Post with the Most: Fort Hood, TX

Each month here at Army Wife Network, we do a segment that highlights an Army installation.  We do this so we can provide you with as much information about a post as possible.  We also call on you, our loyal AWN fans, to help us compile this information and give us a personal look at what life is like at each post.  Look for these spouse’s personal comments in red below.

This month we are taking a look at Fort Hood, Texas.  Fort Hood is home to approximately 41,000 soldiers and their families, making it the largest active duty post in the Armed Forces.  Here is what you need to know about Fort Hood, Texas!

GENERAL INFORMATION
Major Units/What Post is “known for” (i.e. basic training, AIT, MP Headquarters, etc): 

Fort Hood is home to the following units: 
1st Calvary Division
1st Army Division West
13th Sustainment Command
Operational Test Command
1st Medical Brigade
3rd Calvary Regiment
13th Financial Management Center
21st Calvary Brigade (Air Combat)
36th Engineer Brigade
41st Fires Brigade
48th Chemical Brigade
69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
85th Civil Affairs Brigade
89th Military Police Brigade
407th Army Field Support Brigade
504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
Darnall Army Medical Center
Warrior Transition Brigade
57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion
901st Contingency Contracting Battalion
NCO Academy 

“It [Fort Hood] is home to several large units, but the ones you will see and hear about the most are the 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Cavalry Regiment.  It is hard to miss the Stetsons the Soldiers wear on Fridays and for ceremonial occasions.  Fort Hood refers to itself as “the Great Place”!”
Spouse, Margaret Phillips

Name of Surrounding Cities:

Killeen, Texas
Harker Heights, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Temple, Texas
Nolanville, Texas
Lampasas, Texas
Belton, Texas
Kempner, Texas
Salado,Texas
Round Rock, Texas

Closest MAJOR City: 

Austin, Texas – Approximately 1 ½ hours
Waco, Texas – Approximately 1 ½ hours
San Antonio, Texas – Approximately 2 ½ hours
Dallas, Texas – Approximately 2 ½ hours
Corpus Christi, Texas – Approximately 5 hours

Names of Area Colleges:

Central Texas Community College
A&M Central Texas
St. Mary’s University
University of Maryland (on-post)
University of Mary Harding Baylor
Excelsior College
University of Texas
Baylor University
Tarleton University
Temple College
Texas State Technical College 

Weather:

Winters are mild.  Spring is warm and breezy.  Summer is HOT!  This area can also get quite dusty at times.

“Two seasons-warm & HOT!”
Spouse, Carla Norris

POST INFORMATION 

Post Website:  http://www.hood.army.mil/

Map:  http://www.hoodmwr.com/maps_images/newmap/mapkey.pdf 

Historical Facts/Landmarks on post:

You can find a detailed history about Fort Hood, including an area entitled, “Fort Hood Throughout the Centuries,” at this link – http://www.hood.army.mil/history.aspx 

1st Cavalry Museum – http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/1cdmuseum/Default.asp
3rd Cavalry Regiment Museum
4th ID Museum
Colbert Ranch

“Fort Hood was initially known as Camp Hood (60 years ago) Home of the Tank Destroyer Tactical and firing Center.”
Spouse, Nancy Snelgrove    

Housing: 

Housing Company:  Fort Hood Family Housing – A partnership between the Army and Actus Lend Lease, LLC

Website:  http://www.hood.army.mil/housing.aspx?5 

“I heard that Fort Hood Family housing is pretty good. But living off post in the surrounding communities is great too!”
Spouse, Csenge Baldwin

Major realty/rental companies in the area: 

Century 21
ReMAX
5 Star Properties
Shine Team
Coldwell Banker United Realtors
JWC Property Management
Lone Star Realty and Property Management
Armadillo Properties
Cloud Real Estate
ERA
TexStar
Colonial Rental Properties
Hunter Rentals 

Adult Education:  http://www.hood.army.mil/esd/

Schools: 

School Liaison Officer:  http://www.hoodmwr.com/school_liaison_office.htm

Districts: Killeen Independent School District  (KISD) – https://www.killeenisd.org/frontPageV2/

Elementary 

There are a total of 32 elementary schools within the Killeen Independent School District.  You can find all 32 schools and their corresponding websites at the KISD website listed above.

The following elementary schools service on-post housing families:

Meadows Elementary
Clarke Elementary
Duncan Elementary
Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary
Clear Creek Elementary
Montague Village Elementary
Venable Village Elementary
West Ward Elementary 

Middle

There are 13 middles schools within the Killeen Independent School District.  You can find all 13 schools and their corresponding websites at the KISD website listed above. 

The following schools service on-post housing families:

Smith Middle School
Audie Murphy Middle School 

High School

There are 8 high schools within the Killeen Independent School District.  You can find all 8 schools and their corresponding websites at the KISD website listed above. 

The following high schools service on-post housing families:

Killeen High School
Shoemaker High School 

Youth Services:  http://www.hoodmwr.com/cys_youthservices.htm

There are tons for your children to do at Fort Hood – from scouting to sports, there is something for everyone!

“Scouting is huge down here and there are many packs and troops to choose from.  There is a high adventure camp that is located just down the road which many Scouts find very exciting.”
Spouse, Sara Mitchell

Army Community Service (ACS) – http://www.hoodmwr.com/acs/ 

PX:  http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/FtHoodStore.htm

Fort Hood has several exchanges, shoppettes, and troop stores.  You can find out more about these services at the link above. 

Commissary:

Fort Hood has two commissaries due to the extensive size of the post.

