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September 26, 2013 | Leisure
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Soldiers compete in the strong man competition where participants signed up to hold a ceramic stein filled with two liters of water in front of them for as long as possible during the annual Oktoberfest extravaganza sponsored by Fort Hood’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort Hood. Fort Hood’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Sportsmen’s Center picnic grounds, located on 53rd Street next to Bldg. 1937. Fort Hood’s Oktoberfest will feature a variety of German delicacies and beers available for purchase. In addition, the event offers an animal adoption fair, tailgating games, live music from an authentic German band and other games and activities to include a Beer Stein Strongman Competition. Children’s activities include a pumpkin patch, face painting and arts and crafts. Oktoberfest is free and open to all. For more information, call 288-7835. Sentinel file photo
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Fort Hood is opening its gates to for a Postwide Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5. Community members coming to the installation for the yard sale must register first at the Visitor’s Center outside the Bernie Beck (main) Gate. The yard sale, conducted twice annually, gives Fort Hood Family Housing residents an opportunity to sell off unneeded items, surrounding community members a chance to shop, and assists the post’s reutilization efforts in support of NetZero 2020. Unsold items are also donated to area charities. The Postwide Yard Sale is conducted in every Fort Hood housing area that day. Sentinel file photo
Sept. 26

Walk to Remember

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will celebrate its second Walk to Remember event at 3:30 p.m. today at the Fort Hood Spiritual Resiliency Center.

The event is a day of remembrance for Families who have suffered the loss of a child and pregnancy during the last year.

October is recognized as National Pregnancy and Infant-loss Awareness Month.

In recognition, “Walk to Remember” memorial celebrations will be held nationwide to bring awareness to the difficult issues of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and neonatal death, James Russell, a CRDAMC chaplain, said.

“We cannot take away the pain of loss, but we can all help to ease the pain by providing a day to remember their child, grandchild, niece, nephew or dear friend’s child,” Russell said.

While walk participants share a common grief, the Walk to Remember is not a sad event.

“Together, we celebrate and remember our babies in a gentle, joyous environment,” Russell said.

This year’s event will feature a memorial ceremony, “remember when” card commemoration, group walk and refreshments.

The Fort Hood Spiritual Resiliency center is located at the corner of 33rd Street and Battalion Avenue.

Sept. 27

Wreath-laying ceremony

The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) concludes their 48th birthday celebration with a wreath-laying ceremony on Hildner Field honoring its fallen at 11 a.m. Friday.

Hildner Field is located outside the 13th SC(E) unit headquarters, Bldg. 39009, on Support Avenue.

For more information, call 288-7342.

Operation Rising Star finale

Operation Rising Star, the competition that determines the best voice on Fort Hood, will select this year’s champ Friday at 7 p.m. in the Phantom Warrior Center.

Operation Rising Star is an individual singing competition, similar to American Idol and other televised competitions. Participants are judged by a panel of judges and by an audience of their peers.

The Fort Hood first place prize is $500, and allows the winner to compete in the Armywide competition for the chance to win the Ultimate Recording Music Experience – record, mix and master a demo with studio professionals.

The grand prize for the Armywide winner includes a three-day trip to Los Angeles for the winner and a guest.

Locally, the audience can get into the fun, too, as the most supportive unit or Family readiness group to attend each local performance date will receive $300 for their unit fund.

Sept. 28-29

Road closing for race

Fort Hood officials will close West Range Road, Elijah Road and Old Georgetown Road 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in support of the annual Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Texas State Road Race Championship.

For the past few years, the Texas State Championship has been held at Ford Hood in conjunction with Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce with a course completely closed to traffic.

The course is a 33-mile loop of scenic paved roads filled with challenging climbs and descents. The course is entirely on Fort Hood’s west range training area.

Free-range wild cattle may appear on the course without warning.

The start line will be on the south side of Old Georgetown Road near the intersection of Elijah Road.

On-site registration and results will be in the general vicinity of the start.

Parking will be in the large crushed rock field on the southwest corner of the intersection.

For more information about the race, visit

Through Sept. 30

Win a ride in a NASCAR pace car

Stop by the Fort Hood Leisure Travel Services for a chance to win a ride in a pace car at the Texas Motor Speedway. Texas Motor Speedway will select 10 November ticket buyers. Tickets are on sale at LTS, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, call 287-7310. LTS is located in Building 136, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue.

Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Fall Cleanup

Fort Hood will conduct its Fall Cleanup Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in an effort to enhance the beautification of the Great Place.

