CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) and the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) celebrated the completion of several new security and safety features with a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
The military base improvement projects were funded by a state program called the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistant Grants (DEAAG).
Captain Christopher Jason is the Commanding Officer at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) and he says he is grateful for the support they have received.
"From the city all the way to the state and all the folks that champion this base and believe in what this base does and that want to support it," Jason said, "I was not expecting when I arrived here in Corpus Christi to see that kind of intensity and support in the local community for what we do here on the base."
The projects cost around $6 million. DEAAG funding is intended to enhance the security and sustainability of military bases.
One of those security enhancements at CCAD, the Security Enclave Project.
This security feature includes perimeter security fencing, turnstiles, vehicle sliding gates, surveillance systems with cameras and access controls, and miscellaneous sidewalk, driveway and landscaping improvements.
"Anytime you can maximize the effectiveness of security forces, that's a big win. And for us, that's exactly what that project does. It let's me maximize security forces which in turn, provides greater security for the workers and residents of the base." Jason said.
Another addition to NASCC is the Underground Water Pipeline Extension Project.
"For us to be able to withstand a storm, a hurricane or a terrorism event, to be able to provide that fresh water into the base from two different ways provides us that resiliency and that resiliency is critical for a military installation" Jason said.
This additional pipeline ensures that the base will always have uninterrupted access to water.