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Photo displays at the Fort Hood celebration of its 75th anniversary provids visitors a glimpse at the post's 75-year history.

Fort Hood marks 75 years of service

The greater Fort Hood community marked the installation's diamond anniversary with a ceremony Monday at Club Hood.

Since Sept. 18, 1942, when Camp Hood Tank Destroyer Center officially opened to provide training grounds for troops heading to fight in World War II, Fort Hood has cemented its role as the Great Place.

During the ceremony, Fort Hood's 75-year history was recalled and illustrated in a video and photos to show not only where the Great Place was, but where it is going.

Keith Gogas, deputy to the Fort Hood Garrison commander, spoke about the world climate at Camp Hood's establishment.

"First and foremost, the world was at war and our military was 3.9 million strong all across our services," Gogas said. "We had troops fighting in both the Pacific, and later on in the year, in the European theaters and our country was going all out to support our troops."


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Fort Hood residents are reminded that the fall hunting season in Texas began Sept. 1. The main hunting season will run through January 2018. Residents are advised they may hear an increased volume of weapons firing during the hunting season. Residents who witness weapon safety violations by hunters should report their concerns to the Fort Hood Police at 287-4001. The Sportsmen's Center is Fort Hood's hunting and fishing headquarters. Located at Bldg. 1937 Rod & Gun Club Loop off of Murphy Road, they offer Texas Super Combo License (hunting & fishing) to qualified Soldiers at no cost, though Fort Hood permit fees still apply. For more information, call the Sportsmen's Center at 532-4552.


III Corps and 36th Engineer Brigade are hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Phantom Warrior Center, Building 194. The guest speaker will be retired Maj. Gen. Alfred Valenzuela, Senior Consultant for the Center of Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law San Antonio. For more information, call 287-6242.


Single Soldiers, Single parents and unaccompanied Soldiers are invited to come out to Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’s Single Soldiers Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sportsmen’s Center Pavilion. Transportation will be provided to and from the event. No parking at the event. Cost is free. For more information, call 287-6116.


Come out and celebrate the largest fall festival of the year, Oktoberfest, 5-10 p.m. at Sportsmen's Center Pavilion, Bldg. 1937, Rod and Gun Club Loop. Festivities include: pet adoption, kid zone, inflatables, pumpkin patch, strongman competition, German festival costume contest, arts and crafts vendors, German style food and beer sales. There is no cost and the event is open to all. For more information, call 288-7835.


The Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Cost is $10 for Department of Defense members and $15 for non-DoD members who pre-register and $15 for DoD members and $20 for non-DoD members who register on race day. On-site registration is from 7-7:30 a.m. Oct. 8. Run trophies will be awarded for the overall best male and female runners. Run medals will be awarded to the top three finalists. T-shirt is included with registration. In the event of inclement weather, Family and MWR will credit you for a future race. Run events are non-refundable. Sign up online at to save compared to day of race registration. For more information, call 285-5459.

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