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SCJTF-OIR brings hope to downtrodden, fear to enemies

CJTF-OIR brings hope to downtrodden, fear to enemies

The ballroom of the Phantom Warrior Center filled Wednesday for a general membership meeting of the Central Texas – Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and a special featured guest speaker.

Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, took center stage to give an update on operations of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, which he currently commands from Baghdad, Iraq. Funk was in Central Texas on mid-tour leave, with his parents, spouse and mother-in-law also in attendance.

Opening his remarks with his trademark, “I’m Funk, and I’m a Phantom Warrior,” the general discussed the successes made at shrinking the footprint of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, from an area effecting a population of more than seven million people just a few years ago to just pockets of resistance now. Funk attributed that success to the resolve of the Iraqi and Syrian forces to face down terrorists, as well as the unwavering support of the 71-nation coalition making up CJTF-OIR.

He also said it is because of American Soldiers, and what they bring to bear on the operation every day.


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This year’s Army Emergency Relief campaign is underway now through May 15. Karen Bradshaw, the manager of the Fort Hood Army Community Services Financial Readiness Branch, oversees the post’s AER campaign. She said last year, the installation collected $280,884.33; however, 3,084 Fort Hood Soldiers and Families received $4.4 million in assistance. “Giving to AER continues the tradition of Soldiers helping Soldiers,” she said. “And just as important, is the sharing of the AER story with other Soldiers and Families. The Fort Hood goal is to reach every assigned Soldier and tell him/her of the great things that AER does. Daily, AER provides interest-free loans and grants for such things as rent, utilities, vehicle repair, funeral expenses, essential furniture and minor home repairs.” To give to the AER campaign, see your unit representative.


Cyclists will be riding through Fort Hood as part of the Texas Challenge April 19. Riders will start from the III Corps flag pole at 9:30 a.m., and ride along Tank Destroyer Boulevard, and then exit the Warrior Way Gate. Visitors are encouraged to show up and support the participants along the route. For more information, go to


Tickets are available for the Hood Hero Award Ceremony and Luncheon from April 9-May 1. The event is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 8, at Club Hood. Tickets are $13.75 per person. For more information, call Rod Marshall at 287-3579.


Fort Hood Education Services Division is sponsoring a college fair from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., April 10, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., April 11. The event is for Fort Hood Soldiers, Family members, Department of the Army civilians and contract employees, as well as the many retired service members and their Families. Approximately 65 colleges/universities have been invited to participate in the event. For more information, contact Frances Judkins, College Program manager, at 287-4844.


The Fort Hood Area Lemonade Day registration is now open. To register, visit Lemonade Day is a free community-wide, educational initiative that teaches children how to start, own and operate their own business, in the form of a lemonade stand. The sooner one signs up, the more time they will have to design and plan their stand. Registration allows access to Lemonopolis, Lemonade Day’s online platform, which provides step-by-step instructions on starting, owning and operating a business – the lemonade stand. Lemonade Day is set for May 5 and 6.

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