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Hundreds ensure unaccompanied veteran receives proper burial

Hundreds ensure unaccompanied veteran receives proper burial

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KILLEEN — No family members could be found for Army veteran and Harker Heights resident Galen Bruce Pearson after he died recently.

29th Infantry Divison trains with First Army for upcoming deployment

29th Infantry Divison trains with First Army for upcoming deployment

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The 29th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion completed a one-week Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX) with First Army at Fort Hood on Dec. 2.

Killeen High School JROTC takes top honors at competition

Killeen High School JROTC takes top honors at competition

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As 50 members of the Killeen High School Junior ROTC battalion traveled home from competition in Fort Worth, their student commander told them he was proud of their performance.

Santa arrives on Fort Hood during the annual tree lighting ceremony

Santa arrives on Fort Hood during the annual tree lighting ceremony

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Sights and sounds of the season were all around Thursday evening as soldiers and families gathered near the III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters’ flagpole in anticipation of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Santa’s Workshop brings Christmas to Fort Hood families

Santa’s Workshop brings Christmas to Fort Hood families

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The Christmas season began for many Army families on Monday as Fort Hood Santa’s Workshop opened its doors for shopping in the charity’s office adjacent to the Clear Creek Commissary following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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.

Recycling ramps up on post

Recycling ramps up on post

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Fort Hood celebrated America Recycles Day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to educate the community about the installation’s new single-stream recycling center.

Army family offers comfort, support

Army family offers comfort, support

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The world has become a very cynical place. It has become so prevalent in my own life and in my career field that I have become convinced that along with a score of 107 or higher in the General-Technical section of the ASVAB and the ability to type 20 words per minute, cynicism is an additional requirement to enter into Army public affairs.

Army leaders show support for group that comforts, guides survivors

Army leaders show support for group that comforts, guides survivors

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FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — When Amy Moore saw her husband’s commanding general and a chaplain getting out of a vehicle parked in front of her home, she expected the worst.

Junior Beta Club members learn leadership, collaboration

Junior Beta Club members learn leadership, collaboration

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FORT RUCKER, Ala. — As dozens of Fort Rucker Elementary School students took paint to bear to give Sgt. Ted E. Bear a new costume for Halloween, the children learned more than just how good the Fort Rucker icon looks clad in his new Ninja Turtle costume.

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.

What's Happening

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November 11 to January 8, 2017

Fort Hood births

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Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Mattis a choice I can live with for Department of 'Offense'

Mattis a choice I can live with for Department of 'Offense'

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I had intended to write my column this week about the great things Congress is finally doing with the National Defense Authorization Act, the bill that authorizes funding the military and gives it direction for the next year.

Children bring back the magic of Christmas to jaded adults

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Although this time of year can get crazy and chaotic, it’s also magical.

Community ensures no veteran will be buried alone

Community ensures no veteran will be buried alone

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I don’t know what it is about this time of the year — starting just before Thanksgiving and lasting until shortly after Christmas — but it is both depressing and very uplifting at the same time.

Holidays are all about embracing the spirit of giving

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Thanksgiving, a day to reflect on what we are grateful for and to abide by time-honored traditions — whether it be mom’s apple pie, grandpa’s inappropriate jokes or an after-dinner football game — has come and gone.

Wreath laying event an emotional lesson in togetherness for residents

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I do not know where to begin or, for that matter, how to begin. My wife had asked me if I was going with her to help lay wreaths at the tombstones at the Killeen Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. I reluctantly said “sure,” got ready and we headed to where volunteers were going to be bussed to the site.

Guam war reparations waiting for president's signature

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Legislation that includes reparations for Guam residents who experienced atrocities during World War II is waiting for President Barack Obama's signature.

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet.

Trump cheered by fans at annual Army-Navy game

Trump cheered by fans at annual Army-Navy game

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, basking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he prepares to enter the White House.

The Latest: Trump edges toward Tillerson for State

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest developments on Donald Trump's transition to the presidency (all times local):

The Latest: Ohio church plans candlelight vigil for Glenn

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the death of John Glenn (all times local):