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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conducts a town hall meeting with senior leaders.

Dempsey hosts town hall with troops

With less than 100 days remaining in his final term as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey spent Friday at Fort Hood interacting with Soldiers and their Families, and thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

Dempsey, along with his wife, Deanie, attended a change of command ceremony at the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Dempsey was the 65th commander of the regiment, 1996-1998, at Fort Carson, Colorado.

He and Deanie joined junior noncommissioned officers and their spouses for lunch at a dining facility and hosted two town hall sessions - one for senior leaders and another with Soldiers and their Families. At both town hall sessions, Dempsey said it was important to get out and interact with service members and their Families, but each session held patently different conversations.


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Beginning July 1, the Fort Hood Newcomers Briefing moves to a new locations: Club Hood. The Newcomers Briefing is mandatory of all incoming troops and Family members are encouraged to attend the sessions, which run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free babysitting is available to Families attending the briefings and lunch is provided free of charge. Attendees must preregister for the event at the Fort Hood Reception Detachment. For more information, call 287-4549.


West Fort Hood and Patton outdoor pools closed June 23, upon the return of Soldier lifeguards to their units. Fort Hood Family and MWR is committed to continuing to recruit, train and certify civilian lifeguards for potential employment. As they increase the number of lifeguard staff they will begin to reopen West Fort Hood and Patton pools. Comanche Pool (Bldg. 52932, Tank Destroyer Boulevard, 287-7544) and Martin Pool (Bldg. 137, T.J. Mills Boulevard, 287-5037) will remain available for patronage. Comanche Pool is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-8 p.m. and features a 50-meter pool, two diving boards - 1-meter and 3-meter high with 4-foot shallow end and 13-foot deep end, two water slides, lap lanes, lounge chairs and a wading pool. Martin Pool is open Friday-Tuesday from noon-8 p.m. and features a 50-meter pool, diving board, slides, lap lanes, picnic tables and lounge chairs. All other outdoor pools remain closed until further notice. For additional information or to learn about lifeguard opportunities, call 287-4648 or 285-5942.


Soldiers who feel they have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation may now file complaints through their unit equal opportunity representatives. On June 8, the Department of Defense enacted a change to the Military Equal Opportunity program, with the release of its revised DoD Directive 1020.02E. Under the revised directive, sexual orientation, along with race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered as a basis for discrimination. Soldiers with questions should contact their unit equal opportunity representative.


Fort Hood will host the "Color Run, Independence Day 5K" July 4 at Harvey Functional Fitness Center. Start the run in a pristine white Color Run T-shirt and finish plastered in color. The official Color Run t-shirt will also be available for purchase at the starting line area. On-site registration is from 7-7:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for DoD ID holders and $15 for non-DoD card holders to preregister. The cost is $12 for DoD ID holders and $20 for non-DoD cardholders the day of the race. Run trophies will be awarded to the best overall male and female in each category. Call 287-0195 for more information.


BLORA's Carp and Bass boat ramps, Sierra Beach, Cedar RV Park, the paddleboat operation, primitive campgrounds 2, 3 and 4, RV/Tent camping 2A and Pin Oak, Shoreline, Lakefront, Pecan, Marina, Lookout pavilions are currently closed due to the rising level of Lake Belton.

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