The Army operates six bases in Texas.
The Army operates dozens of installations around the country. At least one unit is in residence at each base. Some units train for specific missions and deploy to other parts of the world. Other units have missions that keep them stateside, such as training recruits or operating medical facilities. Texas has six Army installations.
Fort Bliss, in El Paso, is home to the Air Defense Artillery School. Here soldiers learn to use equipment such as the Avenger missile defense system to destroy enemy aircraft and missiles. Four ADA brigades are in training and they rotate through periodic deployments. Fort Bliss also houses the 1st Armored Division and the 93rd Military Police Battalion.
Corpus Christi Army Depot
Corpus Christi Army Depot repairs and modernizes helicopters for U.S. and foreign military services. It also deploys personnel worldwide to analyze aircraft crashes. Helicopters supported by the depot include the UH-60 Blackhawk, the MH-60 Pavehawk, the AH-64A Apache and the CH-47D Chinook.
Biggs Army Airfield
Located on Fort Bliss, this airfield has the 10th-longest runway in the nation. Biggs Army Airfield accepts and services both military and civilian aircraft. Built in 1916, the airfield received its current name in 1925 in memory of Lt. James Berthes “Buster” Biggs, an Army aviator from El Paso who died in World War I.
Fort Hood is near Killeen, about 100 miles south of Fort Worth. It is the largest armored post in the Army and the home of the 1st Cavalry Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The base is also called “The Great Place” because of all the recreational opportunities available for soldiers and their families. Belton Lake is nearby as well as cottages, camping areas, mountain biking trails, sports fields and paintball equipment rentals.
Fort Sam Houston
The U.S. Army Medical Department is based at Fort Sam Houston, and most of the training for medical occupations occurs here. For example, health care specialists, also known as combat medics, receive their advanced individual training at Sam Houston.
Red River Army Depot
The Red River Army Depot maintains ground combat vehicles such as Abrams tanks and Strykers. Soldiers also work on support vehicles such as the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. Like the Corpus Christi depot, Red River works on vehicles from other U.S. and foreign military services.