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  • Ft. Hood's USO Building to get Facelift for Soldiers

    Ft. Hood's USO Building to get Facelift for Soldiers

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:00:43 GMT
    (KCEN) – Next month Fort Hood's USO building is expected to get a much needed face lift with renovations that could cost more than $170,000. USO is a non-profit separate from the Department of Defense, but their building is located on Fort Hood to give soldiers and their families a chance to kick back and relax. “Our slogan is home away from home and that truly is our goal to provide a place, a space where they can come out of their normal daily routine and take a breath, take a minute to re...More >>
    (KCEN) – Next month Fort Hood's USO building is expected to get a much needed face lift with renovations that could cost more than $170,000. USO is a non-profit separate from the Department of Defense, but their building is located on Fort Hood to give soldiers and their families a chance to kick back and relax. “Our slogan is home away from home and that truly is our goal to provide a place, a space where they can come out of their normal daily routine and take a breath, take a minute to re...More >>
  • 1st Cavalry Major Spends Lunch Breaks Crocheting Blankets for Kids in Need

    1st Cavalry Major Spends Lunch Breaks Crocheting Blankets for Kids in Need

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:26:36 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Soldiers' service to their community doesn't stop at the battlefield. And for one major on Fort Hood, even her lunch breaks are devoted to making people's lives better.More >>
    (KCEN) -- Soldiers' service to their community doesn't stop at the battlefield. And for one major on Fort Hood, even her lunch breaks are devoted to making people's lives better.
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  • Bat Colony Causing Issues for Ft. Hood Workers, Officials Working to Fix Problem

    Bat Colony Causing Issues for Ft. Hood Workers, Officials Working to Fix Problem

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:12:14 GMT
    Dead bat found at Building 4001, picture taken by civilian workerDead bat found at Building 4001, picture taken by civilian worker
    (KCEN) – A bat colony on Fort Hood is causing safety and health concerns among civilian workers at a particular building on post. Officials say while workers may be frustrated, their safety is the number one priority and they're working to fix the problem. Fort Hood's Public Works director Brian Dosa says about six months ago they moved the maintenance workers out of old buildings that will soon be demolished. The crew of about 140 workers was then moved to building 4001. “We knew there had ...More >>
    (KCEN) – A bat colony on Fort Hood is causing safety and health concerns among civilian workers at a particular building on post. Officials say while workers may be frustrated, their safety is the number one priority and they're working to fix the problem. Fort Hood's Public Works director Brian Dosa says about six months ago they moved the maintenance workers out of old buildings that will soon be demolished. The crew of about 140 workers was then moved to building 4001. “We knew there had ...More >>
  • Report: VA Scandal Probe Targets Potential Obstruction of Justice

    Report: VA Scandal Probe Targets Potential Obstruction of Justice

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:10:06 GMT
    (USA Today) -- The Justice Department and the FBI have joined the VA Inspector General to investigate allegations of obstruction of justice at dozens of veterans hospitals across the country, according to a long-awaited report released Tuesday.The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General said 93 VA health care sites across the country are being investigated in connection with falsifying scheduling records to hide delays in veterans' health care and "attempting ...More >>
    (USA Today) -- The Justice Department and the FBI have joined the VA Inspector General to investigate allegations of obstruction of justice at dozens of veterans hospitals across the country, according to a long-awaited report released Tuesday.The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General said 93 VA health care sites across the country are being investigated in connection with falsifying scheduling records to hide delays in veterans' health care and "attempting ...More >>
  • VA Details Sweeping Changes to Speed Care to Veterans

    VA Details Sweeping Changes to Speed Care to Veterans

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:07:22 GMT
     The Department of Veterans Affairs promises sweeping changes — and ample contrition — in a prepared response to an inspector general's due this week on a scandal over delayed health care for veterans.The VA response — copies of which were obtained by USA TODAY — includes talking points that reveal at least one crucial finding by investigators: No deaths of veterans at a Phoenix VA hospital could be "conclusively" linked to delays in care at that facility.The talking points emph...More >>
     The Department of Veterans Affairs promises sweeping changes — and ample contrition — in a prepared response to an inspector general's due this week on a scandal over delayed health care for veterans.The VA response — copies of which were obtained by USA TODAY — includes talking points that reveal at least one crucial finding by investigators: No deaths of veterans at a Phoenix VA hospital could be "conclusively" linked to delays in care at that facility.The talking points emph...More >>
  • All Clear at Army's Fort Lee After 'Active Shooter Incident'

