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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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