While the mission of the III Armored Corps is to be ready at a moment’s notice to fight and win America’s battles, it is the mission of U.S. Army Garrison - Fort Hood to support that warfighter effort, the Soldiers who conduct it, the post’s civilian workforce and their families.
The III Corps and Fort Hood Facebook and Twitter pages have changed over recent months to reflect a more corps-wide focus and to highlight Operation People First throughout the formations within America’s Hammer.
Offering a more Fort Hood-centric approach, U.S. Army Garrison - Fort Hood’s Public Affairs Office has established Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, which will highlight all things from the Great Place.
“Fort Hood is like a small city unto itself, and like any city, it’s important that we can communicate to our residents and employees through various means,” Col. Jason Wesbrock, USAG-Fort Hood commander, said.
“Our installation support directorates, installation support organizations and offices, and our partners — like the Red Cross, USO and the Exchange — all have information the community needs. Having a centralized repository for news about the installation just makes sense, especially in social media, where we can hear directly from our community members, who are also our customers.”
By establishing the new social media sites, the garrison can provide a one-stop-shop for installation news, events and activities of interest to those in the Fort Hood military community.
The pages all had a “soft launch” on Jan. 26.
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FortHoodGarrisonCommand
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/USAGforthood
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usagforthood/
Within its first 36 hours of existence, the Garrison Command Facebook page garnered more than 1,000 followers, though Twitter and Instagram have yet to reach 100.
The garrison PAO already oversees the post’s weekly newspaper, a weekly podcast, and social media sites to support those two functions. The newspaper provides more in-depth coverage from the Fort Hood community, while the podcast offers an even “deeper dive” into the people, programs and policies that shape the post.
Besides the 18,000 hard copy newspapers printed and distributed through Central Texas on Thursdays, the publication can be found online at www.forthoodsentinel.com.
The Sentinel Facebook page is www.facebook.com/forthoodsentinel.
The post’s weekly podcast, which also populates online at midnight Thursdays in conjunction with Sentinel publications, has been running since Dec. 16, 2019. In October, the podcast hit a major milestone: 10,000 downloads.
The link to Fort Hood’s Great Big Podcast is
The podcast, too, has a dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FortHoodBdcstOps.
With the paper, the podcast and social media platforms, Fort Hood Public Affairs encourages the community to take advantage of those available resources, as well as the Digital Garrison app, which launched in late 2020. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Installation Management Command teamed up on the app, which is another tool to stay connected to the installation. The Digital Garrison app is available for download from both the App Store and Google Play.
“Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. Check out the Sentinel, the podcast and the Digital Garrison app. And most importantly,” Wesbrock stressed, “join us in the conversation. Be part of the on-going process of making the Great Place greater.”