    All Clear at Army's Fort Lee After 'Active Shooter Incident'

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:31:18 GMT
    A female soldier with a gun who caused a lockdown on Monday at Fort Lee in Virginia shot and wounded herself, the Army installation said in a statement after the all-clear was given."Early reports indicate the soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself," the statement said. "The soldier was transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her condition is not known at this time."It said special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation ...More >>
    A female soldier with a gun who caused a lockdown on Monday at Fort Lee in Virginia shot and wounded herself, the Army installation said in a statement after the all-clear was given."Early reports indicate the soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself," the statement said. "The soldier was transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her condition is not known at this time."It said special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation ...More >>
  • Research Raises Concerns For New Army Helmet Design

    Research Raises Concerns For New Army Helmet Design

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-08-25 15:36:42 GMT
    Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper.The Conformal Integrated Protective Headgear System, or CIPHER, prototype came under attack from all sides during the test, conducted by the Naval Research Laboratory, and in all configurations: Helmet only, helmet and visor, helmet and jaw prote...More >>
    Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper.The Conformal Integrated Protective Headgear System, or CIPHER, prototype came under attack from all sides during the test, conducted by the Naval Research Laboratory, and in all configurations: Helmet only, helmet and visor, helmet and jaw prote...More >>
  • Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges

    Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:46:38 GMT
    (KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.More >>
    (KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.More >>
  • Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform

    Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:12:45 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.More >>
    Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.
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  • Fort Hood Soldiers Compete in Best by Test

    Fort Hood Soldiers Compete in Best by Test

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:35:34 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Soldiers often tout they're the best at this skill or that exercise... But who really is the best? Fort Hood's Steel Dragon Battalion decided to put the soldiers to the test to find out.Starting last Friday about 600 soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd field artillery split up into more than 20 teams to go through rigorous war fighting skill competitions. "We wanted to put a little vigor into these exercises, and put in a little stress to see how well these soldiers operate over a l...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Soldiers often tout they're the best at this skill or that exercise... But who really is the best? Fort Hood's Steel Dragon Battalion decided to put the soldiers to the test to find out.Starting last Friday about 600 soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd field artillery split up into more than 20 teams to go through rigorous war fighting skill competitions. "We wanted to put a little vigor into these exercises, and put in a little stress to see how well these soldiers operate over a l...More >>
  • "I feel like a soldier again", Archery Therapy Helps Wounded Ft. Hood Soldiers

    "I feel like a soldier again", Archery Therapy Helps Wounded Ft. Hood Soldiers

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:36:32 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Tamara Becker grips her bow, clears her mind, pulls back and lets the arrow fly. It's a feeling that makes her feel like a soldier again. “When I'm on the range I notice myself being less anxious and calm,” she said. “It causes you to focus and really helps with kinetic energy.” A Purple Heart recipient, Becker came back from Afghanistan a wounded soldier. Joining Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Unit for wounded, injured and ill soldiers, she began looking through their adaptive reco...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Tamara Becker grips her bow, clears her mind, pulls back and lets the arrow fly. It's a feeling that makes her feel like a soldier again. “When I'm on the range I notice myself being less anxious and calm,” she said. “It causes you to focus and really helps with kinetic energy.” A Purple Heart recipient, Becker came back from Afghanistan a wounded soldier. Joining Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Unit for wounded, injured and ill soldiers, she began looking through their adaptive reco...More >>
  • More Civilian Jobs Could be Cut at Fort Hood

