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Aiming High: Departing director discusses Killeen airport future


A couple awaits at the airport’s food court.

It’s been six years since Matthew Van Valkenburgh became Killeen’s aviation director. Now, as he is set to retire at the end of this month, Van Valkenburgh recounts the local airport’s past and its future.

Concerns about finance, food vendors and passenger numbers had circled the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport on Clear Creek Road. Van Valkenburgh said things are looking up.


The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport has changed over the years.


The regional airport has experienced more activity despite the departure of one airline.


For sometime the airport didn’t have a food or beverage vendor. As of May, the facility has a restaurant. Pictured is Jonathan Rodriguez, employee of Blimpie Subs and Sandwiches.


An American Airline American Eagle jet docks at the Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport on Oct. 3. | 254-501-7567

Staff reporter Monique 'Mo' Brand joined the Herald fulltime in May 2019. Before that, she covered border coverage and county government in Arizona. She also worked as a reporter in Kerrville, Los Angeles, and Norfolk Virginia. Monique grew up in Killeen.

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