Fort Hood families were comforting each other Friday in the wake of the tragedy that occurred at the fort Thursday afternoon.
The world's largest military installation is familiar with loss. No other military base has suffered more losses in Iraq and Afghanistan than Fort Hood. Four hundred and eighty-three of its soldiers have been killed in Iraq, while 20 lost their lives in Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. Robert Dees, Ret. is the executive director of the military ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ. He appeared on Friday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss the tragedy at Fort Hood and the military ministry's Rapids Response Center. Click play to watch the interview.
About 15,000 soldiers from Fort Hood are now in Iraq. The 1st Calvary Division is now on its third deployment. It's troopers fought street to street in Baghdad's suburb district of Sadr City. The 4th Infantry Division captured former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
"Our families have really sacrificed much more than any of us could have," explained Col. Robert Abrams. "And it's really hard to -- thanks aren't enough. But it's all we can say to them."
More than 5,000 families live at Ford Hood. These families have formed a tight bond as they live and raise their children together and wait for their loved ones to return home.
"It creates a bond. They know your experience. They share that sense of loss and the grieving. And, they don't tell you to just move on," said Tracey Cunningham, whose spouse serves at Fort Hood. "You can't just move on. Everybody here at Fort Hood will say, "If you need something, call us." And they mean it. They take care of you."
For more information on the Military Ministry's Rapid Response Center, click here. You can also call 1-800-444-6006.