The Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released its Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report, summarizing findings from visits to all Texas military installations and meetings with military installation commanders, staff and local community leaders. The report identifies strengths and opportunities to grow current missions, bring in new missions and other strategies to increase the military value of those installations.
Recommendations in the task force report will serve as building blocks for the recently announced Governor’s Committee to Support the Military; a full report from that committee is due by December 1, 2018, and will contain recommendations for legislative action during the 2019 legislative session.
“I am grateful to the task force members not only for their decades of individual military service, but also for their valuable perspective and diligence in compiling these findings. Their report is critical to our efforts to support the mission of the military, and enhance and protect the 15 major military installations in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “As seen by the selection of Texas as the home for the new Army Futures Command, our support for the mission of the military is unwavering. And I will continue to work with the Texas Legislature, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military to ensure that our military installations in Texas continue to add unmatched value.”
The Texas Military Value Task Force members appointed by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission included:
- Dr. Annette Sobel, Chair, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army, U.S. Air National Guard
- Ken Cox, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army
- Dr. Henry Ostermann, Brigadier General (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve
- Robert Wood, Captain (Ret.), U.S. Navy
- Dave Edgecomb, Captain (Ret.), U.S. Navy
- Michael Bob Starr, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Air Force
- James Whitmore, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Air Force
The Texas Military Value Task Force was first created in the 83rd Texas Legislature to prepare for possible actions by the U.S. Department of Defense by identifying strategies, policies, plans, projects and other ways to improve or add military value to installations in Texas. At the direction of Governor Abbott, the task force was reconstituted in December 2017; they began their visits to Texas military installations in January 2018.