Issue Position: Defense

Issue Position

By:  Blake Farenthold
Date: Jan. 1, 2011
Location: Unknown

The safety and security of our nation is always my top priority. I support maintaining a strong and visible presence around the world to ensure American prosperity and to protect our country from foreign terrorists and hostile regimes. We must also ensure that our troops have the resources and support they need from Congress, while leaving strategic and tactical decisions to the commanders in the field. I am immensely proud of the men and women of our armed forces, and they can always count on my unwavering support.

The 27th District is proud to be the home of two Naval Air Stations (NAS) in Corpus Christi and Kingsville, as well as the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD). The two Naval Air Stations combined consist of 11,247 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contract employees, as well as 2,754 dependents. Each year, over a thousand Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force aviators are trained in jet/strike curriculum preparing them for their critical missions at home and abroad. The Corpus Christi Army Depot employs more than 3,200 civilian employees and serves the growing Army inventory of helicopters. It provides helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul capability to all U.S. military services.

All three of these military facilities have an outstanding relationship with their communities and have huge annual economic impacts to South Texas. I will work hard to ensure that our military personnel receive the support they need to accomplish their important missions. It is an honor to represent the thousands of military personnel and their families stationed in the 27 District of Texas.