April 1-28

Commander’s Cup: Kickball

Battle your way into the Champions League in kickball during the Commander’s Cup at Rodney J. Evens Complex. Registration is set for April 1-28. The season will start May 4. The event is for active duty only and requires a minimum 10-14 players per team. Teams must be grouped from the same unit. First and second place trophies awarded. To register, go to https://bit.ly/2UzXm6p or for more information, call 254-286-5800.

May 1

Virtual marathon

Complete five 30 day virtual marathons throughout the year and receive a full Texas Star Medallion.  All finishers will receive a finisher’s Medallion for each race completed.  When all five races are completed, the medallion will form a full Texas star.

Series:

• May: Never Forgotten

• July: The Firecracker

• October: The Big Boo

• November: Tactical Turkey

• February: Run Your Heart Out

Run wherever you prefer to get in your miles. It could be a treadmill, your neighborhood or a race you participate in.  You choose your own starting line.

Mileage  must be logged at Harvey Functional Fitness Center by the last day of the race month.

The event is free and open to all.

Registration is required and  begins two weeks prior to the first of each race month at Harvey FFC and limited to the first 50 to sign up. Mileage is based on the honor system but must be logged at Harvey FFC by the last day of the race month. Participants may sign up for five, 30 day virtual marathons over the course of two years.

For more information, call 254-287-0195.

ONGOING

Fort Hood Tax Center

The Fort Hood Tax Center is the yearly program run through the Legal Assistance Office, providing tax preparation services to Soldiers, family members and retirees. Unit readiness revolves around Soldier readiness. Preparing tax returns for Soldiers and their dependents will improve unit readiness and keep Soldiers focused on their mission

FHTC is open by appointment only. The FHTC main information phone number is 254-288-7995 or 254-287-3294.

Movie and axe throwing trip

Join BOSS the first Saturday of each month for one of the latest movies and axe throwing at BOSS headquarters. Any single or unaccompanied service member is eligible. For more information, contact BOSS at 254-287-6116 or 312-737-6116.

Leisure Travel Services

Check out Leisure Travel Services for special military discounted rates to Six Flags, Medieval Times, Schlitterbahn, Sea World and more. For more information, call 254-287-7310.

MWR patron expansion

The Department of Defense has expanded a selection of its programs and services to:

• Purple Heart recipients

• Former Prisoners of War

• All veterans with service connected disabilities

• Individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans enrolled under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Members will be provided access to: Golf courses, bowling centers, restaurants, clubs, equipment rentals, recreational lodging, kennels, auto skills and resorts. Programs and services may vary per installation.

MWR Category A activities including fitness centers, libraries and child development programs are not included in the eligibility.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2TtjYqi.

Equine therapy

With a focus on anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, deployment stress, addiction, relationship problems and other mental health challenges, the Equine Therapy Program works to help clients reduce struggles faced and to increase the quality of lives.

The treatment team consists of a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and a horse.

The horse serves as a mirror to the client’s inner emotions and allows a way to explore challenging situations in a safe environment, partnering in the transformation process. One hour sessions available Monday and Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area Ranch.

 Cost is as follows:

• E1-E4: $20

• E5+: $25

• O1-O4: $35

• O5+: $40

• Non-military: $45

• Veterans: $25

Only available by appointment. Call 936-346-0350 for more information.

Textile Recycle Program

Garments may now be dropped off at the Fort Hood Recycle scrap yard. Accepted items include shirts, shoes, socks, pants, belts, hats, cotton towels and rags. Items should be relatively clean (no oily or heavily contaminated materials).

Donated items will be spot checked and rejected if contaminated or not clothing related. Items can be dropped off  7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Bldg. 4621, 72nd Street, near Railhead Drive.

For more information, call 254-287-2336

Tobacco cessation classes

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Health Promotion office offers Freedom from Tobacco cessation classes every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for all active duty military, family members, retirees and Department of Defense employees. TRICARE beneficiaries do not need a referral to participate in the program.

Classes are held in the Health Promotion Office, located at the Army Wellness Center in Bldg. 12019, Old Ironsides Avenue and 31st Street, Suite 500.

For more information, call 254-288-8488.

BLORA wedding venue

BLORA Ranch offers a natural setting for a rustic Texas Hill Country wedding dream. A wide range package of amenities available for those looking to get married.

For more information, call 936-346-0350.

SFAB recruiting

Security Force Assistance Brigade is looking for leaders, self-motivators and change makers to join their ranks. Soldiers in SFAB are combat advisors. 11B, 11C, 11Z, 35F, 68W, 92Y and other MOSes interested in volunteering to join SFAB should visit www.armyreenlistment.com/sfab.html.

Outdoor recreation permits

All patrons engaging in authorized outdoor recreational activities in Fort Hood training areas must obtain a Fort Hood permit prior to patronage. For information, call 532-4552.

Briefings

Special Operations Recruiting hosts weekly briefings at 11:45 a.m. at the Special Operations Recruiting Center, Bldg. 4336, 77th St. Topics are psychological operations on Tuesdays, civil affairs on Wednesdays and Special Forces on Thursdays. For more information, call 254-288-5324, or visit goarmysof.com.