Hood Still Rolling
The name of the war game in the Hood is still Mission
Some-wheres’, with families in single parent status on a
regular basis. Every
unit continues to be in one deployment status or the other.
They’re either gone somewhere, just got back from
somewhere, or getting ready to go, somewhere.
Right now, there’s one gone on SFOR- Bosnia, and one
gone on KFOR-Kosovo. Yet another has gone to Kuwait, to
replace one that have just
The entire 4th (ID) Infantry Division just recently got back
from NTC (National Training Center, Ft Irwin, CA), where
they did an all out major exercise with their FORCE XXI
(Digitized) equipment, before turning them all over to The
1st Cav. (Cavalry Division). They’re then supposedly
going to take over where The First Team will leave off in….you
got it… deployments.
The post is in the process of transferring control
of Family Housing from military to civilian control. Called the Residential Communities
Initiative, a number of companies, with extensive management
experience and expertise, has come together and penned a
50-year $4 billion contract to run all army housing.
Here in Fort Hood, the plan is to spend $300 million
within the first 10 years in replacement or renovation of
90 percent of the homes on post.
Killeen Area Still a Kicking
The Joint-use Airport Project between Killeen and Fort
Hood on Robert Gray Army Airfield is coming along real well. Work has already begun on the civilian side
terminal. The understanding
is that there’s no way this project can fail now, as our
down the road; President Bush prefers to fly in and
out the area from Gray.
Construction is already in progress on Killeen’s
brand now Special Events
Center. Located at the corner of W.S. Young Drive and Elms
Road, the 64,000 square-foot facility’s foundation has been
poured, and the city is already
fielding questions about bookings
for its use.
Actions are being taken to build a Highway 190 Bypass
around Copperas Cove. The Texas Department of Transportation
(TxDOT) is looking at the project proposal at this time,
and approval is expected soon. The bypass is planned to
be laid out going south around Cove.
The Belizean Community,
Alive and Kicking
16 & 17, 2001
Much closer to home: The Belizean community is unwell
(participatory wise) a bit, but somehow, we’re still functioning.
There are a lot of you that’s gone whom we really miss, and wish you’d
come back before what we’d started as a good thing here
exists no more.
There are a number of projects in the works, and activities
planned. One such
activity is to participate in the Dallas International
Festival, with plans on doing so not looking quite promising
There is a an annual Hail & Farewell Get-together
coming up soon in
Killeen, as a number of our most cherished members
will be moving on by
the month’s end. Stay
tuned for date, time and place.
Thus far this year, *Star* has gone back to
Belize. Clive is in Kuwait on a 1-year
tour. Brian has also moved on, and is
now in Fort Stewart, Georgia. Congratulations goes to Verne and Kendra,
who gave birth to a healthy 6lbs 4oz baby boy on
25th March, 2001.
His name is Malik “Verne” Palacio. Also to Brian and Shanna, who pulled
a double wammy, with twin boys, born 5 April, 2001. Mom and babies are well.
We welcome Monica Beckford to the community.
Monica, who hails from Tela, Honduras, and resides
in Austin, was added to our Directory in January.
Several other Belizeans and Garifuna are here. Some
have made initial contact with the association, while the
rest has chosen to stay lost. No longer will any names be
revealed or published in the directory unless specifically
requested In the
long run, if not sooner, the directory will become a thing
of the past.
Lastly, preparations are already on the way for
the 4th GSD Celebration in Killeen. We’re trying our best to hold the event for the first
time in a hall this year, with one found in Harker Heights
for a reasonable rate.
Fundraising effort to begin soon, as having Andy P. here still very much a part
of plans. Significant progress has already been made for
this to happen.
We’re also asking for recommendations on a deserving
Garifuna to whom this year’s event should be dedicated.
Stay Tuned ……..
Wageyah Ta Abahn.
la we da wan……