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Soldier Of The Month Helps Lead Fort Hood SWAT

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For October's Soldier of the Month, Fort Hood selected a Military Police sergeant who helped lead one of the most high profile security details ever on post.

Fort Hood's Special Reaction Team (SRT) is the post's military version of SWAT, and Sergeant First Class Kimberly McDougle is the non-commissioned officer in charge.

She also leads a platoon of soldiers who train new Military Police on post.

McDougle helped lead security during the recent trial for Fort Hood mass murderer Nidal Hasan.

"My soldiers took it very seriously, because we didn't have to necessarily be the ones to take on that mission, and take on that job, but they chose us to fulfill that commitment that needed be there, so we felt honored to do that," said Sergeant McDougle.

Those who work with her say that her fine-tuned instincts for knowing the right decision at the right time made her just the person for the job.

"It's absolutely critical, the decisions we make are often times the difference between life and death," said Jonathan Caylor, Supervisor/Police Officer for the Directorate of Emergency Services on Fort Hood.

And on top of all that she does for her unit and for the SRT, SGT McDougle and her husband Ashley are a dual-military couple, actually serving in the same battalion.

"They sacrifice a lot, so that other people are able to do the things that they do, and that means a lot, especially coming from the civilian side and seeing what that's like," Caylor said.

Sergeant McDougle says that's exactly what makes it all worth while.

"Making future leaders, that's what I look for in the younger soldiers, and that's what I want, to help them along their careers to become great leaders in the Army, because we need them," she said. 

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Chris Buford cbuford@kcentv.com

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