    More Civilian Jobs Could be Cut at Fort Hood

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-08-19 03:20:06 GMT
    (KCEN) – As budget cuts continue to loom over the Defense Department and fewer soldiers are being deployed with the drawdown, the Army has requested to cut about 500 civilian jobs by the end of the year. Of those, 160 workers would be from Fort Hood. Bill Parry with the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance says congress has 45 days to take action on the reduction request, and if they approve – which he believes they will – those Department of Army civilian workers cut would leave by January 15th w...More >>
    (KCEN) – As budget cuts continue to loom over the Defense Department and fewer soldiers are being deployed with the drawdown, the Army has requested to cut about 500 civilian jobs by the end of the year. Of those, 160 workers would be from Fort Hood. Bill Parry with the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance says congress has 45 days to take action on the reduction request, and if they approve – which he believes they will – those Department of Army civilian workers cut would leave by January 15th w...More >>
  • Ft. Hood Teen Wins Headed to Nationals for 'Military Youth of the Year' Competition

    Ft. Hood Teen Wins Headed to Nationals for 'Military Youth of the Year' Competition

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:32:53 GMT
    (KCEN) – A Fort Hood teen is on her way to Washington D.C. to compete in the national Military Youth of the Year after winning the Texas and South West Regional titles. On Thursday Fort Hood's Bronco Youth Club held a celebration to honor 18-year-old Shakira Wingate for her accomplishments before heading to nationals. “Just being able to speak on behalf of the military kids here, and at my region and even military kids nationwide, I'm pretty excited and nervous at the same time,” Shakira laug...More >>
    (KCEN) – A Fort Hood teen is on her way to Washington D.C. to compete in the national Military Youth of the Year after winning the Texas and South West Regional titles. On Thursday Fort Hood's Bronco Youth Club held a celebration to honor 18-year-old Shakira Wingate for her accomplishments before heading to nationals. “Just being able to speak on behalf of the military kids here, and at my region and even military kids nationwide, I'm pretty excited and nervous at the same time,” Shakira laug...More >>
  • Ft. Hood Welcomes New III Corps Deputy Commanding General

    Ft. Hood Welcomes New III Corps Deputy Commanding General

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:27:37 GMT
    III Corps Commanding General MacFarland welcomes brigadier General Tim LaiIII Corps Commanding General MacFarland welcomes brigadier General Tim Lai
    (KCEN) – On Thursday Fort Hood welcomed their new III Corps Deputy Commanding General Tim Lai, the first British officer to hold the position. Brigadier General Lai comes from London and joins the Fort Hood team as part of an exchange program used throughout the military. American officers hold similar roles in other forces, and the position is used to help military partnerships with allies better understand how each other operate. “As a highly educated veteran of many deployments around the ...More >>
    (KCEN) – On Thursday Fort Hood welcomed their new III Corps Deputy Commanding General Tim Lai, the first British officer to hold the position. Brigadier General Lai comes from London and joins the Fort Hood team as part of an exchange program used throughout the military. American officers hold similar roles in other forces, and the position is used to help military partnerships with allies better understand how each other operate. “As a highly educated veteran of many deployments around the ...More >>
  • GM Program Training Ft. Hood Soldiers for Jobs

    GM Program Training Ft. Hood Soldiers for Jobs

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-08-14 00:32:03 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A new pilot program at Fort Hood is preparing soldiers for life after the military. A partnership between General Motors and Raytheon launched Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training program at Fort Hood, training soldiers for jobs at their dealerships. "This is awesome. I didn't think this was going to happen as far as letting me get the experience before I get out of the military," sergeant Javier Mendoza said. "I was so stressed on what I was going to do when I get out, and...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A new pilot program at Fort Hood is preparing soldiers for life after the military. A partnership between General Motors and Raytheon launched Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training program at Fort Hood, training soldiers for jobs at their dealerships. "This is awesome. I didn't think this was going to happen as far as letting me get the experience before I get out of the military," sergeant Javier Mendoza said. "I was so stressed on what I was going to do when I get out, and...More >>
  • Obama Warns of 'Long-Term Project' in Iraq

