Cost of living is below the national average.
Cost of Living in Killeen, Texas
Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Killeen is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Killeen, Texas is more expensive.
Killeen cost of living is 80.4
Fort Hood Installation Access - Fort Hood has recently upgraded to the Army’s Automated Installation Entry (AIE) at the Installation Access Control Points (ACPs) to enhance security.
What is AIE? - AIE is an Installation Access System that leverages technology to increase security for Soldiers, Family members, DoD civilians, retirees, contract employees, and guests by verifying identity of individual(s) and ensuring they meet Army approved access standards against FBI criminal and terrorist authoritative databases.
Access to Fort Hood is restricted to those who have an acceptable purpose, or reason to enter the installation. In order to enter, all occupants 18 years or older must have a valid identification. DoD affiliated or Federal Government ID card holders may enter Fort Hood using any lane at any ACP.
All visitor’s and Non-DoD card holders must visit the Marvin Leath Visitor Welcome Center located on T.J. Mills Blvd, or the North Fort Hood Visitor Center located on Highway 36 across from the North Fort Hood Access Control Point.
Entry requirements for all Visitors, and Non- DoD card holders requesting unescorted Installation access:
Upon satisfying the above criteria and vetting requirements, an Installation access pass or card will be issued to the visitor.
Foreign visitor Access - (any person other than a US citizen) must have an acceptable purpose to enter the installation, and must be sponsored and escorted by a DoD ID Card holder. Escorts must be provided by the organization, or individual responsible for sponsoring, or otherwise associated with the individual’s visit, and must remain within reasonable visual contact of the individual(s) they are escorting.
Commercial Vehicle Access - Clarke Road Truck Inspection Facility North is the primary access point for all commercial vehicles, U-Hauls, vehicles carrying hazardous material and ammunition.
Trusted Traveler - DoD card holders are considered trusted travelers in most cases, and are authorized to vouch for the identity, fitness and purpose of co-travelers as long as they occupy the same vehicle. Individuals may be personally accountable for the conduct of those co-travelers in accordance with installation security policies. Authorized individuals should accompany the co-traveler(s) until he or she departs the installation.
Access Denials - Individuals who do not pass the security vetting process IAW the regulatory required National Crime Information Center III check, will be issued a Fort Hood Access Denial Waiver Application to request access. Upon submitting a waiver application, the Senior Installation Commander will make a determination on whether to approve or deny installation access.
Firearm(s) Registration - Your firearms can be registered at the Marvin Leath Visitor Welcome Center during normal hours of operation, and at the Fort Hood Police Department 24/7. All personnel (military or civilian) who live on the installation or will possess, transport, or carry a firearm on the installation at any time will register with the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES). Firearms will be registered under the owner's information. If the owner is a Family member, the firearm will be registered under the registrant, and the sponsor's information. All Soldiers registering a firearm are required to obtain their unit commander's approval and signature prior to registering. Newly assigned Soldiers in possession of assignment orders must receive a temporary firearms registration with the expiration lasting through the in-processing phase prior to traveling onto post with the firearm. Soldiers that purchase a firearm must receive a temporary firearms registration (not to exceed 5 working days), pending their commander's approval. Once the Commander has signed the firearm registration form the Soldier will return to the Marvin Leath Visitor Welcome Center, or the Fort Hood Police station for permanent registration which is good for a term of four years from the date of registration.
Bldg. 69012 (Located on T.J. Mills Blvd)
Due to COVID-19, the Visitor Welcome Center hours of operation have changed.
Hours of operation are: 0500-2100, Monday – Sunday.
Office phone: (254) 287-9909
Bldg. 56342 (Located on Highway 36 across from the North Fort Hood Access Control Point)
Due to COVID-19. The North Fort Hood location is temporarily closed
Office phone: (254) 286-5593
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.
DSN Prefix Guide
OFF POST LOCAL AREA
DIAL 99 +7 DIGIT NUMBER
LONG DISTANCE (DDD) & TOLL FREE
DIAL 98 + 1 + AREA CODE + 7 DIGIT NUMBER
DIAL 94 + 312 + 7 DIGIT DSN NUMBER
DIAL 94 + AREA CODE + 7 DIGIT DSN NUMBER
DSN AREAS Codes:
311 — AFRICOM
319 — CANADA
314 — EUROPE
509 — CANADA VTC
315 — PACIFIC
317 — ALASKA
318 — CENTRAL
For 24/7 Fort Cavazos unit contact information, call the Field Officer of the Day (FOD) at 254-206-1157. For 24/7 Fort Cavazos services information, call the Installation Operations Center (IOC) at 254-287-2520.
III Armored Corps Mission
On order, III Armored Corps deploys globally and conducts Multi-Domain Operations as part of a combined joint land force to deter or defeat adversaries, support Combat Command operations, and achieve national objectives.