Fort Hood 1 Commissary – http://www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm?dodaac=HQCMC2 

Fort Hood 2 Commissary – http://www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm?dodaac=HQCMC3

On-Post Library: 

Casey Memorial Library: http://www.hoodmwr.com/casey_library.htm

MWR Website:  http://www.hoodmwr.com/

Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area – BLORA – http://www.hoodmwr.com/lake_activities.htm

Hospital:

Darnall Army Medical Center – http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/default.asp?page=index

Spouses Clubs:

Fort Hood Officers’ Spouses’ Club – http://www.forthoodosc.org/

FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FHOSC

Fort Hood Enlisted Spouses’ Club – FaceBook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/FT-Hood-Area-Enlisted-Spouses-Club/106837756894

Chaplain & Religious Services/Organizations:

http://www.hood.army.mil/chaplain/

Protestant Women of the Chapel
Military Council of Catholic Women 

There are also many churches to choose from off-post as well.

OFF-POST INFORMATION 

Restaurants:

Walburg German Restaurant
Salado, Texas – Adelea’s
 The Range
 The Stagecoach Inn
Giovanni’s – Italian
Namis – Hibatchi / Sushi
Great Wall of China – Great Delivery
Papa John’s – Great Military Specials
Mooyah’s
Cheddars
Taqueria Mexico
Jalisco’s
Big Hoss BBQ
Texas Land & Cattle
Little Italy
El Chico
Yank Sing Chinese Buffet
Ghengis Grill
Jason’s Deli
Billy Bob’s
Rosa’s Café
Wing Stop
German Restaurant “Brick Oven” in Kempner, TX
Papa’s Café
Razoo’s Cajun Café
Chili’s
Pluckers
Olive Garden
Texas Roadhouse
Joe’s Crab Shack in Round Rock, TX
Cheeves Bros. – Temple
The Gin – Nolanville 

“In Austin, the possibilities are endless, but for a “let’s blow our budget and have a really romantic dinner” I would go for the Driskill Bar and Grill or III Forks, both in Austin.”
Spouse, Anne Coglianese

Best place to get your hair/nails done: 

Blonde Salon and Spa in Killeen
The Killeen Mall
Studio Nails – Market Heights Plaza
Chloe Nails – Corner of Trimmier and Stan Schlueter
T’s nails in Harker Heights off of Indian Trail exit in Harker Heights
Shelly’s – Off of Trimmier and Stan Schlueter Loop
Happy Nails and Spa in Copperas Cove, Texas
Ulta 

“Best place to get your Hair done is Beauty By Warnita in Harker Heights, Texas, or Salon Chemar on Ft. Hood St.  The best place to get your nails done is Diva Nails on Stan Scheultor.”
Spouse, TaNisha Jeffery

Shopping/malls: 

Harker Heights – Market Heights
The Killeen Mall
Austin – Domain
The Outlets in Round Rock
Salado, Texas – Great shops for those who like arts and crafts and antiques
Kohl’s
Macy’s in Temple, TX
Waco Mall
IKEA – Round Rock 

“Killeen has a mall, but it is not very large. We usually go to the outlets in Round Rock or malls in Austin. Once Upon A Child is a fantastic children’s consignment clothing store with several locations in Austin and is worth the trip.”
Spouse, Michelle Richardson

Hidden Gems: 

Austin – Lovejoy’s – Bar
Farmers Market
Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels – Outdoor Water Park
Crafters Corner
Stagecoach Lake
Mother Neff State Park
Dallas – Great Wolf Lodge
Harker Heights – Boulder’s Climbing Center
Andy K. Wells Hike and Bike Trail
Temple – Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater
1st Cavalry Horse Detachment does barn tours
Wildlife zoo in Copperas Cove area
Inner Space Cavern near Austin
Tru Blue Pottery
Hidden Wonders in Copperas Cove, TX
Free Zumba classes on post
Temple Lake Park

Must Do:

San Antonio – SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio Zoo, The River Walk, The Alamo
Corpus Christi – Beach
Topsey, Texas (Just outside of Copperas Cove) – Drive-Thru Safari
Austin – Alamo Draft House – a full service bar and restaurant and movie theater, 6th Street, Capitol Building
Fredricksburg, Texas – German culture and events
Waco Zoo
Dr Pepper Museum
Fort Hood Army Wives Expo
Take pictures in the Texas Bluebonnets
Go to a Rodeo
Freedom Fest
Earth Fest
Rabbit Fest
Bloomin Fest
Spring Ho
Enchanted Rock
Horseback Riding at BLORA 

“Get out to surrounding areas.  Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio are all worth the drive for weekend trips.”
Spouse, Rochelle Masteller

IMPORTANT FORT HOOD LINKS

Fort Hood Radio – http://forthoodradio.com/

Fort Hood Sentinel (Newspaper) – http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/

Fort Hood Community Resource Guide – www.hood.army.mil/resources

THOUGHTS FROM SPOUSES:

“There is a lot to do here in Fort Hood. Some of it requires a short drive, but many things can be done on post!”
 Spouse, Trisha Lewis

“Fort Hood is an awesome installation – it is huge with lots to do, just drive down Motor Pool Road and you can’t help but be amazed at the sheer size of the installation and amount of soldiers and equipment. “
Spouse, Cindy Risch

“Travel, travel, travel….”
Spouse, Annette Whittenberger

THANK YOU

Army Wife Network would like to thank the following spouses for their help in creating this Post With the Most segment:

Margaret Phillips                  Nicole Unzicker                    Rochelle Masteller
Trisha Lewis                         Sara Mitchell                         Csenge Baldwin
Cindy Risch                          Carla Norris                           Annette Whittenberger
TaNisha Jeffery                    Nancy Snelgrove                 Michelle Richardson
Anna Conglianese

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