    Obama Warns of 'Long-Term Project' in Iraq

    Saturday, August 9 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-09 16:19:04 GMT
    Photo Courtesy NBC NewsPhoto Courtesy NBC News
    U.S. air missions and aid deliveries to Iraq will continue as long as needed, but U.S. airstrikes have already destroyed weapons the militant Islamist rebels could have used to launch new attacks, President Barack Obama said Saturday.Saying fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham had advanced on the strategic northern city of Erbil more rapidly than the U.S. had expected, Obama said in a nationally televised news conference from the South Lawn of the White House: "I do...More >>
    U.S. air missions and aid deliveries to Iraq will continue as long as needed, but U.S. airstrikes have already destroyed weapons the militant Islamist rebels could have used to launch new attacks, President Barack Obama said Saturday.Saying fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham had advanced on the strategic northern city of Erbil more rapidly than the U.S. had expected, Obama said in a nationally televised news conference from the South Lawn of the White House: "I do...More >>
  • Ft. Hood Says Goodbye to Lt. Gen Milley, Welcomes New Commander

    Ft. Hood Says Goodbye to Lt. Gen Milley, Welcomes New Commander

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:53:17 GMT
    (KCEN) – III Corps and Fort Hood is beginning a new chapter with a change of command on Friday, saying goodbye to Lt. General Mark Milley and welcoming the new leader Lt. General Sean MacFarland. Since 2012 LTG Milley has been the commanding general over the Phantom Warriors of III Corps and Fort Hood, but will now make his way to Fort Bragg to become the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), and promoted to General. On Friday he handed over the command to Lt. General...More >>
    (KCEN) – III Corps and Fort Hood is beginning a new chapter with a change of command on Friday, saying goodbye to Lt. General Mark Milley and welcoming the new leader Lt. General Sean MacFarland. Since 2012 LTG Milley has been the commanding general over the Phantom Warriors of III Corps and Fort Hood, but will now make his way to Fort Bragg to become the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), and promoted to General. On Friday he handed over the command to Lt. General...More >>
  • More Soldiers Get Pink Slips at Fort Hood

    More Soldiers Get Pink Slips at Fort Hood

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-07 23:43:40 GMT
    (KCEN) – More Fort Hood soldiers are getting pink slips, or notifications they will have to leave the Army due to budget cuts and the drawdown of troops. Notifications started going out to Fort Hood majors last week, and will more than likely finish before the weekend. Of the 550 being cut in the Army, about 60 of those will be from Fort Hood. This comes after more than 1,000 captains received notifications a few months ago. That includes 118 from Fort Hood, as well as a few Fort Hood men and...More >>
    (KCEN) – More Fort Hood soldiers are getting pink slips, or notifications they will have to leave the Army due to budget cuts and the drawdown of troops. Notifications started going out to Fort Hood majors last week, and will more than likely finish before the weekend. Of the 550 being cut in the Army, about 60 of those will be from Fort Hood. This comes after more than 1,000 captains received notifications a few months ago. That includes 118 from Fort Hood, as well as a few Fort Hood men and...More >>
  • Maj. Gen. Harold Greene's Body Returned To U.S.

    Maj. Gen. Harold Greene's Body Returned To U.S.

    Thursday, August 7 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-08-07 17:47:24 GMT
    (KCEN) -- The body of Major General Harold Greene received a dignified return to U.S. soil. His casket arrived on Thursday at Dover Air Force Base.The longtime officer was killed Tuesday at a military training facility in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was leading the U.S. effort in training Afghan soldiers. An ISAF official says a member of the facility shot from inside a nearby building, hitting General Greene. The Taliban has acknowledged the incident, but not claimed responsibility for it. The Pe...More >>
    (KCEN) -- The body of Major General Harold Greene received a dignified return to U.S. soil. His casket arrived on Thursday at Dover Air Force Base.The longtime officer was killed Tuesday at a military training facility in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was leading the U.S. effort in training Afghan soldiers. An ISAF official says a member of the facility shot from inside a nearby building, hitting General Greene. The Taliban has acknowledged the incident, but not claimed responsibility for it. The Pe...More >>
  • Ft. Hood Col. Becomes First Vietnamese-American Promoted to General

