HARKER HEIGHTS — More than 50 people participated in the fifth annual Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen Memorial Bass Tournament on Saturday at Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

Overseeing the event was Lt. Col. Jon Velishka, commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity for us to carry on Gen. Allen’s great enthusiasm for the outdoors, specifically fishing,” Velishka said. “It also gives our soldiers from Fort Hood the opportunity to enjoy the great resources of Central Texas like Stillhouse Hollow Lake.”

While serving at Fort Hood, Allen died Nov. 29, 2004, in a helicopter crash along with six other service members.

“Gen. Allen was a truly committed leader and soldier,” Velishka said. “He cared deeply about the Army and his family. This event in memory of him gives us a chance to bring people together. It’s a great opportunity for soldiers to build bonds within our community.”

The 41st Fires Brigade and the Rail Gunner Chapter of the U.S. Field Artillery Association sponsored Saturday’s tournament.

Most of the teams paired a soldier with a civilian.

“With this tournament, our soldiers get the chance to meet a new friend, release some stress and, with fishing, get a different experience,” Velishka said. “And a lot of the soldiers, with their sponsored boater, came out on the lake multiple times in the past few weeks to recon their spots, and also try and figure out what baits to go buy.

“Overall, it was a fantastic day for all involved.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566​ and read his blog at KDHPressbox.com

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