Welcome to Fort Cavazos

Like the state of Texas, Fort Cavazos is big and boasts of being the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Forces. Fort Cavazos is nicknamed the Great Place because of the quality of life the post and area offer Soldiers and their families. These qualities are important, especially with home-basing initiatives, frequent deployments and family stability and support.

Soldiers assigned to Fort Cavazos can expect to have one of the highest quality of life standards in the Army. New housing, quality medical care, thriving communities, recreation and schools combine to ensure that Fort Cavazos is the Great Place.

There is a weekly installation orientation for newly arrived Soldiers and family members that will cover all of what is available to those stationed here. This free event takes place every Thursday; the doors open at 8:45 a.m., with the event beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lone Star Conference Center. In addition, Soldiers and family members who attend will have access to free childcare on-site.


Fort Cavazos covers a total of 340-square miles and supports multiple units, a corps headquarters and a robust mobilization mission. Fort Cavazos also meets the training and support requirements for many smaller units and organizations, thus maintaining a vital defense force for the United States of America.

This installation rests in the beautiful 'hill and lake' country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove and is approximately 60 miles north of the capital city of Austin, 50 miles south of Waco, 160 miles south of Dallas and 150 miles north of San Antonio.

For everyone who enjoys the outdoors, the Great Place is the ideal location, because of warm winters and hot summers. The nearby lakes, Belton and Stillhouse, offer year-round outdoor recreation activities.

Fort Cavazos also captures the attention of the entertainment industry and is the frequent host of celebrities and entertainers. 

The Fort Cavazos experience is only limited by the individual. So, make the most of your time here!

weekly Installation Orientation for Soldiers and Family Members new to fort CAVAZOS

Fort Cavazos is a community made up of those who serve and have served. Soldiers, families, retirees and civilians all play a role in providing services, programs and facilities that enhance readiness. Fort Cavazos is a Great Place to live, learn and grow as individuals and as part of a great team.

Learn about key community programs and services available to you!

This free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday at the Lone Star Conference Center, Building 5764, located at 24th Street and Wainwright Drive (just off Tank Destroyer Blvd adjacent to Frank Mayborn Gate/ACP 2). 

This event includes the III Armored Corps Commanding General remarks, the Garrison Commander remarks and agency booths. Soldiers and family members who attend will have access to free childcare on-site.

Service members may obtain more information by calling the Processing Control Station at 254-368-1768 or visiting Building 16008 on 42nd Street.

Child care is offered onsite from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are appreciated a week in advance, in the event we need adjust staffing and snack, but not necessary.  We will accept children as walk-ins. Please contact 254-287-7273 for more information.

To review the agency presentations, download the slides here. 



All incoming Soldiers follow the link above for detailed reporting procedures.



Soldiers can follow the link above for all resources that may be relevant to a Soldier stationed here, whether new or not.



Follow the link above for all resources found on the installation.




Located on the second floor of the Shoemaker Building, Building 36000, Army Community Service offers several programs that support Soldier and family readiness as well as prevention, financial, relocation and spouse employment assistance. 

Army Continuing Education Services

Education Services are located in the Soldier Development Center, Building 33009, behind 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters.  We are here to assist you in achieving your educational goals.  Visit us to learn more about available programs, tuition assistance and much more.  


The Fort Cavazos Army Fisher House provides temporary lodging for families of active duty, military retirees and veterans undergoing treatment at medical facilities in the area.


We know that getting reimbursed for your PCS costs is one of your top priorities. We’re here to help. Click on the AMPO website to find information on filing your PCS Smart Voucher and other important information that will provide peace of mind during your transition. Please contact your unit S-1 or command for routine pay inquiries.


The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center opened in 2016, offering the Fort Cavazos community state of the art facilities. Recognized by Military Health System, as a leader in delivering virtual care, CRDAMC has positioned itself as an innovative health care delivery platform using multiple technology applications to expand virtual health care for beneficiaries. Seven clinics are located on installation and four clinics are located in the local communities of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Killeen. CRDAMC also provides specialty, emergency and inpatient health services to active duty service members, family members and retirees.
WATCH A VIDEO DISCUSSING THE MEDICAL CENTER: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (youtube.com)


​Search the library through the online MyLibrary catalogs for books, ebooks, movies and audiobooks or come by for assistance from our friendly staff.


