The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 75, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 29, 1996 Page: 1 of 38
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Partly sunny skies Friday clearing through
the rest of the weekend
FRIDAY: High: mid 40s. Low: mid 30s.
SATURDAY: High: mid 50s. Low: mid 30s.
SUNDAY: High: mid 60s. Low: mid 30s.'
Fort Hood Texas
Volume 54 no. 75
five new PAs to assist in soldiers’ health care
needs here and at Fort Bragg N.C. A2
US AG Supply Room
on its way to DA-level competition after win-
ning FORSCOM Supply Room of the Year
DA team visits
post to evaluate Exceptional Family Member
Program and had wonderful things to say. B2
W A FAME
Fort Hood soldiers who
compete in national or Army-wide sports com-
petitions are honored in permanent exhibit at
Soldiers family mem
bers and civilians who can speak a foreign lan-
guage and would like to volunteer as transla-
tors for the upcoming CISM World Basket-
ball games are needed. Variety of languages
are needed. D3
TV TOWN HALL People who missed the
Fort Hood TV Town Hall Feb. 15 can watch a
rebroadcast 8 p.m. Saturday
FINANCIAL AID FAIR The Fort Hood
Education Services Division is holding a Col-
lege and Financial Aid Fair 1-10 p.m. Tues-
day in the Oveta Culp Hobby University Cen-
ter Building 18000 Battalion Avenue.
Representatives from area colleges/univer-
sities and ROTC advisors will be present. For
information call Kathie Walsh at 287-0614.
MOVIES FOR SOLDIERS IN BOSNIA
The family support group of 303rd MI Bn
which has a group of soldiers deployed to
Bosnia has requested video rental stores and.
individuals to donate videos to be sent to the
soldiers overseas. Marbles Video of Killeen
has donated the first movies.
Families who would like to add to this pro-
gram can call Spc. Jason Lilly at 532-8976
after duty hours.
SPECIAL FORCES A recruiting team will
be on Fort Hood through Friday to provide
information briefings and interview possible
Special Forces enlisted and officer candidates.
Briefings are 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
daily in Building 38N. There is also an evening
session 5:30p.m. today. Spouses are welcome.
AER This year’s Army Emergency Relief
Campaign begins March 25. There is a project
managers meeting March 11 in the Building 1
Conference Room. For more information call
Hood Bulletins.............. A5
Job Announcements..................................... B3
Village Voices.............................................. B6
Chapel Notes...................... ........................ B6
Trading Post.............................................C1 -2
Education Bulletins..................... D4
By Julia Bobick
III Corps Public Affairs
By Eric D. Rice
13th Fin Grp Public Affairs
Originally when it was inconve-
nient to feed enlisted members either
because dining facilities were not avail-
able the member was married or the
use of dining facilities adversely af-
fected the mission the member was paid
an allowance which was tied to the cost
to the government to provide those same
Although the allowance is no longer
in direct relation to government food
cost it is still intended to be used for
the servicemember’s meals instead of
using the dining facility.
The government has always taken
the position that it is obligated to feed
enlisted personnel which is called Sub-
sistence in Kind.
If meals are not furnished mem-
bers will be provided a monetary allow-
ance and the existing authority for BAS
for enlisted soldiers reflects that under-
However under field conditions
when a government meal is available
to a soldier receiving BAS the soldier
must reimburse the government for the
meal. This reimbursement is often col-
lected from a soldier’s pay account as
Field Rations upon completion of the
In 1994 President Clinton signed
an executive order that changed the
nature of joint task force missions from
field duty to TDY. Members were paid
per diem and retained BAS while they
received field rations.
However members paid for all
government meals provided by having
their per diem payments reduced for
MEDDAC Public Affairs
Fort Hood’s family housing will no longer be lim-
ited to soldiers ranking specialist and above. The low-
est enlisted families who need it the most will be eli-
gible to apply beginning Friday.
“Soldiers who can least afford to live off post
will have the opportunity to live on post” said Carol
J. Anderson family housing branch chief.
There’s not a deficit in housing for lower enlisted
in the local community according to Anderson. The
decision was based on the need of the soldiers.
There has been much confusion
about the nature of Basic Allowance for
Subsistence. Many questions have been
raised regarding this allowance and why
it is sometimes collected back for field
exercises temporary duty and schools.
It comes down to this: BAS is to
provide meals for the servicemember.
It is a well-known fact that BAS is
lumped into the soldier’s budget but
that does not change the nature of the
pamall Army Community Hospital officials are
advising patients to be prepared to wait if they plan
to visit the hospital March 8-10 and March 23.
