Col. Cameron Cantlon, commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, told the Harker Heights Rotary Club on Oct. 24 that the partnership between Fort Hood and the community is a unique one.

In his travels, including a recent trip to Washington, D.C., for the Association of the U.S. Army Conference, Cantlon found not all installations have the same luxuries or levels of commitment.

“Fort Carson (in Colorado) has tried to rival us, but they’ve got more work to do.” Cantlon said.

Training of Army leadership, the current level of frustration, and the challenge of defending the country on less money were also topics of discussion.

“We train our leaders not only about their jobs, but what it means to be a good leader, a caring person, and a good citizen,” Cantlon said. “There’s lot of frustration right now inside Washington, but there is also lots of hope.”

With less money available to run things as usual, Cantlon said the financial situation has been difficult for the Army to adjust to.

“We want to be as modernized, trained and ready as much as we’d like to,” he said. “Sometimes that means we’re going to have to pay the price.”

Cantlon said in some cases that means prioritizing units and giving up some readiness.

“It’s good that we’ve deactivated some units,” he said. “That’s given us a chance to reorganize the rest of the formations on Fort Hood.”

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