The largest armored active duty post in the United States is Fort Hood. Also home to the 1st Cavalry Division, it’s located somewhere in between Killeen and Copperas Cove in Texas.

Cost Of Living: In comparison to all the major cities of the US, Fort Hood has a very low cost of living.

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers: 254-287-1110

Base Population: The current population on base at Fort Hood consists of approximately 19367 contractors and civilians, 41360 active duty military and 262,027  family members, survivors and retirees.

City/Area population: The total population of Killeen Temple is approximated at 389,151 citizens.

Child Development Centers: 7 child care centers offer services to children of 6 weeks to 5 years of age that include the following - part day preschool, full day care, before and after school care for children. With a provision of over forty Army certified military spouses is FCC (Family child care), which takes the responsibility of childcare services for children of 4 weeks to 12 years of age. There is also the availability of two childcare development homes especially for weekend care and emergency overnight care. For single soldiers and military couple parents for a center based care slot there is also the availability of temporary full day slots. Children who suffer with special needs have the availability of special services.

In addition to all this there are also school districts around and on the base. The total number of these districts is 8.There are two middle schools and seven elementary schools on the post as well, which operate under the banner of Killeen Independent School District. CCISD (Copperas Cove Independent School District) is a public school that provides services to approximately 7400 students in neighboring areas and Copperas Cove.

Youth Programs: There are a total of 4 youth centers on the base of Fort Hood offering a range of interesting activities and sports programs and recreational facilities. Call 254-287-8029 / 254-288-7155.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 254-287-4227

Employment: There is availability of civilian jobs at Fort Hood that include Child Care worker, Sales Store Checker, Registered Nurse and Child Care worker, Dental Assistant, Nurse and many more. A lot of the available posts are temporary. The average household income is $43,311 and the rate of unemployment in the Killeen Temple Fort Hood Metro area is at an average of 6.1%.

Base Services

The base services on post include banking facilities (Pentagon Federal Credit Union and Fort Hood National Bank), MWR Facilities (these include recreational facilities’ like arts and crafts, golf, fishing, library, gym, camping, bowling), 2 big commissaries, and an exchange system (mini malls, six troop stores, mega food court, several food joints, nine shopettes)

Medical Services: Carl R Darnall Army Medical center is a hospital with seven clinics and 128 beds that provides medical services to family members, soldiers and retires at Fort Hood. Enrollment in the TRICARE is a must in order to receive health care at Darnall. Call the following numbers for booking a bed or other medical services 254-288-8888 or 800-305-6421; benefits/Tricare 800-406-2832.


In order to counter German mobile armored units during World War 2, tank destroyers were developed. A wide and open space was required for the tank destroyer testing which was available in abundance in Texas. AD Bruce was given the responsibility to organize a new Tank destroyer tactical and firing center and he chose Killeen Texas as the location for the new camp.

About 300 families had to move from their homes in order to make space for the camp. To make the move easier for the families the Army came to an agreement of letting the land be used for grazing and nominal grazing, this agreement still continues to date.

In mid August the camp was finally occupied with a great opening ceremony and named Fort Hood.


•         1st Cavalry Division

•         41st Field Artillery Bridge

•         120th Infantry Brigade


Privatized housing has over 6700 units of Military housing across 13 villages. On post housing ranges from single houses to 8 plexes with 2 to 5 bedrooms. 6125 units are available for enlisted personnel and 593 units for officers. Call 254-287-4212.

Central Texas College-Fort Hood

Family Services


Belton Lake

Copperas Cove

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