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Fort Hood Texas: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
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Fort Hood Texas: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Fort Hood, in the heart of Texas! Moving to a new installation can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Luckily, you’re PCSing to a post that has famously earned the nickname “The Great Place” because of the quality of life the post offers soldiers and their families. You’ll quickly find out for yourself how true the nickname is.

As they say, everything is bigger in Texas and that’s true of Fort Hood. Spread across nearly 215,000 acres in the middle of Texas, Fort Hood is one of the largest military posts in the world by area and is the largest armored post in the U.S. Armed Forces. Fort Hood is the United States Army’s premier installation to train and deploy heavy forces.

There are approximately 45,000 active duty soldiers and military personnel who work on Fort Hood. There are also about 10,000 civilian personnel, NAF, or other employees present at the post. Nearly 19,000 family members live on Fort Hood, while about 90,000 family members live off post.

The installation has served as the home of the Third Armored Corps since 1954 and is the headquarters to the First Army Division West, 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Cavalry Regiment, among others.

Continue reading for an in-depth guide to help aid you in your transition to living and working on Fort Hood.

  1. Where Is Fort Hood?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Post
  4. Entering Fort Hood and Post Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Hood?
  6. What Schools are Near Fort Hood?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Hood?
  8. Things to Do Near Fort Hood

Where Is Fort Hood?

Fort Hood Army Community Service
Darnall Loop
Building 36000, Second Floor
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-4227

Fort Hood is a U.S. Army post in Central Texas, between Killeen and Copperas Cove.

Fort Hood Building Map

Fort Hood Building Map

Fort Hood Directions

With a whole handful of major thoroughfares running near the post, Fort Hood is an extremely convenient place to get to and from. So whether you’re here to stay or here to train, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting around.

Driving Directions to Fort Hood

From Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
  1. If you drive from the airport, you will need to turn left out of the airport and take South Clear Creek Road/Texas 201N for approximately 7 miles.
  2. Take a right onto Access Road and continue onto West Veterans Memorial Boulevard for one mile.
  3. Take the exit toward Fort Hood and enter through the Beck Main Gate.
  4. Continue to Marvin Leath Visitor Center to obtain a temporary pass.
From Interstate 35
  1. From Interstate 35, take Exit 293B to merge onto Interstate 14 toward Fort Hood.
  2. Continue for 20 miles.
  3. Use the right lane to take the exit toward Fort Hood and enter through the Beck Main Gate.
  4. Continue to Marvin Leath Visitor Center to obtain a temporary pass.

What Amtrak Station Is Closest to Fort Hood?

The nearest Amtrak stop to Fort Hood is a curbside bus stop at Copeland Soldier’s Service Center. This bus will connect travelers to and from the Amtrak station in Temple, Texas. Alternatively, you could take a Greyhound bus from Killeen to Dallas, San Antonio, and other parts of Texas.

Flights to Fort Hood, TX

There are a number of small and regional airports near Fort Hood. Traffic is definitely a factor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area so plan ahead if you’re short on time.

Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport

Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport is closest, with numerous airlines serving about 400,000 passengers each year.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

The nearest major hub is the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about 130 miles away from Fort Hood.

Fort Hood Transportation Office

When it’s time to PCS, it’s time to call the Fort Hood Installation Transportation Office. They’ll help you get your move organized so your stuff gets wherever your new home is.

Fort Hood Transportation Office
Copeland Service Center
Building 18010
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-7812/288-7898/287-9878

Fort Hood Transportation Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0730 – 1630

Entering Fort Hood

Entering Fort Hood and Post Amenities

If it’s your first time on post, or you don’t yet have a valid military ID or tags for your car, you may have to stop at the Visitor Center to check-in before you’re allowed to enter Fort Hood. Click here to learn more about where to go.

Check-in Procedures For Incoming Personnel

Upon arriving at Fort Hood, all new soldiers or service members on PCS orders should report to the Copeland Soldier Service Center (Building 18010), on the corner of Battalion Avenue and T.J. Mills Boulevard. If reporting in on Monday through Wednesday or Friday between duty hours 0600 to 1700, you must be in duty uniform.

