Welcome to Fort Hood

Fort Hood’s wide open spaces make it the ideal place for the testing and training of tank destroyers and its many tenant units such as the III Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, and 89th Military Police Brigade. It is located in Killeen, Texas, near Austin.

Fort Hood was named for Civil War era Commander of the Texas Brigade Confederate General John Bell Hood. The fort got its start in 1942 in order to serve as the primary tank destroyer location in support of World War II. During the war, there was a swell of activity and the fort also took on the mission of training Infantry and Field Artillery battalions. In the 1960s, the Humvee, M2 Bradley vehicle, and AH-64 Apache Helicopter were all tested here. 1995 saw the addition of the 4th Infantry “Iron Horse” Division which would later be a part of Saddam Hussein’s capture in 2003. The 4th Infantry was replaced with the First Army Division West from Fort Carson, CO, which continues to train and ready deploying National Guard soldiers at Fort Hood today.

This area of central Texas has a semi-humid climate. Summer temperatures can be in the 70s to high 90s and winter temps are usually in the 30s to 50s. Spring and fall can be fairly wet while July and August are hot and dry. Snow is rare, as are Gulf coast storms reaching so far inland, but tornadoes do happen here. Always best to be prepared.

Killeen is a large city and is surrounded by plenty of smaller communities which also offer off post housing. Harker Heights, Belton, Copperas Cove, Temple, and Nolanville range from 3,000 people to 66,000 people and are located directly around base. Home prices near Killeen are, on average, less expensive than the rest of Texas. Fort Hood is located in between the major cities of Waco and Austin, about an hour to the north and south, respectively.

Fun Fact: Fort Hood is where Elvis Presley trained, after being drafted, from March to September of 1958.
 
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