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Ft. Hood Stuff September 25, 2008

Posted by daveintexas in News.
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From the cover of the latest Fiscal Notes, a magazine from the Texas comptroller whose distribution list I am on (and have no idea why).  It was originally started back when Carole Keeton Rylander Strayhorn Anderson Smith-Barney was the comptroller, and she used it shamelessly for self promotion.

 

Anyhow, Ft. Hood.  It’s named after Confederate Texas General John Bell Hood, who lost an arm at Gettysburg.  I’ll bet that sucked.

The base was established around 1943 as Camp Hood, a training base for Army tank destroyer battalions.  It is the headquarters of III Corps, and also the home of the 1st Cavalry Division, the 4th Infantry Division, and the 13th Corps Support Command.  That info is not from the article, I just knew it my own self.

 

It is the largest single-site employer in Texas, with 52,000 assigned personnel and 9,600 civilian employees.

It contributes more than $3 billion to the Texas economy.  Thanks, Ft. Hood!

The base occupies more than 335 square miles.  How many more the article does not say.

One out of every 10 active duty soldiers in the US Army is assigned here.  The other 9 are assigned somewhere else.

The Army ranks it number 1 among the Army’s 97 installations in terms of future capability.

Ft. Hood has no nude or topless swimming areas, AFAIK.

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1. eddiebear - September 25, 2008

No toplessness?

I’ll pass.

2. mesablue - September 25, 2008

Lots o’ toplessness in Killeen.

3. daveintexas - September 25, 2008

true

4. Cathy - September 25, 2008

S’all good in the hood.

5. Pupster - September 25, 2008

Fort Hood is an awesome name for an Army Base.

Have we got the horsepower for a worst Military name thread?

Fort Chunecookie

Fort Wayne

Fort Tunate

Base R. Belongtous

6. skinbad - September 25, 2008

One out of every 10 active duty soldiers in the US Army is assigned here. The other 9 are assigned somewhere else.

That’s the kind of expert opinion I’ve come to rely on from Dave.

7. eddiebear - September 25, 2008

Sgt. Fightmaster

8. lauraw - September 25, 2008

One out of every 10 active duty soldiers in the US Army is assigned here. The other 9 are assigned somewhere else.

We need Peel to check the math, and geoff to graph it.

9. xbradtc - September 25, 2008

I’m an oddity in that in 12 years of service, I never even visited Ft. Hood. Damn near half the Army with 2 enlistments has been stationed there.

The Army likes Hood because:
1. It’s big. Armor and Mech take a lot of training space.
2. It’s fairly cheap. The cost of living there is low.
3. They already own it. BRAC is reducing the number of places the Army can do anything, so they kind of treasure what they already have.
4. It’s Texas. The Army just really likes Texas.

10. Pupster - September 25, 2008

Camp Whoer

11. daveintexas - September 25, 2008

When I first moved here, stayed in a hotel 20 miles away from there for about a month. I keep hearing thunder in the late afternoons, but it wasn’t raining outside.

Figured out later it was artillery practice, mortars, 155s and shit.

Camp Townracetracksingthissongdoo-dah,doo-dah

12. Pupster - September 25, 2008

Camp Belsoop

13. xbradtc - September 25, 2008

Fort Teenyearsold is old enough for DaveinTexas.

14. Pupster - September 25, 2008

Base Ickinstank

15. Pupster - September 25, 2008

Camp Puldmagroyn

16. Pupster - September 25, 2008

Fort Knoreturne

17. xbradtc - September 25, 2008

Fort Unefivehundred

18. xbradtc - September 25, 2008

Barrack O Barracks.

19. daveintexas - September 25, 2008

Fort Unateson (I ain’t no)

20. mesablue - September 25, 2008

Camp LePoon

21. mesablue - September 25, 2008

Fort Dicks, NJ

22. Cathy - September 25, 2008

We lived near Camp Bullis in San Antonio for some years.

Heard lots of rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat… rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat.

It was cool.

23. kevlarchick - September 25, 2008

We could hear artillery at night when we lived down there. One farmer lost a barn due to a badly aimed howitzer. A lot of my students were Ft Hood boys.

24. harrison - September 25, 2008

I live next to Fort Myer, Va.
Every night at 10:00 I hear this:

[audio src="http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/docs/22tattoo.mp3" /]

It’s called Tattoo.

25. harrison - September 25, 2008

I also hear cannon and rifle saluting during the funerals at Arlington.

Taps is every night at 11:00.

26. Dave in Texas - September 25, 2008

I’ve heard that too harrison.

very sobering. As is all of Arlington.


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