Fort Hood, Texas
...The Great Place
1980s - Training and Reorganization
An entrance into the caves at West Fort Hood where atomic weapons were stored. Operational Test Command now uses West Fort Hood.
In the early 1980's due to the increased need to train soldiers in urban combat techniques, St. Elijah was built.
St. Elijah is a mock European village built for training in military operations in urban terrain. The MOUT site has sewer systems, stores, gas stations, and assorted other buildings.
Killeen Base, West Fort Hood
In 1969, the base was to be deactivated when the atomic weapons were removed, but the Army Mobile Army Sensor System Test and Evaluation Review System Command moved in to take over. MASSTER is a testing agency for night vision and target acquisition equipment.
At this time the tight base security was eliminated and the base was made an open post and renamed West Fort Hood.
MASSTER has gone through a couple of name changes (to TCATA and TEXCOM) since then. The organization was at the forefront of weapon and tactics testing. TEXCOM developed concepts in the Air-Land Battle concept; ideas that brought us victory in the gulf war.
Fort Hood has been the test bed for testing equipment, doctrine, force design and training. Today, West Fort Hood is the home of the U.S. Army’s only independent operational test organization - OTC.