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4th ESC joins the First Team Wagonmasters

4th ESC joins the First Team Wagonmasters

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The 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, welcomed some new members to America’s First Team and the Wagonmaster family Sept. 16 at the brigade headquarters on Fort Hood.

Division West commander says processes improved since November crash

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Nothing could have saved the soldiers who died in the Nov. 23, 2015, Black Hawk crash on Fort Hood, regardless of the amount of time it took to launch a search and rescue effort, said First Army’s Division West commander, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Colt.

Central Texas VA offers walk-in seasonal flu vaccinations

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Central Texas Veterans Health Care System launched its 2016-2017 seasonal flu vaccination campaign Sept. 19 at all of its facilities in Central Texas.

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.

Flu coming soon near you: Is your family ready to stop illness?

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — National Immunization Awareness Month — August — has passed. Are you preparing your family to be safe from influenza?

Local group plans Vietnam War Memorial

Local group plans Vietnam War Memorial

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HARKER HEIGHTS — Bill Whittaker walked through the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery three years ago for the dedication of the Korean War memorial, but the Vietnam veteran felt something was missing.

CTC presented PLA Military Best Practice Institution in Texas award

CTC presented PLA Military Best Practice Institution in Texas award

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Central Texas College was recently recognized as a leader among colleges offering students college credit for military training and experience. The Prior Learning Assessment Military Best Practice Institution in Texas award was recently presented to CTC by Diane Tompkins and Tricia Thomas-Anderson of Eastfield Community College The award is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board through a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement grant.

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.

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

Texas transplant comes to grips with autumn in Lone Star state

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Autumn, the season of pumpkins, turkeys and Halloween candy galore, has always been my favorite time of the year. This is probably because some of my best memories are tied into this season — raking leaves with my family as a kid, visiting apple orchards and decorating the house for Halloween.

Emergencies occur when the spouse is away

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There are two things in my life that never fail me: One — Everything hits the fan when my husband leaves for training and two, my children always find a new way to scare me.

Maybe next debate will raise military issues

Maybe next debate will raise military issues

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Watching the debate Monday night probably gave me more of a headache than anything else. I suppose I could have made some popcorn, but I would have still been rather disappointed.

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.

The Latest: Airstrikes destroy bakery in Syria's Aleppo

The Latest: Airstrikes destroy bakery in Syria's Aleppo

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BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Pope visits Georgia, Azerbaijan with peace message

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up a Caucasus pilgrimage that began in June in Armenia and ends this weekend with a visit to two other countries with tiny Catholic communities: the Orthodox Christian bastion of Georgia and the largely Shiite Muslim nation of Azerbaijan.

Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House saw it coming, but still it stung.

Philippines' President Duterte to scrap war games with US

Philippines' President Duterte to scrap war games with US

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said joint military exercises of Filipino and American troops next week will be the last such drills, although his foreign secretary quickly said the decision was not final.

Police return lost World War I dog tag to veteran's family

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RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department has used social media to track down the family of a World War I soldier whose nearly 100-year-old dog tag was found along the side of a road.