Keeping the U.S. Safe
A 327-square mile installation, Fort Hood is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two Armored Divisions. The rolling, semi-arid terrain is ideal for multifaceted training and testing on military units and individuals.
Fort Hood is the Army’s premier installation to train and deploy heavy forces. In addition to the 1st Cavalry Division and the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood is also the home of Headquarters Command III Corps, 3rd Personnel Group, 3rd Signal Brigade, 3rd Weather Squadron, 13th Corps Support Command (COSCOM), 13th Finance Group, 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, the Dental Activity (DENTAC), the Medical Support Activity (MEDDAC), Test and Experimentation Command (TEXCOM), and various other units and tenant organizations.
Fort Hood was named for the famous Confederate General John Bell Hood, an outstanding leader who gained recognition during the Civil War as the commander of the 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.
Formerly a U.S. Air Force Base, West Fort Hood was a U.S. Air Force airfield and base from 1947 to 1952. It became part of Fort Hood in 1969.
Currently, Fort Hood is home to more than 42,000 soldiers in combat-ready divisions and support units. Billions of dollars worth of tanks, personnel carriers and other tactical vehicles are also housed here, earning Fort Hood its reputation as a Mobile Armored Corps.
Ongoing training and equipment innovations at Fort Hood are indications of the shape of things to come Army-wide. With realistic training, the best technical advances and a multitude of support services, the III Corps and Fort Hood soldiers are ready, willing and able to go anywhere at anytime to defend the interest of the United States. Local units have deployed to missions around the world — including duty in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In Harker Heights, we take special pride in honoring our soldiers and their families. For more history on Fort Hood and III Corps, visit the 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Infantry Division museums at Fort Hood.