• January 24, 2017

Ebola

36th Engineers officially home from Liberia

FORT HOOD — Megan Riesenberg and her 1-year-old son, James, were just one of many families packed into Starker Physical Fitness Center on Monday morning to greet their soldiers returning from West Africa.

48th Chemical Brigade cases colors for Liberia

FORT HOOD — For the first time in its history, the 48th Chemical Brigade cased its colors Monday for a deployment to West Africa.

First troops complete Ebola monitoring, return to loved ones

FORT HOOD — With a sign reading “I’m here for my valentine” in hand, Faith Deverill welcomed her spouse, 1st Lt. Hayden Deverill, 36th Engineer Brigade, home from his first deployment at a ceremony Tuesday, after being separated since Nov. 12.

Sen. Cruz introduces bill to give tax break to soldiers deployed to Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, which provides that service members deployed to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa be entitled to the same tax benefits as those serving in a combat zone.

U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty

TUBMANBURG, Liberia — Near the hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television.

$850M investment in infrastructure across post

The Army may be tightening the budget, but its continued investment in Fort Hood is clear just in the number of construction projects underway across post.

Military medical examiner will perform autopsy on Fort Hood soldier

A military medical examiner will perform the autopsy of a Fort Hood soldier who was found dead outside a Killeen home Tuesday.

Fort Hood identifies soldier found dead outside Killeen home Tuesday

Fort Hood on Wednesday identified the soldier found dead outside a Killeen residence Tuesday morning as Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed, 24, of Bossier City, La.

U.S. military winning the war against deadly Ebola

Consider me a changed man.

Officials: Soldier found dead negative for Ebola

Killeen police are investigating the death of a Fort Hood soldier on emergency leave from Liberia — a West African country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

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Engineers

Capt. Terrence Lucas, left, the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, and Master Sgt. Stolley Waiters, left, the company’s operations noncommissioned officer in charge, watch local contractors take down and wash the remaining tents at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, Liberia, on Feb. 9. The engineers are getting ready for a hand-off before redeploying back to the states.

36th Engineer Brigade

Col. Heath Roscoe and Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Padgett, command team of the 36th Engineer Brigade, case the brigade colors after completing the unit’s mission in Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance, Joint Forces Command—United Assistance in Paynesville, Liberia, on Thursday. The casing ceremony symbolizes the brigade’s completion of its mission in Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Defense Department operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa.

Liberia

Lt. Col. Robert Kimmel, center right, poses with his family shortly before deploying to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance. Joining him are his two sons, from left, Caleb and Noah, and his wife, Beth. Kimmel is the operations officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood. Though Kimmel has made sacrifices to support the mission in Liberia, he feels it is worth the missed milestones. “The opportunity to help even in a small way to curb this global virus and saving some people’s lives, those lives are worth the little sacrifices I’m making.”

Body found

Killeen police investigate the death of a Fort Hood soldier who was found dead at his Killeen home in the 3300 block of Cantabrian Drive on Tuesday. The soldier was on emergency leave from Liberia.

Engineers leave Liberia

Cpl. Ashley Dotson, 36th Engineer Brigade, prepares her bags for customs at the Roberts International Airport, outside Monrovia, Liberia, before redeploying after her mission in support of Operation United Assistance was complete, Jan. 6, 2015. 

Engineers leave Liberia

Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade, go through medical screening at Roberts International Airport, outside Monrovia, Liberia, before redeploying after their mission in support of Operation United Assistance was complete, Jan. 6, 2015.

Engineers leave Liberia

Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade, arrive at the Roberts International Airport, outside Monrovia, Liberia, before redeploying after their mission in support of Operation United Assistance was complete, Jan. 6, 2015. The soldiers went through customs and medical screening before getting on the flight. All troops will go through 21 days of controlled monitoring.

Ebola mission

Staff Sgt. Jose Nieves, left, movement noncommissioned officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, talks to Haji A. Sheriff, a driver from Liberia, about his routes before he goes out on a mission to Buchanan, Liberia, on Dec. 27 from the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, Liberia, during Operation United Assistance. Spc. Joshua Owens, a movement specialist with the 36th Engineer Brigade, listens.

Soldier mission

Spc. Richard Inyi, a petroleum supplier with the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, watches Pfc. Addison Cook and Pfc. Matthew Newman, both cable system installer/maintainers with the  50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, out of Fort Bragg, N.C., fill up fuel cans for their generators at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, Liberia, on Dec. 15. Inyi made sure the soldiers received the correct amount of fuel. Operation United Assistance is a Defense Department operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa.

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Sgt. William Burrell, left, mentors Spc. Benjamin Ross, a food service specialist, both with the 62nd Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, on Dec. 15 at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, Liberia.

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