Boat lovers and water sports enthusiasts are converging from ports far and wide this week on the Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, where more than 1,000 powerboats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft will be on display.
At 5-feet, 2-inches tall and 115 or so pounds, Larissa Gehring may not look like someone who pumps iron at the gym. But the mother of one and staff sergeant in the Army National Guard more than holds her own as a member of Fort Hood’s championship Phantom Warrior Powerlifting Team.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA — The steam from the hot cup of coffee floated in the air past a monitor showing various thermal camera angles of the same scene. A shot of a M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle sitting in a battle position. A shot of the mountainside the Bradley is facing in the distance where p…
President Donald J. Trump on Thursday ordered the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani after the death of an American contractor and wounding of four U.S. troops in a rocket attack against a military base in northern Baghdad, Iraq, which housed U.S. troops.
KILLEEN — Being on a one-year-tour to Korea, Staff Sgt. Armando Martinez thought spending Christmas with his family was not possible this year.
COPPERAS COVE — The only sounds coming from the room was the rattle of balls, the calling of numbers and the quiet “swish” of players stamping cards.
The past year was a busy one for Fort Hood. Deployments, redeployments, training and more filled calendar year 2019 for the troops stationed at “The Great Place,” along with many changes in unit leadership.
KILLEEN — An Austin-based nonprofit came to the aid of homeless veterans in Killeen on Dec. 14, 2019, hoping to bring a little cheer as the holiday season began.
Ah, Christmas is finally here.
Armed with white, mesh nets and fanned out in a training area, biologists and volunteers, from the Adaptive and Integrative Management program, can be found searching for monarch butterflies at Fort Hood.
Contamination has been a continuous problem at Fort Hood Recycle. Plagued with non-recyclable materials like food waste, diapers and sharps, the recycle program is having to deal with dead animal remains on a weekly basis.
KILLEEN — Members of the Killeen-area community gathered together on Sunday to enjoy a Christmas meal and camaraderie at the Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9191.
KILLEEN — After immigrating to Chicago, Ali Ouali had difficulty finding employment, so she turned to the legacy of service she had witnessed through her father and grandparents’ military service to their native countries.
It’s Christmas day, and children around the world are waking up with excitement and running to see what Santa left them under the Christmas tree. Then running to wake their parents, so they can get to the good part — opening them.
From now through Dec. 28, youngsters and the young-at-heart can take a charming holiday train ride aboard The Polar Express, a 60-minute adventure based on the 2004 Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks, courtesy of the historic Texas State Railroad.
COPPERAS COVE — Operation Stand Down Central Texas didn’t pull up in a sleigh, but they were bringing Santa Claus — played by Kipp Miller — and bags of Christmas gifts to the Copperas Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation center Monday morning. The organization was delivering holiday cheer and pre…
BELTON — The cost to enter the Nature in Lights Christmas display at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area increased this year, but so have the number of displays and events.
For members of the military community it is no exception to spend the holidays away from home. Deployments, training schedules and changing duty stations affect holiday celebrations in many ways.
Fort Hood officials unveiled a new, recently installed, 171-camera surveillance system during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Robert Gray Army Airfield on Dec. 11.
Fort Hood and III Corps leadership invited the local military community to kick off the holiday season with their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday evening.
It’s that time of year again! Free Christmas tree for our troops.
HARKER HEIGHTS — If there’s one thing that’s deeply ingrained in veterans, it’s helping each other.
KILLEEN — The annual Snowball Express took off at the Killen-Fort Hood Regional Airport early Saturday morning to send Gold Star families from surrounding areas on a five-day long retreat to Disney World.
Fort Hood’s popular Nature in Lights display is a well-known holiday tradition throughout the Central Texas area, and the military post also offers a number of other activities to celebrate the season, including a free Christmas tree giveaway this weekend for junior enlisted personnel.
The Junior ROTC cadets from Copperas Cove High School’s Bulldawg Battalion are no strangers to the kindness of the soldiers of the school’s adopt-a-school unit, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment.
KILLEEN — More than 100 people stood in line at Texas A&M University-Central Texas waiting to be shuttled to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery to help place a wreath on every grave — nearly 10,000.
The 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade celebrated their 75th anniversary Nov. 22 at the Phantom Warrior Center on Fort Hood.
The Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel was eerily silent on Monday, even though the chapel was packed to capacity.
In an annual tradition, two Fort Hood dining facilities took home bragging rights as the best dining facilities for the Thanksgiving competition.
The soldiers of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, received the body of one of their own Tuesday during a dignified transfer of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Knadle to his family.
“Garryowen” will honor the life of one of its recently-lost troops on Monday, celebrating the life of a soldier who earlier in the year helped lead their team to an overall fourth-place finish at the Gainey Cup, the competition for the world’s best cavalry scout team.
The 1st Cavalry Division hosted a distinguished service recognition ceremony on Thursday at Fort Hood’s Howze Theater.
FORT IRWIN, California — Through the use of five imperatives, safety, accountability, maintenance, simplicity and attitude, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment achieved a successful rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
The Department of Defense announced in November the annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2020. Most military retirees will receive a 1.6 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on Jan. 1, 20…
CRAWFORD — Former President George W. Bush hosted 40 wounded warriors and their families at his Crawford Ranch on Friday and Saturday for the Warrior 100k bike ride.
Harald Weldon had plenty of close calls as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, but one night in particular stands out more than most.
LAMPASAS — Mike O’Hara survived firefights, mortar explosions and rocket attacks during three tours with the infantry in Vietnam, but the emotional scars and pain he brought back home nearly destroyed him.
Stacey Ochoa and her husband, Danny, named their new baby boy Maverick — but the couple insists it had nothing to do with the fact that mom serves as a technical sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
As he looked forward to last month’s 82nd Airborne Division reunion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, retired 1st Sgt. Angel Valencia said his buddies were telling him to get ready for some all-night celebrating and no-telling-what-all former paratrooper carousing.
Former Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood, who died of cancer Dec. 28, 2018 at the age of 79, was known for his commitment to the city and to his country.
COPPERAS COVE — West Point graduate Jim French completed Airborne and Ranger school and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in his 20 year military career.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Harlan “Rip” VanWinkle planned to pursue a career in forestry after graduating from high school in 1958, but growing up in the tiny town of Iredell, about 90 miles north of Fort Hood, the 17-year-old found he was not prepared for college life.
When Belton resident John Sykes was in the Army (1965-1987) there was no school to be a chaplain’s assistant.
Temple native John Potts Jr. has spent most of his life in and around the military, since joining the Texas National Guard more than 60 years ago when he was a senior in high school.