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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
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    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 >>
  • "It's a good first step," Local Veterans React to Proposed VA Reform Bill

    "It's a good first step," Local Veterans React to Proposed VA Reform Bill

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:20:09 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A new $17 billion dollar VA reform bill could be passed into legislation as early as Wednesday after House and Senate members came to a compromise Monday night on the overhaul plan.With the bill, $5 billion would go toward hiring more doctors and nurses, another $1.5 billion to lease 27 new facilities for clinics to provide more patient access, and $10 billion for outside care. Veterans living 40 miles from the closest VA or veterans who are on a wait list of more than 30 days could...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A new $17 billion dollar VA reform bill could be passed into legislation as early as Wednesday after House and Senate members came to a compromise Monday night on the overhaul plan.With the bill, $5 billion would go toward hiring more doctors and nurses, another $1.5 billion to lease 27 new facilities for clinics to provide more patient access, and $10 billion for outside care. Veterans living 40 miles from the closest VA or veterans who are on a wait list of more than 30 days could...More >>
  • VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:10:49 GMT
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
  • Robert McDonald Confirmed as new Head of Veterans Affairs

    Robert McDonald Confirmed as new Head of Veterans Affairs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:59:05 GMT
    The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.The vote was 97 to 0.President Barack Obama selected the former Proctor and Gamble chief after the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who left after reports exposed wide-ranging mismanagement and manipulation of waiting lists at VA hospitals.McDonald will be charged with reforming a system bogged down by bureaucracy and mistrust.It looks likely that he’ll ge...More >>
    The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.The vote was 97 to 0.President Barack Obama selected the former Proctor and Gamble chief after the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who left after reports exposed wide-ranging mismanagement and manipulation of waiting lists at VA hospitals.McDonald will be charged with reforming a system bogged down by bureaucracy and mistrust.It looks likely that he’ll ge...More >>
  • Soldiers Graduate from Microsoft Program

    Soldiers Graduate from Microsoft Program

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:13:02 GMT
    Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood. And today the first class of 10 soldiers graduated.More >>
    Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood. And today the first class of 10 soldiers graduated.
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  • Fallen Marine's Tribute Flag is Found in Flea Market, Given to Mom

    Fallen Marine's Tribute Flag is Found in Flea Market, Given to Mom

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:13:03 GMT
    Lanie Brown was at her local flea market in Texas, hoping to find a good deal, when she came across something much more precious.Within a pile of American flags, she found one that looked peculiar, covered in writing from a black marker. Brown wasn't sure what the writing was, but the seller felt it lessened the value of the flag.Her curiosity piqued, Brown bought the flag for the low asking price of $5.When Brown showed it to her son, who is a Marine, he explained that it was a tr...More >>
    Lanie Brown was at her local flea market in Texas, hoping to find a good deal, when she came across something much more precious.Within a pile of American flags, she found one that looked peculiar, covered in writing from a black marker. Brown wasn't sure what the writing was, but the seller felt it lessened the value of the flag.Her curiosity piqued, Brown bought the flag for the low asking price of $5.When Brown showed it to her son, who is a Marine, he explained that it was a tr...More >>
  • USA's Oldest Living Female Veteran to Be Honored in D.C.

    USA's Oldest Living Female Veteran to Be Honored in D.C.

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:51:19 GMT
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    108-year-old World War II veteran Lucy Coffey is heading to D.C. to see the memorials and tour the White House as part of the Honor Flight program.More >>
    108-year-old World War II veteran Lucy Coffey is heading to D.C. to see the memorials and tour the White House as part of the Honor Flight program.More >>
  • Facebook Post Leads Local Man Who Found Bracelet to Soldier Who Lost it Two Years Ago

    Facebook Post Leads Local Man Who Found Bracelet to Soldier Who Lost it Two Years Ago

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:13:21 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Call it a miracle, call it coincidence -- whatever you call it, it's an amazing story. A local man found a bracelet over the weekend memorializing two soldiers killed in action. A little legwork, and the bracelet that went missing two years ago is now on its way back to its owner, more than 1,200 miles away.More >>
    (KCEN) -- Call it a miracle, call it coincidence -- whatever you call it, it's an amazing story. A local man found a bracelet over the weekend memorializing two soldiers killed in action. A little legwork, and the bracelet that went missing two years ago is now on its way back to its owner, more than 1,200 miles away.
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  • Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:01:18 GMT
    Ft. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouseFt. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouse
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
  • New Army Regulation Could Help Honor Fallen