Soldiers will concentrate on unit, training and common areas throughout the week, while Fort Hood Family Housing residents will conduct clean-up operations in the housing areas Oct. 2.

For more information about the weeklong effort, call Master Sgt. Kirk Sandles, project officer, at 432-1353.

Oct. 11

Firefighters to visit library

Stop by Casey Memorial Library and meet “Sparky” the fire prevention dog and Fort Hood firefighters from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 11. For more information, call 287-2716.

Oct. 18

Halloween mystery dinner theater

Make Club Hood your destination for a Halloween-themed murder mystery dinner theater event at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Open to all 18 years of age and older, admission is $37 per person, which includes salad, entrée, dessert and show.

Make your reservation by Oct. 15.

For more information, call the club at 532-5073/5329.

Oct. 19

Baby Expo at CRDAMC

Baby Expo 2013 is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 19 in the Carl R. Darnall Women’s Health Center.

Hosted by CRDAMC’s Maternal Child Health section, the event will feature a variety of educational opportunities for new parents or those expecting a child. In addition to subject-matter-experts on hand providing information on topics such as infant nutrition, natural child birth and fertility, attendees will receive free child safety plugs for electrical outlets, cups and magnets giving immunization guidelines for children.

Oct. 26

Hallelujah Festival

The public is invited to Comanche Chapel for the Hallelujah Festival, 2-6 p.m., Oct. 26.

The fest, billed by organizers as a Family-friendly alternative to Halloween trick or treating, will feature bounce houses, wall climbing, horse back rides, face painting, snow cones, cotton candy and more.

Biblical and fun costumes are welcomed.

For more information, call Stacey Wilson at 288-6549.


Special Operations recruiting

The Fort Hood Special Operations Recruiting team offers Special Operations briefings to interested Soldiers weekdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Every Monday and Friday, the recruiting team offers a briefing on all Special Operations military occupation specialties, Tuesdays they brief Psychological Operations and a briefing on Civil Affairs is conducted Wednesdays.

Briefings are conducted Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., covering Special Forces. The briefings are conducted in Bldg. 16007, located on the corner of 42nd Street and Old Ironsides. For more information, call 287-5566.

Football at Backbone NCO Lounge

Each Sunday during football season, come out to the Backbone NCO Lounge and watch your favorite NFL teams play.

The facility boasts 14 42-inch televisions, free popcorn and assorted snack foods and drinks available for purchase.

NFL Sunday Ticket is available in the Backbone from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. each Sunday.

Entry is free and open to everyone 18 years of age and older.

The Backbone NCO Lounge is located inside Phantom Warrior Center, Bldg. 194, 37th Street. For more information, call 532-5073.

Community health survey

Fort Hood Army Public Health Nursing is conducting their periodic Community Health Needs Assessment.

An electronic survey is available now at

According to Fort Hood Army Public Health Nursing, the survey helps to identify how beneficiaries feel about the resources available in and around the installation.

The final results are provided to installation leaders to see how the community can be improved.

Army Career and Alumni Program:

The Army Career and Alumni Program center is in the Copeland Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 18010. The office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. Appointments are required for seminars and workshops.

For updates or scheduling, call ACAP at 288-2227 or 288-5627. ACAP’s Computer Lab is available to clients during afternoon hours in the afternoons Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday 12:30-5:00 p.m., and Thursday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The center is open on training holidays, but closed for federal holidays. For more information, visit the website at


Oct. 2: Federal Resume: Federal Job Resume/Application.

Oct. 7: Advanced Resume Writing: Resume Development.

Oct. 8: Education: Troops to Teachers.

Oct. 9: SBDC: Small Business Development.

Oct. 10: Starting a Business: Business Plan Basics.

Oct. 16: Federal Resume: Federal Job Resume/Application.

Oct. 17: SCORE: Small Business Mentorship.


Sept. 30: A Mini Job Fair will be held in the Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday.

Dec. 4: sponsors a job fair at Club Hood 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 4.


Quarterly Pre-Retirement Orientation: The next quarterly briefing hosted by the Fort Hood Retirement Section is set for Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. at Club Hood. This briefing is required for all ranks retiring, including medical retirements. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Pre-Separation Briefings: Presented at the center daily by appointment only, Monday through Friday. This briefing must be completed prior to scheduling any seminars, workshops, or Veteran Affairs briefings and prior to clearing. Clients are required to have a current AKO user name and password to access ACAP computers. Space is limited.

For appointments, call 288-2227 or 288-5627.

Transition/VA Benefits: This mandatory briefing is offered Tuesdays at Howze Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All separating service members must receive this briefing at least six months prior to separation.
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