Killeen, Texas ~ Home of Fort Hood | Covering a total of 340 square miles, it is the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. The base supports multiple units, a corps headquarters and a mobilization mission. It also meets the training and support requirements for many smaller units and organizations, thus maintaining a vital defense force for the USA.
Fort Hood is the largest armored base in the free world, located in Killeen, Texas. The post is named after Confederate General John Bell Hood. It is located halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles from each in the State of Texas
John Bell Hood, born in Kentucky, graduated West Point in 1853. Hood's Texas Brigade charged and broke the union position at Gaines' Mill, but at the price of every field officer in the brigade, except for him, being killed or wounded. He would fight in most of the large battles of the war and would eventually command the Army of the Tennesee during the disastrous Franklin and Nashville Campaign. Hood would end the war with only 1 good arm and 1 leg and he died in 1879 of yellow fever.
Army SPC Matthew W. Creed, 23, of Covina, California. Died October 22, 2006, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died of wounds sustained when hit by enemy sniper small-arms fire during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.
Army SGT Julia V. Atkins, 22, of Bossier City, Louisiana. Died December 10, 2005, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to 64th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle during combat patrol operations in Baghdad, Iraq.
Army Pfc. Katie M. Soenksen Died May 2, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 19, of Davenport, Iowa; assigned to the 410th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; died May 2 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle.