FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) - Eleven soldiers from Fort Hood were honored Friday for their actions while serving Afghanistan. Nine of them were decorated for bravery under fire in the Adi Ghar Mountains of Southern Afghanistan.
The honored soldiers were:
- 1st Lt. Steven D. Hail, Silver Star and Purple Heart
- Staff Sgt. Adam Davila, Silver Star
- Sgt. Christopher Ernst, Bronze Star Medal with Valor
- Spc. Daniel J. Evenson, Bronze Star Medal with Valor
- Staff Sgt. David T. Smothers, Army Commendation Medal with Valor
- Sgt. Scott Simpson, Army Commendation Medal with Valor
- Sgt. John S. Lowry,Army Commendation Medal with Valor
- Spc. Conner S. Daley, Army Commendation Medal with Valor
- Spc. Zacjary W. Trice, Army Commendation Medal with Valor
- 1st Lt. Jonathan p. Pechon, Purple Heart
- Spc. Phillip A. Bergerson, Purple Heart
The Silver Star is the nation's third highest award exclusively for combat valor. It ranks fifth in the precedence of military awards behind the Medal of Honor, the Crosses, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medals.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.