The mission of the Fort Cavazos Central Issue Facility is to operate issue/turn-in points for Organizational Clothing and Equipment in support of all tenant units within the Cavazos military community.


The Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Gatesville, Temple and Lampasas communities that surround us are a model of support for Army families. To find out more information about each community, please visit their Chamber of Commerce websites using the links below ⚠:

Killeen Chamber of Commerce; Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce; Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce; Belton Chamber of Commerce; Florence Chamber of Commerce; Salado Chamber of Commerce; Gatesville Chamber of Commerce; Temple Chamber of Commerce; Lampasas Chamber of Commerce; Jarrell Chamber of Commerce


Located on the first floor of the Shoemaker Center, Building 36000, Child and Youth Services provides programs and services for children of eligible military and civilian families. We offer various forms of child care as well as before and after school care. For our middle school and teens, there are programs, instructional classes, camps and sports programs. 

Civilian Personnel Advisory Center

The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center is located at Bldg. 4820 Washington St. in Kouma Village. Our team of human resources professionals are dedicated to supporting transitioning service members, civilian employees, military spouses and veterans with federal employment opportunities. 

DEERS / ID Cards

The ID Card Office is located at Building 130, on the corner of Legends Way and TJ Mills.  We are here to assist you with US ID Cards and DEERS enrollment.  Soldier CACs are issued by the Brigade S1.  Click on our link for detailed information and to schedule an appointment.

Digital Garrison App

Digital Garrison is a one-stop information source for Army communities.


We have eight dining facilities (five on main cantonment, one on West Fort Cavazos and two on North Fort Cavazos), two food trucks and one kiosk located at Black Jack Dining Facility to serve you. Click on the link for up-to-date information on your neighborhood dining facility, including hours and locations. 

Emergency Services

If you have an emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, call (254) 287-4001. Our award-winning emergency services department is ready to assist you. 


Serviced out of Army Community Service on the second floor of the Shoemaker Building, Building 36000, the EFMP team is available to help connect family members with special needs to services and programs available across the garrison.
WATCH A VIDEO DISCUSSING EFMP: Exceptional Family Member Program (youtube.com)


The Fort Cavazos Exchange team welcomes you and extends our thanks and appreciation for your continued support and patronage. We have 18 retail facilities, over 100 concessionaires and 32 restaurants across the installation to service you.  Please visit our website for locations and times.


Fort Cavazos offers a variety of places to eat and things to do.  The Lone Star Conference Center and the Samuel Adams Brewhouse are great for dining and entertainment, and if you want a taste of outside the gate without actually going there, we have a full-service Chili's restaurant on post, as well as Burger King, Popeye's Chicken, Domino's Pizza, and more. 

If action is what you crave, enjoy one of Fort Cavazos Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation's adventure programs.  Go fishing on or biking around Belton Lake.  Play nine holes at the Courses of Clear Creek.  And if it's off-post action you're after, the Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton, Temple and Copperas Cove communities that surround Fort Cavazos always have something to offer.  On the weekend, take a trip to Austin and explore the live music capital of America.  There's always something to do in Central Texas!


Fort Cavazos is known as the Great Place, which means that it deserves a Great Big Podcast. This podcast is a deep dive into Fort Cavazos; the services available, what daily life here is like and what is happening with units across the installation. Take a listen to learn more about Fort Cavazos and what it can offer you. 


The III Armored Corps commanding general sets expectations by publishing policy letters on a variety of issues.  Click on the link to check out policies on privately-owned firearms, off-limit establishments and more. 


Non-DoD persons with a valid reason for entering the installation can conveniently obtain an installation pass by stopping at the Marvin Leath Visitors Welcome Center.  The center also offers great services like vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal.

Housing Office

We are committed to making your move as pleasant as possible by helping you obtain and maintain adequate housing. We can assist you with local leasing practices, rental application fees, utility waivers, pet restrictions and more. Click on our link to download our Housing Services Office Welcome Packet! 


