Fort Hood

Fort Hood
Fort Hood
Fort Hood, TX 76544
1 (254) 286-5139

Established: 1942
Base Type: Army



Fort Hood is a United States Army post located in Killeen, Texas, smack in between the cities of San Antonio and Dallas. It’s also about halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles from each of them. According to, Hood has a population of around 42,000 active duty soldiers and almost 30,000 additional family members and civil workers. It sits on 339 square miles of Texas land and is the largest single employer in the state. Before the Soviet Union disbanded, Fort Hood was known as the largest military base in the world. Today, it remains one of the largest — with only Fort Benning being larger in personnel, and Fort Bliss in size.

Known as “the Army’s premier installation to train and deploy heavy forces,” Fort Hood is the only Army installation capable of housing and training two armored divisions at once. The main units assigned to Fort Hood include the 1st Cavalry Division and the 4th Infantry Division. There’s also the Headquarters Command III Corps, 3d Personnel Group, 3d Signal Brigade, 13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM), 13th Finance Group, 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), the Dental Activity (DENTAC), the Medical Support Activity (MEDDAC), Army Operational Test Command (AOTC), and more.

Fort Hood was named after Confederate Army General John Bell Hood, who commanded the Texas Brigade against the Union Army during the American Civil War. But the base itself wasn’t constructed until World War II, when the U.S. had a need for a vast amount of land to train and test tank destroyers. The new camp was planned in Killeen, Texas on 180,000 acres — the building of which would cost $22.8 million, equivalent to $362.7 million today — and it was completed in mid-August of 1942. In order for the base to be built, about 300 families had to move from their homes in the “Cradle of Killeen,” though the Army allowed them to pay a small grazing fee in order to survive off the land in the area (an arrangement which still stands today).

38,000 troops were housed and trained at the original camp, and in 1943 the Army purchased even more land to expand the site. In June 1943, there were an astounding 95,000 troops on the base, and it stayed that way for half a year. By the end of the war, the tank destroyers that had occupied Fort Hood initially were replaced by field artillery battalions, and soon Hood became known for its Infantry Center. However, after the overseas conflict was resolved, camp population roughly declined to just 11,000, and the Infantry Center was shut down in 1946.

Although much smaller than before, Fort Hood continued to be a site for troop training throughout the 1950s. In fact, in 1958 it saw probably its most famous trainee, the infamous Elvis Presley. He completed training at Fort Hood before shipping out to Germany with the 4th Armored Division. Hood also readied soldiers for combat in Vietnam, and between the mid- and late-1960s the post was modernized with new barracks, a theatre, and hospital. The 1st Cavalry Division came to Hood in 1971, and the M-1 Abrams tank in 1980. Since then, Hood has also been among the first in the Army to receive new equipment like the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Humvee, Multiple Launch Rocket System, Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) tactical communications, and much more.

Fort Hood has also been a main base for training and deployment to overseas operations since the 1990s. In September 1990, Hood units were deployed to Saudi Arabia. They also participated in Operation Desert Calm and Operation Provide Comfort in the Persian Gulf area, and deployed to Somalia from 1992-1993. In 1994, Hood units participated in the massive deployment for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. They also supported Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and have helped with disaster relief after earthquakes in Mexico City (1985) and Nicaragua (1992).

In the 2000s, Fort Hood became the first military post to privatize housing. After 9/11, they also became one of the first to close the base and prepare for overseas combat. Many Fort Hood units have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 4th Infantry Division was the one responsible for capturing Saddam Hussein in 2003. In 2005, Hood helped relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

There have been several scandals at Fort Hood, including shootings in 2009 and 2014, a training incident that left a soldier dead, a plot to attack the base from an AWOL private, and an alleged prostitution ring run by an officer.

Housing on Fort Hood is managed by Lend Lease Actus, and it contains 12 villages and over 6,100 units for Hood soldiers and their families. If you’re brand new to Fort Hood, you may be required to live off base for some time before they can find a placement for you. Waiting periods for enlisted families usually last between one month to two years, depending. Officers may also live on base, though there are far fewer units available to them (around 618 versus 5,814). Please apply for housing within 30 days of your arrival to Fort Hood.

The Killeen Independent School District serves Fort Hood and three nearby cities; it includes 27 elementary schools, eight middle schools, four high schools, and four special campuses. Transportation is provided to and from school and the YMCA hosts before and after school programs that start at 6 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Fort Hood Childhood Development Centers also has childcare available for military families on post. The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) provided medical services on Fort Hood, and is one of the largest medical centers in the Army, with multiple care clinics and a state-of-the-art Women’s Health Center.

If you’re PCSing to Fort Hood or have a loved one stationed there, be assured: It’s a reputable and historic post that’s unparalleled in its training and treatment. There are countless resources and support you can find from military families just like you.

