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This Sunday marks the 17th year we’ve been in Afghanistan, taking the fight to the Taliban and al-Qaida less than a month after the horrific attacks on our nation on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Yesterday, on Patriot Day, we remembered the nearly 3,000 lives lost during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Most of us can still vividly remember exactly where we were and what we were doing the day we woke up to see airplanes flying into the World Trade Center.

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On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida terrorists attacked American soil by flying airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, with yet another hijacked plane taken down by the courageous passengers before it could reach its unknown destination.

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For the most part, I really enjoy being retired. I have my first name back instead of a rank, I wear what I want, let my hair grow if I want and don’t have to shave on a daily basis.

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Lately, the military services — especially the Army — have been facing a bit of a problem: For the past few years, the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress has included growing the number of troops for each service.

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For most kids in the area, school is out this week and it’s time for summer break. For the troops on Fort Hood, it marks the beginning of permanent change of station season.

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For most Americans, Memorial Day weekend is a time for visiting relatives, backyard barbecues, getting together with friends and enjoying an extra day off from work.

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May is Military Appreciation Month, a time to honor those who are currently serving in our great U.S. armed forces. On May 28, near the end of the month, we’ll observe Memorial Day — the day we honor those who gave their lives while serving our nation.

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As a member of several veterans groups on Facebook, I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend: There are entirely too many veterans out there who are becoming overwhelmed by life and just want to give up.

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Today is Bob Gray Day. If you’re new to the Fort Hood area, you may have absolutely no idea who Bob Gray is. But to the people of Killeen, he is a World War II legend whose name will always be remembered.

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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of catching up with some of my old battle buddies from the unit I retired from, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment “Garryowen,” and to meet new ones during the first Past and Present Garryowen Reunion.

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Tuesday was the Texas primary, the day we select who we’re going to put on the ballot in November in order to select those who will represent us in our local counties, states and at the national level.

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On Tuesday, Central Texas College will host a Veterans’ Benefits expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anderson Campus Center, located at building 156 on the central campus in Killeen.

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The Department of Defense recently launched a new initiative called “This is Your Military,” designed to address the growing civilian-military divide — something Secretary of Defense James Mattis has made a priority.

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So you got a fancy wristwatch for Christmas and it tells you everything: How many steps you’ve taken, what your heart rate is, blood pressure, how many calories you burned during physical training ... Everything.

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So the government shut down for a few days. Democrats refused to vote to keep paying the bills unless immigration reform for illegal aliens brought here as children was immediately addressed, and Republicans refused.

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When I first enlisted in the military out of Odessa, Texas, I thought I knew what cold was. The bitter, cold winds streaking through the area unopposed would bite to the bone, so hey, I knew “cold.”

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There has been much ado over the last few days since the NFL and President Donald Trump have heated up the rhetoric over the controversy of professional football players using the national anthem as a platform of protesting against social injustice.

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As Hurricane Harvey prepared to make landfall on the Texas coast, my Facebook timeline began to light up with all my battle buddies within the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National guard saying they were headed out to Galvaston/Houston/Corpus Christi areas.

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As 1st Brigade Combat Team makes its way back from Korea, the homecoming ceremonies are happening back-to-back and bringing families together again. We in the media love these times — we love looking for young, married couples who were on their first deployment and, of course, the joyful tea…

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Racial tensions have been at the forefront of the news for a while now, but after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit out the national anthem, things really started to get ugly on Facebook and other social media sites.

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