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.

The subject line stated: “Hello, Brooks. This is the Pentagon.”

It had the same light-hearted feel as the headline on my column last week: “Hello Pentagon? This is Brooks calling again.”

The email came from a lieutenant colonel new to the Army’s media relations office at the Pentagon. He read my column and politely said he’s there to help me get anything I need. That’s the kind of public affairs officer I love to work with. I’ll be calling him often.


On a serious note, I had a great interview last week with retired Gen. Robert Shoemaker about his experiences in Vietnam. During the war, he was a battalion commander for two air cavalry units, and later, as a brigadier general for 1st Cavalry Division, led a bold and risky mission into Cambodia to crack the North Vietnamese supply lines.

Long story short, Task Force Shoemaker was hugely successful. I’ll have a feature-length article on that mission and more about Shoemaker’s experiences in Vietnam in the June 17 issue.

Our 10-part series on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will kick off next week, so be looking for that.

Lake levels

Last weekend, I went to Temple Lake Park, which is on the opposite shore from Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. About 20 percent of park was inaccessible due to the high water of the lake. There was a road under water, and several picnic tables had water about foot or more high surrounding them.

On Monday, I read on the Fort Hood’s Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation’s Facebook page that the annual Water Fest this weekend has been canceled due to the high water. In addition, a beach area and BLORA’s paddle boat area are closed until the water level gets lower.

And as of Tuesday morning, the water was still on the rise.

Well, at least the drought is over.

Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the Fort Hood Herald editor and military editor of the Killeen Daily Herald. He was stationed at Fort Hood and served with the 1st Cavalry Division from 1993 to 1996. Contact him at or 254-501-7468.

Contact Jacob Brooks or (254) 501-7468

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