Post commander to leave next week

FORT HOOD – U.S. Army officials announced Wednesday that Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen Donald M. Campbell Jr. will relinquish command of the post next week.

Campbell will assume control of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.

He is to be succeeded temporarily by Brig. Gen. James M. Richardson, who will command the post until a replacement arrives. Fort Hood will conduct a ceremony on Wednesday to transfer command.

Hundreds hop on motorcycles for run

More than 850 motorcyclists filled the roadways between Harker Heights and Temple for about 40 minutes for the 17th annual Bell County Toy Run on Sunday at Fort Hood Harley Davidson.

Fred McKay, director of the Fort Hood Texas Harley Owners Group Chapter, was pleased with the turnout.

“It’s great to have this many people support the organization and charity,” he said. “Everybody knows bikers are a generous community.”

Participants in the ride brought either $10 or a toy of equal or greater value. The funds raised will be distributed to Peaceable Kingdom Village Retreat for Children, a retreat center for children with special needs, and the First Command Package Brigade, which sends care packages to soldiers deployed overseas.

The toys will be distributed to children within the community through the Stillhouse Volunteer Fire Department.

Girl in critical condition after falling in pool

KILLEEN – A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after she fell into a swimming pool while briefly unattended Tuesday, police said.

The girl remained in Scott & White Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday night, according to Killeen police.

The incident occurred just after 9 a.m. at a home in the 3500 block of Soloman Drive in Killeen.

The mother later told police she left the child in the backyard momentarily. When she came back outside, she found her daughter in the family swimming pool, according to a news release from Killeen Police Department.

10 soldiers become American citizens

FORT HOOD – Ten soldiers recently became U.S. citizens during the first naturalization ceremony at Fort Hood since 2009.

Nearly 200 fellow soldiers, including III Corps and Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., and family members watched the soldiers take the oath of allegiance durng the Nov. 16 ceremony.

Less than 1 percent of U.S. citizens are in the military, Campbell said. “So just by serving, they have done more than most citizens will ever do.”

The three-star general said all 10 of the soldiers are combat veterans. The Army allows citizens of different countries to join the Army as long as they possess a permanent resident visa, also known as a green card.

The 10 soldiers, ranging in rank from private first class to staff sergeant, come from Cuba, Fiji, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Micronesia and South Africa.

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