FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) – To grasp the scale of Fort Hood, consider it as a small city about the size in population of Georgetown, San Marcos or Pflugerville. It’s ‘home’ to more than 45,000 assigned soldiers or airmen as well as nearly 9,000 civilian employees, according to a US military fact sheet.
Ft. Hood is headquarters to III Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, 13th Sustainment Command, First Army Division West, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade and other Forces Command units, according to military information. Since 9/11, US Army Reserve and National Guard members have been trained at Ft. Hood. Central Texas civilian law enforcement agencies also stage regular firearms and other training on post facilities.
Most full time military, when they’re not deployed on active assignments live on or near post which takes in 335 square miles over Bell and Coryell Counties. That’s an area slightly larger than the City of Austin, 60 miles to the south and east. The post boasts two airports, combat aviation training areas and a large ground training area – making Ft. Hood one of the largest active duty armored military installations in the world.
The built-up area of the post or cantonment – an area known as Main Post – is made up of a sprawling network of administrative buildings spread over more than 15 acres. Included among the structures are schools, privately-built housing as well as shops, commissaries, medical facilities (including the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center), two fire stations, (military) police facilities and other common elements of modern, urban life.
While Ft. Hood is a gated post with 10 major entry point from surrounding communities according to a map of the post, it is accessible to the public including a visitors’ center near the main gate, two museums (accessible with a pass) and a recreational lake. An annual July 4th celebrations hav open to the public, according to online sources.