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69th Brigade Troops Return from Middle East

69th Brigade Troops Return from Middle East

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Killeen resident Jermaine Francis anxiously waited with flowers in his hands as his wife, Spc. Kyera Francis, was returning home.

First Hood Howdy of 2017 draws large crowd

First Hood Howdy of 2017 draws large crowd

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The first Hood Howdy event of the year saw large crowds of new soldiers and families stop by Club Hood on Friday to learn about the local community and what’s available both on and off post.

Teens rewarded through USO That’s My Dress event

Teens rewarded through USO That’s My Dress event

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AUSTIN — Kayla West had to pinch herself — she thought surely she was dreaming!

Fort Hood commander hosts new Texas legislators for post tour

Fort Hood commander hosts new Texas legislators for post tour

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New members of the Texas State Legislation had the opportunity to tour Fort Hood on Friday to see what it’s like to be a soldier during the post’s Texas Legislative Day hosted by III Corps and Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland.

Afghanistan deployment coming to a close for Brave Rifles

Afghanistan deployment coming to a close for Brave Rifles

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The “Brave Rifles” welcomed home approximately 80 members from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan on Feb. 1 at Cooper Field.

Olympian shows ‘Courage to Soar’

Olympian shows ‘Courage to Soar’

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The buzz of excitement and smiles on people’s faces lined the Main Post Exchange from end-to-end as Fort Hood families waited for the start of the Simone Biles “Courage to Soar” book signing event Jan. 18.

Remembering Hunter

Remembering Hunter

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Shortly after Ashley Well’s husband returned from a nine-month deployment to Korea, she found out she was pregnant with her third child.

Staying mentally fit during holidays important for soldiers, families

Staying mentally fit during holidays important for soldiers, families

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FORT RILEY, Kan, — Many soldiers are concerned with staying physically fit during the holidays with all the tempting food choices available, but staying mentally fit is also important.

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Despite freezing temperature and sleet, more than 44,000 volunteers came out to Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 17 to place holiday wreaths on the graves of service members.

Brave Rifles spice up Veterans Day festivities at middle school

Brave Rifles spice up Veterans Day festivities at middle school

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LEANDER — Troopers of Regimental Engineer Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, visited Leander Middle School on Nov. 11 to participate in the school’s Veterans Day celebration.

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 winter weather just too nice for Army training

Texas winter weather just too nice for Army training

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I’m sure if you’ve spent more than a minute in the Army you’ve heard the saying, “If it’s not raining, we’re not training.”

Saying farewell and thank you for opportunity

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As my husband and I prepare to leave the area, well past our “expiration date,” I decided that my last column would be an excerpt from my farewell reception speech.

Mattis: 'most interesting Marine' in the world

Mattis: 'most interesting Marine' in the world

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Most days I enjoy scrolling through my Facebook feed, because somewhere buried within the political posts from far left and far right — and everything in between — is usually buried a gem of a meme.

Moving can be difficult when selling your home

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Selling a house you made into a home is an emotional process.

In the military community, love often transcends normal bounds

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in glitter and rose petals, or perhaps in lamentations about being single.

Fort Hood warrant officers bring joy to Heights seniors

Fort Hood warrant officers bring joy to Heights seniors

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HARKER HEIGHTS — The motto for the Fort Hood Warrant Officers Association Silver Chapter is “Networking for a Better Us.”

The Latest: Trump wishes China a prosperous new year

The Latest: Trump wishes China a prosperous new year

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

Philippines: US military can build barracks in local camps

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go-ahead for the U.S. military to build barracks and fuel depots in designated local camps where American forces are allowed to temporarily station under a 2014 defense pact, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.

US releases video from Yemen raid but footage is dated

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Friday released a short clip from training videos seized in last weekend's Yemen raid, but the images appear to be vintage al-Qaida footage that was first made public a decade ago.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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