At 340 square miles Fort Hood is one of the largest military installations in the world and is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two Armored Divisions. Currently there are approximately 45,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood and the army post serves approximately 297,000 soldiers, family members and retirees.
In addition to the soldiers assigned here, Fort Hood also employs almost 9,000 civilians making it the largest single site employer in Texas. In 2008 the Texas State Comptroller estimated that Fort Hood has a $10.9 billion statewide economic impact and $4.4 billion directly impacts Central Texas. In 2005 the Army ranked Fort Hood first among its 97 installations for “future” capability.
Despite is enormous size, Fort Hood has maintained strong community relations with all of its surrounding cities. Each surrounding city has a Military Affairs Committee serving as a support structure and focusing on specific Fort Hood units, and each Chamber of Commerce hosts a wide variety of programs designed to keep civilian and military communities, at all levels, in direct, positive contact. Fort Hood also operates an Adopt-A-School program serving more than 80 elementary, middle and high schools in the eight regional Independent School Districts.
The schools on post are part of the Killeen Independent School District. With high numbers of soldiers continually deployed, all eight regional Independent School Districts remain acutely sensitive to the special needs of children from military families. The educational needs of the adult population are served by Central Texas College and Texas A&M University – Central Texas. In 2010 TAMU-CT broke ground on their new campus, which, when complete, will be equipped to serve 15,000 upper-level students.
Currently the area’s soldiers, family members and retirees are served by Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center but in 2010 Fort Hood broke ground on a new, state of the art, $971 million medical center. The first and largest stage should be completed by 2013. The second phase in scheduled to begin in 2016 and will be finished by 2019.