To the Editor:
The Central Texas Listening Session this past Monday evening exemplified why the communities that support Fort Hood and its soldiers and families are truly special.
I would like to personally thank the more than 500 people who attended; your presence sent a strong signal to the Department of the Army that Central Texas is engaged, interested and committed.
The presenters stepped up in a big way on very short notice and deserve special recognition for effectively communicating the good news story that our region has, and will continue to support Fort Hood.
I owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Don Daniels, Dr. Robert Muller, Scott Cosper, Susan Kamas, John Crutchfield, Rodney Shine, and Glenn Morrison for their outstanding briefings on the topics the Army stated were important in their future stationing decisions.
A very special thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald and Temple Daily Telegram for professionally and prominently advertising the event over several days at no cost.
Additionally, elected officials and leaders of organizations across the region helped communicate the importance of a good turnout for this event.
Finally, special thanks to Maj. Gen. Tony Ierardi, commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division and Fort Hood senior commander, for hosting this event. While the Listening Session was conducted off-post, the command group and Executive Services team were instrumental in ensuring a well-planned and executed event.
The Army stated it was important to hear the communities’ perspective on issues that should be considered in their decision making process.
Again, to all who were present and participated in the Listening Session, you made a difference in that regard — not just a contribution — and I thank you for your support.
Retired Col. Bill Parry
Heart Of Texas Defense Alliance (HOTDA)