Texas Military Post
Located just outside Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood was established in 1942,
in the midst of World War II. It is now one of the largest military installations
found anywhere in the world. It is home to many units, such as the 1
st Cavalry Division, the First Army Division West, the 41
st Fires Brigade, and the III Corps. It has also been home to many famous
residents, such as Geoff Ramsey and Elvis Presley. The base is made up
of three main areas, North Fort Hood, West Fort Hood, and the main cantonment.
It has two airfield and multiple training areas.
There are over 33,000 people living on the base, made up to 5,819 households
and 5,819 families. The density of the population is approximately 2,255.7
people per square mile and there are 397.5 households per square mile.
The demographics for the base are as follows. Over half of the population
is Caucasian, 31.6% are African-American, 16.7% are Hispanic, and 2.1%
are Asian. Per household, the median income is over $32,000 and for individuals
it is between $17,000 and $18,000. Out of the people on the base, approximately
9.5% are living below the poverty line.
The base was also not without its share of incident. In 2007, a solider
went missing for four days following a training exercise that was to be
completed alone. Thousands of troops at the base looked for him and his
body was found in a bushy area in the training ground. When an autopsy
was completed, it was discovered that he died from dehydration and hyperthermia.
Those in charge of the training exercise were blamed for the incident
as there were multiple violations of procedure and acts of misconduct.
Two years later, in 2009, another even more shocking incident occurred.
An Army Major and psychiatrist opened fire, killing 13 people and injuring
30 more. He was charged with premeditated murder as well as attempted murder.
History of Fort Hood
How did the base at Fort Hood begin? During World War II, the War Department
needed an area where tank destroyers could train and test. In 1942, this
track of land close to Killeen was chosen as the spot for this to take
place. They purchased 108,000 acres of land, leaving 300 families without
a home. The camp, as it was then, officially opened on September 18
th, 1942, and was named after John Bell Hood, a Confederate general during
the American Civil War. The facilities at the camp were able to accommodate
up to 38,000 troops until in 1943 even more land was purchased. In June
of 1943, the population skyrocketed to 95,000 troops at the camp.
Towards the end of the war, the emphasis of the camp changed to reclaiming
equipment and demobilization. The population also decreased, with only
11,000 troops and 1,807 prisoners. In 1954, a unit moved from California
to Fort Hood, III Corps. They were in charge of trainees, one of which
was Elvis Presley. Although this fort has seen many changes, it has maintained
its importance. Our team at the
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