Copeland Soldier Service Center
Battalion Avenue, Hood Rd
Building 18010
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-3832

Fort Hood Visitor Center

All visitors and non-DOD cardholders should process to one of the two visitor’s centers to gain access to Fort Hood. The Marvin Leath Visitor Center processes visitor access passes for non-DOD ID cardholders, AIE registration services, and Fort Hood firearms registration services. Those who haven’t been pre-sponsored should expect lengthy delays or should arrange to have their sponsor meet them at the gate. The visitor center is open 24/7, including holidays, and is on T.J. Mills Boulevard, Building 69012, adjacent to the Main Gate. For more information, call 1 (254) 287-9909. The North Fort Hood Visitor’s Center is on U.S. Highway 36 across from the North Fort Hood Gate, Building 56342, outside the city limits of Gatesville, TX. The North Fort Hood Visitor’s Center is open 0800 to 1400 Monday through Friday, except federal and training holidays. If you have any specific questions about visiting, you can reach the visitor center at 1 (254) 286-5593.

Fort Hood Visitor Center
69004 Hood Rd
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-9909

Copeland Center Fort Hood – DEERS, ID CARD and CAC Facility

Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood in need of DEERS assistance should head directly to Copeland Soldiers Service Center, Building 18010, on the corner of T.J. Mills Road and Battalion Avenue. Copeland is open 24/7. Getting a new CAC, dependent ID, or making any changes to your official admin file is no problem at the Fort Hood DEERS office. You can even make an online appointment and skip the waiting room.

Fort Hood DEERS Office and Phone Number
18010 Battalion Ave
Room B115
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Fort Hood DEERS Office Number: 1 (254) 287-5670/2518

Fort Hood DEERS Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1100 & 1300-1530

Copeland Center, Fort Hood
Building 18010
Battalion Avenue, Hood Rd
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-3832

Fort Hood Copeland Center Hours

  • Monday – Sunday: Open 24/7

Fort Hood Gate Hours

The Main Gate, where you’ll find the Copeland Soldiers Service Center, is open 24/7. Hours for the other 14 post entrances are as follows:

  • Clear Creek Gate – 24/7
  • North Clark Gate – 24/7
  • South Clark Gate – 24/7
  • East Gate – 24/7
  • East Range Road Gate – 24/7
  • West Range Road Gate – 24/7
  • 10th Street Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday
  • Copperas Cove North Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday
  • Copperas Cove South Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday
  • WS Young Gate – 0530-0930, 1130-1300 and 1600-1800 Monday through Friday, 0530-0930, 1130-1300 and 1500-2000 Saturday and Sunday
  • Fort Hood Street Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday
  • Santa Fe Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday
  • 79th Street Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday
  • Mohawk Gate – 0530-2000 Monday through Friday

Fort Hood Commissary

Nothing beats a base commissary when it comes to great prices on groceries, food, and name brand home products. And Fort Hood has two for all your convenient needs.

Fort Hood Clear Creek Commissary
50001 Clear Creek Rd
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-9055

Fort Hood Clear Creek Commissary Hours

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday through Saturday – 0900-2000
  • Sunday – 1000-1800

Fort Hood Warrior Way Commissary
85020 Warrior Way
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-8025

Fort Hood Warrior Way Commissary Hours

  • Monday – 0900-2000
  • Tuesday through Friday – 0900-1900

Fort Hood Exchange

Clear Creek Exchange
Bldg 4250 Clear Creek Blvd
Ft Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 532-7200

Fort Hood Clear Creek Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1800
  • Saturday & Sunday – 0900-1800

Fort Hood Barber Shops

No matter where you are on Fort Hood, you’re never far from a great haircut. Keep your hair in regs with a weekly trim from any of the fine barber shops on post.

Barber Shop Locations & Hours

Fort Hood Specialty Store, Bldg. 50004
Phone: 1 (254) 532-5812
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1900
  • Saturday through Sunday – 1000-1700

19th St. Express, Bldg. 9401
Phone: 1 (254) 532-1781
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1800
  • Saturday – 1000-1500

1st Cavalry Mini-Mall, Bldg. 33012
Phone: 1 (254) 532-5800
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1800
  • Saturday through Sunday – 1000-1600

West Fort Hood (Troop Store), Bldg. 91071
Phone: 1 (254) 532-3930
Hours: Monday through Friday 0800-1400

Great Clips Salon at Fort Hood Shopping Center, Bldg. 4250
Phone: 1 (254) 285-2066
Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900-1900
  • Sunday – 1000-1800

III Corps HQ, Bldg. 1001
Phone: 1 (254) 532-4934
Hours: Monday through Friday 0900-1400

Fort Hood Post Office

The US Postal Service’s on-base Post Office at Fort Hood is your convenient stop for all your shipping and mailing needs.

