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III Corps returns home!

III Corps returns home!

Thunderous applause echoed across Sadowski Parade Field Friday as Fort Hood welcomed home more than 130 troops who were deployed to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

“When our nation calls, they called for America’s hammer,” Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, said. “For the eighth time in history, the III Armored Corps answered that call.”

With a tug of the camouflage casing enveloping the III Corps colors, Funk and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Crosby officially marked the end of the III Corps deployment. Steeped in Army tradition, units case their colors when being deactivated or deployed. In turn, the ceremonial uncasing of the unit colors signifies the unit’s return.

The redeployment welcomed back 105 III Corps Soldiers; 12 Soldiers from 502nd Dental Company, Area Support, 1st Medical Brigade; and 20 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from 520th Movement Control Team.

“To all the Families, thank you for your steadfast love and support,” Funk said, pointing out that while it’s the Soldiers who deploy, it’s the Families who are left to bear the burden – who make the greatest sacrifice. “It doesn’t matter if it’s your first homecoming or like me, it’s your sixth. Today is tremendously special.”


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Sponsored by the Fort Hood USO, Jerrod Niemann will perform at 7 p.m., Sept. 28 at Fort Hood Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to U.S. military card holders and their guests.


A Financial Resilience Expo is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 29 at Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center. For adults, parents and Families there will be the Financial Escape Room. Test your financial knowledge to see if you can escape the room. For the teens, there will be the Budget Buster. This game allows teens to see the difficulty in balancing a budget. For the kids ages 6-10, there will be Supermarket Sweep. This helps kids learn the value of money by learning to shop on a budget. Additonally, there will be the Smash Debt Room. If you have debt piling up and it’s starting to stress you out, come and get a stress reliever by beating up your debt. The event is open to all. Registering in advance is preferred, but not necessary. Register at (254) 288-2794.


The Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run is held in conjunction with the Washington, D.C., event to provide an opportunity for the Fort Hood community that is unable to travel to the primary event to participate. The event is set for 8 a.m., Oct. 7, at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. The pre-registration cost is $10 for Department of Defense ID card holders and $15 for non-DoD. The cost on-site at the day of race will be $5 more. For more information or to register, go to


The Fort Hood Education Center will host an Open House, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sept. 26, featuring the center wide variety of educational and career services. The center is located in Building 33009 on 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. For more information, call 287-4301.


A variety of events are set for Operation Phantom Warrior Salute, Oct. 6-20 around Fort Hood. Some of these activities include:
• Fishing for Freedom
• The Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run
• Fort Hood Commanders Cup
• Warrior Open Golf Tournament
• Phantom Trap Shoot
• Alpha Warrior Competition
• Welcome ceremony / Barbecue festival
• Fitness and Wellness Expo
• Operation Phantom Warrior Salute concert, fireworks.
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