City of San Antonio Awarded a State of Texas $5,000,000 Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) to support Joint Base San Antonio’s operational missions
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San Antonio (January 11, 2022) - The City of San Antonio's application for a DEAAG was approved for a $5,000,000 award by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. DEAAG is an infrastructure grant program designed to assist defense communities that have been positively or negatively impacted by a change or announced change by the Department of Defense.  Grants awarded range from $50,000 to $5,000,000 per project and also require that applicants also provide funding towards their request.  The TMPC ranked the City's application ranked #1 of 14 total applications; the 14 applications had a combined request of $37,000,000 for $15,000,000 in available funds for this application period.

The application was a collaborative effort between the City of San Antonio (Office of Military and Veteran Affairs/Military Transformation Task Force), San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and CPS Energy in support of Joint Base San Antonio's (JBSA) mission requirements. The overall project has an estimated cost of over $21,500,000 and consists of three distinct efforts. The project will add military value to San Antonio's installations by increasing utility resiliency, enhancing force protection and security around several bases, and reducing aircraft mishap hazards.

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The primary level of effort will provide backup power generation to critical potable water production facilities serving JBSA-Lackland, the National Security Agency-Texas, as well as 91,600 connected SAWS customers.  Winter Storm Uri demonstrated vulnerabilities in the water supply system and resulted in system outages.  The backup power project will improve mission assurance for critical missions and facilities by ensuring a reliable water supply remains operational.

The second phase of the project includes the installation of reinforced stormwater crossings at five locations along JBSA's perimeter fence line.  The perimeter fence represents the first line of defense by providing security to the bases' thousands of servicemembers and their families. The fence also prevents unauthorized persons from seeking access to sensitive information and valuable assets on the installations.

The final phase of the project will consist of replacing overhead electrical lines with underground distribution lines in JBSA-Randolph AFB's Clear Zone.  Removing vertical obstruction hazards in and around the flight path will minimize potential bird strike and power line mishaps which will enhance the safety of flight crews and surrounding civilian communities, and increase training effectiveness.

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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg stated, "This announcement underscores that the trademarked "Military City USA"™ moniker is not only well earned, but highlights our City's strong, tangible commitment and valued partnership with our military community. "

"The grant awarded, along with collaboration of our community partners, is just another outstanding example of the support Military City USA and the State of Texas, has continually provided to Joint Base San Antonio. On behalf of the 76,000 members here at JBSA, I would like to extend a sincere thank you." said. Brigadier General Caroline Miller, Commander, 502d Air Base Wing-Joint Base San Antonio.

The project is expected to be completed in the next 24 months.

For more information on the City's DEAAG application, please contact the City's Office of Military and Veteran Affairs at omva@sanantonio.gov.

For more general DEAAG information, visit the State's Texas Military Preparedness Commission's DEAAG web page at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/military/grants

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