13th SC(E) Observes Native American Indian Observance

Story and photos by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers of the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary), held a Native American Indian Observance Ceremony at the Fort Hood Catering and Conference Center Friday.

The theme of the ceremony was “Honoring Warriors Past and Present,” which involved a presentation featuring accomplishments of notable Native American Indian servicemembers.

“It’s no secret the U.S. military is one of the most diverse organizations in the world,” Said Col. Robert D. Tenhet, commanding officer of the 1st Med Brigade, “It’s important we come together for events like this to learn more about each other.”

Guest speaker Heidi L. Fuller, a Fort Hood Archaeologist and Tribal Coordinator, gave a presentation on the six tribes from the Fort Hood area.

Fuller focused on the customs and histories of the Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Mescalero Apache, Tonkawa, and Wichita tribes.

She also spoke of the importance of the Leon River Medicine Wheel and Comanche National Indian Cemetery, both located on Fort Hood.

After Fuller’s presentation, Choctaw Nation author and storyteller Tim Tingle performed a cultural presentation featuring traditional music and stories for the support Soldiers assembled.