    Ft. Hood Col. Becomes First Vietnamese-American Promoted to General

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-07 00:03:34 GMT
    Viet Luong Takes OathViet Luong Takes Oath
    (KCEN) – He fights to protect a country that once protected him, and now Viet Luong is making U.S. Military history as the first Vietnamese-American to be promoted to general. On Wednesday, more than 200 people from across the country and world, including members of the Armed Forces of Vietnam, came to Fort Hood to watch Colonel Viet Luong make history. “There is no one in uniform today that epitomizes what it takes to be an American soldier more than Viet Luong,” Fort Hood Commanding General...More >>
    (KCEN) – He fights to protect a country that once protected him, and now Viet Luong is making U.S. Military history as the first Vietnamese-American to be promoted to general. On Wednesday, more than 200 people from across the country and world, including members of the Armed Forces of Vietnam, came to Fort Hood to watch Colonel Viet Luong make history. “There is no one in uniform today that epitomizes what it takes to be an American soldier more than Viet Luong,” Fort Hood Commanding General...More >>
  • Belton Thrift Store Workers Find Soldier Memorial Bracelet, Send it to His Family

    Belton Thrift Store Workers Find Soldier Memorial Bracelet, Send it to His Family

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-05 22:33:31 GMT
    (KCEN) – A family will soon be reunited with a memorial to a fallen soldier. A donation, a keen eye, and a little legwork, and now the memento is headed home to Kentucky.More >>
    (KCEN) – A family will soon be reunited with a memorial to a fallen soldier. A donation, a keen eye, and a little legwork, and now the memento is headed home to Kentucky.
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  • Deadly Attack: American Two-Star General Killed at Afghan Academy, Major General Identified

    Deadly Attack: American Two-Star General Killed at Afghan Academy, Major General Identified

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-05 21:36:19 GMT
    KABUL, Afghanistan - As many as 12 Western soldiers -- including several Americans -- were shot in a deadly attack on high-level officials visiting a military academy Tuesday near Afghanistan's capital.U.S. officials told NBC News that most, if not all, of the victims were American. They said a lone gunman opened fire at a group that included American officials at the Camp Qargha training facility.One high-ranking U.S. service member was killed and more than a dozen Western troo...More >>
    KABUL, Afghanistan - As many as 12 Western soldiers -- including several Americans -- were shot in a deadly attack on high-level officials visiting a military academy Tuesday near Afghanistan's capital.U.S. officials told NBC News that most, if not all, of the victims were American. They said a lone gunman opened fire at a group that included American officials at the Camp Qargha training facility.One high-ranking U.S. service member was killed and more than a dozen Western troo...More >>
  • Woman Hiking 1000 Miles For Fort Hood Soldiers

    Woman Hiking 1000 Miles For Fort Hood Soldiers

    Sunday, August 3 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-08-03 20:47:17 GMT
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    On July 30th Bridget Carlson started hiking inside Dana Peak Park in Harker Heights. To date, the Army wife has walked 118 miles and will keep going until she reaches 1,000.More >>
    On July 30th Bridget Carlson started hiking inside Dana Peak Park in Harker Heights. To date, the Army wife has walked 118 miles and will keep going until she reaches 1,000.More >>
  • Combat by Design: Army Unveils New Camouflage Pattern

    Combat by Design: Army Unveils New Camouflage Pattern

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:59:28 GMT
    Combat uniforms featuring the Army's newest camouflage pattern will be available for sale in the summer of 2015, officials announced Thursday.The Army is calling its new camo the Operational Camouflage Pattern, though it's been referred to in previous tests as Scorpion W2. The pattern, with a color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown, was developed by Army Natick Labs in Massachusetts.The Army plans to transition to this new camo over time, phasing out the unpop...More >>
    Combat uniforms featuring the Army's newest camouflage pattern will be available for sale in the summer of 2015, officials announced Thursday.The Army is calling its new camo the Operational Camouflage Pattern, though it's been referred to in previous tests as Scorpion W2. The pattern, with a color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown, was developed by Army Natick Labs in Massachusetts.The Army plans to transition to this new camo over time, phasing out the unpop...More >>
  • LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:25:58 GMT
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
  • Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:51:30 GMT
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
  • Veterans Day Ceremony At Temple VA Medical Center

    Veterans Day Ceremony At Temple VA Medical Center

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-11-11 23:19:55 GMT
    Hundreds of central Texans attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers Monday. Congressman John Carter spoke at the one in Temple. There was a mix of celebration, solemnityMore >>
    Hundreds of central Texans attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers Monday. Congressman John Carter spoke at the one in Temple. There was a mix of celebration, solemnityMore >>
  • Remembering Veterans Nationally

