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You may have noticed that we highlighted a few female soldiers in this week’s edition of the Fort Hood Herald.

Despite congressional action that will lead to a new policy of potentially allowing soldiers to carry personal concealed firearms on post, we won’t see soldiers toting their personal handguns on post anytime soon.

Sitting at my dining room table eating a late supper in Temple last week, I noticed the vibrations in the glass of water next to me. It was kind of like “Jurassic Park” without the dinosaurs.

A clear message came out of the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army held in Washington, D.C., last week: Army readiness — the most important aspect of Army training and capability — is heavily dependent on predictable and sustainable budgets.

The best thing about war games, as opposed to war, is that nobody dies.

Col. (promotable) JP McGee, 1st Cavalry Division’s deputy commander of support, offered an interesting anecdote last week about the value of post exchanges at military bases worldwide.

During my tour of Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Brigade earlier this month, one of the things that stuck with me was something the brigade’s top enlisted soldier said.

Despite being stationed at Fort Hood as a tanker with the 1st Cavalry Division about 20 years ago, and despite living in the Killeen-Fort Hood area for the past three years, I had never ventured onto West Fort Hood until last week.

I applaud the efforts of former III Corps commanders Robert Shoemaker, Pete Taylor and Paul Funk and others who spoke at a public meeting of the National Commission on the Future of the Army in Killeen last week.

When I interviewed Lt. Gen. Kendall Cox following the Killeen Memorial Day Ceremony last month, he got a little choked up talking about soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

So here’s something kind of funny. After my column about “calling the Pentagon” ran in last week’s Fort Hood Herald, I received an email message from ... drumroll, please ... the Pentagon.

A bill in the Texas Legislature filed by state Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, a former 1st Cavalry Division captain, cleared a hurdle last week that likely will give the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting a Texas Purple Heart.

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