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Jeffrey and Sheryll Pearson pause to look at the portrait of their son, Pfc. Michael Pearson, before the start of the Fort Hood Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony.

Nov 5 Purple Hearts, Defense of Freedom Medals presented


After nearly six years and a legislative wording change, shooting victims from the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood were recognized during a Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom award ceremony here Friday.

III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, joined by the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, presented Purple Hearts and Secretary of Defense Medals for the Defense of Freedom to victims and Family members of the fallen from that tragic day at the ceremony.

Thirteen people were killed in the shooting at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Center that day. Another 31 were wounded by gunfire. The gunman was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2013.

"We honor the memories of the 13 souls laid to eternal rest (and) pay tribute to their sacrifice," MacFarland said. "We also remember the acts of courage and selflessness by Soldiers and civilians which prevented an even greater calamity from occurring that day."


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Hood Happenings

POSTWIDE YARD SALE

Fort Hood's Postwide Yard Sale will be from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday throughout Fort Hood Family Housing. All unsold, unwanted items can be donated to one of the three nonprofits. Goodwill will have several collection locations; the Fort Hood Thrift Shop will accept donations at its Clear Creek location; and the Boys and Girls Club will have volunteers driving through the neighborhoods to pick up items. Items can also be dropped off at the Warrior Way Commissary parking lot, Pershing Park shoppette parking lot, Komanche shoppette parking lot, and Kouma Village shoppette parking lot. For information, call 368-9294.

III CORPS BALL

Tickets are on sale now for the III Corps Ball set for 5 p.m. April 23 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The ball is open to all. Tickets cost $35 per person. For more information, call 288-2827.

CPAC HOSTING BENEFITS DAY

The Fort Hood Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will host a Benefits Day from 1-3 p.m., April 29, at the CPAC offices. CPAC is located at 4819 Washington Street. The event will be held in Room 109. Health plan representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna-Mail Handlers, and GEHA will be on hand to answer questions about benefit plans such as the differences between basic and standard plans, the availability of wellness rewards and vision and dental programs. All appropriated and non-appropriated fund civilians are invited. For more information, call 288-2002. Click here for a map to CPAC (PDF)

PROTECT YOURSELF

In light of recent online threats made against the safety of military personnel, Fort Hood security officials offer the following steps for Soldiers and their Family members to help protect their security online and while using mobile devices:
· Change passwords biannually using at least two of each uppercase, lowercase, special characters, and numbers.
· Download the Facebook Security Settings Guide
· If you shop or bank from your phone, always use that company's app, not the web browser.
· Read application permissions before you download (why would Weather Channel app want to change your contact list?).
· Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use. Machines running on Wi-Fi can be hacked (this includes game consoles and televisions).
· Download virus and malware protection and set schedules for scans (There's an app for that!).
· Avoid playing games on Facebook and ensure game apps are from trusted U.S. companies (games/apps can be used to hack stored information such as bank account or geo-location).
Post security officials remind everyone in the Fort Hood military community to report any suspicious activities. They urge community members if they, "See Something, Say Something," by calling 288-COPS (2677).

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