See the Getting To & Around Central Texas chapter on Page 22 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport in Killeen, less than 10 miles from the base. Ground transportation is available to the post. If you need help at the airport, contact the liaison NCO in the baggage claim area.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable before your arrival at Fort Hood.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Fort Hood. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit, call the Soldier & Family Readiness Center at 254-288-3566 or email your contact information and arrival date to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
If you drive from the airport, you will need to turn left out of the airport and take South Clear Creek Road/Texas 201N for approximately 7 miles. Take a right onto Access Road and continue onto West Veterans Memorial Boulevard for one mile. Take the exit toward Fort Hood and enter through the Beck Main Gate. Continue to Marvin Leath Visitor Center to obtain a temporary pass.
From Interstate 35
From Interstate 35, take Exit 293B to merge onto Interstate 14 toward Fort Hood. Continue for 20 miles. Use the right lane to take the exit toward Fort Hood and enter through the Beck Main Gate. Continue to Marvin Leath Visitor Center to obtain a temporary pass.
Copeland Soldier Service Center
Building 18010 254-287-3832
All soldiers, regardless of unit assignment, will report to the Copeland Soldier Service Center. You will give the information desk copies of your orders, leave form, military personnel file, and medical and dental records. During in-processing, soldiers — private through major — will follow schedules for mandatory events. Actual in-processing lasts about four working days.
After reporting in, soldiers who are colonels, lieutenant colonels, CW5s, sergeants major and promotable master sergeants will be directed to the Office Personnel Management Division (OPMD) located in III Corps Headquarters, Building 1001, Room 126, for further assignment processing.
All other officers, NCOs and enlisted soldiers will be processed through the Copeland Soldier Service Center.
After signing in, you will be directed or transported to the Fort Hood Replacement Detachment, Building 16011, off Battalion Avenue for transient quarters for sleeping accommodations and directions for the next day. You will need several copies of your orders to update your military records, insurance, emergency data card and change of address card. Your ID card will be checked and a new one issued, if necessary. Medical and dental specialists will screen your records for special considerations and immunization needs. Your unit will provide the name and location of the appropriate medical clinic for you to visit.
IHG Army Hotels - Candlewood Suites
761st Tank Battalion 254-532-8233
IHG Army Hotels - Holiday Inn Express
Keith Ware Hall,
36006 Wratten Drive 254-532-8233
Due to the large number of personnel in an official status, reservations are recommended. There are two IHG Army Hotels available at Fort Hood suited to different lodging requirements. All facilities are nonsmoking. Hot breakfast is provided at each property. Each Wednesday, the hotel hosts a cookout for all guests of the hotels on post. The Candlewood Suites is a 144-unit facility with full kitchens for the service member with a family or those service members requiring an extended stay.
Contact the lodging office directly for reservations with children and pet-friendly rooms.