Spit and Polish

Christenson, Sig
February 2006
Planning;Feb2006, Vol. 72 Issue 2, p18
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the recent closure order of military installations in Alamo City, Texas. Earlier in Alamo City there were five installations, today there are four. It is a hub for different military organizations and this attracts military retirees and their dependents to Alamo city. In fact the whole community values the military. It comes as no surprise that people are nervous about the closure order of military installations. The armed services have played an important role in fueling some of the city's best-paying jobs. And many of the retired commanders play a critical role in government and civic leadership. There is perfect harmony between the military and civic bodies. The military is involved in social events like San Antonio's annual spring Fiesta, and civic leaders in turn salute the troops each fall with Armed Forces Week. All is not lost yet. The recently concluded base closure can bring a revolution in the local life. Fort Sam Houston, the city's fifth largest government employer, is planning to add over 9,000 employees to its workforce of 26,000. The Brooke Army Medical Center is also in the expansion mode. It will be adding 3,500 jobs and $800 million in new construction.


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