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Facts about Fort Hood

Read facts about Fort Hood and the graduation ceremony that was about to get under way when the shootings happened.

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