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The Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s military nutrition division is conducting a study on how Meals, Ready-to-Eat affect the digestive system.

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Well, it’s official: The new five-year federal transportation bill signed into law Friday creates a congressionally designated Texas highway corridor that will be Interstate Highway 14 in the future.

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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.

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The news broke Monday that an Army veteran who spent years stationed at Fort Hood — and deployed three times to war zones — died as a result of homicide, according to the autopsy report.

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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.

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In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama vetoed a $612 billion defense policy bill last week.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It still seems a little weird to me, but in my new role as the Killeen Daily Herald military editor, I’ve found that I call the Pentagon increasingly often.

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When I close my eyes and think about Fort Hood, the vision that stands out in my mind is an action-packed one.

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Spotting Gen. Ray Odierno in the sea of about 500 people at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center last Wednesday was easy.

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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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