3-82 FA Red Dragon Welcome Home Ceremony GuideOur Red Dragon Soldiers are coming home! This is a very exciting time and we are very proudof our Troopers, having completed another successful mission. This guide will give you all theinformation you need to welcome your 1st Cavalry Trooper hero home.How can I find out about the 1st Cavalry Division Welcome Home ceremonies?You can follow the latest Welcome Home Ceremonies information for the 1st Cavalry DivisionTroopers from these official sources. 1. Official notifications begin 18 hours prior to ceremony. Official notifications are made to one Family member per Soldier. The person notified is designated by the Soldier and will be contacted by the unit’s Rear Detachment personnel. Two questions to ask your Soldier before his/her return: a. What is your flight ‘name’? This is how the welcome home ceremonies will be listed online. It will generally contain the name of the brigade and a letter or number indicator to distinguish each flight. An example would be: Black Jack Alpha (Black Jack being the name for 2nd Brigade and Alpha indicating the flight). b. Who is the one person designated for notification? Rear Detachment personnel will only be able to contact ONE person per Soldier to inform them via telephone when that Soldier’s welcome home ceremony will be. Anyone else wanting information about that Soldier’s return will need to stay in touch with the one designated contact. 2. Ceremony times will be posted on the 1st Cavalry Division website 4 days/96 hours prior to time of ceremony. To see the ceremony times, visit: http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/redeployment/ 3. Ceremony times will also be posted on the 1st Cavalry Division’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/1stCavDiv 4. You can call 254-618-7604 or 254-287-6051 for automated information on ceremony times. 5. 1st Cavalry Division can send updates on ceremony times directly to your cell phone through Twitter. For complete information on how to use and sign up for Twitter alerts, visit: http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/redeployment/twitter.pdf 6. Sign up for the 1st Cavalry Redeployment RSS Feed: http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/RSSfeeds/redeployment.rss.xml**Disclaimer: Ceremony times are based on the flights that have been scheduled. Finalmanifest with Soldiers names will not be available until 18 hours prior to the ceremony time.Family members will be notified NLT 12 hours prior to ceremony time. Please remember all
3-82 FA Red Dragon Welcome Home Ceremony Guideceremony information is subject to change. Times between flight and ceremony may varydepending on size of the flight.Where is the Welcome Home ceremony held? How do I get there?Welcome Home ceremonies are conducted outdoors on the 1st Cavalry Division’s Parade Field,Cooper Field.Directions to Cooper Field from Main Gate:Once you have passed the entrance of the Main Gate, proceed to the 3rd light where you willtake a left on 761st Tank Battalion. Continue down this road until you pass the 3rd red light.You will take the next right on 67th St. Cooper field is in front of Building 28000. You may parkin the family designated parking lot on the east or west side of the building. If picking up aSoldier, it is recommended to park in the west parking lot. Soldiers will pick up bags from thewest parking lot.Directions to Cooper Field from Clear Creek:Once you have passed the entrance of the Clear Creek Gate, proceed to the fourth light whereyou will take a right on Battalion. Continue to the next light where you will take a right on 72ndSt. Cooper field is in front of Building 28000. You may park in the family designated parking lot.You may park in the family designated parking lot on the east or west side of the building. Ifpicking up a Soldier, it is recommended to park in the west parking lot. Soldiers will pick up bagsfrom the west parking lot.When should I arrive for the Welcome Home ceremony?We recommend that you arrive for the Ceremony at 30 minutes before it begins to ensure thatyou do not miss the ceremony if the flight is running early.What do I do when I get there?Families will gather in and around the stands at Cooper Field. A DJ will be playing music foryour entertainment and will announce when your Soldiers are arriving at the Field.There is a heating tent provided for waiting prior to the buses arriving at Cooper Field;however, please dress warmly if the forecasted weather is cold.For ceremonies around 6:00 am - 7:30 am, please allow more time for your travel due tomorning Physical Training (PT) traffic.Feel free to bring your welcome home signs, balloons, or banners to greet your Trooper.
3-82 FA Red Dragon Welcome Home Ceremony GuideNote that pets are NOT allowed on Cooper Field so save your pets’ greetings to your Trooperfor when you get home.Words of Caution:We know all of the Families and all of our Troopers are eager for their redeployment flights toarrive back home, but please remember these basic rules:1. Never give out names of Troopers on the returning flights.2. Never post specific information on the flights (airline, flight number, date/time, etc).3. Never assume that everyone who can see your Facebook posts needs to know details ofyour welcome home. Save it for the great welcome home pictures you can poster AFTER theceremony.FOR OUR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTSHow do I get to Fort Hood?For traveling directions to Fort Hood, visit: http://www.hood.army.mil/traveling.aspx.Should you encounter any difficulties or have questions upon your arrival, contact the SoldierWelcome and Care Center at 254-287-3832. This office is open 24 hours daily.What do I need to get onto Fort Hood?If have DoD decals, you simply need a drivers license or military ID. Make sure that every adultin your vehicle also has a photo ID to show at the gate.If you do NOT have DoD car decals, you will need a photo ID and a Visitors Pass to gain accessto post at Main Gate, and Clear Creek.How do I obtain a Visitor’s Pass to get onto Fort Hood?Requirements for One-Time Entry Pass: DA Form 3626 – you can obtain this form at the Visitor’s Center or print it and complete it beforehand (http://armypubs.army.mil/eforms/pdf/A3626.PDF) Active, Guard & Reserve service members, Dept. of the Army & DoD civilian employees, retirees and Family members must have a valid photo ID card Valid driver’s license Current vehicle registration Proof of current insurance License plate number
3-82 FA Red Dragon Welcome Home Ceremony Guide Current vehicle registration Destination: 1st Cavalry Division Welcome Home Ceremony on Cooper FieldNote: If there are any additional drivers to be listed on the temporary pass, they must providetheir Social Security account number, driver’s license number, and state of license origin.For more information, visit Fort Hood’s Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center webpage at:http://www.hood.army.mil/visitors.center.aspx?4 or contact them via telephone at 254-287-9909.What if I cant be at the Welcome Home ceremony?Good news! The ceremony will be broadcasted via Livestream starting no earlier than 30minutes prior to the ceremony time. There are three ways to view: 1. Use your computer to go online and view the ceremony at http://www.livestream.com/1stcavdiv. 2. The ceremony may also be viewed on Facebook by clicking on the LiveStream link on the left of the 1st Cavalry Division page (https://www.facebook.com/1stCavDiv) OR on the link of the left of the 3-82 Field Artillery Regiment Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/382FARedDragons). 3. The Livestream application can also be downloaded on smart phones! Download the free app “Livestream” onto your phone then search for 1stCavDiv on the Livestream menu. *Be sure to click the blue arrow button at the top right of the application once it’s downloaded to “follow” the 1stCavDiv channel. This will ensure that you get a notification on your phone when a new ceremony is about to begin!We recommend that you set up these systems well before the day of your Soldier’s welcomehome to avoid any last-minute frustrations.Thank you for your continuous support of your Red Dragon Soldiers!