FORT HOOD — Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra joined soldiers and Fort Hood civilians Thursday at the Phantom Warrior Center to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to the Army and the nation.

Col. Wilson R. Ruthorford IV, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, introduced the event’s guest speaker, Gregory Cruell.

Cruell is a member of the institutional review board for Texas A&M University-Central Texas and is a former soldier who retired as a major after serving 12 years as an enlisted soldier and an additional 15 years as an Army chaplain.

Cruell’s message concerned the “footprints” that today’s soldiers and Americans of all races will leave behind for the future.

“What kind of footprint will I leave for my children and my grandchildren? What kind of footprints will we leave, as American citizens, on the sands of time of our nation?” he asked. “Booker T. Washington reminds us that success always leaves footprints.”

Read more about the event in the Feb. 22 Fort Hood Herald. | 254-501-7554

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