HMAC Monthly Luncheon Recap – February 2005

Speaker and Meeting Recap:

The speaker was Bill Ehrie, Chairman of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission who spoke about the state of the military within Texas and the missions of the TMPC.

We are very close to decisions in the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The BRAC Commissioners who will decide the final list that is to be submitted to the President and the Congress are in the process of being nominated. In mid-May the list of realignments and closures will start to be firmed up. Of course, Ellington Field may be affected even with the actions and funding to move the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Reserve Centers from Old Spanish Trail to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.

Mr. Ehrie, as Chairman of the TMPC is one of the most knowledgeable persons on the BRAC process. He is also one of the critical members leading the effort to make Texas military friendly. This is especially important as units are coming back from overseas. The TMPC has a proposed legislative agenda for the currently sitting Texas Legislature which includes the recommendation for a TMPC commissioner from the Houston area.