Harker Heights City Council members on Tuesday authorized Mayor Rob Robinson to sign a letter to promote and preserve the state’s military installations by continuing to fund programs and projects that enhance the quality of life and protect defense jobs.

Robinson recently attended a meeting of the mayors from military communities across the state where other mayors agreed to send letters to Gov. Rick Perry on the importance of supporting Texas’ 15 military installations.

“Military installations have a significant economic impact on the state with an annual economic impact estimated at $148.91 billion,” City Manager David Mitchell said. “This is very true for Harker Heights and the impact Fort Hood has locally.”

During a March 25 council meeting, the mayor discussed the impact military installations have within defense communities and the state.

Texas is home to military installations from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army to include Fort Hood, the largest Army installation in the free world, which has more than a $25 billion economic footprint in the state.

“Fort Hood is not only our economic engine, it’s also our drive,” Robinson said. “We believe that this engine is vital to the Texas economy and is worthy of state funding.”

According to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, almost 98 percent of the 42,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood live within 10 miles of the installation.

These soldiers are complemented by more than 21,500 civilian employees at the Central Texas post, making Fort Hood the largest-single site employer in the state.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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