FORT HOOD - Fort Hood was awarded more than $50 million for new construction in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013, which will be used to build two new training facilities and the post’s first-ever “drone” complex.
The $22 million unmanned aerial system complex will be built at West Fort Hood near Robert Gray Army Airfield, and will be utilized by Fox and Echo Companies — drone units operating within the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade.
A 14,900-sf administrative building and a motor pool were funded in the budget to accompany a UAS hangar funded in the 2011 budget, according to Brian Dosa with Fort Hood. The project will widen Mohawk Rd. from two to four lanes in one section.
Part of the complex will open in mid-2014, with the rest following by June 2015. Once completed, the complex will be the first of its kind.
A $24 million, 160,975-sf training aids center, which will support training across Fort Hood, is expected to be completed in 2015.
The aids center will be built at the training campus — between Murphy Rd. and South Range Rd. where the Medical Simulation Training Center and the Engagement Skills Trainer are located.
Across the street from the future aids center, more than $4 million was allocated to modify the Pilot Knob range to a record fire range. It is set to be completed in fall 2014.
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