Supporting Our Soldiers
Every time I visit Fort Hood, I am always left in awe of our great men and women in uniform. They are truly our best and brightest. It’s been the greatest honor of my time in Congress to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in critical infrastructure funding to improve barracks, motor pools and run ways, and it’s a privilege to see these improvements with my own eyes. North Fort Hood and the surrounding areas, like Gatesville and Copperas Cove, are ripe for expansion and have so much to offer small businesses and military families.
During my time on Fort Hood this week, I spoke with Major General Efflandt and was given updates on the handling of the Guillen investigation, along with what improvements are being implemented to ensure nothing like this can happen again. Our conversation was a starting point, but our work is far from done until every soldier feels safe and respected within our Army’s ranks. My work will continue with senior leaders from 3 Corps and the Department of the Army. I will always be the greatest advocate for Fort Hood.
2019 Soldier of the Year
I was honored to congratulate Sergeant David Chambers on being named Soldier of the Year in 2019! Sergeant Chambers represented the Brave Rifles, Fort Hood, III Corps and United States Army Forces Command with the highest honor and integrity. He represents the very best of America and we should all look to his example of patriotism, selflessness and dedication.
Health Care Heroes
Our Army COVID-19 medical responders at Darnall Medical Center are on the front line of the battle against our invisible enemy. Their spirit will pull us through this pandemic and I’m honored to have the opportunity to thank them for their selfless service.
North Fort Hood Operations
I received a briefing at North Fort Hood on operations adapting to COVID-19 and ensuring soldiers are safely quarantined after returning from overseas. North Fort Hood has recently completed over $8.5 million in infrastructure projects such as building renovation, repairing the life support area, and installing security fencing. They currently have $30 million in projects underway, including vital repairs to motor parks and construction on facilities, and have $22.5 million in shovel ready projects to continue repairs for areas like taxiways and barracks. I look forward to seeing their progress again soon and am very proud to deliver funding for these needs to equip them to be the best in the world.
DELIVERING FOR CORYELL COUNTY
During my visit to Coryell County, I held a press conference highlighting my briefings with Fort Hood leadership as well as relief funding I’ve been proud to deliver for TX-25. In the beginning weeks of the virus’ spread across the United States, we knew that Congress needed to act immediately if we were going to prevent a collapse of our national economy. That’s why I helped pass the CARES Act, to provide direct relief to Texans and help keep our economy afloat.
Included in the legislation was $84,317 for Coryell Health, $45, 217 for the Copperas Cove Housing Authority and $27,873 for the Gatesville Housing Authority. I’ve been able to partner with our local officials here in the 25th District in order to ensure they have the aid and support needed to continue serving our communities during this unprecedented time.
TX-25 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF
Rangaire Manufacturing in Cleburne
The 25th District is home to thousands of businesses like Rangaire Manufacturing who work around the clock to serve our community. They’ve been dealt a devastating blow during the pandemic, but because of the CARES Act, they’ll be able to survive and recover. It was great to tour Rangaire’s impressive facility in Cleburne and learn more about their operation supporting customers and our military. Thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program, Rangaire will continue providing invaluable equipment, made in TX-25, to our nation’s warfighters.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose
Fossil Rim in Glen Rose has done outstanding work to adapt their operation to changing needs during COVID-19, and thanks to the PPP, they’ll be able to stay open for generations to come. It was great to tour the park and learn more about their conservation efforts in our communities.
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
While we continue fighting the coronavirus pandemic, my office is working hard for you. If you are experiencing an issue with a federal agency or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my team in either Cleburne or Austin, or send us an email here. You can also stay up to date by following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
In God we trust,
Member of Congress