Like the State of Texas, Fort Hood is big and boasts of being the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Forces. Fort Hood is nicknamed the Great Place because of the quality of life the post and area offer soldiers and their families. These qualities are important, especially with home-basing initiatives, frequent deployments and family stability and support.
Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood can expect to have one of the highest quality of life standards in the Army. New housing, quality medical care, thriving communities, recreation and schools combine to ensure that Fort Hood is the Great Place.
Fort Hood covers a total of 340-square miles and supports multiple units, a corps headquarters and a robust mobilization mission. Fort Hood also meets the training and support requirements for many smaller units and organizations, thus maintaining a vital defense force for the United States of America.
Fort Hood rests in the beautiful hill and lake country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove, about 60 miles north of the Austin and 50 miles south of Waco. Fort Hood is fortunate to have the cities of Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton, Temple and Copperas Cove as neighbors. These cities include new and affordable housing areas, shopping centers, recreational facilities and good restaurants.
The major access highway to Fort Hood’s principal cantonment area and West Fort Hood is U.S. Highway 190, which provides four-lane controlled access to the post from Interstate Highway 35, the main North-South route through Central Texas.
At a convenient distance from the post are two manmade reservoirs. Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes provide an enjoyable recreational outlet for Fort Hood soldiers and their families. There are 127 ponds on the reservation, all suitable for fishing.
Tenant units at Fort Hood include III Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Army Division West, 3rd Cavalry Division, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood, 13th Sustainment Command, 1st Medical Brigade and 11th Signal Battalion.
There are nearly 40,000 active-duty soldiers and military personnel who work on Fort Hood. There are also about 9,000 civilian, NAF or other employees present at the post. An additional 18,000 family members live on post, while about 90,000 family members live off post.
The Fort Hood had an economic impact of $35.4 billion on the State of Texas during fiscal 2015-16, according to Texas Comptroller. It is the largest single-site employer in the state.