Seven decades is a long time, and that's exactly how long it's been since Fort Hood put it's roots down in central Texas.
It's a landmark anniversary for Fort Hood and for everyone around it.
In its first year, its population more than tripled.
Now, the post is home to about 85 thousand soldiers, family members and civilians.
So it's been quite a transformation, and one woman has been there every step of the way.
89-year old Juanita Faucett was there on September 18, 1942, when Fort Hood opened.
It was a day she will never forget, though she didn't quite realize the significance right away.
"If I had had any idea it would be like this, I would have paid attention. I would have watched what was going on, but you know I'd never been around Army in my life, and I thought, this is just a fleeting passing thing, and when the war's over, it will all be gone," she said.
Hers was among 300 hundred farming and ranching families forced to sell their land at bottomed out, pot-depression prices, only to find that property surrounding the post had become more expensive.
Many were forced to sell their livestock, and the increased supply meant they didn't get much money for them, but there was a bigger problem brewing overseas.
WWII was in full swing, and so was Germany's lethal Blitzkrieg warfare era.
Camp Hood's ability to train in tank destroyers and live fire on its newly acquired 108 thousand acres would prove critical.
Fort Hood Commanding General LTG Don Campbell spoke at the anniversary celebration on post Tuesday.
He said, "By the end of WWII, the methodology of the Blitzkrieg had been largely debunked. German Tanks along with the threat they symbolized were strewn across the scrap heaps of Europe. The US Army had risen to the threat and defeated it."
Jump ahead to the 70's when now retired Army colonel Ralph Gower was stationed at Fort Hood.
He remembers what he calls history in the making.
Ralph said, "If you think of the changes that occurred over these last 30 years, they have been enormous, they are the reason Fort Hood succeeds."
And despite Juantita's earlier doubts, succeed it did, calming fears Fort Hood would fold, taking the economic security of surrounding communities with it.
"But Fort Hood did not fold," said Juanita, "Fort Hood kept going, and is still going, and I'm proud of it."
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