    Remembering Veterans Nationally

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-11-11 23:19:26 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was packed today in honor of those who served. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns this morning. There was also a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
    (KCEN) -- Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was packed today in honor of those who served. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns this morning. There was also a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
  • World's Oldest Vet Meets President

    World's Oldest Vet Meets President

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-11-11 23:03:52 GMT
    (KCEN) -- The oldest living veteran we introduced you to last week got to meet the president today. Over the weekend, 107-year-old Richard Overton was honored in Austin for his service during World WarMore >>
    (KCEN) -- The oldest living veteran we introduced you to last week got to meet the president today. Over the weekend, 107-year-old Richard Overton was honored in Austin for his service during World WarMore >>
  • Female Veterans Receive Job Support

    Female Veterans Receive Job Support

    Monday, November 11 2013 5:16 PM EST2013-11-11 22:16:29 GMT
    As we honor veterans for their service today, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans, who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues. Veterans Administration andMore >>
    As we honor veterans for their service today, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans, who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues. Veterans Administration andMore >>
  • Who is PFC. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

    Who is PFC. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

    Monday, November 11 2013 11:40 AM EST2013-11-11 16:40:36 GMT
    (CNN) -- Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington. A Purple Heart, Matthew Carlson thought to himself. But what was itMore >>
    (CNN) -- Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington. A Purple Heart, Matthew Carlson thought to himself. But what was itMore >>
  • Fort Hood Victim Honored

    Fort Hood Victim Honored

    Saturday, November 9 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-11-10 03:45:20 GMT
    (KCEN) --- Just past the four year anniversary of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, one of the twelve service members killed is being honored for his actions. The army says Specialist Fred Greene chargedMore >>
    (KCEN) --- Just past the four year anniversary of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, one of the twelve service members killed is being honored for his actions. The army says Specialist Fred Greene chargedMore >>
  • UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    Saturday, November 9 2013 8:58 PM EST2013-11-10 01:58:47 GMT
    It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium. The afternoon was filled with football, funMore >>
    It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium.More >>
  • More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

    More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

    Thursday, November 7 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-11-07 22:31:42 GMT
    More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them. The Military Child Education Coalition estimates aboutMore >>
    More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them. The Military Child Education Coalition estimates aboutMore >>
  • Creating More Jobs For Veterans

    Creating More Jobs For Veterans

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 7:24 PM EST2013-11-07 00:24:59 GMT
    More jobs for veterans. Congressman Bill Flores and other lawmakers targeted that goal at Baylor University Wednesday morning. Many veterans attended the event to tell their stories and try to influenceMore >>
    More jobs for veterans. Congressman Bill Flores and other lawmakers targeted that goal at Baylor University Wednesday morning.More >>
  • Military Families Expected To Spend Less On Thanksgiving

    Military Families Expected To Spend Less On Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 7:16 PM EST2013-11-07 00:16:34 GMT
    A new study shows a 9-point spike this year in the number of Military families scaling down their Thanksgiving festivities on account of budget worries. Thanksgiving preps are in full swing, but forMore >>
    A new study shows a 9-point spike this year in the number of Military families scaling down their Thanksgiving festivities on account of budget worries. Thanksgiving preps are in full swing, but forMore >>
  • Fort Hood to Demolish Building, Clean Others

    Fort Hood to Demolish Building, Clean Others

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-11-05 21:42:15 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood has announced that they plan to demolish the building where the majority of the November 5 shootings took place. In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Dosa, Director of PublicMore >>
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood has announced that they plan to demolish the building where the majority of the November 5 shootings took place. In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Dosa, Director of PublicMore >>
  • Veteran Hikes Across America

    Veteran Hikes Across America

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:04 PM EST2013-11-04 19:04:24 GMT
    A marine veteran from Pennsylvania has made it his mission to hike to every state capital in the country in honor of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. Lance Robinson is hiking his way throughMore >>
    A marine veteran from Pennsylvania has made it his mission to hike to every state capital in the country in honor of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11More >>
  • Custody Battles Can Be Uphill Battles For Service Members