House Watch Program

The Fort Cavazos House Watch program is a DES initiative aimed at giving Soldiers and family members peace of mind while they are away from their quarters for an extended period of time.  When you place your quarter on the house watch list, that address becomes a security check for patrols assigned to that sector.  A patrol will inspect the exterior of the quarters and identify if any windows or doors are damaged or if anyone has attempted to make entry into the home.  They will also inspect outside storage facilities to ensure they are secure. To sign up for the program, download the participation form. ​​​

Maintenance Work Orders

Do you need help with heating, air conditioning, carpentry, electrical and plumbing repairs? The Operations and Maintenance Division services Fort Cavazos facilities and buildings (except family housing) and can assist you. Call (254) 287-2113 to submit a work order or click on the link above to learn more about our services.  For family housing maintenance issues, call (254) 532-3133.

Permanent Change of Station

Whether you're headed to Fort Cavazos or the time has come for your next duty station, find all the contact information you need for a smooth move here.

Personal Property Processing Office

We can help you with your personal property shipments, claims and personally procured move settlements. We offer walk-in times and weekly briefs.


Our program makes it easy for you to recycle whether you're in on-post housing or at the motor pool. Recycling reduces impacts on the environment and helps sustain Army readiness.
WATCH A VIDEO DISCUSSING RECYCLING: Fort Cavazos Recycle (youtube.com)

Religious Support Office - Chaplain

The Religious Support Office serves Soldiers and families at 13 chapels located across post that meet your spiritual needs. Whatever your religious background, you can grow and flourish during your assignment here in the heart of America. The RSO also offers local food resources and can hold special events. 


Fort Cavazos offers many school options for military children. The On-Post School Locator ⚠ identifies which school your child(ren) will attend. 

Finding a new school and registering your child can be confusing. The Fort Cavazos School Liaison Officers are here to guide you through the process and help you find the best fit for you and your family.  They can also help you with everything you need to register assist with transitioning schools, and answer education related questions.


Located on the first floor of the Shoemaker Center, Building 36000, School Liaison Officers help transitioning Soldiers and families integrate with the area schools.  The SLO's knowledge and relationships with community educators are a great resource to enhance student achievement. Please visit them in Parent Central Services to learn more about education related policies, local public school districts, private schools and home school.
WATCH A VIDEO DISCUSSING THE SLOS: School Liaison Officer (youtube.com)

Sexual Harassment / Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, you have a voice, you have rights and we’re here to help. You’ll find an advocate ready to assist you 24/7. Click on our link for more information on assistance with reporting, support and prevention. 

Soldier and Family Assistance Center ⚠

Located on 62nd Street near the hospital, the Soldier and Family Assistance Center is a one-stop location built to equip and aid wounded, ill and injured Soldiers who are assigned or attached to Warrior Transition Units. SFAC services help these Soldiers make life-changing decisions as they transition back to duty or on to civilian life. 


Located on the second floor of the Shoemaker Building, Building 36000, the Employment Readiness Program offers resources to help with your career plan and job search. Whether you’re a military spouse or family member who just moved to a new installation, retiree, DoD civilian looking for new opportunities or active duty military, active Reserve, National Guard member or Wounded Warrior, we’re here to help.

Things to do 

There are a variety of activities available on Fort Cavazos and in the surrounding area. There are the natural wonders of the Hill Country and nearby lakes, indoor and outdoor recreation activities, hunting, fishing, boating, sports, cultural and historic activities available. In addition to all that, you can also get involved in organizations like the Fort Cavazos Spouses Club, the Fort Cavazos Thrift Shop, the Fort Cavazos Scholarship Fund or Operation Deploy Your Dress. No matter what your interests, there is something available nearby!

unit iNformation 

Click on the link to find information, locations, email addresses and staff duty phone numbers of installation units and more on the units stationed here at Fort Cavazos or are a part of the III Armored Corps.

USO Texas ⚠​​​ ​​ ​ ​

The USO is a great place to relax and unwind.  We’ve got a multimedia and gaming center, music room, and snack bar. Click on our link to see a list of our upcoming special events. 

Volunteer Program ⚠​​​ ​​ ​ ​

We are home to the center of volunteer recruitment, referral, recognition and advocacy efforts for Fort Cavazos. Volunteers are recruited for a wide variety of positions throughout the on and off-post communities. Individuals wishing to benefit from volunteer service may register their resumes and more. Organizations wishing to benefit from volunteer service may register their volunteer job descriptions with the Volunteer Center, whose staff will work to fill the positions with the right volunteers. 

Weapons Registration

Soldiers are required to register their firearm if they are to transport or possess a privately owned weapon on the installation for any reason. Click on the link to receive information on both manual and automated registration options and key facts about firearms on the installation.