Governor Abbott Announces $15.4 Million in Grants for Texas Military Infrastructure Projects

Governor Abbott Announces $15.4 Million in Grants for Texas Military Infrastructure Projects

Governor Greg Abbott announced today the allocation of $15.4 million in grant funding for critical infrastructure projects in military communities across Texas. The funding is part of the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) program, administered by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC).

These grants aim to bolster infrastructure and support initiatives for military installations throughout the state, safeguarding jobs in communities that might be affected by potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) processes in the future.

Governor Abbott emphasized Texas’s historical commitment to military families and missions, citing the significant economic contribution of the state’s 15 major military installations, along with the headquarters of Army Futures Command, which collectively contribute over $114 billion to the Texas economy and support more than 622,000 direct and indirect jobs.

In recognition of the vital role played by military personnel in their communities and their critical contributions to national defense, Governor Abbott expressed gratitude to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for their ongoing service. He affirmed the state’s commitment, working collaboratively with the Texas Legislature, to ensure that these military installations maintain unparalleled military value.

This round of grants for the fiscal year 2024-2025 marks a significant milestone, bringing the total awarded by Governor Abbott through the DEAAG program to over $129 million since 2015.

The allocated funds will be disbursed to several entities across the state, supporting specific projects:

  • City of Harker Heights: $5 million for the Fort Cavazos – Railhead Energy Resiliency Project
  • Val Verde County: $3.6 million for Laughlin Air Force Base – Construction of Aircraft Sunshades
  • TexAmericans Center: $1.5 million for Red River Army Depot – Enhanced Logistics Capabilities
  • City of Fort Worth: $300,000 for Naval Air Station Fort Worth – Anti-Terrorism Protection Security System
  • City of El Paso: $4.5 million for McGregor Range – Booster Station Replacement Project
  • McMullen County: $464,286.21 for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi – Relocatable Over The Horizon Radar (ROTHR) Road Access Project

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) in the Office of the Governor advises the Governor and the Texas Legislature on defense and military issues. TMPC’s goal is to preserve, protect, expand, and attract new military missions, assets, and installations in Texas. Additionally, the TMPC encourages defense-related businesses to expand or relocate in Texas. The commission is composed of 13 members serving six-year staggered terms, typically representing an installation in their community.