    New Army Regulation Could Help Honor Fallen

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:28:00 GMT
    (KCEN) – One of the Army’s new appearance regulations could boost an effort to honor fallen and wounded post-9/11 heroes around Fort Hood. The local Fisher House has been on a mission since the spring to collect combat boots needed to line the route of the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk and Roll in October. The changes to dress regulations that took effect this spring include limits on whether troops can wear some non-issue combat boots. Now the Fisher House wants to get the word out about t...More >>
    (KCEN) – One of the Army’s new appearance regulations could boost an effort to honor fallen and wounded post-9/11 heroes around Fort Hood. The local Fisher House has been on a mission since the spring to collect combat boots needed to line the route of the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk and Roll in October. The changes to dress regulations that took effect this spring include limits on whether troops can wear some non-issue combat boots. Now the Fisher House wants to get the word out about t...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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  • Lott Fire Sends Dentist To Early Retirement

    Lott Fire Sends Dentist To Early Retirement

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:31:31 GMT
    (KCEN) “There's nothing you can salvage out of it.” A blunt but honest assessment, as Dr. David Shore looks at what used to be his dental office. “I can't believe it,” said Shore. “It's just gutted, there's nothing there.” On Wednesday night, a fire destroyed over 30-years of memories for the only dental practice in Lott. The city's volunteer fire department was called out to Gassaway Avenue at 9:45 p.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming out of the dental office. Soon smoke was seen coming f...More >>
    (KCEN) “There's nothing you can salvage out of it.” A blunt but honest assessment, as Dr. David Shore looks at what used to be his dental office. “I can't believe it,” said Shore. “It's just gutted, there's nothing there.” On Wednesday night, a fire destroyed over 30-years of memories for the only dental practice in Lott. The city's volunteer fire department was called out to Gassaway Avenue at 9:45 p.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming out of the dental office. Soon smoke was seen coming f...More >>
  • Baylor's Ken Starr Just Latest Big Name to Take Ice Bucket Challenge

    Baylor's Ken Starr Just Latest Big Name to Take Ice Bucket Challenge

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:59:44 GMT
    (KCEN) -- There's no doubt you haven't seen it on your Facebook page: the ALS ice bucket challenge. It's sweeping through social media, and the viral fundraiser is making stops at some of central Texas' most well-known names.More >>
    (KCEN) -- There's no doubt you haven't seen it on your Facebook page: the ALS ice bucket challenge. It's sweeping through social media, and the viral fundraiser is making stops at some of central Texas' most well-known names.More >>
  • Texas Police Officer Arrested in Possession of 400 Grams of Cocaine

    Texas Police Officer Arrested in Possession of 400 Grams of Cocaine

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:38:09 GMT
    A Houston police officer was arrested after deputies say she was found in possession of 400 grams of cocaine Tuesday in Montgomery County.Jasmine Renee Bonner, 26, of Humble, is charged with possess with intent to deliver/manufacture controlled substance, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.The Houston Police Department stated Thursday afternoon that Bonner has been relieved of duty pending an investigation.More >>
    A Houston police officer was arrested after deputies say she was found in possession of 400 grams of cocaine Tuesday in Montgomery County.Jasmine Renee Bonner, 26, of Humble, is charged with possess with intent to deliver/manufacture controlled substance, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.The Houston Police Department stated Thursday afternoon that Bonner has been relieved of duty pending an investigation.More >>
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  • Column Defending Cops in Ferguson Sparks Online Fury

    Column Defending Cops in Ferguson Sparks Online Fury

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:13:25 GMT
    In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri."I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me," the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department."Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck...More >>
    In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri."I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me," the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department."Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck...More >>
  • Kent State Center Jason Bitsko Passes Away at Age 21

    Kent State Center Jason Bitsko Passes Away at Age 21

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:24:21 GMT
     Kent State offensive lineman Jason Bitsko, 21, passed away on Wednesday. The cause of death is unknown after a roommate found him unresponsive.A release posted on the university's official athletics site states police believe an "undetermined medical issue" was a factor. It also included comments from both director of athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes."Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," Nielsen said. "We are h...More >>
     Kent State offensive lineman Jason Bitsko, 21, passed away on Wednesday. The cause of death is unknown after a roommate found him unresponsive.A release posted on the university's official athletics site states police believe an "undetermined medical issue" was a factor. It also included comments from both director of athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes."Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," Nielsen said. "We are h...More >>
  • Man Dies Trying to Stop Friend from Driving Drunk

    Man Dies Trying to Stop Friend from Driving Drunk

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:42:05 GMT
    Joseph Ianzano was worried about a friend — and it ended up costing the Florida 19-year-old his life. He'd driven some friends back to his place after a concert Saturday night, and he feared one of them was too drunk to drive himself home."He blocked the car with his car so that he couldn't get out," Ianzano's grandmother tells CBS Miami.But the driver, who she says is a close family friend, "got around the car and Joey ran after him and grabbed onto the spoiler trying to stop him ...More >>
    Joseph Ianzano was worried about a friend — and it ended up costing the Florida 19-year-old his life. He'd driven some friends back to his place after a concert Saturday night, and he feared one of them was too drunk to drive himself home."He blocked the car with his car so that he couldn't get out," Ianzano's grandmother tells CBS Miami.But the driver, who she says is a close family friend, "got around the car and Joey ran after him and grabbed onto the spoiler trying to stop him ...More >>
  • Brian Hoyer Beats Out Johnny Manziel as Cleveland Browns' Starting Quarterback

