Training Support Center Opening

Rick Pena, left, and Mike Pena Jr., right, unveil a plaque honoring Master Sgt. Mike Pena during a dedication ceremony for the Training Support Center named for Master Sgt. Mike Pena on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Fort Hood.

FORT HOOD — Dozens of family members of an American hero came from across the nation to Fort Hood on Tuesday for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new $24 million training center.

The center was dedicated in honor of 1st Cavalry Division Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. Mike Castaneda Pena, who was killed in action Sept. 5, 1950, at Waegwan, South Korea.

The new 160,975-square-foot facility will support soldiers’ training requirements by providing training aids, devices and simulators. It also allows for consolidation of many former, aging training support facilities.

In addition, the Master Sgt. Mike C. Pena Training Support Center will serve to enhance military-civilian community relations such as Boy and Girl Scouts, local community organization visits, spouse camaraderie events and more.

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