Fort Hood Temporarily Halts Inbound Traffic After Phone Threat

FORT HOOD (May 22, 2014) Fort Hood’s gates were again open to inbound traffic Thursday evening after the post closed off access in response to a threatening phone call.

(Photo by Rachel Cox)

"Fort Hood has resumed normal traffic flow through all installation access control points. Officials on Fort Hood initiated a prudent security measure based on a telephone call received here. After a preliminary investigation, Fort Hood officials decided to re-open the installation," a statement issued just after 5 p.m. Thursday said.

"We take force protection very seriously on Fort Hood, and will take prudent measures when necessary," said Col Christopher Garver, III Corps Public Affairs Officer.

Earlier Thursday the post issued a brief statement that said “PRECAUTIONARY SECURITY MEASURES ENACTED...Effective immediately, all inbound traffic into Fort Hood has been blocked at all access control points due to a potential force protection issue. All outbound traffic is flowing normally. We will update this status when appropriate."

The order closing the post to inbound traffic was issued Thursday afternoon in response to a threatening phone call, Fort Hood police Capt. Jonathan Kaehler said, but no further details were provided.

Daycares were not locked down, Fort Hood said, and were caring for children of parents who couldn’t get back on post until the inbound traffic halt ended.

The Killeen ISD said students who attend schools on post were released from the day before traffic was halted.

Central Texas College cancelled classes Thursday night at its Fort Hood campus because of the gate closures.

Information was erroneously circulated earlier indicating the post was locked down, but vehicles were leaving the post without problem Thursday afternoon.

In an incident that’s apparently unrelated to the phone threat, authorities on post Thursday were also investigating the discovery of bones that evidently are the remains of an animal, Kaehler said.