    Custody Battles Can Be Uphill Battles For Service Members

    Monday, November 4 2013 11:57 AM EST2013-11-04 16:57:40 GMT
    The cards tend to be stacked against our troops when it comes to winning custody of their kids. That's especially true when they change duty stations and their children stay put. "He's her dad, andMore >>
    The cards tend to be stacked against our troops when it comes to winning custody of their kids. That's especially true when they change duty stations and their children stay put. "He's her dad, andMore >>

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  • Fort Hood Shooter Writes To ISIS leader, Asks To Become 'Citizen' Of Islamic State

    Fort Hood Shooter Writes To ISIS leader, Asks To Become 'Citizen' Of Islamic State

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:44:08 GMT
    (CNN) -- The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has written a letter to the leader of ISIS, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State's caliphate, his attorney said Thursday. "The letter states that Nadal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate," attorney John Galligan said. "He wrote it in the last few weeks." Described as a two page letter, it was addressed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the notorious leader of ISIS who declared himself the caliph -- ...More >>
    (CNN) -- The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has written a letter to the leader of ISIS, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State's caliphate, his attorney said Thursday. "The letter states that Nadal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate," attorney John Galligan said. "He wrote it in the last few weeks." Described as a two page letter, it was addressed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the notorious leader of ISIS who declared himself the caliph -- ...More >>
  • Truck on Fire Northbound I-35 South of "Big Elm" Exit in Troy

    Truck on Fire Northbound I-35 South of "Big Elm" Exit in Troy

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:45:28 GMT
    Truck on Fire Northbound I-35 South of "Big Elm" Exit in TroyMore >>
    Truck on Fire Northbound I-35 South of "Big Elm" Exit in TroyMore >>
  • Copperas Cove Police Investigate Man's Death

    Copperas Cove Police Investigate Man's Death

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:01:20 GMT
    The Copperas Cove Police Department is conducting and investigation the death of a man found on Wednesday...More >>
    The Copperas Cove Police Department is conducting and investigation the death of a man found on Wednesday...More >>
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  • Armour: NFL Recognizes its Cluelessness with New Domestic Violence Penalties

    Armour: NFL Recognizes its Cluelessness with New Domestic Violence Penalties

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:30:53 GMT
    Bravo, NFL.Not only did the NFL recognize its cluelessness by imposing harsh new penalties for domestic violence, it let its players – and, by extension, men everywhere – know in no uncertain terms that abusing a partner or child is never, ever acceptable.Do it, and you're done for six games. Do it again, and your career is over.Tough? Yes. Appropriate? Absolutely."These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong," NFL Commissio...More >>
    Bravo, NFL.Not only did the NFL recognize its cluelessness by imposing harsh new penalties for domestic violence, it let its players – and, by extension, men everywhere – know in no uncertain terms that abusing a partner or child is never, ever acceptable.Do it, and you're done for six games. Do it again, and your career is over.Tough? Yes. Appropriate? Absolutely."These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong," NFL Commissio...More >>
  • Joan Rivers Stops Breathing at Clinic, Rushed to Hospital

    Joan Rivers Stops Breathing at Clinic, Rushed to Hospital

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:21:25 GMT
    Comedian and Fashion Police host Joan Rivers has been taken to a New York hospital in cardiac arrest Thursday.Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital in critical condition after she stopped breathing while undergoing a throat procedure at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, according to the New York Timesand ABC News.E!, where Rivers hosts Fashion Police, has reportedthat she is in stable condition.Rivers' publicist has not immediately responded to USA TODAY's request for comm...More >>
    Comedian and Fashion Police host Joan Rivers has been taken to a New York hospital in cardiac arrest Thursday.Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital in critical condition after she stopped breathing while undergoing a throat procedure at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, according to the New York Timesand ABC News.E!, where Rivers hosts Fashion Police, has reportedthat she is in stable condition.Rivers' publicist has not immediately responded to USA TODAY's request for comm...More >>
  • Mom's Facebook Post Gets 4-Year-Old Expelled from Preschool

