Fort Cavazos (formerly known as Fort Hood)/ Killeen, Texas

  • Location: Fort Cavazos, previously known as Fort Hood, is a U.S. military installation located near Killeen. It spans across Bell and Coryell counties.
  • History: Established in 1942 during World War 11, it was initially a training ground for tank destroyers. The base was named after Confederate General John Bell Hood. In 2023, it was renamed Fort Cavazos in honor of General Richard E. Cavazos, the first Hispanic four-star general in the U.S. Army.
  • Function: Fort Cavazos is one of the largest military installations in the world, covering over 214,000 acres. It serves as a major training site for U.S. Army forces and is home to the III Armored Corps and the 1st Cavalry Division.
  • Population: The base supports a population of over 50,000 active-duty soldiers, along with their families and civilian employees.
  • Location: Killeen is a city located in Bell County, Central Texas. It is situated about 70 miles north of Austin and 160 miles south of Dallas.
  • Population: As of the 2020 Census, Killeen has a population of approximately 153,000 people, making it one of the larger cities in Central Texas.
  • Economy: The city’s economy is heavily influenced by the nearby Fort Hood military base. Many businesses in Killeen cater to the needs of soldiers and their families.
  • Education: Killeen is served by the Killeen Independent School District, which includes several elementary, middle, and high schools. There are also higher education institutions like Central Texas College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas.