Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said she is trying to convince the Pentagon to consider Fort Bliss, Tex. over smaller posts like Fort Carson in Colorado when assigning large-scale training operations in the future, according to KVIA-TV newscast today. The station’s broadcast area includes El Paso and Las Cruces, N.M.
“I want to have those troops right here at Fort Bliss,” Hutchison said.
Hutchison, the ranking member of the Senate Military Construction Committee, was on-post touting a $27 million expansion to child care services on post needed to keep up with the 30,000 troops coming to Fort Bliss because of Base Realignment and Closure.
She cited airspace constraints, training constraints and other mounting hurdles to expansion plans at Army posts around the country – and is ready to offer up hundreds of square miles of the Lonestar state’s open range.
Then, I come home to Texas and I see Fort Bliss,” she said.
The Texas-based ABC network affiliate quoted Hutchinson as saying the Pinon Canon debate is a tough fight that “is not worth fighting when posts like Fort Bliss still have room to grow and accommodate large scale training missions.”