Texas Senator lobbies to move Carson troops to Fort Bliss

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The first shot in the battle to keep Army troops at Fort Carson has been fired by a top Senate leader from Texas.

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.”

4 Responses to Texas Senator lobbies to move Carson troops to Fort Bliss

  1. Coloradeo’s reputation is becoming known as anti-military. Now opportunists from other states flex their muscles. First was the Air Force Cyber Command and now Ft. Carson and the room to train. The cost to ship a brigades worth of equipment to the National Training Center (NTC) in Southern California is enormous compared to Pinon Canyon. That assumes that the Ft. Carson unit can meet the NTC schedule of availabe times. Most active duty units are fortunate to train at NTC ever three years and the Guard and Reserves every six.

    Colorado’s number one employer is going to become either Kansas’ or Texas’ number one employer.

    C. Myers
    May 27, 2009 at 9:16 pm

  2. Colorado needs to step up and support Ft. Carson. Loss of military in this area will create higher job losses in the private sector and tank the real estate market. We are already facing a tough economy and layoffs in private business. In order to encourage future businesses to relocate to Colorado Springs, we need to show a united front, a positive attitude and a thriving/growing local economy. Much of this depends on retaining/growing Ft. Carson. I know that you are all proud of the troops that are out defending our freedom, but we need to be a little louder about showing that support. Washington needs to know that this is not an anti-military state. Save your own jobs and local economy by supporting Ft. Carson, getting involved and contacting our representatives to express your opinions!

    B. Rupp
    May 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

  3. If there is land available for training that could be had for cheaper and w/o the threat of condemnation then it should be used! The military is not in business to enrich any particular town or county, they are in business to protect us from all threats hopefully in the most economical way. It sounds like they can have all the land they want to train properly at a cheaper price and it is closer to the border which is where they will probably have to start patrolling. I understand that Springs and El Paso county has built their economic base around the defense industry but this was an error made by your leadership. If El Paso county wanted Colorado Springs to become a major military institution then it should have offered up it’s own land for the training range! To build yourself up at the expense of your neighbor is just not very neighborly!!!

    Mike S
    May 28, 2009 at 10:00 am

  4. See, we told you so! What do you expect when the Legislature and our myopic Governor tell the Army to go to hell? They’re not going to hell, they’re going to Texas!!! This loss will affect not just El Paso County, Mike S, but the entire state.

    Dick Burns
    May 29, 2009 at 8:24 am