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United States Army
Bldg. 36000, Darnall Loop
Killeen, TX 76544
Cost of living is below the national average.
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
285 prefix is 663 DSN prefix286 prefix is 566 DSN prefix287 prefix is 737 DSN prefix288 prefix is 738 DSN prefix553 prefix is 663 DSN prefix618 prefix is 259 DSN prefix
For 24/7 Fort Hood unit contact information, call the Field Officer of the Day (FOD) at(254) 206-1157. For 24/7 Fort Hood services information, call the Installation Operations Center (IOC) at (254) 287-2520.
III Corps and its Subordinate Units are prepared 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).
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. Camp Hood was designated as Fort Hood, a permanent installation, in 1951. Today 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. For more information, go to the Fort Hood homepage.
* 36,329 active duty military
* 409,416 retirees, survivors and family members
* 9,479 civilians and contractors
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area: 506,010 on average
The demographic composition of Fort Hood differs significantly from surrounding communities. The total service area population exceeds 400,000, with over 6,000 Exceptional Family Members. 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.
Active Duty (Officer)
Active Duty (Enlisted)
Family Members - On Post
Family Members - Off Post
Retirees, Survivors & Family Members
Fort Hood 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 Hood. The installation‟s principal cantonment area and the adjacent West Fort Hood 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 Hood Regional Airport
Airport Shuttle -- If you fly in to the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport, ground transportation is available to Fort Hood. If you need help at the airport, contact the Liaison NCO located near the baggage claim area.
If arriving by bus at the Killeen Bus Terminal, there are taxis that will transport you for a fare.
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 (POF) on Fort Hood must enter through an Access Control Point (ACP), 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 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, 50 miles south of Waco, 160 miles south of Dallas, and 150 miles north of San Antonio.
From Killeen/Fort Hood 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
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.