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Chamber attends first ever Texas Military Summit

The San Antonio Chamber was honored to be among the attendees at the first Texas Military Summit hosted in Austin by the Governor’s Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC).Established in 2003 by the 78th Texas Legislature and placed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism in 2009, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s goal is to preserve, protect, expand and attract new military missions, assets and installations.

The Military Summit was an opportunity for representatives from across the state of Texas from within the City, County and Military leadership to come together and discuss important issues facing Texas’ military population.

Daniel Hodge, Chief of Staff for Governor Abbott, opened the event with remarks and introduced the attendees to the new TMPC Chairman, Maj Gen (ret) Kevin Pottinger. San Antonio’s own Lt Gen Darryl Roberson, Commander of the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC), provided remarks about the impact of mission assurance, P4 initiatives, managing development outside of military installation gates and the priority of ending sequestration.

Keith Graf, TPMC Director, provided an Economic Impact Overview and highlighted military initiatives within the state, noting that Joint Base San Antonio has the largest economic impact within the state with more than $48.7 billion and more than 88,700 employees. Key priorities of effort and advocacy continue to be protecting and enlarging air space, ensuring compatible land use to ensure we continue our missions, and supporting our transitioning service members and veterans with opportunities on and off installations. The priority of military and civilian entities working together is of utmost importance for communities and installations to co-exist and thrive economically.

Other topics at the Summit included an overview of the Texas Military Department (TX National Guard), Operation Welcome Home with the Texas Workforce Commission, and Sentinel Landscapes with Texas A&M’s Institute for Renewable Natural Resources. Highlights on the impact of small unmanned aircraft, partnerships as economic development tools, and community tasks to prepare for Base Realignment and Closures were also covered.

The Summit was a success, and there is potential for the event to be held annually. For information on the TMPC, please contact Keith Graf at keith.graf@gov.texas.gov.

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