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Poxon Guest House demolished after over 40 years of use | Military impulse

A building in Fort Hood that was the post’s main hotel for decades has been demolished.

A work crew demolished the Poxon Guest House last week, after months of preparation, including gutting the two-story building with asbestos and other materials.

The hotel has been used for over 40 years to house guests and visiting soldiers.

It had been over a year since the Poxon had seen its last guest. The military-run hotel closed in late 2014, when the 93-room Candlewood Suites opened in Fort Hood.

“When it opened, we stopped putting people in the Poxon,” said Brian Dosa, director of public works for Fort Hood.

The Candlewood, on 761st Tank Destroyer Boulevard, is Fort Hood’s second privately-owned hotel, as part of a 50-year military accommodation privatization program that began in 2009. Lend Lease, including the Headquarters is in Sydney Australia, has the contract and also manages the 274-room Holiday Inn on the post.

The Poxon House was built in 1973 and is named after 1st Lieutenant Robert Leslie Poxon, who died in action in Vietnam while serving in the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

Officials said the aging hotel was no longer needed and that its location, not far from the III Corps main headquarters at Fort Hood, would revert to green space.

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