Fort Hood Army Base
III Corps, First Army Division West, 1st Cavalry Division, 36th Engineer Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 7th Cavalry 89th Military Police Brigade, 1st Medical Brigade, Operational Test Command, 13th Financial Management Center, 407th Army Field Support Brigade, 48th Chemical Brigade, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 11th Signal Brigade, 57th and 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalions
Bldg. 36000, Darnall Loop, Killeen, TX 76544
Fort Hood is a U.S. Army installation in the beautiful hill and lake country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove and is approximately 60 miles north of the capital city of Austin, 50 miles south of Waco, 160 miles south of Dallas, and 150 miles north of San Antonio. Fort Hood spans across 214,000 and is the most populous U.S. military installation in the world. The main business area is in Bell County, with the training countryside area of the post in Coryell County.
Today, the mission of III Corps and its Subordinate Units is to prepare to rapidly deploy and conduct the full range of military operations to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative, in order to defeat any adversary. The Corps is prepared to exercise mission command of Army, Joint, and Multi-National Forces, as a Corps, Joint Task force (JTF), or Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC).
There are more than 250,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort Hood.
The closest airport is Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport located 5.8 miles from base.
Ground transportation is available to Fort Hood from Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport. If you need help at the airport, contact the Liaison NCO located near the baggage claim area.
The Soldier’s Shuttle Service is open to Soldiers, Family members, DoD Employees, retirees and visitors to the installation. Stops are located in close vicinity to GYMS, DFACs, and Chapels in the billeting area. The shuttle is available Monday–Friday: 1730-2200, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, and Training Holidays: 1030-2200
Departure times are noted as minutes past the hour. The last shuttle begins circuit one hour prior to end time.
Directions from Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
- Go north on Oakalla Road/Ammo Road toward Mitchell Place Road
- Continue to follow Oakalla Road (Oakalla Road becomes Clear Creek Road)
- Turn right onto US-190 East Central Texas Expressway
- Take ramp left and follow signs for I-14 East / US-190 East
- Merge onto US-190 East, stay in right lane and follow signs to Fort Hood main gate exit
Upon arrival to Fort Hood, all Soldiers will sign in at the front desk of the Copeland Soldier Service Center (CSSC, Building 18010) located on the corner of TJ Mills Boulevard and Battalion Avenue. The Copeland Center is open 24 hours a day. Soldiers will turn in one (1) copy of the order assigning the individual to Fort Hood, and the Medical and Dental Record. The individual will be signed in off leave. If reporting in on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 0600 to 1700 or Thursday between the hours of 0600 to 1500 you must be in duty uniform (ACU, DCU, Class A or Class B).
If you have Permissive TDY (PTDY), check in at the CSSC Front Desk to have your DA Form 31 stamped by CSSC, drop off a copy of your paperwork and pass along contact information prior to reporting to Housing. Housing is located in the CSSC on the second floor (Room B209) and their operating hours are 0730-1530 Monday-Friday. They close daily for lunch from 1130-1230. The Housing Office phone number is (254) 287-4212.
All Soldiers will report to the Fort Hood CSSC, Bldg 18010 Front Desk. Soldiers will be provided an In-processing Schedule, with the exception of Soldiers assigned to the following commands listed below:
- Darnall Army Medical Hospital (MEDDAC.)
- Dental Command (DENTAC.)
- Operational Test Command (OTC.)
- Division West (DivWest.)
These Soldiers, after signing in at the CSSC’s Front Desk, will receive directions on reporting to their respective unit, and their S1 will coordinate the in-processing. Soldiers assigned to these units will be required to report to Building 16011 on Day 1 at 0845 for the Finance Briefing and are required to bring a copy of their orders, their leave form and any travel or lodging receipts.
Soldiers in the rank of LTC and higher, CW4-CW5, SGM-CSM will not report to the Fort Hood Reception Detachment, but will receive their in-processing checklist and further instructions from the Front Desk in the CSSC. The Finance Brief for LTC and above, CW4-CW5, and SGM-CSM is only conducted on Fridayss in the CSSC, Room B112 at 1430.
For all other inquiries concerning in-processing, please contact the Front Desk located in the Copeland Soldier Service Center at commercial: (254) 287-3832 or DSN: 737-3832. Soldiers wear ACU or other authorized uniform while in-processing. After duty hours, you may report in civilian clothing.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (512) 438-4800
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.
Paws Humane Society (512) 540-4010
Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000
Base Operator (315) 772-6556
Chaplain (254) 288-6545
Civilian Personnel Office (315) 772-1049
Dental Headquarters (315) 772-4440
EFMP Family Support (315) 772-5476
Family Advocacy Program (315) 772-6929
Family Child Care (315) 772-2250
Housing Services Office (315) 772-9397
ID/CAC Card Processing (254) 287-5670
Information and Referral (315) 772-6799
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG (315) 772-5261
Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655
NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
On-base housing at Fort Hood is privatized by Liberty Village. There are 13 villages with over 6,700 units of military housing ranging between single houses and eight-plexes, with two to five bedrooms. Wait times for all military personnel vary from 0 to 30 days. Call (254) 287-4212 or visit http://www.fthood-libertyvillage.com for more information.
Timber Ridge Estates
6.9 miles from Base
Timber Ridge Estates is a family friendly neighborhood in Killeen with good schools and close to shopping areas.
Skipcha Mountain Estates
8 miles from Base
Skipcha Mountain Estates is a quiet, family friendly neighborhood in Killeen with good schools and close to shopping areas.
In Fort Hood, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 96°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 102°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 3 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 96°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 25 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 40°F and high of 60°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from April 24 to October 22, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on May 21. The drier season lasts 6.1 months, from October 22 to April 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on January 1.
The overall cost of living in Fort Hood is 6% lower than the Texas average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Fort Hood, TX, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Texas average and 9% lower than the U.S. average.
Killeen is a city in central Texas, located about an hour north of Austin, Texas. The area has many parks and outdoor recreation facilities to explore. Killeen has many shopping areas and restaurants to enjoy, as well. Visit https://killeenchamber.com/ for more information.
Some points of interest include Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Long Branch Park, Lions Club Park, Dana Peak Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trails, and Bell County Museum.