III CORPS & FORT HOOD PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Public Affairs Office on Fort Hood is a joint office with III Corps and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood. PAO fulfills the Armyâ€™s obligation to keep the American people and the Army informed, and helps to establish the conditions that lead to confidence in Americaâ€™s Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict and war.
The Command Information Office produces internal media products for III Corps and Fort Hood using a variety of outlets listed below to assist the commander in keeping the command's internal audience informed of events and policies while providing timely, accurate, truthful, two-way communication.
PAO CONTACTS -
Many units and agencies on Fort Hood have their own Public Affairs Offices that produce articles, escort media and manage social media sites. A full list of
Fort Hood PAO Contacts can be found on the Fort Hood website.
Fort Hood's Website -
The first stop for information about Fort Hood, services and unit information is the
Fort Hood website. In addition to providing information about Fort Hood, the homepage carries news and photos about Fort Hood Soldiers deployed to other areas of the world. It also provides entry into a variety of other websites of interest to Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their Families.
Information is also distributed through
Phantom Distro, an events calendar and advisory page that provides Fort Hood with command information about local and post events. Phantom Distro used to be sent out via email, but since email migration, that's no longer possible. The information is however, posted on the Fort Hood website daily. To send information out on the Phantom Distro, click here and follow the prompts. For website updates or questions, call (254) 287-3726.
Fort Hood Sentinel - Fort Hood's Hometown Newspaper -
The Fort Hood Sentinel is a weekly Army newspaper published by the III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs Office. Articles come from all levels of command. Distribution is made post-wide, as well as to selected major shopping areas. The Fort Hood Sentinel is published every Thursday. News, sports, leisure and family news is covered. The Fort Hood Sentinel can also be read
To request editorial coverage, contact the editor at 254-287-9495 or stop by the newspaper office in Room W105 of the III Corps Headquarters building.
To submit an advertisement, visit the advertising office at 1805 Florence Rd., Herald Plaza, Ste. 2, Killeen; call 254-634-6666 or email
Fort Hood Radio -
Information about Fort Hood, unit news and information, as well as entertainment, can be heard on
Fort Hood Radio. The station streams online, around the world, 24 hours a day. In addition to the latest music, the station airs news and greetings from the Great Place to the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, keeping Soldiers and their Families connected.
Units, agencies and command teams are encouraged to call into the station to do interviews or publicize upcoming events. To contact the studio, call (254) 286-5151.
Fort Hood Television -
Fort Hood Television, the Commander's Access Channel, is available to post cable subscribers on Channel 10. The Pentagon Channel is carried on Channel 10, along with Fort Hood informational slides and local programming.
Fort Hood TV covers news and events on Fort Hood and produces public service announcements. The videos are broadcast on the
Fort Hood YouTube channel and on
DVIDS. To request broadcast coverage, stop by the broadcast office in Room W105 of the III Corps Headquarters building or call (254) 287-4003.
Units who are looking for video and photography support for historical documentation (i.e. a CD of photos of a change of command or a DVD of an awards ceremony) should contact the DPTMS Visual Information Branch. Requests must be submitted
Social Media -
The Command Information Office manages Fort Hood's primary social media sites:
Flickr. Units and directorates are encouraged to post events and information to the Facebook page. If tweeting, use the handle @forthood. Units who would like to add videos and photos to YouTube or Flickr should call (254) 618-8708. Units are also encouraged to develop their own social media sites in accordance with the
Army's Social Media Handbook. For questions on developing a site stop by the Command Information Office in Room W105 of the III Corps Headquarters building or call (254) 618-8708.
Fort Hood Post Guide and Maps -
The Command Information Office produces a newcomer's guide and installation map annually to inform incoming Soldiers and Families what the Great Place has to offer. Guides are available
online and at the Copeland Center. Additional guides are available at the Publications Warehouse, Bldg. 4254 (79th and Warehouse). Call (254) 287-0040 or 254-553-0692 to schedule a pickup. Installation maps are available
online or at the Visitor's Center.
Road Signs -
Public Affairs manages the content on the colorful road signs located at entry points around Fort Hood. Information posted on road signs is limited to safety messages and upcoming post-wide events. Messages are limited to 11 characters per line, four lines per screen. Each message will not exceed three screens. To submit a request for a road sign announcement, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (254) 286-5139.
The road signs located near the overpass at the main gate are operated by MWR. To request a message on that sign, contact (254) 287-0337.
MEDIA RELATIONS -
The Media Relations Office acts as the liaison between Fort Hood units and news and entertainment media. The Media Relations Office also provides public affairs guidance and briefings for groups and training for individuals to prepare for media engagements. News media planning to cover events on Fort Hood must be escorted by a member of the Public Affairs Office or they will be refused entry to Fort Hood.
Members of the news media who have a personal affiliation with the military (spouse or family member) and have a DoD decal must have an escort and are required to call the PAO for escort when reporting on a story.
Fort Hood Press Center -
Fort Hood and III Corps Public Affairs launched the Fort Hood Press Center Oct. 5, 2010, to support high-volume media and public queries. Fort Hood Public Affairs uses the system to register, answer and monitor media agencies from around the world for coverage of media events. It is a one-stop, all-inclusive communication tool that sends updates via e-mail, voice, social media and RSS feeds to those who register. The site also includes news releases, high resolution photos, broadcast quality video, media kits and event programs. The system is accessible to any product that can access the Internet allowing for commander involvement no matter where they are in the world including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other unit or agency public affairs offices who need media escort badges or who are interested in publishing products on the Fort Hood Press Center should stop by the Media Relations Office in Room W105 of the III Corps Headquarters building or call (254) 287-9993.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS -
The Community Relations Office provides outreach support to communities throughout Central Texas and beyond. Some of the products and services available include:
Subject matter expert speakers
Aerial flyover, static displays of Army aviation assets and ground equipment
Soldier Color Guard
1st Cavalry Division Band, Horse Cavalry Detachment and the division's museum
Army Recruiting Command educational exhibits
If your unit has been asked to support a community event, contact the Community Relations Office in Room W105 of the III Corps Headquarters building or call (254) 287-0105 or (254) 287-7545. Support is based on the availability of assets and mission requirements.