Central Texas - Fort Hood Chapter (Killeen/Fort Hood, TX) 

February 2010 - The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter supported the deployment ceremony of the 27th BSB, 1st Cavalry Division by providing $200.00.  The Chapter also supported:

- the redeployment ceremony of B Co 3-227 Avn Bn, 1st Cavalry Division by providing $150.00.

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the redeployment ceremony of D Co 3-227 Avn Bn, 1st Cavalry Division by providing $150.00.

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the redeployment ceremony of F Trp 3-227 Avn Bn by providing $150.00.

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the redeployment ceremony of the Division Special Troops Bn, 1st Cavalry Division by providing $250.00.

- the redeployment ceremony of A Co 404th Aviation Support Bn, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade by providing $200.00.

March 2010, The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter donated $200.00 in support of the 11th MP Bn deployment ceremony. The Battalion was headed to Iraq on a one year deployment.  The Chapter also supported:

- the redeployment ceremony of the 180th Trans Bn by providing $200.00. The Battalion was returning from a one year deployment to Iraq.

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the deployment ceremony of D Co 3-4 Avn Bn by providing $200.00. The unit is gearing up for a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

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the redeployment ceremony of the 410th MP Co by providing $150.00. The unit was returning from a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

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the redeployment ceremony of D Co 1-7 Cav Bn, 1CD by providing $200.00.

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the deployment ceremony of the 64th MP Co by providing $150.00. The unit is enroute to a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

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the deployment ceremony of the 401st MP Co by providing $150.00. The unit is deploying to Afghanistan for a one year deployment.

August 2009:  08/19/09:  USAA Financial Institution donated $12,000.00 to the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter to be used in assisting the Chapter in furnishing the new Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Service (SOS) Center. The SOS center will provide various survivor assistance services to over 882 Gold Star families in the Central and North Texas region.

August 2009 8/14/09:  Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter corporate member, Modern TV & Appliances donated through the Chapter a new refrigerator, range, dishwasher & microwave valued at over $5000.00 to the new Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)Center the will provide various survivor assistance services to over 882 Gold Star families in the Central and North Texas region. This is part of the Chapter's unprecedented support of soldiers and families here in the Fort Hood area.

August 2009:  08/13/09:  Fort Hood, TX hosted the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Symposium for Gold Star Families in the Central and North Texas region. The new Fort Hood TAPS is a non-profit organization that is co-located with the new Fort Survivor Outreach Services Center (SOS) that provides support to military families that has lost a soldier, regardless of the circumstances of there death. Over 200 Gold Star families participated in the symposium and the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter provided $2000.00 to assist TAPS with the lodging and meals for participating Gold Star families.  

August 2009:  08/07/09:  Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter corporate members, Wal-Marts of Central Texas donated through the Chapter, two 42" flat screen televisions to the new Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services Center (SOS) on Fort Hood valued at $1,800.00. The new Fort Hood SOS center will provide various survivor assistance to over 882 Gold Star families in the Central & North Texas region.

August 2009: 8/6/09, the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter, Association of the US Army (AUSA) donated $10,000.00 in support of the new Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services Center, Bldg 10043, formerly the Gold Star Bereavement Center. On hand to do the check presentation was Chapter President Ron Taylor and AUSA 4th Region President, LTG(R) Don Jones. The Survivor Outreach Services is an Army Community Services program designed to provide short term and long term support to Survivors of Soldiers who die while on active duty. The center will facilitate support groups where Families and individuals can share feelings, burdens, thoughts, resources, and information in a safe and understanding setting. The Chapter donation will be used to buy furniture and other needed items to support families of our fallen soldiers. The members of the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter, AUSA is pleased to support such a worthy cause.   Attached is the picture of the $10,000.00 donation given in Support of the new Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services Center. Pictured are LTG(R) Don Jones, AUSA 4th Region President, Mrs. Connie McDonald, Survivor Outreach Services Center, Support Coordinator, Mrs Janeth Lopez, Director, Survivor Outreach Services Center and Chapter President Ron Taylor.

June 2009On 1 Jun 09, Chapter President, Ron Taylor presented a in the amount of $30,000.00 from the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter in support of the new Fort Hood Spiritual Fitness Center. The Spiritual Fitness Center will be a facility on Fort Hood that provides training and resources for the Soldier to engage in moral, ethical and spiritual principles which are at the very heart of life. An Army at War needs warriors who are experienced in wrestling with the difficult questions of pain and suffering, grief and loss, and must be adept at making tough decisions that effect all who serve in the military during these times. The donation will go a long way in providing furniture, electronics and other items that will help the soldier and their families. Pictured in the photo from left to right are SPC Pittman, CH (LTC) Leiniger, Ron Taylor and CH (MAJ) Arauco from the Fort Hood Chaplain's Office.

26 Jan 2009:  On June 18, 2008 (AUSA’s past program year) then Chapter President Jim Anderson, as Chancellor of Central Texas College (CTC) and while participating at a regional Army Family Covenant signing ceremony, announced that CTC would hereafter offer up to 30 semester hours of college credit, w/o cost, to the spouse of any Soldier awarded the Purple Heart as a result of combat action in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Since July 1, 2008, the college - which operates on more than a hundred military installations worldwide, has enrolled over 300 Soldiers’ spouses under this program, at a tuition cost saving of $107,000.  Further, CTC arranged through the Missouri Book System to provide text books for some of these courses, at an additional saving to spouses of $30,000.   Enrollments are across the US and are both traditional and on line.