Task Force Ironhorse Welcome Home Celebration:
Fort Hood celebrates returning Soldiers and the capture of Saddam
Special to the Sentinel, Courtesy of Fort Hood MWR

Soldiers of Task Force Ironhorse have been deployed for approximately 12 months, in what many consider to be the toughest area of Iraq, the Sunni heartland of Kirkuk, Tikrit, Samarra, Balad and Baqubah.

They have endured tough combat situations, extreme weather conditions and the difficult separation from friends and loved ones since early 2003. Saddam Hussein's capture in December was just one of many accomplishments carried out with great pride and commitment to the mission of bringing peace and freedom to the Iraqi people.

Fort Hood's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, along with the 4th Infantry Division has scheduled a welcome home celebration for these heroes and their families.

The festivities April 22 will be an all-day affair with an estimated 50,000 in attendance. The day will begin with the uncasing of the 4th Inf. Div. colors at 10 a.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Soldiers and their families will be treated to a patriotic concert featuring internationally recognized entertainment and a free carnival, culminating in an outdoor festival that rivals Woodstock.

Beginning at noon, food and soft drinks will be provided by H.E. Butt Grocery Company, Texas Beef Council, El Chico, Burger King, BLIMPIE, Tyson Foods, Krispy Kreme, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Dr Pepper and will be offered until supplies are exhausted.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Services and the United Service Organizations have scheduled entertainment to include comedians:
• Drew Carey
• Charlie Veracola
• Eddie Griffin
• Bruce Bruce.

Musical performances include:
• Ludacris
• Jessica Simpson
• Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Tracy Byrd
• John Michael Montgomery
• Jeff Bates
• Randy Travis and many more

Wayne Newton will serve as emcee for the evening entertainers.

Also in attendance:
• Gary Sinise
• The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
• New England Patriots Cheerleaders
• The Dallas Desperados Dancers
• Writers and cast of Super Troopers
• Writers and cast of Club Dread
• Catherine Hickland
• Tonya Paoni
• Erika Landin
• Stone Cold Steve Austin
• Shawn Michaels
• The Undertaker
• Lita and many more

Special children's entertainment will include appearances by:
• Dora the Explorer
• Hi-5
• Mallory Lewis
• Tony the Tiger
• The Pokey Puppy
• Little Critter and the Itty Bitty Heartbeats

For more information on the Task Force Ironhorse Welcome Home Celebration, aim your Web browser to www.hoodmwr.com where continuous updates on the entertainment list and event activities will be posted.

This event is intended Soldiers and family members assigned to Fort Hood and the communities that supported them.

The general public will be invited to join Fort Hood's Freedom Fest on July 4.