Ceremony held to remember shooting victims 



Staff Sgt. Tony Lindback
Division West Public Affairs

Grieving soldiers and family members came together for a twilight vigil at the North Fort Hood training complex recently in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were killed and wounded in the shooting tragedy at Fort Hood Nov. 5.

Substituting chemical lights for candles, soldiers paid tribute to their fallen comrades and those who remain hospitalized.

Maj. Gen. Charles A. Anderson, commander of First Army Division West, offered condolences and shared his thoughts about the tragic event.

With anecdotal stories of past tragedies and the heroism and perseverance of the American soldier, Anderson drew parallels between the World War II veterans and the service members of today.

Anderson highlighted acts of heroism that emerged from the violence, and commended the acts of Pfc. James Armstrong, who helped get people out of harm’s way despite having been shot twice.

Armstrong, a mental health specialist with the 1908th Medical Detachment, Combat Stress Control, was training at Fort Hood and preparing for deployment with his unit.

Bandaged and on crutches, Armstrong, and his wife, Roxanne, attended the vigil.

Candlelight prayer vigil
Lt. Col. Charles Keller, his wife, Sylvie, and their children, Amber and Michael, arrive early for a candlelight prayer vigil Nov. 6. About 300 people attended the candlelight service held Nov. 6 at Hood Stadium to honor those who were killed and wounded Nov. 5. 

Before deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, many reserve component soldiers train at North Fort Hood under the guidance and direction of the division.

The division provides combat veterans to train and mentor U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard units, as well as specialized Air Force, Navy, Marine and coalition units. Some of the citizen-Soldiers Division West training for deployment were in the Soldier Readiness Center when the shooting occurred.