Mission Expansion

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.