    Brian Hoyer Beats Out Johnny Manziel as Cleveland Browns' Starting Quarterback

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:28:01 GMT
    Johnny Manziel will have to wait to become the 21st starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns since 1999.The Browns announced Wednesday morning veteran Brian Hoyer will be the team's starting quarterback in the season opener Sept. 7 against Pittsburgh, at least temporarily ending the league's most interesting, if not ugly, quarterback battle."He was the clear leader from the beginning," Pettine said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would p...More >>
    Johnny Manziel will have to wait to become the 21st starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns since 1999.The Browns announced Wednesday morning veteran Brian Hoyer will be the team's starting quarterback in the season opener Sept. 7 against Pittsburgh, at least temporarily ending the league's most interesting, if not ugly, quarterback battle."He was the clear leader from the beginning," Pettine said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would p...More >>
  • James Wright Foley, Kidnapped Journalist, Apparently Executed By ISIS

    James Wright Foley, Kidnapped Journalist, Apparently Executed By ISIS

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:05:16 GMT
    (NBCNEWS) -- The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq. A graphic video obtained by NBC News purportedly shows James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist for the U.S.-based news service GlobalPost who was kidnapped while reporting from Syria two years ago, reciting threats against America before he is executed by an ISIS militant....More >>
    (NBCNEWS) -- The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq. A graphic video obtained by NBC News purportedly shows James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist for the U.S.-based news service GlobalPost who was kidnapped while reporting from Syria two years ago, reciting threats against America before he is executed by an ISIS militant....More >>
  • Rescue Crews Respond to Phoenix Flash Floods

    Rescue Crews Respond to Phoenix Flash Floods

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:24:55 GMT
     As many as 4 inches of rain fell near Phoenix on Tuesday, sending flash floodwater through areas of Arizona already saturated from recent rains.The smashing currents of water enveloped the base of one home, trapping at least one person inside. A rescue crew flew in by helicopter and was attempting to get anyone in the home to safety.CNN affiliate KPHO reported that the rescue was one of several taking place.The National Weather Service in Phoenix said a flash flood warning was in eff...More >>
     As many as 4 inches of rain fell near Phoenix on Tuesday, sending flash floodwater through areas of Arizona already saturated from recent rains.The smashing currents of water enveloped the base of one home, trapping at least one person inside. A rescue crew flew in by helicopter and was attempting to get anyone in the home to safety.CNN affiliate KPHO reported that the rescue was one of several taking place.The National Weather Service in Phoenix said a flash flood warning was in eff...More >>
  • One Dead in Police Shooting Near Ferguson

    One Dead in Police Shooting Near Ferguson

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:26:39 GMT
    (USA Today) FERGUSON, Mo. — Schools are closed for a second week. Tear gas canisters and other debris often litter the streets. Businesses are struggling.The 10 days of protests and violence are taking their toll on this normally quiet city of 21,000 people 12 miles from St. Louis."This has to stop," Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Johnson said Tuesday.Johnson is charged with bringing peace to a city torn apart by violence since Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a Ferguson police off...More >>
    (USA Today) FERGUSON, Mo. — Schools are closed for a second week. Tear gas canisters and other debris often litter the streets. Businesses are struggling.The 10 days of protests and violence are taking their toll on this normally quiet city of 21,000 people 12 miles from St. Louis."This has to stop," Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Johnson said Tuesday.Johnson is charged with bringing peace to a city torn apart by violence since Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a Ferguson police off...More >>
  • Don Pardo, Voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' Dead at 96

    Don Pardo, Voice of 'Saturday Night Live,' Dead at 96

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:58:21 GMT
    (CNN) -- Don Pardo, the announcer whose velvety baritone voice introduced "Saturday Night Live" hosts on NBC for decades, has died at age 96, the network announced.Pardo was the announcer for "SNL" for all but one season over the program's 39-year run. Prior to announcing for the comedy show, he was a familiar voice on NBC, handling the announcing duties on such programs as the old "Price Is Right" and the Art Fleming-hosted version of "Jeopardy!"In a tweet, "NBC Nightly News" described Pardo...More >>
    (CNN) -- Don Pardo, the announcer whose velvety baritone voice introduced "Saturday Night Live" hosts on NBC for decades, has died at age 96, the network announced.Pardo was the announcer for "SNL" for all but one season over the program's 39-year run. Prior to announcing for the comedy show, he was a familiar voice on NBC, handling the announcing duties on such programs as the old "Price Is Right" and the Art Fleming-hosted version of "Jeopardy!"In a tweet, "NBC Nightly News" described Pardo...More >>
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