    Mom's Facebook Post Gets 4-Year-Old Expelled from Preschool

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:59:03 GMT
    A mother is outraged after her son was expelled from preschool because of a Facebook post on her personal page.Ashley Habat told News4Jax that she was upset because the school didn't give parents more time to get ready for picture day. Habat later posted her frustration about it on Facebook and the school told Habat that her son, Will, could no longer attend.Habat said she doesn't regret expressing her opinion, which she said was posted to her private page for only her...More >>
    A mother is outraged after her son was expelled from preschool because of a Facebook post on her personal page.Ashley Habat told News4Jax that she was upset because the school didn't give parents more time to get ready for picture day. Habat later posted her frustration about it on Facebook and the school told Habat that her son, Will, could no longer attend.Habat said she doesn't regret expressing her opinion, which she said was posted to her private page for only her...More >>
  • Police Fired Shot That Killed 'Cops' Crewmember

    Police Fired Shot That Killed 'Cops' Crewmember

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:06:24 GMT
    The bullet that killed an employee of the long-running TV show Cops while filming a response to an armed robbery call was fired by a police officer, Omaha police said Wednesday.It turned out the suspect was only armed with an Airsoft rifle, which fires plastic pellets, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said during a press conference.The crewmember was identified as Bryce Dion, 38, who was working as the sound technician when he was killed by "friendly fire," Schmaderer said.Th...More >>
    The bullet that killed an employee of the long-running TV show Cops while filming a response to an armed robbery call was fired by a police officer, Omaha police said Wednesday.It turned out the suspect was only armed with an Airsoft rifle, which fires plastic pellets, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said during a press conference.The crewmember was identified as Bryce Dion, 38, who was working as the sound technician when he was killed by "friendly fire," Schmaderer said.Th...More >>
  • F-15 Reports Emergency, Crashes in Virginia Forest

    F-15 Reports Emergency, Crashes in Virginia Forest

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:55:53 GMT
    An F-15C fighter jet based at a National Guard facility in Massachusetts crashed Wednesday into a national forest in central Virginia after reporting an in-flight emergency and losing radio contact, officials said.The jet, from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, is a one-person craft and the status of the pilot was not immediately known, said Maj. Candice Ismirle, an Air Force spokesperson.The Pentagon indicated the jet was en route to Louisiana fro...More >>
    An F-15C fighter jet based at a National Guard facility in Massachusetts crashed Wednesday into a national forest in central Virginia after reporting an in-flight emergency and losing radio contact, officials said.The jet, from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, is a one-person craft and the status of the pilot was not immediately known, said Maj. Candice Ismirle, an Air Force spokesperson.The Pentagon indicated the jet was en route to Louisiana fro...More >>
  • Child Firing Uzi at Arizona Shooting Range Accidentally Kills Instructor, Police Say

    Child Firing Uzi at Arizona Shooting Range Accidentally Kills Instructor, Police Say

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:48:00 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, died at a hospital late Monday night after he was shot in the head.The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said the girl was with her parents. The website of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where the accident happened, says children between the ages of 8 and...More >>
    A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, died at a hospital late Monday night after he was shot in the head.The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said the girl was with her parents. The website of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where the accident happened, says children between the ages of 8 and...More >>
  • United Flight Diverts Over 'Knee Defender' Fight

    United Flight Diverts Over 'Knee Defender' Fight

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:45:53 GMT
    (USA Today) -- On Sunday, a fight between two passengers over personal space, a thrown cup of water and the use of a controversial plastic gadget that prevents airline seats from reclining caused United Airlines Flight 1462 from Newark, N.J., to Denver to divert to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the AP reports.During the flight, a man seated in the Economy Plus section, which offers four more inches of legroom than other coach seats, was reportedly using a $21.95 gadget called a Knee...More >>
    (USA Today) -- On Sunday, a fight between two passengers over personal space, a thrown cup of water and the use of a controversial plastic gadget that prevents airline seats from reclining caused United Airlines Flight 1462 from Newark, N.J., to Denver to divert to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the AP reports.During the flight, a man seated in the Economy Plus section, which offers four more inches of legroom than other coach seats, was reportedly using a $21.95 gadget called a Knee...More >>
  • American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria

    American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:40:50 GMT
    The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport.Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain's passport and of his body -- which fea...More >>
    The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport.Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain's passport and of his body -- which fea...More >>
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