If you've never been on a military base, you might be surprised, upon reading You Know When the Men Are Gone, at just how extensive Fort Hood, Texas, is. It's a small city unto itself, complete with all the services and conveniences that mean its residents never really have to leave if they don't want to. As Siobhan Fallon illustrates in her novel, different inhabitants have different reasons for embracing Fort Hood's insularity - or rejecting it.
Here are some quick facts about Fort Hood, the place Siobhan Fallon's characters call home, whether they like it or not:
Area: 340 square miles (by comparison, Manhattan Island is 23 square miles)
Date Permanently Established: 1951
Nearest Town: Killeen, TX
Average High Temperature: 94oF (summer); 49oF (winter)
Armored Divisions: 1st Cavalry, 1st Army Division West
Assigned Soldiers: 45,414
Population Served: 218,003
Civilian Employees: 8,909
Schools: 8 elementary, 3 middle, 2 high schools
Recreation Opportunities: golf, bowling, movie theater, hunting, fishing, ice skating, aerobics, public library, swimming pools
Medical Facilities: 1 hospital, 8 medical clinics, 7 dentists, 1 veterinary center
Newspapers: 2, one authorized: The Fort Hood Sentinel, one independent: The Fort Hood Herald
Primary source: www.hood.army.mil
This article was originally published in February 2011, and has been updated for the
January 2012 paperback release.
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