III Armored Corps Vision
III Armored Corps is the world's premier mounted force, highly lethal, trained and ready to conduct sustained, expeditionary, operational maneuver anywhere in the world.
USAG Fort Cavazos provides integrated installation support services to include facilities, infrastructure and programs to enable Fort Cavazos commanders to train and deploy their units and take care of their Soldiers, families, civilians and retirees.
Fort Cavazos is the model readiness, training, and deployment installation while simultaneously providing realistic and responsive Quality of Life services to our Soldiers, families, civilians and retirees.
FORT HOOD REDESIGNATED TO FORT CAVAZOS MAY 9
On May 9, 2023, our installation was redesignated Fort Cavazos in honor of Gen. Richard Edward Cavazos, a Texas-born hero of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The post was one of nine U.S. Army installations being redesignated based on the Naming Commission’s recommendations to remove the names, symbols, displays, monuments and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America.
“We are proud to be renaming Fort Hood as Fort Cavazos in recognition of an outstanding American hero, a veteran of the Korea and Vietnam wars and the first Hispanic to reach the rank of four-star general in our Army. General Cavazos’ combat proven leadership, his moral character and his loyalty to his Soldiers and their families made him the fearless yet respected and influential leader that he was during the time he served, and beyond,” said Lt. Gen. Sean Bernabe, III Armored Corps Commanding General. “We are ready and excited to be part of such a momentous part of history, while we honor a leader who we all admire.”
III ARMORED CORPS, THE PHANTOM WARRIORS!
Ill Corps' colorful history dates from 1918 when the Corps served in World War I, winning battle streamers for the Aisne-Marne, Lorraine, and the Meuse-Argone campaigns.
Inactivated in 1919, the Corps was reactivated in 1940 to train combat divisions. During World War II the Corps was deployed to The European Theater of Operations and earned the name "Phantom Corps" by hitting the enemy when least expected. It won campaign streamers in Northern and Central Europe, and established the Remagen Bridgehead, enabling the Allies to secure a foothold in Germany.
Inactivated in 1946, Ill Corps was reactivated in 1951 and served on active duty until 1959. Inactivated that year, it quickly returned to duty at Fort Hood during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. In 1962, Ill Corps was designated as part of the U.S. Army Strategic Army Corps.
During the Vietnam conflict, Ill Corps trained and deployed two Field Force Headquarters and many combat and combat service support units totaling more than 100,000 personnel.
In recent years, Ill Corps forces have fought in and supported operations worldwide, to include Grenada, Panama, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, and provided humanitarian support for Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Ill Corps elements provided support for Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For many years, the primary focus of the III Corps was the reinforcement of NATO. As the world and the U.S. Army have changed the Corps has also changed, and broadened its focus to be ready to deploy anywhere, anytime and win.
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area Supported: 714,262 on average
The demographic composition of Fort Hood differs significantly from surrounding communities. The total service area population exceeds 500,000, with over 5,000 Exceptional Family Members. Fort Hood has a relatively young population, the largest age group being the 25 to 34 year group. 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.
Fort Cavazos occupies 335 square miles of Bell and Coryell Counties, 60 miles north of Austin and 50 miles south of Waco. Seven surrounding cities with a regional population of approximately 335,000 are partnered with and provide substantial quality of life support to Fort Cavazos. The installations principal cantonment area and the adjacent West Fort Cavazos are bisected by Interstate 14, a four-lane controlled access road that flows directly into US Interstate Highway 35, the main North-South route through Texas and Mid-America.
Killeen/Fort Cavazos Regional Airport
Airport Shuttle -- If you fly into the Killeen-Fort Cavazos Regional Airport, ground transportation is available to Fort Cavazos. If you need help at the airport, contact the Liaison NCO located near the baggage claim area.
Killeen Bus Terminal permanently closed.
DOD Civilians, active military, military dependents, retired, retiree dependents and contractors with DOD ID cards may enter the installation by displaying their DOD issued ID card to the guard personnel at the Access Control Points entering the installation. If you do not have your government ID card in your possession you must go to the Marvin Leath Visitor Welcome center to get an installation access pass/badge.
All personnel bringing a Privately Owned Firearm on Fort Cavazos must enter through an Access Control Point, declare that they are bringing a POF on post and state the reason they are doing so to ACP personnel. Personnel must also declare possession of firearms to officials upon being directed to an ACP inspection area, being stopped by law enforcement officials, or for any other checkpoint or inspection operation.
Fort Cavazos is located 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.
From Killeen/Fort Cavazos Regional Airport
The Soldier's Shuttle Service is fully operational now and is open to Soldiers, Family members, DOD Employees, retirees and visitors to the installation. Stops are located in close vicinity to GYMS, DFACs, PX and Chapels in the billeting area.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Shuttle Hours are: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Medical shuttle to SAMMC
Shuttle service to/from North Fort Cavazos for mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers