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Like the State of Texas, Fort Hood is big and boasts of being the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. Fort Hood rests 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 and 50 miles southwest of Waco.

Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States, and is the only post in the United States that is capable of supporting two full armored divisions.  In addition to 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood is also home for Headquarters Command III Corps, 3d Signal Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 13th Finance Group, 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), Dental Activity (DENTAC), Medical Support Activity (MEDDAC), Army Operational Test Command (AOTC), 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, 4th Battalion 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and various other units and tenant organizations.

Fort Hood is fortunate to have the growing cities of Killeen and Copperas Cove as neighbors. These cities include new and affordable housing areas, shopping centers, recreation facilities and good restaurants.

The major access highway to Fort Hood's principal cantonment area and West Fort Hood is U.S. Highway 190, which provides four-lane controlled access to the post from Interstate Highway 35, the main North-South route through Central Texas. Income levels in the military tend to create a distribution that is spiked in the middle income areas. Very few military members earn below $15,000 per year and few earn over $75,000 annually. Due to the lack of top income earners on post, average household income at Fort Hood is approximately $33,000.

History
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 Hood's 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. North Camp Hood became North Fort Hood and what is now West Fort Hood was formerly a U.S. Air Force Base. Both the airfield and the base were run by the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1952. From 1952 to 1969, the facilities were run by the U.S. Army under the Defense Atomic Support Agency. It became part of Fort Hood in 1969.

Mission
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood, a power projection platform, in support of the full spectrum of operations; provides responsible stewardship of resources; provides services and maintains infrastructure; enables training of joint/combined expeditionary forces; mobilizes/demobilizes RC forces; establishes a safe, secure environment; provides for the well-being of the DA family; fosters relationships with surrounding communities; and sustains/supports Army transformation.

Population Served
The demographic composition of Fort Hood differs significantly from surrounding communities. The total service area population exceeds over 300,000.  Fort Hood has a relatively young population, the largest age group being the 25 to 34 year group. Additionally, the post has very few people over 55 years old (as most have retired by that time). The ethnic mix of the military is usually more diverse than a typical Texas city, and Fort Hood follows this pattern with 48% White, 26% African-Americans, 19 % Hispanics, 3 % Asians, and 4% various other races.

Arrival
If you arrive in the area via the Killeen/Fort Hood Regional Airport, ground transportation is available to Fort Hood. If you need help at the airport then contact the Liaison NCO located in the baggage claim area. When entering Fort Hood through the main gate, you must stop at the Marvin Leath Visitor Control Center to obtain a visitor's pass or DoD decal. Soldiers (Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard), Retirees and DoD Civilians driving a rental vehicle can enter the installation without first obtaining a vehicle pass.  At the gate, drivers must show: a) The rental agreement (must be in the driver's name). b) Their valid DoD Identification Card or CAC Card.  c) All passengers in the vehicle must also show their ID.

From there,  stay on Hood Road, the Copeland Soldier Service Center is a big three story brick building located on the corner of Old Ironsides Ave. and Hood Rd. Should you encounter any difficulties or have any questions upon your arrival, contact the Copeland Soldier Service Center. This office is open 24 hours, seven days per week.

Sponsorship
Upon receipt of assignment orders to Fort Hood, contact the Copeland Soldier Service center at (254) 287-3832 for information about obtaining a sponsor. Soldiers with pin point assignment can request sponsorship by mailing their gaining unit a DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling Information Sheet). Soldiers desiring a pin-point assignment can contact Strength Management at (254) 287-7525, (254) 288-5252 or DSN 737-7525.

To obtain information from Army Community Services, call (254) 287-4471 or DSN 737-4471 or email FHRelocation@hood.army.mil.

ACS Relocation Readiness is proud to offer its Sponsor a Spouse Sponsorship Program for all incoming spouses. This program helps minimize problems associated with arriving in a new community, assess needs of newcomer families, provide the right information at the right time, tailor the service, and be responsive to the customer and to identify at risk families for services. A Sponsor a Spouse card is available in the Relocation Office and various locations throughout the post to register spouses and assess their need for services. Off post family members can obtain sponsorship by contacting the relocation office by telephone or email FHRelocation@hood.army.mil. This card lists services associated with the move. During the initial counseling process a checklist is utilized to help minimize problems associated with relocation to a new duty station. Information given consists of a Welcome CD, Lending Closet, Settling-In Information, Financial Assistance, Parenting/Stress Management, Foreign-Born Spouse, Army Family Team Building, Exceptional Family Member, Employment Referral, Child and Youth Services, School Liaison, and Volunteer Referral. This program helps ensure newcomer spouses have a positive first impression and arrive feeling like members of the Great Team.

