Fort Hood's military journalists capture stories of America's brave

Channel 6 military reporter Jillian Angeline reports.

FORT HOOD - Military journalists returned to Fort Hood last week after bouncing around Eastern Europe and telling hundreds of stories about American and European soldiers.

With deadline pressures and places to go, the III Corps' 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (7th MPAD) were always on the move while overseas.

"We definitely try to keep it timely because the units we were supporting were moving so fast with their training exercise we wanted to make sure we were getting our story out in behalf of them as quickly as possible," said Major Anthony Clas with the 7th MPAD.

There are only three mobile public affairs detachments in the Army, which makes the 7th MPAD a specialized group in the military.

Major Clas and his team were split up across countries like Latvia, Estonia and Poland -- using cameras, GoPros and the written word to craft their stories.  

For Specialist Brandon Keys, Europe was a new frontier. He used to be a civilian journalist in Johnson City, Tennessee, until he made a life changing decision.

"It wasn't exactly what I had envisioned for myself as a journalist," Keys said about his civilian job.

The Tennesseean found himself in places like Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia  -- all thanks to the Army.

"There's some anticipation, and there's some excitement," Keys said. "It was pretty neat, and I was happy to see all the places I got to see."

Keys told Channel 6 it was especially rewarding to get the messages back to those on the home front.

"It seemed like all the people we worked with were passionate about the training they were doing, and it was great to be able to tell that story," Keys said.

Keys' colleague, Sergeant Justin Geiger, said he wanted to join the team to challenge himself.

"I was once a fueler and wasn't really good in this career field, so this was challenging for me. But, I think I'm reaping the benefits because I think I've personally done a good job," Geiger said. "I received some recognition, so that's what really made me switch my career."

With the snap on a camera or the press of a button, these soldiers gave a voice to those in the trenches.

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