Military News - Fort Hood

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The Temple-based Central Texas Veterans Health Care System will hold a mental health summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road in Austin.

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An unaccompanied veteran burial for Grady Cuffy Ivey will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Ivey served in the United States Air Force and no family members are expected to attend the funeral, according to the Texas Veterans Land Board.

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FORT HOOD — Mortarmen and forward observers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division honed their craft firing live rounds down range at Fort Hood Thursday.

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An unaccompanied veterans burial for Melvin Harry Klingbeil will take place at 11 a.m. today at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. It is not expected for any family or friends to attend, according to the Texas Veterans Land Board, which runs the cemetery. 

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FORT HOOD — Local soldiers and a Marine Reserve unit from Portland, Oregon, conducted a weeklong river assault training exercise that culminated with a combined bridge building exercise on Tuesday across a portion of Belton Lake.

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HARKER HEIGHTS — The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened solicitation bids for a contractor to open medical clinics in Killeen and Copperas Cove for up to 7,200 veterans at each location, with the ability to grow to accommodate more veterans as needed, officials said Monday.

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FORT HOOD — The commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, Gen. Michael Garrett, joined leadership from across Fort Hood and others Tuesday to formally activate the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade as an official Army unit during a ceremony at Fort Hood’s Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

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Fort Hood— Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and Fort Hood’s Emergency Medical System providers were recently recognized by the American Heart Association for their pursuit of excellence and commitment to improving the cardiovascular care of patients suffering from severe heart attacks or STEMI.

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FORT HOOD — The 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade will host an activation ceremony Tuesday at Abrams Physical Fitness Center. The ceremony recognizes the brigade as an official formation within the Security Force Assistance Command and U.S. Army Forces Command.

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Saving the future of the Veterans Administration, and securing fair contracts for workers at these hospitals, was the topic of a protest Wednesday afternoon in front of Temple’s Veteran Affairs hospital.

Members of Temple’s local branch of the American Federation of Government Employees union were the ones leading the protest. More than 20 participants gathered in front of the hospital complex, chanting and holding signs in opposition to moves made by the Veteran’s Administration.

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FORT HOOD — Firetrucks sprayed water over an airplane and an Army honor guard brought the casket of Sgt. James G. Johnston to Texas soil Friday for the first time since his June 25 death in Afghanistan.