Dyess, Goodfellow Air Force Base get grants from state
Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo are both getting a financial boost from the state.ABILENE, Texas -
On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott announced a new round of grants from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) program.
Dyess is getting $282,000. Goodfellow was awarded $4.5 million.
Doug Williamson with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee said Dyess will use the money to replace a fence that is too close to the runway. The fence is currently 750-feet off center line. According to FAA/DOD regulations, it must be 1,000 feet. Dyess will tear up the old one and put in a new fence, according to Williamson.
Goodfellow will spend the grant money, along with contributions from the City of San Angelo's Development Corporation, "to create 15 new classrooms and 9 support offices, and to increase the dining facility capacity by 150 seats," according to Col. Ricky L. Mills.
"I'm very excited about the impact this will have on Goodfellow’s ability to train, develop and inspire the next generation of airmen," said Mills.
The TMPC advises the governor and the state legislature on ways to strengthen the position of Texas military installations in preparation for a potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and other defense-related issues.
"The strength of our military communities in Texas is unparalleled in part because of state support like the DEAAG program,” said Governor Abbott. “Not only are the 15 major military installations in Texas critical for the defense of our nation, they also add $136.6 billion to the state’s economy and support, directly and indirectly, more than 800,000 jobs in communities across this great state. That is why I will continue to work with the Texas Legislature and TMPC to ensure that our military installations continue to add unmatched value.”
Others receiving grant money:
- Bell County - $3.1 million, Army Airfield security improvements
- City of Corpus Christi - $3.3 million, Corpus Christi Army Depot security repairs and upgrades
- City of Corpus Christi - $2.7 million, water infrastructure improvements at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
- City of Kingsville - $144,000, purchase of property to prevent encroachment around Naval Air Station Kingsville
- Port San Antonio - $5 million, Airfield Operations upgrades and improvements
- City of Wichita Falls - $900,000, improvements to Sheppard Air Force Base
Last year, the Governor announced over $30 million in grants by the TMPC.
Tom Green County and Goodfellow Air Force Base were awarded $2.04 million.
Dyess applied for $1.75 million to upgrade security at its visitors center. But it lost out on that round.