Fort Hood Post Office
332 761st Tank Battalion Ave
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-2728

Fort Hood Finance Office

In need of some financial advice, assistance, or any other kind of help when it comes to money matters? The Fort Hood Finance Office is here to serve all your needs.

Fort Hood Finance Office
36000 Darnall Loop, 4th Floor
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 553-3048

Fort Hood Finance Office Hours

  • Monday through Wednesday – 0900-1500
  • Thursday – 1300-1500
  • Friday – 0900-1500

Whether you need help through the JAG office or assistance with a civilian legal matter, great or small, the Fort Hood Legal office has professionals of all kinds to lend a hand.

Fort Hood Legal Office
52nd Street, Bldg #13
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-7901/3199

Fort Hood Legal Office Hours

  • Monday through Thursday – 0900-1200 & 1300-1600
  • Friday – 1300-1600

Fort Hood Library

With over 70,000 books, including audio and electronic versions, there’s a lot of great literature you can enjoy at the Casey Memorial Library. And with reading programs and sessions for the kids, it’s a great place for families to visit.

Fort Hood Library
761st Tank Battalion Avenue
Bldg 3202
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone: 1 (254) 287-4921

Fort Hood Library Hours

  • Tuesday through Saturday 0900-1700

Fort Hood Hotels

Fort Hood Hotels

There are plenty of hotels near Fort Hood to fit your budget, many of them within just a couple of miles from the front gate.

Candlewood Suites Killeen
2300 Florence Road
Killeen, TX 76542
Phone: 1 (254) 501-3990

Fairfield Inn & Suites Killeen
200 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: 1 (254) 526-3333

Holiday Inn Killeen – Fort Hood
300 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: 1 (888) 465-4329

La Quinta Inn Killeen
1112 S. Fort Hood St.
Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: 1 (254) 526-8331

Residence Inn Killeen
400 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: 1 (254) 634-1020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Killeen
2401 Florence Road
Killeen, TX 76542
Phone: 1 (254) 554-8899

Travelodge Fort Hood Killeen
810 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: 1 (254) 634-6644

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Where Should I Live Near Fort Hood?

Where Should I Live Near Fort Hood?

Major Cities Near Fort Hood

Fort Hood is situated in the beautiful hill and lake country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove, about 60 miles north of Austin, 200 miles northwest of Houston, 50 miles south of Waco, and 150 miles south of Dallas. Fort Hood is fortunate to have the cities of Killeen, Gatesville, Harker Heights, Temple and Copperas Cove as neighbors. These cities include new and affordable housing areas, shopping centers, plenty of options for recreation, and a variety of good restaurants.

Best Places to Live Near Fort Hood

Killeen, TX

Killeen suffered a recession when Camp Hood (now Fort Hood) was all but abandoned after the end of World War II. The city boomed when it was established as a permanent Army post. By 1955, Killeen had an estimated 21,076 residents and 224 businesses. In 2019, the U.S. Census listed the city’s population at nearly 152,000, making it one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Housing is plentiful and affordable in the area with a variety of historic and newer homes for sale. Median rent is under $1,000 a month, and the cost of a mortgage averages about $200 more than that. The commute time for most residents is around 22 minutes.

Gatesville, TX

The city is the midway point between Waco and Austin, and sits on the east side of the Leon River, part of the Brazos River watershed. Gatesville is known for having one of the 17 remaining drive-in theaters in Texas and the largest spur collection in the world held at the Coryell Museum and Historical Center. Gatesville is on the northern edge of Fort Hood, and is dependent on the military for a large part of its economy (besides Fort Hood, a large military vehicle repair facility is located on the east side of town). This residential community has a population of 12,400. Housing is very affordable in Gatesville with the median rent at $725 and housing units with a mortgage are just over $1,000.

Harker Heights, TX

Harker Heights is situated less than 10 miles southeast of Fort Hood. The city provides an excellent quality of life to its nearly 33,000 residents. Harker Heights was established in 1960 as a result of the need for new residential areas for the influx of Fort Hood military families. The city is home to parks and Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which offers fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming opportunities. Annual events include Paws in the Park in April, which features pet contests, an agility course and pet adoptions; the Food, Wine & Brew Festival in September; and Frost Fest in December. Residents enjoy affordable housing, with rents sitting around $900 and housing units with a mortgage are close to $1,700 a month.

