KILLEEN, Texas — Officials at Fort Hood, Texas announced this week they have added the 78-year-old post to the list of III Corps off-limits establishments. With the publication of Commanding General’s Policy Letter #7, a policy memorandum signed by Lt. Gen. Robert P. White, Fort Hood soldiers were no longer authorized to visit the base.
Military regulations allow commanders to declare establishments or areas off limits to personnel within their command to help maintain good order and discipline, health, morale, safety, and welfare of service members. Violators may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Citing active shootings in 2009 and 2014, a soldier-led prostitution ring, the recent discovery of the bodies of two missing Fort Hood soldiers, toxic mold in on-post housing, and the base’s close proximity to Killeen, Texas, the III Corps commander thinks the restriction makes good sense.
“This just isn’t the kind of environment we think is beneficial for our brave soldiers,” said Lt. Gen. White. “Fort Hood has proved itself in recent years to be just plain unsafe for soldiers and civilians alike. Seriously, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
There has been no official word about where the more than 45,000 military personnel currently stationed there will be housed, although one source suggested, “Most of them will just be deployed, anyway.”
In a related story, the Sons of Confederate Veterans submitted a letter to the Department of Defense requesting Fort Hood no longer bear the name of Confederate General John Bell Hood. A spokesperson for the organization said, “Fort Hood isn’t the kind of place we want to see associated with our great Confederate heroes.”