Navy Thanks NC for Special Funds and Commits to Support FRC East

August 12, 2018


Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly wrote to the NC Department of Commerce to express his “personal appreciation and gratitude for North Carolina’s continued outstanding support of our men and women in uniform and their missions in North Carolina.”  Secretary Modly’s letter acknowledged the $3 million grand appropriated by the General Assembly.  An additional $2 million was appropriated for FRC East by the General Assembly for fiscal year 2018-2019.  ACT expects the details on the $2 million to be set out in a forthcoming letter.

Secretary Modly informed FRC East’s Commanding Officer that the “funds will be used to support the proposed F-35B Vertical Lift Fan Processing Center projects” at FRC East.


Texas Awards $20 Million to Seven Defense Communities to Boost Military Value

December 14, 2017


Seven Texas communities on Wednesday were awarded grants totaling $20 million by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for projects supporting active and closed installations. The biggest winner was the city of Corpus Christi, which will receive $6.0 million for two initiatives. A $2.7 million project will replace the water supply line for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, which also houses Corpus Christi Army Depot; the pipeline has not been replaced since the base was commissioned in 1941. Operations at the installation would be jeopardized if the aging, 16-inch pipe were to fail, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Separately, the city was awarded $3.3 million for upgrades and repairs to perimeter fencing and access control gates for helicopter repair facilities at the depot. Both projects are scheduled to begin next summer with a tentative completion date of August 31, 2019, a required deadline set by the grant program.

Tom Green County picked up the single largest award for $4.5 million to cover the cost of infrastructure for mission expansion at Goodfellow AFB, according to a news release. Last year, the commission awarded the county $2.0 million for a project supporting the installation. The remaining awards announced Wednesday under the fiscal 2018-2019 defense economic adjustment assistance grant program include:

·    Bell County — $3.1 million for security improvements at Fort Hood’s Robert Gray Army Airfield;
·    Kingsville — $144,000 to purchase property to prevent encroachment around NAS Kingsville;
·    Abilene — $282,000 for security upgrades at Dyess AFB;
·    Port San Antonio — $5 million for airfield operations upgrades and improvements (former Kelly AFB); and
·    Wichita Falls — $900,000 for security upgrades at Sheppard AFB.