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Weather Watch, valid 271200L NOV 2015 until further notice. The potential for lightning is forecast to occur within 5 miles of the Fort Hood Reservation.

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Gen. Mark Milley addresses Soldiers assigned to 3rd Regiment Support Squadron, 3rd Cav. Regt., 1st Cav. Div., during a visit to Fort Hood.

CSA: Army taking 'hard look' at Daesh

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is more than a large, capable terrorist organization and the Army is adjusting tactics in order to defeat them, said the Army Chief of Staff during a visit to Fort Hood Monday.

Gen. Mark Milley said the Army began weeks ago to re-evaluate the "ways and means" of the president's strategy of destroying the terror group. In the wake of the recent bombings in Paris and Beirut, Milley acknowledged that Army planners are taking a "hard look" at additional tactical changes.

"There's no question in my mind that Daesh, as we call them, are a serious threat to U.S. national security interests," he said, using the preferred acronym of the group's Arabic name. "The president has said it repeatedly, that the United States is committed to destroying (Daesh)."

Describing it as a "proto-state" capable of planning and conducting terrorist attacks both in the Middle East and across Europe, Milley said that the destruction of Daesh is as complex a tactical ground situation for military commanders as he has ever seen.


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All eight Fort Hood dining facilities will serve a special Thanksgiving Day meal Wednesday for Soldiers, retirees, Fort Hood civilian employees and their Family members. The cost of the holiday meal at the dining facilities is $9.05. The meals are free to Soldiers in possession of a meal card. On Wednesday, DFACs will serve breakfast from 6-7 a.m., the holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5-6 p.m. While all eight DFACs will serve breakfast and the holiday meal Wednesday, four will be closed during dinner hours: Operation Iraqi Freedom, Black Jack, Always Ready Inn and the North Fort Hood DFAC in Bldg. 56447. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, three DFACs will open to serve meals. They are: Patriot (Bldg. 12005, Old Ironsides/37th St.), Freeman Café (Bldg. 39041, Tank Destroyer/67th St.) and the North Fort Hood DFAC in Bldg. 56425, each serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The same three DFACs remain open Friday-Sunday.


Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify hours in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 26-27. All CRDAMC primary care clinics will be closed Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. Beneficiaries with urgent care needs should report to CRDAMC Emergency Department. Darnall and all its clinics will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Nov. 30. The hospital remains open for emergencies, inpatient care and labor and delivery services. All pharmacies will be closed Nov. 26. However, only the PX Pharmacy will be open Nov. 27 for normal hours from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. All pharmacies will return to normal hours on Nov. 30. The Patient Appointment System will not be available Nov. 26 and 27. Beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at 1- 800-TRICARE (874-2273) for assistance with urgent health issues and scheduling appointments. Beneficiaries may also visit to schedule appointments. The Nurse Advice Line is available 24 hours a day to provide information on urgent health issues, guidance for non-emergency situations, and instructions for self-care for minor injuries and illnesses and assistance with scheduling appointments. Tricare beneficiaries may speak to a registered nurse on the nurse advice line by calling 1-800- TRICARE (874-2273) Option 1.


The Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is transformed into a winter wonderland during the annual Nature in Lights display. Drive through more than 5.5 miles of holiday-inspired scenes, open to everyone nightly from 5:30-11 p.m. Nov. 13-Jan. 3. The gate fee is $8 for a car, minivan or pickup; $20 for a limo, RV or 15-passenger van; $35 for a 24-passenger van and $60 for a 47-passenger van or larger bus. The display is open to the public and will be open during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Stop by Santa's Village from 5:30-11 p.m. Nov. 19-Dec. 13, Thursday-Sunday, and Dec. 17-Dec. 24, nightly. Located in Live Oak Pavilion, part way through the park, Santa's Village features a cowboy café, homemade cookies, hot chocolate, seasonal crafts and wares and photos with Santa. Other features include a tram at Santa's Depot located in the parking lot of the marina cove, pony rides, a petting zoo, concessions under the stars and holiday cartoons on Nov. 14, 21 and 28; and again on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. For information, call 287-2523.

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