• December 21, 2014

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Christmas a great day no matter the location

It’s probably a safe bet that most soldiers and families at Fort Hood have already planned out, and maybe even begun, their Christmas holiday.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Reports of same-sex rapes likely to increase
Posted: December 10, 2014

It’s not a topic many in the military like to talk or even think about; however, male-on-male sexual assaults will only continue to make more headlines in the months and years ahead.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Why isn’t gas bought at Fort Hood tax exempt?
Posted: December 03, 2014

As I was heading to work Monday, I filled up on gas at a station not too far from my house.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Who’s doing cooking for troops being quarantined?
Posted: November 26, 2014

I have mixed feelings about Fort Hood’s quarantine site for soldiers returning from Africa.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Hey, check us out on Facebook
Posted: November 19, 2014

Do you like Fort Hood?

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Bring on the cold; it’s great for tankers
Posted: November 12, 2014

This is what I call tanker weather.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Cruising on SH 195 from Fort Hood to A-town
Posted: October 29, 2014

The drive from Fort Hood to Austin is now a few minutes faster.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
A smaller, swifter Army
Posted: October 22, 2014

Armies have been judged by their size for thousands of years.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Civilian life affords very few four-day weekends
Posted: October 15, 2014

Columbus Day was a drag.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Our soldiers didn’t sign up to fight Ebola
Posted: October 08, 2014

There’s a common saying among enlisted soldiers: “You signed the dotted line.”

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Afghanistan deployments far from over
Posted: October 01, 2014

At a ceremony in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Tuesday, the United States and Afghanistan signed a long-awaited agreement, ushering in a new era of America’s involvement in the war-torn country.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Seeking out the comforts of a favorite restaurant
Posted: September 24, 2014

For military families, finding really good places to eat can be a challenge, depending on the duty station.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Post should be training for fight with Islamic State
Posted: September 17, 2014

Let’s not mince words: Defeating the Islamic State will, eventually, require boots on the ground taking the fight to the terrorist group soldier-to-soldier. Or, in the case of IS, soldier-to-terrorist.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Congress likely to be plagued by mutual inaction
Posted: September 10, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans they would make a “closing argument” to midterm election voters in the session of Congress that began Monday. It’s likely to be a pretty lousy one. On the other hand, the Democrat-controlled Senate is not likely to do much better.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Post may factor into stress rank
Posted: September 03, 2014

A an interesting study done recently ranked the top 10 most stressful cities in Texas.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Readers explain Kinder Egg mystery
Posted: August 26, 2014

When I opened the door, the smell of fresh-baked German bread hit me like a slap to the face.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
On the hunt for a store with German groceries
Posted: August 20, 2014

I’m on a quest for Kinder Eggs.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Fort Hood must prepare for possible role in Iraq
Posted: August 13, 2014

Unfortunately, the bad guys keep winning in Iraq.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Searching for goggles was an adventure
Posted: August 06, 2014

It was springtime 1995 at Fort Hood. After nearly two weeks of Army training in the Fort Hood wilderness, we had a couple of days off. We had gotten back to the barracks the night before.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Army service looks good on a resume
Posted: July 23, 2014

Six months prior to my getting out of the Army, my platoon sergeant approached me at a Fort Hood motor pool and said: “You’re going to go ahead and start the ETS process.”

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
NTC has its own special kind of heat
Posted: July 16, 2014

Last week marked the 101st anniversary of the world’s hottest temperature ever recorded: 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Chestnut case raises questions
Posted: July 09, 2014

There are only three people who really know what happened in Pfc. Thomas Chestnut’s room in August 2012.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
It’s time to shop online at the PX
Posted: July 02, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of last week’s column on a proposal that would open up the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s online shopping to all veterans with an honorable discharge.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Iraq soldiers better put up a good fight
Posted: June 18, 2014

As the cities in Iraq fell, one by one, to extremists in the past week, it’s hard not to imagine what must be going on in the minds of the American men and women who fought to take those cities over from extremists just a few years ago.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Stories about D-Day must continue to be heard, shared
Posted: June 11, 2014

The 70th anniversary of D-Day was last Friday, and it was refreshing to see countless stories, newscasts, tributes and other observances for what was probably the single most important battle of the last century.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
If Bergdahl abandoned post, UCMJ must kick in
Posted: June 04, 2014

As experts and non-experts discuss the ins and outs of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from his Taliban captors, the evidence surrounding his mysterious disappearance is becoming more clear.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Army coffee has bad rap, but I liked it
Posted: May 28, 2014

There’s an old Army cadence that goes something like this: “They say that in the Army, the coffee is mighty fine. It looks like muddy water and tastes like turpentine.”

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Complex PTSD can be debilitating
Posted: May 21, 2014

Roberto Sanchez walked into our office the other day holding a three-ring binder as thick as a handwritten Bible. Adorning the black cover was a silhouette of a soldier and the words, in all caps: “COMPLEX PTSD.”

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Ex-soldiers turning their swords into plowshares
Posted: May 14, 2014

There is an interesting phenomenon underway that may provide a bounty of opportunities to soldiers on their way out of the Army.

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