FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2023
AUSTIN, TX — Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa is pleased to announce that the City of Corpus Christi has been awarded two Defense Economic Adjustment Grant (DEAAG) program awards. The first award is for $175,000 to the Corpus Christi Army Depot for the acquisition of solar powered electric charging stations. The second award is for $1,000,000 to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi for perimeter fencing and gate replacement.
“The DEAAG program is a vital resource for our military communities. These grants fund projects to improve infrastructure at our installations, increase their military value, and help further their mission,” said Senator Hinojosa. He added, “The Texas Legislature continues to fund this program in the state budget for our military installations which are not only key to our safety and national defense but also generate billions for the Texas economy and support thousands of jobs.”
The City of Corpus Christi applied for these grants last month and included a letter of support from Senator Hinojosa for both projects. The project at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi will be used to leverage an additional $1,000,000 from the Navy Region Southeast to replace the deteriorated perimeter fencing and gates to help prevent unauthorized entry into protected areas.
The grant to the Corpus Christi Army Depot will leverage a match of an additional $175,000 from the Army Working Capital Fund to purchase two portable solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations. These charging stations will maximize their capacity to operate its fleet of 280 electric service carts and other future electric vehicles purchased for use at the facility.
Senator Hinojosa would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for their support of this program. He would also like to thank Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo, the City Council, the Corpus Christi Army Depot, and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi staff for all working together to apply for these grants.
“These grants will help support the important work being done at the Corpus Christi Army Depot and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,” said Senator Hinojosa. “I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the Texas Legislature to secure funding for this program and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these grants will have on our community. I am committed to continue working to protect the mission of our Texas military installations.”