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Welcome to Fort Hood!
A 340 square mile installation (217,337 acres), Fort Hood is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two Armored Divisions. The rolling, semiarid terrain is ideal for multifaceted training and testing of military units and individuals. Fort Hood is "The Army's Premier Installation to train and deploy heavy forces."
Fort Hood was named for the famous Confederate General John Bell Hood, a leader who gained recognition during the Civil War as the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade. The original site was selected in 1941, and construction of South Camp Hood began in 1942. North Camp Hood, located 17 miles to the north, was established shortly after the first land acquisition and the founding of the cantonment area. South Camp Hood was designated as Fort Hood, a permanent installation, in 1951. North Camp Hood became North Fort Hood and what is now West Fort Hood was formerly a U.S. Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force ran both the airfield and the base from 1947 to 1952. From 1952 to 1969, the facilities were run by the U.S. Army under the Defense Atomic Support Agency. It became part of Fort Hood in 1969.
For more history on Fort Hood and III Corps, visit the 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Infantry Division museums.
Location: Fort Hood is adjacent to Killeen, Texas in the beautiful "hill and lake" country of the Great State of Texas.
Fort Hood is located approximately:
- 50 miles Southwest of Waco
- 60 miles Northeast of Austin
- 150 miles Northeast of San Antonio
- 160 miles South of Dallas/Fort Worth
- 180 miles Southeast of Abilene
- 180 miles Northwest of Houston
- 230 miles South of Wichita Falls/Oklahoma border
- 245 miles Southwest of Marshall/Louisiana border
- 275 miles Northeast of Del Rio/Mexico border
- 280 miles Southwest of Texarkana/Arkansas border
- 280 miles Northeast of Laredo/Mexico border
- 290 miles West of Orange/Louisiana border
- 315 miles East of Midland/Odessa
- 340 miles Southeast of Lubbock
- 385 miles North of Brownsville/Mexico border
- 425 miles Southeast of Amarillo
- 575 miles East of El Paso/New Mexico border
date last modified: 5/8/2013