Fort Hood celebrated it's 74th anniversary Friday morning at III Corps. Headquarters.
Garrison Commander Colonel Todd Fox was the keynote speaker and gave a brief history on the largest active military post in the nation.
Back in 1942, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the army announced a tank destroyer and firing center would be established in Killeen.
Originally named Camp Hood after Texas Civil War General John Bell Hood, it was officially renamed Fort Hood just seven years later.
Officials say they have come a long way since then.
"This installation and its relationship with the community and the support we've received from our partners in Central Texas make this the great place," Col. Fox said.
Col. Fox and Deputy Garrison Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Jose G. Herrera did a ceremonial cutting of the cake to celebrate.
U.S. Congressman John Carter also attended the event.
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