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Ex-Fort Hood commander Robert Cone dies at 59

Ex-Fort Hood commander Robert Cone dies at 59

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SHAWANO, Wis. — Former Fort Hood and III Corps commander Gen. Robert W. Cone died Sunday at age 59.

Fort Hood celebrates 74th anniversary

Fort Hood celebrates 74th anniversary

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Fort Hood celebrated its 74th year of service to the nation with a cake cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

First Team celebrates its 95th birthday

First Team celebrates its 95th birthday

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Troopers young and old, past and present and near and far gathered to celebrate the 1st Cavalry Division’s 95th birthday Tuesday at both Fort Hood and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Internal investigation concludes ‘pilot error’ in November Black Hawk crash

Internal investigation concludes ‘pilot error’ in November Black Hawk crash

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The internal unit report by First Army released on Sept. 14 concluded that pilot error caused the deaths of four First Army Division West soldiers involved in a November Black Hawk helicopter crash.

POW/MIA tribute says soldiers ‘never forgotten’

POW/MIA tribute says soldiers ‘never forgotten’

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For the families and friends of more than 1,600 missing or unaccounted American military, the search is still on, said retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch at the National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

Home away from home

Home away from home

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A recent telethon benefiting Fort Hood’s Fisher House raised nearly $25,000 for the “home away from home” that provides military and veteran service members’ families with free housing while the service member or veteran receives medical care at a local military or veterans hospital.

Back-to-school surprise

Back-to-school surprise

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With more than 100 new backpacks filling an office cubicle — all stuffed with fresh school supplies ready to be given to students, members of the Military Child Education Coalition were happy.

Operation Homefront: Group ready to get children back to school

Operation Homefront: Group ready to get children back to school

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Operation Homefront is ready to help families on Fort Hood get their children ready to go back to school with their Back-to-School Brigade 2016 distribution event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Bronco Youth Center.

Pokémon Go craze sweeps nation

Pokémon Go craze sweeps nation

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Early morning on July 8, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins hopped a fence to walk along the bank of Wind River in Riverton, Wyo. She was looking for Pokémon, the collectable cartoon critters that debuted in Japan in 1996 and proceeded to win the hearts of every fifth-grader since.

Guardian Angels dogs are life savers for veterans

Guardian Angels dogs are life savers for veterans

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PITTSBURGH — German shepherds named Lily, Oliver, Shilo and Faith have been in their new homes for less than a month, but they’ve already made life-altering improvements for the local veterans with whom they’ve been teamed.

Women in Uniform: Tanks are not just for men anymore

Women in Uniform: Tanks are not just for men anymore

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For women, keeping an Army battle tank ready for combat at any given moment is a new frontier.

What the Marines’ new fire base means for the fight against the Islamic State and the battle of Mosul

What the Marines’ new fire base means for the fight against the Islamic State and the battle of Mosul

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Over the weekend, Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin was killed during a rocket attack on his fire base in northern Iraq.

18th Corps to replace III Corps in fight against ISIS

18th Corps to replace III Corps in fight against ISIS

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The 450 deployed Fort Hood troops assigned to III Corps Headquarters in the Middle East now know who will replace them in a few months in the fight against Islamic State.

Mount up: 1,000 3rd Cav troopers prepare to ride for Afghanistan deployment

Mount up: 1,000 3rd Cav troopers prepare to ride for Afghanistan deployment

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Mount up.

Reporter’s Notes: A first-hand look at what’s ahead  for troops in Korea

Reporter’s Notes: A first-hand look at what’s ahead for troops in Korea

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I had the opportunity to travel last week to South Korea with Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division.

Area residents compete in Invictus Games

Area residents compete in Invictus Games

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The Invictus Games were held May 8-12 at the Walt Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., and two area competitors were among the list of athletes selected to compete.

Who says you can’t catch a big bass in flood water conditions?

Who says you can’t catch a big bass in flood water conditions?

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As you are all aware with the rain we’ve had, both Belton and Stillhouse lakes are at well above full pool. In fact, Belton’s full level is 594 feet and is currently at 603.88. That’s 7.33 feet above. Stillhouse’s full level is 617 feet and is currently at 629.61, and both are still rising.

Allen Memorial fishing tourney a big success

Allen Memorial fishing tourney a big success

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On Saturday, the 7th Annual Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen Memorial Bass Tournament took place at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

504th soldier shows discipline, resiliency through martial arts

504th soldier shows discipline, resiliency through martial arts

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Martial arts, with all of its elaborate movements, high-flying flips and kicks and Hollywood appearances often overshadows its basics. Martial arts are based more on physical and mental discipline and it takes a resilient person to deal with the high physical and mental demands required.

Fort Hood All-Stars defeat KPR All-Stars

Fort Hood All-Stars defeat KPR All-Stars

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For the first time ever, the Fort Hood’s Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or MWR, held an all-star basketball game between the Killeen Parks and Recreation All-Stars and the Fort Hood All-Stars on Saturday at Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

Fort Hood births

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Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Accidents can happen during Army training

Accidents can happen during Army training

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For the last week, ever since I received the internal 15-6 investigation from First Army about the Black Hawk crash back in November 2015, I’ve been chin-deep into the report analyzing the findings.

Resiliency isn’t just a class you’re required to take

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I had the privilege of speaking before a basketball gym’s worth of Fort Hood soldiers recently. I was asked by our Suicide Prevention program manager, Sharon Sutton, to speak at the opening of their second annual Resiliency Day. I was very honored to have done so, but also delightfully surprised to get the chance to speak to this great group of young men and women.

Selling a home can be challenging with kids around

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During a time I fondly remember, called “Before Children,” I was impressed by far different things.

How to make your individual baits unique for a ‘big old bass’

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Put yourself in the position of a ‘Big Old Bass’ and think about how many baits you have seen go past your nose — and how many you have really bit and found the point of that darn sharp hook in the corner of your mouth and, based on the fisherman being such a nice guy, he/she has released you back to the water after the fight is over.

Seasons of our lives bring daily changes, too

Seasons of our lives bring daily changes, too

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Lately I’ve been thinking that life is a lot like the weather. There are good days, bad days, times of the day that are more pleasant than others.

The Latest: Sudan says Africa wants out of war crimes court

The Latest: Sudan says Africa wants out of war crimes court

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local):

After an assault trial, alleged victim faces her own lawsuit

After an assault trial, alleged victim faces her own lawsuit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Yee Xiong prepared to leave the sentencing hearing for a man she said sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment when they were students, she felt ready to finally put the case behind her after four years. Then, she was handed a $4 million defamation lawsuit.

Syrian troops advance in Aleppo amid war's heaviest bombing

Syrian troops advance in Aleppo amid war's heaviest bombing

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what residents described as the heaviest air bombardment of the 5 ½-year civil war.

New Hampshire National Guard holds 'iron chef' competition

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CENTER STRAFFORD, N.H. (AP) — One might not associate "Iron Chef" competitions with the National Guard, but a competition is taking place between more than three dozen U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps cooks this weekend in New Hampshire.

Volunteers in small Nebraska town create veterans memorial

Volunteers in small Nebraska town create veterans memorial

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NORTH LOUP, Neb. (AP) — A leap of faith and countless helpers brought a community and wall together in North Loup.