updated 11/5/2009 4:41:06 PM ET 2009-11-05T21:41:06

At 340 square miles, Fort Hood is the largest U.S. military installation and sprawls across an area larger than New York City.

Other facts about the Army base:

  • Fort Hood is the only post in the U.S. capable of supporting two divisions with tanks and other heavy armor: the 1st Cavalry and the 1st Army Division West
  • Adjacent to Killeen and 60 miles northeast of Austin
  • Home to III Corps
  • Active duty officers, as of Aug. 19: 4,929
  • Active duty enlisted: 45,414
  • Family members on base: 17,954
  • Family members off base: 89,933
  • Civilian employees: 8,909
  • Some 20,000 Fort Hood soldiers are in Afghanistan or Iraq
  • Largest single employer in Texas

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