Gate and Hours

Main Gate: 24/7
Clear Creek Gate: 24/7
North Clark: 24/7
South Clark Gate: 24/7
East Gate: 24/7
East Range Rd Gate: 24/7
West Range Dr Gate: 24/7
10th Street Gate: 0530 – 2000 M-F
Copperas Cove North Gate: 0530 – 2000 M-F
Copperas Cove South Gate: 0530 – 2000
WS Young Gate Hours: 0530 – 0930, 1130 – 1300, 1600 – 1800 M-F; 0530 – 0930, 1130 – 1300, 1500 – 2000 weekends
Fort Hood Street Gate Hours: 0530 – 2000 M-F
Santa Fe Gate Hours: 0530 – 2000 M-F
79th Street Gate Hours: 0530 – 2000 M-F
Mohawk Gate Hours: 0530 – 2000

Quick Reference

Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel
Tank Destroyer Blvd, Bldg 320
(254) 286-6785

Old Post Chapel
761st Tank Battalion & 50th Street
(254) 288-6545

Comanche Chapel
Tank Destroyer Blvd. ( 2 miles west of clear Rd.)
(254) 288-6556

The Ohana Place
Battalion Ave. at 19th St
(254) 287-2690

25th Street Chapel
Battalion Ave. at 33rd St, Bldg 10041
(254) 285-6751

The Spiritual Fitness Center
Battalion Ave at 33rd ST
(254) 553-1195

58th Street Chapel
Battalion Ave at 58th St
(254) 287-4034

73rd Street Chapel
Battalion Ave. at 73rd St
(254) 287-0469

76th Street Chapel
Battalion Ave. at 76th St
(254) 288-5145

West Fort Hood Chapel
Headquarters Ave. at Clark Rd
(254) 288-9442

Educational Services Division
761st Tank Bn. Ave, Bldg 33009
(254) 287-4824

Equal Opportunity
4820 Washington St
(254) 288-2002

Finance Services
36000 Darnall Loop, 4th Floor
(254) 288-4514

Family Readiness Center
Battalion Avenue & 50th St, Bldg 18000
(254) 553-4705

Family Advocacy
(254) 286-6774

Fire Department & Services
(254) 287-3908

Financial Readiness Branch (ACS)
(254) 288-3566

(254) 287-3704

Legal Services
(254) 287-7901

Post Office
(254) 287-2728

Public Affairs
Bldg 1001, Rm W105
(254) 286-5139

Base Surroundings
Killeen Mall
2100 South W S Young Drive,
Killeen, TX 76543

(254) 699-2211

Cameron Park Zoo
1701 N 4th St,
Waco, TX 76707

Dallas Petting Zoo l Exotic Petting Zoo and Animal Show
Valley Mills, TX
(512) 659-5151

Carl Levin Park
400 Miller’s Crossing,
Harker Heights, TX 76548

(254) 953-5657

James H. “Screwdriver” Arnold Memorial
305 N 4th St,
Killeen, TX 76541

Tex-Rican Restaurant
1026 S Fort Hood St,
Killeen, TX 76541

(254) 213-2776

Tham Rab Thai Restaurant
1046 S Fort Hood St,
Killeen, TX 76541

(254) 213-4744

Base Listings

The numbers for Fairchild Air Force Base have low accuracy due to its unique utilization. Entire companies are rotated through on a regular basis, so large portions of the phone directory are subject to change without notice. Please contact the base operator at (509) 247-1212 if you experience any difficulty reaching your desired contact.

NameLevel NamePhone
Workforce Center CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (254) 200-2212
Workforce Center CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (254) 742-4458
Young Men's Chirstian Association CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (254) 752-1605
Young Men's Chirstian Association CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (254) 776-6612
Young Men's Chirstian Association CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (254) 753-0197
Cremation CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (254) 200-0400
Cremation CENTRAL TEXAS 1 (512) 354-2509
Clear Creek Commissary 1 (254) 287-5943
Warrior Way Commissary 1 (254) 287-8025
Fort Hood-Clear Creek Commissary Fort Hood 1 (254) 493-3905
Fort Hood-Warrior Way Commissary Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-1955
Clear Creek main Exchange Fort Hood 1 (254) 532-7200
Fort Hood Tax Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-5040
Relocation Readiness Program Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4471
Army Career and Alumni Program Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-2226
Soldier & Family Assistance Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 618-7585
Exceptional Family Member Program Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-6070
Family Advocacy Victim Advocate Program Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-3583
American Red Cross Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-0400
School Liaison Office Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-7946
Transportation Office Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4515
Soldier Readiness Processing Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 285-6574
Clear Creek Child Development Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-5222
ID Card/CAC Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-5670
Housing Services Office Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4212
Consumer Affairs Financial Assistance Program Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-8979
Information, Referral and Follow-up Fort Hood 1 (254) 553-1593
School Age Services Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-7950
Oral Max Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-8230
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-8000
Bronco Youth Fitness Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-6745
Comanche Child Development Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4848
Abrams Physical Fitness Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-3884
Fort Hood National Bank - Hood Road Fort Hood 1 (254) 532-2161
Child Development Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-6037
Chaffee Child Development Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4749
Army Community Service Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4227
Marvin Leath Visitors Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-9909
Casey Memorial Library Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-4921
Army Emergency Relief Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-5003
ACS Employment Readiness Program Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-2089
Copeland Soldier Service Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-3832
Child & Youth Services Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-8029
Housing-Actus Lend Lease Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-3704
Employment Readiness Branch Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-2089
Family Child Care Fort Hood 1 (254) 287-5448
Tricare Service Center Fort Hood 1 (254) 288-8155
AAFES Employment Fort Hood 1 (254) 532-5419
Coast Dental Fort Hood 1 (254) 285-2164
Military Clothing Sales Store/Midpost Mall Complex Fort Hood 1 (254) 532-3920