Sept. 21 and 28

Operation Rising Star

Operation Rising Star is the competition that determines the best voice on Fort Hood. Register now for a chance to win the Ultimate Recording Music Experience — Record, Mix and Master an album with studio professionals. There will be $800 in cash prizes awarded locally.

Each week the competition begins at 7 p.m. at the Phantom Warrior Center, building 194 on 37th Street. The competition is open to active duty, Reserve, National Guard or military family members, 18 years of age and older with a valid military ID.

Operation Rising Star is an individual singing competition. Similar to “American Idol” and other televised competitions, participants are judged by a panel of judges and by an audience of their peers. Singers compete each week for the chance to win the local first place prize of $500.

The winner of the local Fort Hood Operation Rising Star Competition moves on to the Army-wide competition for the grand prize, which includes a three-day trip to Los Angeles, Calif., for the winner and a guest. The audience can get into the fun, too. The most supportive unit or family readiness group to attend each local performance date will receive $300 for unit funds.

For official rules/details/application, go to or call (254) 287-6116.

Sept. 21 and 28

Pick-me-up Fridays

To celebrate National Coffee Day this September; every Friday Java Café offers “Pick-me-up Fridays.” Come by each Friday in September from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for your mid-day “pick-me-up” and receive a free gift. The convenient drive-thru facility is in the Rivers Building parking lot, on the corner of T.J. Mills Boulevard and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. Java Café is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (254) 287-2129.


UFC Fight Night Watch Party

Rather than face the crowds and charges of downtown venues, come out to the Backbone NCO Lounge and enjoy an evening of fights without the hassle. Watch these highly coveted bouts on 14 flat-panel TVs. This UFC pay-per-view watch party will feature UFC 152 at the Backbone NCO Lounge, building 194 on 37th Street. The fights begin at 9 p.m., but the doors open at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to all Defense Department ID-card holders, 18 years of age and older. Enjoy free shuffleboard, ping pong, pool and popcorn, as well as various snack foods and drinks available for purchase. For more information, call (254) 285-5073.

Sept. 25 and 26

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families

Abrams Physical Fitness Center

“Sunny day — Sweepin’ the clouds away … Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” Parents and children alike will be reminiscing plenty as a classic children’s educational television show is coming. This free, 60-minute show will entertain as well as educate the military family community, helping children cope with the challenges of homecomings, deployments and changes. Come out and join them at The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, at 2 and 5 p.m. Sept. 25 and at 1 and 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Abrams Physical Fitness Center, building 23001 on 62nd Street and Support Avenue. This event is open to the public.

Doors open 30 minutes before each show. Admission is free and seating is provided on a first come, first serve basis. Cameras are allowed, but no video recording or professional photography. Keep in mind that a group photo from each event will be available on the USO’s Flickr account to download and print at home. There will be an area inside the venue for stroller storage.

The show is targeted to children ages 1 to 6, but older children are welcome to come join in the singing and dancing as well. There will also be free giveaway items including an Elmo twirly light and USO bandanas.

If you have questions or need special accommodations, call the Special Events Office at (254) 288-7835.

Sept. 27

The Enlisted Spouses Club will host their annual membership drive “Round-Up” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Montague Family Life Building. The Western-themed event is open to all spouses of E-1 through E-9 (active duty, retired, and Gold Star spouses). There will be food, fun, dance lessons and prizes, as well as a “Best Dressed Cowgirl” contest. Yearly dues are $25. For more information, email

Sept. 29

2012 Gold Star Mothers Day

Gold Star Mothers will be invited to meet at the Survivor Outreach Services Center, to share memories of their fallen soldiers, their journeys in dealing with their losses and support to other mothers who have lost a child serving their country. Lighting a luminary on Gold Star Mother’s Day has become a tribute to those mothers and lets them know they don’t stand alone. Luminaries may be made by attendees to take home. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Survivor Outreach Services at (254) 553-3655, building 10043 on Battalion Avenue.

Sept. 29 and 30

The Sportsmen’s Center Hunter Education Course

New Texas hunting and fishing licenses and Fort Hood hunting and fishing permits are now on sale through Oct. 21. All hunters must show proof of Hunter Education Certification to qualify for a Fort Hood hunting permit. The Sportsmen’s Center sponsors classes coordinated through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The Sportsmen’s Center classes are the second part to the free online course on the Texas Parks & Wildlife website. Students will have to complete an exam and obtain a passing score to become certified.

The Sportsmen’s Center recognizes all valid state Hunter Education Certifications. The Hunter Education Certification is a one-time requirement. The state deferral program for Hunter Education Certification does not apply on Fort Hood. $15 will be due to the instructor on selected course date. Pre-registration isn’t required, but those requiring special accommodations due to a medical disability must contact the Sportsmen’s Center before the selected course date.

Students are encouraged to complete courses as soon as possible. Dove season starts in September. October is Archery Only Season, and the General Gun Season covers November and December. Feral hogs can be hunted throughout the year without a harvest limit. The Sportsmen’s Center is on Rod and Gun Club Loop, 53rd Street and Murphy Road, building 1937. For class times and additional information, call (254) 532-4552.

ACAP events

Fort Hood’s Army Career and Alumni Program presents the following scheduled employer visits:


Shell Oil: Oilfield Positions.

Edward Jones: Financial Advisors.

Primerica: Financial Advisors.


Subsea Robotics: Technical School.

Wyotech: Technical School.

Cybertex: Technical School.


G.E.-General Electric: Various Positions.

Sept. 26

Wellhead: Oilfield Industry Positions.

Sept. 27

Cybertex: Technical School.

ATDS: Technical School.

Airstream: Technical School.

Allied: Technical School.

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