Fort Hood soldiers began moving into a first of its kind hangar this summer.

With enough space for two football fields inside, the unmanned aerial system hangar is open for business. Fox and Echo, the two Gray Eagle UAS companies within 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, will utilize the space.

The $22 million unmanned aerial system complex was built at West Fort Hood’s Robert Gray Army Airfield.

Aside from the large hangar to house the 56-foot wingspan Gray Eagles, a 14,900-square-foot administrative building and a motor pool also were funded in the budget, according to public works officials. These facilities are expected to be completed next year.

The project also widened Mohawk Road from two to four lanes in one section.

The Gray Eagle system conducts reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition, as well as attack operations.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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