Beginning 8 p.m. March 8 the hospital will shut
down its computers for 40 hours. March 23 begin-
ning at 8 p.m. the computers will shut down for 12
hours. Every administrative function in the hospital
will be affected from the patient appointment sys-
tem to the processing of prescriptions laboratory tests
“We’re going to shut down (Composite Health
Housing opens to lowest enlisted
“Affordability is the issue” Anderson said.
Soldiers in grades E-1 through E-3 will have a
60-day window in fwhich to apply for government
quarters before the first of 454 housing units will be
No new quarters will be constructed for this ini-
tiative Anderson said. Housing officials are now in
the process of decidng which quarters on post will be
“redesignated” for the lower enlisted soldiers.
Current housing residents will not be forced out
of quarters Anderson emphasized. The units will be
redesignated and filled as they are vacated. Installa-
tion housing areas experience a 55-57 percent turn
Hosing down the ashes
By William P. Bradner
IH Corps Public Affairs
he III Corps Command Sgt Maj. Benjamin C.
Palacios is no stranger to
Fort Hood or to testing
new equipment and concepts for
“I came here in December of
1979 and went to 2-5 Cavalry”
“We picked up (new equip-
ment) at that time and were test-
ing it. Then the 2-5 Cav flip-
flopped battalions and we went to
the 2nd Armored Division where
I spent the rest of my time on Fort
Hood with 2-66 Armor.”
His previous experience at
Fort Hood can’t hurt but he ad-
mits to being surprised at what he
found after a 10-year absence.
“This place just got big” he
^v The size of Fort Hood may
prove to be his biggest challenge as the new phantom
^sergeant major plans to make taking care Of soldiers and
their families his top priority.
Hospital computer upgrade may cause delays
Care System) so we can upgrade equipment and add
more drives to the system” said Patricia Broadstreet
chief of automation at Darnall.
Broadstreet said anyone visiting the hospital next
weekend will be affected because all departments and
services have to conduct business manually.
CHCS is a medical information system that
makes appointments fills prescriptions tracks lab
results and processes medical data. The system also
gives each clinic a listing of daily appointments.
“Many of our patients are retirees who travel long
distances to visit the (Main Post Exchange) com-
missary and pick up prescription refills” sjhe added.
A soldier from 1st Bn 44th ADA 4th Inf Div sprays out small brush fires with a small water tank
and hose. Soldiers worked day and night with local firefighters to contain the blaze which
consumed 15400 acres of training areas on Fort Hood. For story and photos see page A8.
Post sergeant major sets goals
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Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin
Palacios III Corps CSM
over annually according to housing records.
“This wasn’t easy and it isn’t free” said Ander-
son who along with other installation housing offic-
ers has been trying to change the housing policy for
years. “We just don’t agree with the rules.”
Housing officials are moving as quickly as pos-
sible to get the program off the ground Anderson
said. Just like the recent construction of four- and
five-bedroom housing to fill a deficit in the local area
Fort Hood is adapting to fill the needs of its lowest
(See Housing A7)
Felicia K. Wingler/4th Inf Div
“The foremost thing in my mind is really taking care of
soldiers. I think that’s what (Lt.) General Schwartz (HI Corps
and Fort Hood commander) is going to task me to do so
I’m going to concentrate on taking care of soldiers” Palacios
“I’m still amazed at how big the
Third Corps is so it’s going to take
me a while but I’m going to be out
there reaching out for the soldiers
talking to soldiers trying to get the
feel of what they need and what their
The sergeant major has been mar-
ried for 23 years and has four sons.
The oldest is married has a daugh-
ter and is serving in the Air Force.
His youngest is enrolled in an elemen-
tary school on post so he knows and
understands the problems facing
“The Army realizes that its now a
majority of married soldiers in the
Army. 67.5 percent are married in
Third Corps so we have to switch
things. The Army knows that and
realizes that we need to switch gears” he said.
(See Corps CSM A7)
“If at all possible it is best not to use the phar-
macy during the planned downtime” said Lt. Col.
William G. Davies chief of Damall’s Pharmacy Ser-
vice. He said all prescriptions are processed through
CHCS profiles the patient’s medications enabling
the pharmacy to check for drug interactions and over-
laps of therapy in addition to generating labels
Davies said. He encourages patients to plan to get
any medication refills before they run out.
Davies said patients with prescriptions for an
(See Hospital A7)
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