Youth Sponsorship is a way to match up relocating military youth with youth already living at the Great Place. Sponsors will answer their questions, send them information, give them a tour once they arrive, and assist them in making new friends. No one knows a place better from a military youth's perspective than one already living here. All Fort Hood youth centers and school-age programs have center/site Ambassadors that serve in this capacity.

Finance
The Defense Military Pay Office is responsible for processing all incoming Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood.  Upon signing into Fort Hood all newly arrived Soldiers will be assigned a time to attend a mandatory finance in processing brief.  During the initial finance in-processing brief, claims for the Soldiers and dependent travel pay and dislocation allowances (DLA) will be prepared. All travel settlement payments will be made via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  Soldiers are required to register with installation housing before starting Permissive TDY (PTDY) and with guest housing before obtaining temporary lodging off-post.

Review the checklist below for required documents to in-process finance in a timely manner.  
LTC and above, CSM, SGM, CW4 AND CW5 are to schedule an appointment by calling the Defense Military Pay Office. The following documents are required in order to in-process finance in a timely manner.
. One copy of all PCS orders front and back (to include all amendments/diversion orders ensure MDC code is present, name on orders match name on DD form 1351-2)
. One copy of your DA -31 Leave Form with Housing Referral (HRO) Office Stamp from bldg 18010 B209 if soldier took permissive TDY.
. One copy of advance travel payment(s), to include any partial TDY (accrual) payments.
. Receipts/Tickets exceeding $75.00 in cost (i.e., plane, cabs, train or bus) One copy of DD Form 788 (if POC picked-up)
. Copy of government issued plane ticket/itinerary
. One copy of marriage certificate and/or divorce decree (if applicable) NOTE: Original or certified copy must be seen.

Soldiers who were TDY Enroute:
. All Lodging receipts
. Statement of non-availability for any TDY period
. In and around mileage logs (if applicable)
. Two copies of all PCS orders front and back (to include all amendment/deletion orders ensure MDC code is present, name on orders match name on DD form 1351-2)
. Two copies of your DA -31 Leave Form with Housing Referral (HRO) Office Stamp if soldier took permissive TDY.
. One copy of advance travel payment(s), to include any partial TDY (accrual) payments.
. Receipts/Tickets exceeding $75.00 in cost (i.e., plane, cabs, train or bus)
. One copy of DD Form 788 (if POC picked-up)
. Copy of government issued plane ticket/itinerary
. One copy of marriage certificate and/or divorce decree  (if applicable) NOTE: Original or certified copy must be seen

Temporary Lodging
All soldiers PCSing to Fort Hood must call Fort Hood Lodging phone to make a reservation.  Priority reservations are for TDY and PCS and are on a space available basis. If space is not available the Soldier will be issued a statement of non availability authorizing them to stay off post in hotel or motel.

  • Area Hotels * please note you must be issued a statement of non availability and be given hotel procedures if on post lodging is full

Relocation Assistance
Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program, phone number (254) 287-4471 offers a variety of relocation assistance services and resources to eliminate the stress associated with relocating. Soldiers processing into Ft Hood attend a Newcomer's brief as part of their in processing through 21st Replacement Detachment. The Lending Closet has basic household items available for Soldiers and families arriving or leaving Fort Hood while their household goods are in transit. Please bring a copy of assignment orders and an ID Card. Spouses can also obtain all the information needed through our Sponsor a Spouse program mentioned previously in the sponsorship paragraph.

Critical Installation Information
Fort Hood is a secure post and all Soldiers, family members, civilians, and their guests must obtain an access pass to enter all Fort Hood access points.

Fort Hood regulations prohibit the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle and encourage the use of a hands-free device.

All news media representatives planning to cover events on Fort Hood must be escorted by a member of the post's Public Affairs Office, or will be refused entry to Fort Hood. Call (254) 287-0106 or 0104 to request a PAO escort, or fax your request to (254) 288-2750. Members of the news media who have a personal affiliation with the military (spouse or family member) and have a DoD decal are instructed to call the PAO at the numbers above for escort when reporting a story. Due to the limited number of PAO staff members available to provide escort, media representatives are asked to request escort support as far in advance as possible.

In an effort to streamline the Passport application process, the Family Travel Section, located in Room A209, Building 18010 in the Copeland Soldier Service Center will now handle passport photos for official travel.  This service will provide Soldiers and family members one stop processing for passport service.

 


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