Executive Correspondence – Three letters dtd 08/12/2005 to Chairman Principi from Rick Perry, (Gov TX) Page: 4 of 7
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DCN 7928 BRAC Commission Received
Executive Correspondence 08/20/2005
The Honorable J. Principi
August 12, 2005
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in the U.S. fleet and to support, without cumbersome waivers, the handling of unit
ammunition basic loads in conjunction with real world contingency deployments.
* Joint Military Exercises. Ingleside is well positioned to supplement joint training
exercises involving NAS Kingsville, NAS Corpus Christi, the Port of Corpus Christi,
and training activities involving the multiple sea, air and ground ranges in the Texas
Coastal Bend area. With unencumbered airspace, the capability to employ live
ordnance, and the availability of Gulf Beach amphibious landing sites, the Coastal Bend
is one of a few locations available in the U.S. for supporting combined forces training
Naval Station Ingleside is a new, cost efficient port with contractors providing base operating
support and the community providing housing, schools, and other services to stationed military
personnel. The quality of life is high for stationed personnel. In addition, Ingleside has the
unquantifiable but essential value of being able to expand and accommodate new missions. The
State of Texas and the local community have been and will continue to be active partners in
supporting Ingleside by providing adjacent land (1,821 acres, if needed) and by providing rail
service to the facility (as outlined in my letter of August 5, 2005 to the Commission) at a cost of
$15.2 million. These initiatives will allow the Ingleside pier to be expanded by 80 percent and
will allow the Army Reserve to execute its plan to make Ingleside one of its seven strategic
equipment storage sites.
In summary, the state and the South Texas Coastal Bend community see a valuable role for
Ingleside in the 21st century - a role that supports multiple missions within DoD and DHS. I
ask that the BRAC Commission take a broad, joint service and multi-agency look at Ingleside as
you finalize your positions on the DoD's BRAC recommendations.
Thank you for your service, consideration and vision.
cc: BRAC Commissioners
The Honorable John Cornyn, U. S. Senate
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senate
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