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III Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith rolls the III Corps colors as Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, waits to assist him to case the corps colors.

III Corps cases colors ahead of Middle East deployment

The III Corps command team rolled and stowed the unit's iconic colors and battlefield streamers in front of corps headquarters Monday, signaling the beginning of their mission in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, led the retreat casing ceremony, representing the 450 III Corps Soldiers who will lead Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

MacFarland recognized that the corps' deployment comes at a critical time in the conflict. With the military campaign only 10-months old, the mission is to prevent the region from becoming a breeding ground for global terrorism. He acknowledged that the ability to defeat ISIL lies in a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, but that this fight is not, "Iraq-part II."

"Iraq has changed significantly since we left the country in 2011, and this is not the same mission as we had before," he said. "Creating stability in Iraq is not beyond the scope of imagination; we've done it."


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A program for Suicide Prevention Resiliency Day will be held Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Abrams Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 23001, 62nd Street and Support Avenue. The program will host a variety of activities that will focus on building resiliency and suicide prevention awareness. For more information, call 553-1482.


The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host a Sprint Triathlon at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. The event will include a 300-meter swim, 12-mile bike course and a 5K run. Pre-register cost for DoD cardholders is $10 and $15 for non-ID holders. On-site registration cost for DoD ID holders is $12 and $20 for non-cardholders. On-site registration is from 7-7:30 a.m. To pre-register, visit SPRINT TRIATHLON. For more information, call 285-5459.


Operation Rising Star auditions will be Sept. 10, 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. each night at the Phantom Warrior Center. The competition is open to active duty, Reserve, National Guard or military Family members, 18 years of age and older with a valid DoD ID card. Operation Rising Star is an individual singing competition. Similar to American Idol and other televised competitions, participants are judged by a panel of judges and by an audience of their peers. Singers compete each week for the chance to win the local first-place prize - $750. The winner of the local Fort Hood Operation Rising Star Competition moves on to the Army wide competition, where the winner records, mixes and masters an album with studio professionals. To register, call 287-6116 or stop by the BOSS Office, Old Ironsides Avenue, Bldg. 9212.


The Fort Hood Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program hosts their next Mega Job Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 15 at Club Hood. The event will feature more than 140 local, state, national and international employers, as well as technical trade school representatives. Parking at Club Hood is only available to job fair vendors, support staff and disabled parking. Job seekers may park at Hood Stadium (off Clear Creek Road), on 22nd and 23rd streets (east of First Army Division West Headquarters) between Battalion and Old Battalion avenues or at the Warrior Way Exchange. There is no bus service in the area between First Army Div. West and 3rd Cavalry Regiment. It is a two-block walk to Club Hood. For more information, call 288-0827/288-2227/553-6363.


Based on required inspections and additional construction details that need completing, the grand opening of Fort Hood's Clear Creek Shopping Center is being pushed back to September. The shopping center had been set to open Aug. 27. The exact date of the grand opening is still being finalized.


Fort Hood officials want to remind everyone that with school beginning, safety is a priority. Fort Hood Military Police are asking drivers to exercise extra caution when driving and to pay additional attention at traffic lights and crossing areas. Drivers are urged to watch for children loading and unloading buses. The Fort Hood Police Traffic Section will begin selective law enforcement throughout the installation Monday. They will continue enforcement in housing areas and in school zones. The Traffic Section will also provide speed control trailers near the schools on installation. Their priority will be ensuring the school zones and housing areas are safe before and after school.

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