WHAT THEY’RE SAY­ING

Austin American-Statesman - - NATION & WORLD -

Com­ment from of­fi­cials on the U.S. Army’s de­ci­sion to lo­cate its Fu­tures Com­mand in Austin.

Gov. Greg Ab­bott: “The legacy of Amer­ica’s free­dom de­pends in part on the abil­ity of our Armed Forces to re­main at the fore­front of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment, ex­pand our mil­i­tary’s power to as­sess threats, and mod­ern­ize our de­fense. The state of Texas is proud to part­ner with the U.S. Army in es­tab­lish­ing the Fu­tures Com­mand to har­ness the cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies needed to build an in­no­va­tive, re­search-based foun­da­tion for our na­tional de­fense. This sweep­ing re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Army’s mil­i­tary ef­forts adds to the his­toric con­nec­tion be­tween Texas and the U.S. mil­i­tary, and I am proud of their pres­ence in the Lone Star State.”

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn: “Austin’s dy­namic growth, ac­cess to top re­search in­sti­tu­tions like the Univer­sity of Texas, and prox­im­ity to in­no­va­tive tech and busi­ness in­dus­tries make the city a strong choice for the new Army Fu­tures Com­mand. I look for­ward to sup­port­ing this new Com­mand as it de­vel­ops tech­nolo­gies to carry our na­tion’s warfight­ers into the fu­ture.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: “The Army made the right choice for Fu­tures Com­mand, and I have been hon­ored to help to bring it home to Texas. With the in­no­va­tion and busi­ness growth oc­cur­ring around our state, the many high-tech com­pa­nies, and dozens of com­pa­nies that sup­ply all man­ner of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy to our mil­i­tary, Texas is uniquely po­si­tioned to en­sure the Army suc­ceeds in this new mis­sion. As Fu­tures Com­mand is estab­lished, I am ea­ger to con­tinue work­ing with the Army to en­sure they are ready to pre­serve peace and de­ter ag­gres­sion.”

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett: “Austin fits the mis­sion as a city of in­no­va­tion — a com­mu­nity that pro­motes cre­ativ­ity, en­trepreneur­ship and di­ver­sity. We will now play a lead­ing role in en­sur­ing our na­tional se­cu­rity. To­gether with our sup­port­ive neigh­bor, San Antonio, al­ready known as Mil­i­tary City, we have a part­ner­ship that will help our lo­cal economies by help­ing to se­cure our coun­try.”

U.S. Rep. John Carter: “I’m proud to have se­cured the last bit of fund­ing nec­es­sary, with the help of De­fense Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Chair­woman Kay Granger, to make Austin the new home of Fu­tures Com­mand. As the com­mand tasked with spear­head­ing Army mod­ern­iza­tion projects and pre­par­ing for fu­ture con­flict, the new Fu­tures Com­mand will serve a crit­i­cal role in strength­en­ing the se­cu­rity of our coun­try and will be an eco­nomic driver for the Cen­tral Texas re­gion. This ma­jor in­vest­ment in Cen­tral Texas will also im­me­di­ately bring 500 new jobs, and fur­ther strengthen Cen­tral Texas’ econ­omy. Cen­tral Texas is one of the fastest-grow­ing re­gions in the na­tion, with out­stand­ing univer­si­ties, af­ford­able hous­ing, and a com­mit­ment to Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary that can’t be matched. I ex­pect to see many of these new Texas res­i­dents plant their roots right here in Texas’ 31st Con­gres­sional District and we wel­come them with open arms.”

Phil Wilson, chair­man of the Greater Austin Cham­ber of Com­merce: “This is a ma­jor win for the Austin Mega Re­gion. It fur­ther re­in­forces our unique com­bi­na­tion of re­sources — a deep tal­ent base, in­no­va­tive thinkers and high qual­ity of life — that make the area so at­trac­tive. We want to thank the mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions, rep­re­sen­ta­tives and of­fi­cials across Cen­tral Texas who came to­gether to sup­port this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity. We look for­ward to help­ing make the Austin re­gion home of the Army Fu­tures Com­mand as they cen­tral­ize and seed in­no­va­tion to the bat­tle­field un­der a new four-star gen­eral.”

Texas A&M Univer­sity Sys­tem Chan­cel­lor John Sharp: “The Texas A&M Sys­tem is ready to sup­port Army Fu­tures Com­mand. This is a great day for the state of Texas. Gov­ern­ment and aca­demic lead­ers came to­gether to of­fer an un­beat­able com­bi­na­tion of tal­ent and re­sources.”

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