Dec. 21 they would seek to control their costs after President-elect Donald Trump summoned them and a bevy of top Pentagon officials to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to discuss military spending.

NORAD continues long tradition of tracking Santa

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For 60 years, North American Aerospace Defense Command, otherwise known as NORAD, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

A look at the 6 inmates on US military death row

A look at the six inmates on U.S. military death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. A federal judge in Kansas lifted a stay of execution for one of the inmates. The U.S. military carried out its last execution when it hanged Army Pvt. John Bennett in 1961 for raping and trying to kill an 11-year-old Austrian girl. The death chamber has since been remodeled for lethal injections.

Darnall beneficiaries embracing community medical homes

There is one thing Judenia Wilson hates about her job at the Harker Heights Medical Home: sticking babies. It breaks her heart, but it also is part of her job.

Fort Hood elementary school brings holiday joy to veterans

TEMPLE — Children of active-duty soldiers from a Fort Hood school brought holiday greetings and thanks Wednesday to veterans of an earlier era.

Duke’s ends military appreciation tour at Fort Hood

Duke’s, maker of freshly-crafted, made-from-scratch smoked meats and BIGS, maker of premium seed snacks, visited Fort Hood on Nov. 17 as part of its military appreciation tour to express thanks for U.S. service men and women during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Local makes Veterans Day special for seniors in Pharr

PHARR — Eddie Bell, a retired Army first sergeant from Copperas Cove, tends to be on the go most of the time.

Volunteers prepare wreaths for local veteran cemetery

KILLEEN — More than 800 volunteers descended upon the Killeen Special Events Center on Saturday to prepare about 7,000 holiday wreaths for the annual Wreaths for Vets event.

Area veteran organizations gather for fellowship, honor Gold Star families

COPPERAS COVE — Camaraderie and fellowship were words of the day on Friday as more than 150 members of local veterans organizations gathered at the Copperas Cove Civic Center for the third annual Area Veterans Advisory Committee (AVAC) veterans dinner and dance social.

Special Olympics bowlers compete at Phantom Warrior Lanes

Fort Hood hosted the Special Olympics Heart of Texas Area 12 bowling tournament Saturday at the Phantom Warrior Lanes bowling alley, located by the Clear Creek gate.

Central Texas Military Officers Association of America chapter confirms new officers

KILLEEN — The Central Texas chapter of the Military Officers Association of America voted in their new officers Friday during their November meeting at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel.

Trump’s military plan could mean more troops for Fort Hood

Big changes are on the horizon as the United States welcomes a new commander in chief with big plans for the growth of the military, and that may mean an increase of soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, according to retired generals who live in the Killeen area.

Trump's plan for military: More troops, more ships

What does Donald Trump have in store for the nation’s military when he takes over as commander in chief?

'Something's gotta give,' general says

III Corps and Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland discussed his recent command post in the Middle East and the current status of the Army during a Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Council luncheon Friday at Grace Christian Center in Killeen.

Details scarce on how car bypassed Fort Hood security

Fort Hood and the Texas Department of Public Safety are releasing few details on how a motorist was able to disregard “all gate security” at Fort Hood’s Clear Creek gate Tuesday as he fled from a state trooper.

Multinational soldiers earn coveted Expert Infantry Badge

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 173rd Airborne Brigade hosted Expert Infantry Badge training and evaluation at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area from Oct. 17-27.

Exercise Ready Phantom teaches lessons about military intelligence

Soldiers with Fort Hood’s 504th Military Intelligence Brigade completed a significant challenge recently after completing their culminating training exercise since transitioning to an Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade last fall.

Day 1: On the ground in South Korea with Ironhorse soldiers
Posted: February 25, 2016

After 20 hours of travel, by plane and bus, I finally made it to Camp Casey, South Korea with the remainder of Fort Hood’s 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers. For the next several days, I will be following the mission and daily lives of Ironhorse troopers as they begin a nine-month rotation in the land of the morning calm.

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Day 2 in South Korea: Snowflakes and readiness
Posted: February 25, 2016

Our second day in South Korea began early. But it was not as early as for some.

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