Copperas Cove, TX

Founded in the 1870s as a small rural ranching and farming community, Copperas Cove has grown to be the largest city in Coryell County with more than 33,000 residents. The city sits to the east of Fort Hood and is a great place to start a new business or relocate an existing one. Pleasant neighborhoods are located throughout the city and there are many prime locations for buyers, such as areas with views of the hill country or overlooking a golf course. Housing is affordable with average rent or mortgage costs ranging from just under $900 to around $1,200. Recreation is bountiful in Copperas Cove and the city has long been recognized and promoted as the bike/run capital of Central Texas.

Temple, TX

Temple enjoys the distinction of being the demographic center of Texas. With Dallas, Houston and San Antonio less than three hours away, it is the transportation center as well. In fact, more than 80% of the state’s population is within three hours of the Temple city limits. The city of more than 78,000 residents offers the best aspects of two worlds: the conveniences of big-city dwelling with the atmosphere of a small town. And its location is perfect for those stationed at Fort Hood. Sitting about 29 miles from the front gate, Temple offers residents median rental prices under $900 and housing units with a mortgage average of around $1,300 a month.

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Fort Hood Schools

Fort Hood Schools

While Texas has rejected the nation’s Common Core standards, that doesn’t mean education is lacking. The state has adopted its own stringent standards and there are plenty of options for your children to receive a quality education in the Fort Hood area. You’ll find a ton of elementary, intermediate, and high schools to choose from, whether that’s a public or private school. Not to mention preschools and daycare facilities for the younger kids.

Whether you decide to enroll your kids in one of the on-post schools connected to Killeen Independent School District, or a school in another district, rest assured that they’ll have access to the finest education possible. And if your child requires extra help, there are a number of programs available. The on-post school liaison officer will be there to help make the tough transition to a new school easier.

Find more local school information at The Best Fort Hood Schools: Daycare – High School.

Fort Hood Weather

Fort Hood Weather

Look forward to hot and sunny days when you live and work in Fort Hood. The area is known for mild winters, where temperatures rarely go below freezing and hot summers where the highs can reach triple digits.

Spring

Rain falls throughout the year but spring (and specifically March) is when it’s the wettest. March has an average of 7 days of rain. When it’s not raining, the temperatures are pleasant, trending on the warm side. The season is ideal for outdoor recreation and entertainment.

Summer

It’s hot and muggy in Central Texas throughout June, July and August. Daytime temps in the summer months peak around the mid-90s and can hit above 100 on occasion. The warmest months in the area are July and August where the average highs are in the mid-90s and the lows are in the 70s.

Fall

Rain is occasional during this season, with few rainy days. This is another time of year when it’s ideal to get out and take advantage of all of the outdoor activities. Temperatures are still on the warmer side but it’s much more pleasant than the summer months, especially in October.

Winter

As you would expect, the lowest temperatures of the year are during the winter months. Lows are found in the low 40s and the highs usually creep toward the mid-60s. Central Texas generally doesn’t get snow but you can expect some rain and a lot of wind during the winter months.

To find out more in-depth information on the weather in the area, visit Fort Hood Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.

Things to Do At Fort Hood

Things to Do At Fort Hood

Fort Hood is bustling with things to do and there’s something for everyone. When you think of Texas, the first things that come to mind probably center around cowboy stuff like BBQ, rodeos, and country music. Sure, you’ll find all of that and more at the Bell County rodeo but you can also enjoy an epic airshow, nerdy convention, or visit the Dr. Pepper Museum. Outdoor activities abound with fishing and hiking galore and don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a wine tasting or two on the Texas Wine Trail. Fantastic restaurants, live music, and special events are just a short drive away in Austin. Not to mention the recreation and entertainment options available on post thanks to Fort Hood Family and MWR.

Suggested Read: 30 Of the Best Things to Do in Fort Hood

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Fort Hood Texas

Conclusion

There is so much to love about living in The Great Place known as Fort Hood. Not only do you have the opportunity to train at one of the premier Army installations but the central location provides the chance to experience everything that Texas has to offer within a reasonable distance. Moving to a new place has its challenges but you’ll be glad to be here. Fort Hood really is a great place to be.

 

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